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Editorial: Seasons Never End for Young Athletes

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

When it came to this year’s Baseball Hall of Fame inductions in Cooperstown, the attention of New England was understandably riveted on Pedro Martinez, the most dominant and entertaining pitcher to perform for the Boston Red Sox in many a long year — maybe ever. And by all accounts, Martinez’s speech on Sunday delivered everything fans were yearning for. We hope, though, that parents of young baseball players — and, …

Editorial: Hackers Vs. Automobiles

Monday, July 27, 2015

The article on the Wired website last week was like something out of a Hollywood thriller. As writer Andy Greenberg sped down the highway in a Jeep Cherokee, the radio started blasting hip hop, the air conditioning unexpectedly turned on, the wipers activated — and then the SUV switched itself into neutral. Or rather, hackers on laptops miles away switched it into neutral. …

A Soiled Symbol

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Twin State residents of 150 years ago would have had no mixed feelings about the display of a Confederate battle flag after so many sons and fathers had been killed or maimed in what they called “The War of the Rebellion.” It would have been treasonous to them, villainy. But all these years later, the meaning of the flag has become muddled, at …

Editorial: Stalled in Congress

Saturday, June 20, 2015

The American public has low regard for Congress, whose approval rating has crawled up to a lackluster 19 percent of late. At least that’s better than the 9 percent of a couple of years ago, when the few lower-rated subjects included schoolyard bullies, the Kardashians and North Korea. …

Editorial: N.H. Needs to Discuss End-of-Life Issues

Friday, June 19, 2015

Last week, Gov. Maggie Hassan vetoed House Bill 151, an innocuous bill that would have created a panel to study end-of-life decisions. The committee would have looked at states that have passed aid-in-dying laws, which allow terminally ill people to be prescribed medication to end their lives at …

Editorial: Trump Declares His Greatness

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Donald Trump, with an ego as immense as the Louisiana Purchase, has thrown his hat into the ring — joining the growing field in the Republican primary for president. He would be, in his words, “the greatest jobs …

Editorial: Wisdom Among the Mortarboards From Upper Valley Graduates

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

It’s not likely that teenagers have the acquisition of wisdom chiefly on their minds as their names are called and diplomas handed out at graduation. But that’s not the main order of business, really, because at graduation a community gathers to celebrate childhoods completed, or nearly so, and …

Editorial: A Winnowing Strategy for the GOP

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

It was only a matter of time before New Hampshire took exception to a bid by Fox News to pre-empt the state’s first-in-the-nation primary. That moment came last week when a group of 56 prominent Granite State Republicans sent a letter to Fox and the Republican National Committee …

Editorial: Mockery of Human Rights

Monday, June 15, 2015

Recent events in Azerbaijan and Saudi Arabia show why authoritarian regimes believe they can get away with the grossest abuses of human rights: because they can and they do. In Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation …

Editorial: Art for People’s Sake

Sunday, June 14, 2015

If you’re looking for an enriching experience, you could do worse than wander through Dartmouth’s Hood Museum of Art, one of the oldest and largest college art museums in the country with an impressive collection stretching back to 1772. Not that you’d get to see most of the …

Editorial: Vermont’s Lame Duck

Saturday, June 13, 2015

In deciding not to seek a fourth two-year term in 2016, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin was probably just reading the handwriting on the wall. The question is why he chose to read it out loud , announcing the decision fully 18 months before the election. There’s little doubt …

Editorial: Bold Declaration by G-7

Friday, June 12, 2015

It’s easy to get lost in the stultifying language, but the message from the world’s top leaders on Monday deserves to be elevated: “Deep cuts in global greenhouse gas emissions are required,” leaders of the Group of Seven nations declared, “with a decarbonisation of the global economy over …

Editorial: Ethics Panel for Vermont

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The idea of creating a state ethics commission, as recently proposed by Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos, apparently strikes some of the players in Montpelier as outlandish, if not totally absurd. For example, Rep. David Deen, D-Westminster, head of the House ethics committee, told VTDigger: “I think …