Editorials

Raises at Wal-Mart

Friday, February 27, 2015

Wal-Mart would have to go a long way to match Henry Ford’s 1913 salary surprise, when he raised the daily wage at his auto plant to a princely $5. Inflation has made that number seem tiny, but at the time, Ford was more than doubling worker pay. Competing car makers and captains of industry were furious. Though Ford later said he thought he should pay a wage that would allow …

Editorial: The Cost of Deportations

Friday, February 27, 2015

Julissa Arce personifies a lot about what makes America great — and what’s not so great about its immigration policy. Arce came to the United States from Mexico at age 11 already possessed of brains, ambition and a powerful, relentless work ethic. To support herself as a student at the University of Texas, Arce rode a bus 80 miles from Austin to San …

Editorial: Restricting Compassion in Lebanon

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Lebanon City Council will consider this spring adopting zoning amendments that would limit where a medical marijuana dispensary could be located. This is not a purely speculative exercise: One such application is pending with the state Department of Health and Human Services, and representatives of the so-far unidentified not-for-profit organization that filed it have already had a preliminary meeting with city officials. …

Editorial: Big Money and a Lack of Transparency

Friday, January 23, 2015

Five years ago , the Supreme Court turned a corner on campaign finance. In Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the court held that corporations could undertake unrestricted independent spending in election campaigns, overturning decades of restrictions on corporate money in politics by saying that the money represented …

Editorial: Hartford’s Recycling Program Is Not a Waste

Thursday, January 22, 2015

In response to a new state law designed to increase recycling in Vermont, the Hartford Selectboard is proposing to . . . dismantle the town’s successful curbside recycling program. Why? Don’t ask us. No persuasive rationale has been articulated so far for doing so. Selectman Ken Parker, who …

Editorial: Romney May Try, Try, Try, Again

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Political observers are said to be surprised, and in some cases baffled, by the news that Mitt Romney is considering a third presidential bid. While F. Scott Fitzgerald’s assertion that “there are no second acts in American lives” has long since been disproven, third acts are rarer, and …

Editorial: Share the Wealth

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

It’s safe to assume that no part of the agenda that President Obama lays out in tonight’s State of the Union address will be deader on arrival in the Republican-controlled Congress than his proposal to cut taxes on the middle class while raising them on the wealthy. According …

Editorial: Military Arms and The Police

Sunday, January 18, 2015

News that state and local law enforcement agencies operating in the Upper Valley have acquired more than $1.6 million in surplus military gear from the Pentagon in recent years is reassuring in one respect: If Canada launches a surprise attack, the police will be well equipped to offer …

Editorial: A Tree (Still) Grows in Lyme

Saturday, January 17, 2015

There are many things that put humans in their place, and impressively large trees are among them. Consider a venerable linden in Lyme, about 100 feet tall and 153 inches in girth, that was given a stay of execution by the Selectboard Monday after residents and others pointed …

Editorial: Don’t Expand Ski Area

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Sometime soon — soon being relative in a process that’s dragged on for years — Jeffrey Rose, commissioner of the Department of Resources and Economic Development, will issue his draft response to yet another proposal to expand the state-owned Mount Sunapee Ski area. That expansion, which would link …

Editorial: A Vision Infusion in White River Junction

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Private businesses, even those fortunate enough to be considered beloved, come and go. They may own the affection of local residents, but the public does not have an ownership stake in return. And so people may miss Landers’ Restaurant in Lebanon, Ames department store in Newport, the Latchis …

Editorial: The Wrong Message About Brian Musty?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The curious case of Brian Musty, the former Oxbow Union High School coach and teacher convicted of sexually assaulting one of his athletes, leaves in its wake a complicated dynamic that the community needs to sort out. Earlier this month, Musty, 45, was sentenced to seven months in …

Editorial: Keeping Obamacare Healthy

Monday, January 12, 2015

Gallup reported Wednesday that the national uninsured rate dropped to 15.5 percent of the non-elderly population, down from 20.8 percent a little over a year ago. Yes, the improving economy may have helped. But that’s also the period in which the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, …