Editorials

Editorial: States All In On Gambling

Sunday, April 19, 2015

News that the New Hampshire Legislature is, yet again, considering a bill that would bring big-time casino gambling to the state raises two concerns. The primary one, of course, is that lawmakers will succumb to the lure of additional revenue this time and open the doors to all the ills that accompany casinos. But we’re also a bit worried about the well-being of the legislators themselves. Might another round of …

Editorial: Art, Politics And Hope

Friday, April 17, 2015

We applaud the gumption of a pair of Hanover High students who question the appropriateness of a school mural that includes a representation of President Obama’s famous “Hope’’ campaign poster — even though we think they are entirely wrong in asking that it be removed. They are making their case in a thoughtful …

Editorial: Justice in the Blackwater Shootings

Friday, April 17, 2015

In imposing lengthy prison terms on four former employees of the security firm once known as Blackwater, a federal judge has reinforced the message that the American legal system can mete out justice even when crimes are committed in wartime in another country. The fact that the defendants were in Iraq when they killed more than a dozen unarmed civilians shouldn’t have immunized …

Editorial: Ayotte’s Misstep

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Since being elected to the U.S. Senate by New Hampshire voters in 2010, Kelly Ayotte has worked diligently to build a reputation within the Republican Party as a leading young light on foreign policy. She did nothing to burnish that credential last week when she joined 46 other …

Editorial: Exceptional New Hampshire

Friday, March 13, 2015

Radio listeners who turned their dials to VPR on Vermont Town Meeting Day heard a midday program on the timeless question of whether Vermont exceptionalism is a myth. It’s no myth, said graphic artist Sabra Field, of East Barnard, who has created exceptionally attractive Vermont scenes in her …

Editorial: A Film About Pollution Appears in China, Then Vanishes

Friday, March 13, 2015

A documentary that just appeared in China opens with a narrator on a stage, wearing a simple white blouse and blue jeans. The former television journalist who produced the film, Chai Jing, describes her anxiety when a daughter was born with an illness that may have been caused …

Editorial: Cut Now, Pay Later — Vermont’s Prison Schools

Thursday, March 12, 2015

When it comes to targeting budget cuts, programs for prison inmates generally have a bull’s-eye painted on their back. It’s not hard to understand why: Few members of society are so despised, so powerless or live in such obscurity as prisoners. Unless they have a relative behind bars …

Editorial: Moral Qualms Under the Big Top

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Mark Twain thought that dogs judged humans too kindly, adoring masters who mistreated their best friends. “Heaven goes by favor; if it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in,’’ Twain proclaimed. We’re not sure what he thought about elephants, although we suspect …

Editorial: Branding Vermont, for Real

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

From Michigan to Massachusetts, from Arizona to Pennsylvania, the Vermont franchise is under siege, The Wall Street Journal reports. And what franchise is that, exactly? According to the Journal, it is the state’s status as the “nation’s keeper of all things quaint: maple sugar treats, softly-falling snow and …

Editorial: Oh, Those Canadian Pharmaceutical Prices

Monday, March 9, 2015

Canada has a well-founded reputation for dangerous exports: dirty oil. Strong beer. The occasional bad pop song. Hockey fights. Hockey hair. The Canadian tuxedo. Still, the U.S. pharmaceutical industry’s concern about a law that let Maine residents buy prescription drugs from Canada is a little odd. There’s no …

Editorial: It’s Budget-Cutting Time in Hartford

Sunday, March 8, 2015

The Selectboard and School Board in Hartford are now conducting post mortems on their respective failed budgets, trying to divine exactly what message voters were conveying at Town Meeting. That’s not necessarily an easy task, although it is an inevitable byproduct of shifting from the traditional Town Meeting, …

Editorial: Happy Voters, and Unhappy Ones

Saturday, March 7, 2015

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Editorial: Clinton’s Email Trail

Friday, March 6, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton has served as first lady, a senator from New York and secretary of state. She is no newcomer to the corridors of power. Her decision to exclusively use a private email account while secretary suggests she made a deliberate decision to shield her messages from …