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Editorial: Loyalty Pays at Market Basket

Thursday, July 2, 2015

When we left off with the Market Basket saga late last summer, Arthur T. Demoulas, the deposed chief executive of the grocery store chain, was back in charge, abetted by an extraordinary outpouring of support from loyal employees and customers. The price of obtaining control of the company from feuding family members after a quarter century of conflict was $1.6 billion, which Demoulas was forced to borrow. At the time, …

Editorial: Party On, Lebanon

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

You can’t please all the people all the time, the saying goes. While we have found that to be true, we offer a corollary: You can nearly accomplish it with fireworks. The City of Lebanon is providing proof of that this year as it brings back the traditional Fourth of July fireworks to Storrs Hill. For the last two years, the city shelved …

Editorial: Change in the Air

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Last week felt like one of those rare occasions in the national life when it becomes clear within the space of a few days that things have changed decisively and will never be the same again. Usually, these are times of national trauma — Pearl Harbor, the Kennedy and King assassinations, the 9/11 terror attacks come to mind. Change for the better more …

Editorial: Just Go, Rep. Guinta

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Today we become the last, or very nearly the last, newspaper in New Hampshire to call on U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta to resign at once his seat representing the First Congressional District. It’s not that we just now reached the conclusion that the congressman should go. It has …

Editorial: Airport Insecurity

Monday, June 8, 2015

Jeh Johnson, head of the Department of Homeland Security, owes an immediate explanation to Americans, many of whom are understandably baffled, worried and shocked by a report that recently leaked out of the Transportation Security Administration. According to …

Editorial: Vermont Nonprofit’s California Venture Needs Scrutiny

Sunday, June 7, 2015

It’s often said that any big nonprofit organization ought to be run like a business. We agree — just not like a bad business. This observation is prompted by staff writer Rick Jurgens’ revelations last Sunday that Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont Inc., headquartered in …

Editorial: Solar Flare-Up

Friday, June 5, 2015

We have some sympathy for the Woodstock residents who object to the solar energy farm proposed for a hillside off Route 4 in the village of Taftsville. Putting as many as 4,200 solar panels on one section of the 15-acre site would dramatically transform the landscape — just …

Editorial: Wal-Mart’s Sea Change on Food Supplies

Friday, June 5, 2015

When the giant retailer Wal-Mart recently announced that it would ask all suppliers of fresh and frozen meat, deli, dairy and egg products to its Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores in the U.S. to abide by sweeping new …

Editorial: Vaccines in Vermont

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Congratulations to the Vermont Legislature for repealing the philosophical exemption in state law that allowed parents who objected to vaccinating their children to opt out. And congratulations to Gov. Peter Shumlin for overcoming his own philosophical objections and signing the bill into law last week. Common sense dictated …

Editorial: When Cable Giants Merge

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The proposed Charter-Time Warner merger isn’t the competition-stifling stinker that the failed Comcast-Time Warner deal would have been, but consumers should hold off from raising their TV remotes in celebration of further consolidation of the cable industry. Just because something is less bad doesn’t make it good. Two …

Editorial: Police and Deadly Force

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The debate that has been raging in recent months over the use of deadly force by police officers has in one critical respect taken place in a vacuum. Because no reliable statistics existed, nobody actually knew how many people are killed by the police every year in America, …

Editorial: No Time for Moderates

Monday, June 1, 2015

Will the Republican Party nominate another former governor with a moderate record running a deeply blue northeastern state? George Pataki, New York’s governor from 1995 to 2006, hopes so, officially launching his presidential campaign last Thursday in a video stressing unity over issues that “superficially” divide Americans. The …

Editorial: Welcome to Exit 4, Vermont

Sunday, May 31, 2015

It’s hard to imagine that anyone familiar with the stunning landscape around Exit 4 of Interstate 89 in Randolph would greet with equanimity, much less enthusiasm, the prospect of replacing it with a vast development. Enthusiasm, however, is precisely the reaction of Gov. Peter Shumlin and the Randolph …