Editorials

Editorial: Party On, Lebanon

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

You can’t please all the people all the time, the saying goes. While we have found that to be true, we offer a corollary: You can nearly accomplish it with fireworks. The City of Lebanon is providing proof of that this year as it brings back the traditional Fourth of July fireworks to Storrs Hill. For the last two years, the city shelved its Independence Day display of noise and …

Editorial: Change in the Air

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Last week felt like one of those rare occasions in the national life when it becomes clear within the space of a few days that things have changed decisively and will never be the same again. Usually, these are times of national trauma — Pearl Harbor, the Kennedy and King assassinations, the 9/11 terror attacks come to mind. Change for the better more …

What Fast Track Means

Monday, June 29, 2015

By agreeing to put new trade agreements on a fast track, Congress accomplished something far greater than critics of the legislation acknowledge. Since the last fast-track law expired in 2007, the Obama administration hasn’t been able to close any major deals. Now the United States will be able to take the lead again on global trade policy, advancing distinctively American notions about how …

Editorial: Ugly Moment for a Beautiful Game

Friday, May 29, 2015

Soccer is a game, a beautiful game — but it isn’t only a game. It is a global cultural obsession, and its quadrennial showcase, the World Cup, is one of the biggest entertainment spectacles on the planet. Hungry for prestige, revenue, tourism and construction projects, nations large and …

Editorial: Society’s Gay Agenda

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Was it really such a struggle to create civil unions in Vermont just 15 years ago? The pace of change on gay rights in the United States and Western Europe since then is like almost nothing else in memory — as if the majority had been waiting for …

Editorial: A Welcome Decline in Vermont Prison Population

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A population decline is not generally a positive development for a state, but an exception hit the news last week: The number of Vermonters incarcerated dropped to its lowest level since 2002. There are about 350 fewer inmates now than at the 2010 peak of about 2,250, and …

Editorial: For Hillary Clinton, Mum’s the Word

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Hillary Clinton campaign staged an event for the New Hampshire media recently that struck us as the antithesis of what the New Hampshire primary is about. Clinton operatives held a conference call about efforts the campaign is making to bulk up a social media outreach campaign and …

Editorial: The Bee Problem

Monday, May 25, 2015

A crucial agricultural workforce in the United States that produces some $15 billion worth of economic value every year, according to the Obama administration, has been struck by alarming losses recently, frightening advocates and demanding attention from Washington. Yes, the country’s bees are in trouble. President Obama has …

Editorial: A Grievance in Quechee

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The executive committee of the Quechee Lakes Landowners Association recently announced in an email to its 1,400 members that it was sharply curtailing the use by Hartford residents of QLLA facilities — including Quechee Green, the ski area, the polo field, the golf courses and Lake Pinneo. The …

Editorial: Supercomputer Recipes

Saturday, May 23, 2015

An editorial could some day be authored by a computer, but not yet. Ours are written by humans for the time being, although we could imagine typing in keywords and phrases — Norwich bandstand, outrage, infrastructure, campaign finance, Founding Fathers, deflated footballs — and letting a computer finish …

Editorial: Judgment Calls

Thursday, May 21, 2015

It appears that just about everybody running for president in 2016 now agrees about at least one thing: The 2003 invasion of Iraq was a mistake. This consensus includes not only Hillary Clinton, who voted as a member of the U.S. Senate to authorize the war, but also …

Editorial: Digital Disruption and Vermont PBS

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

In 1995, then-House speaker Newt Gingrich called for the privatization of the Public Broadcasting System. He and other conservatives claimed that the explosion of new cable channels such as History, Arts and Entertainment and Bravo had made highbrow — and suspected left-leaning — PBS redundant. Twenty years later, …

Editorial: Look for the GMO Label

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Vermont officials appear optimistic that the state’s new GMO-labeling law, the first of its kind in the nation, will withstand a pending legal challenge from the food industry. Indeed, there are grounds for such optimism. Last month, U.S. District Court Judge Christina Reiss denied a preliminary injunction sought …