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Editorials

Editorial: Your Cellphone Could Betray You

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Well before the dawn of cellphones, Joseph Heller wrote this in Catch-22: “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.” His novel was about absurdities in a time of declared war, but our era of uneasy peace doesn’t lack matters to fret about. One of the latest: You could be betrayed by something very close to you. Make that extremely close. Not a spouse, a friend, or a …

Editorial: High School Fatigue; Teens Need More Sleep

Friday, August 29, 2014

Teenagers need more sleep. They also need more time in school. A national push is now under way to address the first problem, which is encouraging — but the second one is no less important. The American Academy of Pediatrics announced this week what a growing body of research has found: Teenagers would benefit from a later start to the school day. Like …

Editorial: Do No Harm With Prescription Drugs

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ever since Gov. Peter Shumlin declared back in January that Vermont had been suffering from a quiet crisis of opiate drug addiction “bubbling just beneath the surface,” all sorts of manifestations of the problem have, well, bubbled to the surface. Last week, the state reported a 21 percent increase in cases alleging child abuse or neglect filed in Vermont courts during the 2014 …

Editorial: Deep-Pockets Parks in Hartford?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Hartford Selectboard is moving ahead with a plan to efface the ugly scar left across the north face of the Quechee Covered Bridge by Tropical Storm Irene nearly three years ago, agreeing last week to seek engineering and design studies for building pocket parks on either side …

Editorial: Darth Vader, Dark Horse Candidate

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

If you’re not excited yet about the possibilities in the 2016 presidential race, know that you aren’t alone in the galaxy. According to analysts who are taking a summer break from more serious work, Darth Vader from the Star Wars films is “polling higher than all potential 2016 …

Editorial: This Does Not Compute: Vermont Health Website’s Woes Persist

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

What does $72 million get you these days? In Vermont, it has so far bought a poorly working website for Vermont Health Connect, the online health insurance marketplace mandated by the Affordable Care Act. The website’s problems when it was first rolled out last fall have been well …

Editorial: Guilt — It’s What’s for Dinner

Monday, July 28, 2014

Several recent articles about food could inspire a reworking of a famous ad campaign that once promoted a nice, juicy steak. Given heaping servings of doubt about the ethics of the American way of eating, it has come to this: Guilt — it’s what’s for dinner. At least …

Editorial: Sanctuary for Immigrants in Vermont

Sunday, July 27, 2014

A Washington Post blogger wondered recently whether Vermont might be the solution to the crisis resulting from the wave of undocumented and unaccompanied children flowing over the Mexican border from Central America. Why? Because the state’s two U.S. senators, Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders, have been leading advocates …

Editorial: Dueling Verdicts on Obamacare

Friday, July 25, 2014

First, blame Congress. Generally a useful rule these days, it certainly holds when considering Tuesday’s worrying, though possibly temporary, setback for the Affordable Care Act in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Blame Democrats who pressed through a bill containing contradictory language. Blame …

Editorial: Safer Diving on Route 4 in Vermont

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The news is not exactly overburdened with success stories these days, especially ones involving government action. But it does appear that one may be quietly unfolding along Route 4 in Vermont between Bridgewater and Hartford. Within a few months last year, that 23-mile stretch of road was the …

The Highs And Lows

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

As the country gradually liberalizes marijuana laws — pot is now legal in Colorado and Washington state and medicinal marijuana is allowed in 23 states and the District of Columbia — the debate goes on over whether cannabis could be a tax boon for states, poses a danger …

Editorial: Thoughts in Summer: Potholes, Playing Catch, Pickpockets

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Here are a few things we have been thinking about lately. ∎ Has there been in recent memory a better late spring/early summer of weather in the Upper Valley than this one? Sunny, cool to moderate temperatures, rain when it has been needed: The gardens couldn’t be happier, and …

Editorial: The Co-op Firings

Sunday, July 20, 2014

If the current controversy over the firing of two longtime employees at the Co-op Food Store in Lebanon has demonstrated anything conclusively, it is that the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society remains a signature Upper Valley institution about which its members care deeply. There’s no mystery why that’s the …