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Editorial: Your App, Yourself; Smartphones Will Watch Over You

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

When the developer of a new smartphone application says it has aspects that are “a bit creepy,’’ we sit up and take notice. And so we are impressed, but naturally wary, about StudentLife, a smartphone application under development by Dartmouth professor Andrew Campbell and researchers including psychiatrists and wellness experts. The app turns your cellphone, a fairly powerful computer, into your Mom, Life Coach, Fitness Trainer, Trusted Friend, Guardian Angel …

Editorial: Improving Mental Health Services in Vermont

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Anyone who thought that the opening of the new Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital in Berlin this summer meant that the state had finally overcome its shortcomings in providing care to the mentally ill was sadly mistaken, as demonstrated by staff writer Rick Jurgens’ overview in this week’s Sunday Valley News. The new 25-bed, $28.5 million hospital was certainly a big step forward, replacing …

Untangling A Website

Sunday, September 28, 2014

When Gov. Peter Shumlin and assorted officials announced earlier this month that the state’s clunker of a health insurance website was going into the garage for repairs, the sudden decision to take it off the road was cast as one made proactively to ensure that consumers would have a smooth ride when the next open enrollment period starts Nov. 15. “In order to …

Editorial: Demilitarize The Police

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Images of heavily armed police officers equipped with armored vehicles and other military gear confronting demonstrators who were protesting the shooting of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Mo., have focused public attention at last on one of the …

Editorial: Fight Money With Money — Rubens Bucks a Political Trend

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Embrace the irony,’’says the Mayday super PAC, which is battling the influence of big money in elections with — here comes the irony — big money. That is something to get your head around, a little reminiscent of the Vietnam-era declaration that a village had to be destroyed …

Caring For Veterans

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has been widely — and justly — praised for his role in forging legislation aimed at addressing critical shortcomings in the Department of Veterans Affairs. Once upon a time, it would have been regarded as a no-brainer for Congress to swiftly respond to …

Editorial: A Test That’s Failing in Vermont: No Child Left Behind

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Vermont Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe isn’t the first to complain about No Child Left Behind, and she won’t be the last. But she may be among the most articulate critics of the school accountability law. In an Aug. 6 letter to parents, she explains clearly and compellingly why …

Editorial: Changing Managers in Vermont State Government

Saturday, August 16, 2014

A little more than a week after the Shumlin administration gave the boot to the main developer of the problem-plagued Vermont Health Connect website, the other shoe dropped — on Doug Racine, secretary of the Agency of Human Services. Exactly why Racine was dismissed Monday was not specified …

Editorial: A Sensible Interval for Gun Purchases

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Vermont lawmakers surveyed recently by staff writer Sarah Brubeck do not seem inclined to assign a high priority to enacting a waiting period for firearm purchases next year, despite the circumstances in which prominent Vermont Law School professor and legal commentator Cheryl Hanna took her own life last …

Editorial: The Company You Keep: Unilever and Ben & Jerry’s

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Now that corporations, according to the thinking of certain Supreme Court justices, are people, more or less, it’s only natural that they have awkward moments. Any conservative father with an Occupy Wall Street daughter or feminist aunt with a nephew who posts bikini pictures on Facebook knows that …

Editorial: States Restrict Abortions, Putting Burdens on Women

Monday, August 11, 2014

Several states have enacted laws in recent years that require doctors who perform abortions at clinics to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. These laws, masquerading as measures to protect the health of women, are nothing more than underhanded attempts to obstruct access to abortion services. In every …

Editorial: Of Contracts and Cracker Jacks

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Red Sox fans know that Babe Ruth was sold to the New York Yankees by owner Harry Frazee, who, according to Boston lore, was raising money to back a Broadway show, No, No, Nanette. The show was a success, but Ruth was an even bigger hit. Nothing as …

Editorial: Off the Shelf Opinions, From Market Basket to Nixon

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Even the laborers here in the opinion factory occasionally suffer from end-of-the-week exhaustion in mid-summer, and so today we offer some partially assembled thoughts. Warranty not included. ∎  Certainly the Market Basket Revolt has many unusual aspects, but one of the strangest is why high-profile politicians of a …