Editorials

Editorial: Americans Need Their Sleep

Thursday, December 18, 2014

We rise today in defense of sleep. Americans should get more of it and work less, or at least differently. Certainly this is a bold and possibly controversial stand, but according to a Washington Post story published in Tuesday’s Valley News, research indicates that fully a third of Americans get less than seven hours a night on weekdays. This is mainly because so-called “short sleepers” work more than normal sleepers …

Editorial: Chicken v. Kale; Plucky Veggie Has its Day

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Everyone loves a David and Goliath story, in which the little guy bests the giant. In the Biblical account young David, armed with just a rock and a sling, takes down a heavily-armored Philistine. One shot, and down goes Goliath. More recently, Vermont had its own David/Goliath confrontation, in which Chick-fil-A of Atlanta, with some 1,850 fast-food restaurants and over $5 billion in …

Editorial: America and Torture

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A review of polling data from recent years indicates that a majority of Americans now believe that torture is acceptable. When the Pew Research Center first began asking questions on the subject in 2004, 53 percent of respondents said torturing terrorism suspects to gain important information could never or only rarely be justified. By 2011, 53 percent said that torture in those circumstances …

Editorial: Reforming the Postal Service

Friday, November 14, 2014

Of all the tasks confronting the newly elected Congress, none is more basic, in terms of plain old democratic governance, than reforming the U.S. Postal Service. This workhorse agency, which epitomizes the federal government in the daily lives of ordinary citizens, is reeling from a double whammy: technological …

Editorial: Fair Rules for the Web

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Most Americans avoid the gritty details of most federal regulatory issues. In fact, it’s all some of us can do to muster the energy to vote in a nonpresidential election year. But sometimes the stakes are so high that people take the time to get engaged in complex …

Editorial: Where High Culture Meets White River Junction

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

We wonder what the French culture minister, Fleur Pellerin, would make of White River Junction. Bear with us here. In obvious ways, the Vermont village is the antithesis of Paris, where Pellerin spends most of her time. Still, …

Editorial: The Case for Letting Students Sleep

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Anyone who has ever had to pry a teenager out of bed in the morning, or been so pried at an earlier stage of life, will probably have sympathy for a student-led initiative to begin the school day …

Editorial: Assault on Obamacare Is a Bad Bet

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Question: Now that the mid term elections are over and Republicans have gained control of the Senate as well as the House, where does the Affordable Care Act stand? Answer: Firmly in place, and likely to remain so. A number of considerations lead us to venture out onto …

Editorial: Open and Shut: The Lebanon School Board and the Open Meeting Law

Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Lebanon School Board had been on a roll — hiring a high school principal, business manager and interim superintendent with dispatch over the summer. The board handled the challenge of conducting multiple searches before the opening school bell rang. But that roll ground to a halt recently …

Election Postmortem

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The results of Tuesday’s elections provided a lot to chew over, but we’ll confine ourselves to a few bite-sized observations today. ∎ Supporters of the $3.5 million bond issue for athletic facility improvements at Hartford High School should take “no” for an answer this time and seek a different …

Editorial: Farewell to Friendly’s

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Has the world become a less friendly place? Certainly in one sense. The Friendly’s Restaurant on Route 12A in West Lebanon, one of the early chain restaurants to come to the Upper Valley, is no more. It closed on a recent Sunday with little more notice than a …

Editorial: Good Sport In Sharon

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The sports pages these days carry about as much troubling news as any other section of the paper. What with concussions, domestic violence, abusive coaches, spoiled players, profligate spending by colleges on athletic facilities and a host of other problems, sports is no longer the refuge from the …

Editorial: Peter Shumlin for Vermont Governor

Monday, November 3, 2014

Scott Milne says that the 2014 gubernatorial election in Vermont amounts to a referendum on the performance of his Democratic opponent, Gov. Peter Shumlin, who is completing his second two-year term this fall. It’s hard to argue with that assessment. For one thing, Milne, a Pomfret businessman making …