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Editorial: Why Hartford Taxpayers Are Wary

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Hartford school officials are worried that a new state mandate to provide support for pre-kindergarten education could pose a $150,000 budget problem next year. That, School Finance Director Jim Vezina suggested to staff writer Matt Hongoltz-Hetling last week, could lead voters to revolt against rising property taxes. Maybe. After all, 35 Vermont communities voted down proposed school budgets this year. But we tend to think that if there’s a voter …

Aging Gracefully?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Participants at the Tri-State Roundtable on Aging, held last week in Portsmouth, did not beat around the old bush. Rapidly aging populations in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, conferees noted, present a formidable challenge for local and state governments. The trend will have significant implications for health care, housing, school districts, the work force, and, of course, state economies as a whole. In …

Editorial: Put Up or Shut Up on Immigration

Monday, November 24, 2014

For a guy who was finally fulfilling a promise he first made more than six years ago, President Obama didn’t seem too happy about it. Maybe that’s because he knows his plan to defer deportations for about 5 million undocumented immigrants, outlined in Thursday night’s speech, is a partial and temporary fix that is likely to make Washington a meaner, smaller place. His …

Editorial: Help Wanted in Hartford: Police Chief

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

It is hardly uncommon for public employee unions to express no confidence in management, but it’s a bit more unusual to do so when the rank and file don’t know exactly who they are working for. That’s apparently the case with Hartford’s police union, which expressed no confidence …

Editorial: Increase the Federal Gas Tax

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Whenever the price of oil spikes, it’s a sure bet that some U.S. politicians will propose another gas tax holiday. So now that oil has fallen below $85 a barrel, and with America’s highways and mass-transit systems starved for funding, is anyone in Washington sensibly calling for a …

Editorial: Ugly Talk in Politics

Sunday, October 19, 2014

New Hampshire Rep. Steve Vaillancourt, a Republican who represents Hillsborough County District 15, is not a handsome man. In photos he looks stocky, balding, a tad overweight, with a pug face and a tendency toward a bullfrog neck. His looks are fair game because Vaillancourt, one of the …

Editorial: Bark About the Park

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

We count ourselves among the most loyal and devoted friends of canis lupus familiaris, and we stand prepared to defend their rights. Even so, we readily concede that dogs, much like toddlers and teenagers, have their place. And that place may not be near crowds, antsy children, bouncing …

Editorial: The New Mediocre

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

It’s never wise to base policy on the gyrations of the stock market, but the sell-off on Wall Street this week reflects investors’ increasing nervousness about global economic growth — and their fears are not unfounded. To the contrary, the International Monetary Fund’s forecasters describe the global recovery …

Editorial: Gone Girl, Gone Boy; Young Adults Leave the Twin States

Thursday, October 16, 2014

It is entirely reasonable to skip Internet lists, but the web-averse missed the “25 Most Important Cat Photos of All Time,’’ an actual compilation that was like online catnip. We count ourselves among the wary, but still noticed the recently released “Worst States for Young Adults 2014,’’ which …

Editorial: Consent on Campus

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

New Hampshire state Rep. Renny Cushing has filed a bill that would require the state’s colleges and universities to adopt stricter sexual assault policies or risk losing state aid or, in the case of private schools, property tax exemptions. Following California’s lead, the Hampton Democrat would like to …

Editorial: Taking Precautions in the Age of Ebola

Monday, October 13, 2014

In their early attempts to prevent panic in the United States, government officials spoke too quickly and with too much assurance when they told Americans not to worry about the Ebola virus crossing the country’s borders. Last month, President Obama announced that all the necessary steps had been …

Editorial: A Generosity Gap?

Sunday, October 12, 2014

It would be tempting, but perhaps unfair, to say that the rich are getting richer, and stingier to boot. But not entirely unfair. The Chronicle of Philanthropy headlined a recent report on trends in charitable giving “As Wealthy Give Smaller Share of Income to Charity, Middle Class Digs …

Editorial: Bad Form on Route 120

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Can we talk? That new hotel rising out of denuded ground on Route 120 near Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center invites the sort of bad joke for which comedian Joan Rivers was famous: “I was so ugly that they sent my picture to Ripley’s Believe It or Not and he …