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Editorial: Meeting a Need; Mascoma’s Food Initiative

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

In a time when many new social initiatives have been stalled by political gridlock, the fundamental needs of people continue to be pressing. One of those is affordable, nutritious food, and those who lack “food security’’ can’t afford to wait for the political scene to change. They need a helping hand now. That’s why we are impressed by the resolve and fast action of the Friends of the Mascoma Foundation, …

Editorial: The Right Pace for Development Reviews in Lebanon

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Developers have long complained that Lebanon’s project review process is not merely exhaustive, but exhausting and costly. The city’s regulations are said to be onerous and arbitrary, and planners have been accused on some occasions of meddling in matters that do not fall within their purview. Getting the needed permits can take months, if not years. In a recent interview with staff writer …

Column: Politicians Get It Wrong About Judeo-Christian America

Sunday, February 7, 2016

You know it’s an election year when you hear politicians talk about the “Judeo-Christian” tradition. Seriously, how often does this term come up in everyday conversation? “Let’s treat one another according to Judeo-Christian values.” Or, “C’mon, kids, don’t forget to bring your Judeo-Christian Bible to church with you.” And yet, this being an …

Editorial: N.H.’s Primary Responsibility

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Presidential candidates have long showered New Hampshire voters with abundant praise for the seriousness with which they take their civic duty to winnow the primary field. Some of that flattery may even be sincere. This year, though, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, …

Editorial: A Long, Unhappy Life

Friday, December 25, 2015

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, with kids jingle belling and everyone telling you be of good cheer. It’s the happiest season of all, with those holiday greetings and gay happy meetings when friends come to call. So croons Andy Williams anyway. But life often fails …

Editorial: Ignore the Santa Truthers

Thursday, December 24, 2015

In 1897, The New York Sun received unlikely editorial inspiration. An 8-year-old girl had written to the newspaper seeking an answer to Christmas truthers, to borrow a contemporary word. She wanted to know if Santa was real. The response came from editorial writer Francis Pharcellus Church, described by …

Editorial: Putin Praises Trump

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The spectacle that is the Trump campaign carries on with no sign it has hit bottom, since any such low point remains a moving target for the Republican front-runner. But an endorsement of sorts from Russian President Vladimir …

Editorial: How Will the Vermont Senate Judge Sen. McAllister?

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

When the Vermont Senate returns to Montpelier in January, among its first orders of business apparently will be to debate suspending one of its members, Sen. Norm McAllister, R-Franklin County, who is facing six criminal charges, including three felony counts of sexual assault. There’s no doubt that McAllister …

Editorial: Requiem for the Middle Class?

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Because “middle class” and “American Dream” are virtually synonymous in the minds of so many people, two recent Valley News headlines were arresting in their implications: One read, “Study Finds Middle Class No Longer Majority”; the other, “Poll: Nearly Half of Youth Say ‘American Dream’ Is Dead.” The …

Editorial: The Generous Season

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Whether owing to the holidays, or end-of-the-year tax reckoning, generosity of spirit spreads across the land this time of year. While this nation has expended much energy in 2015 in fear (terror, racism, climate change) and loathing (certain presidential candidates), in December there’s room for magnanimity. Here in …

Editorial: Undermining Obamacare

Friday, December 18, 2015

After dozens of futile votes to repeal President Obama’s health care law, Republicans in Congress may have finally found a winning strategy: Delay or suspend the taxes that pay for the program, and enfold the provisions in a larger spending bill that has to pass. Even congressional Democrats …

Editorial: Beware the Call For War in Syria

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Welcome to America, land of the free, home of the brave, and realm of the short memory, bordering on amnesia. A new Associated Press-GfK Poll indicates that 42 percent of Americans now favor sending U.S. ground troops to fight Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, up 11 …

Editorial: Convoluted in Norwich

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Norwich Selectboard’s long-running wrangle with Town Manager Neil Fulton about the terms of his employment resembles a mystery novel that has gone on for a hundred pages too long. And, because much of the action has taken place in private, it is, for the public, an overlong …