Editorials

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 a signal to do the right thing, to end the discrimination and bullying. And last week Ireland, once considered to be under …

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 the number being held in out-of- state facilities has dropped just below 300 this year, …

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 plans to build working groups that are — get this — based on specific issues …

Editorial: The Drones of War

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

President Obama’s extraordinary revelation last week that two hostages — an American and an Italian — had been accidentally killed in January during a counterterrorism operation in Pakistan has focused renewed attention on the shadow war being conducted …

Editorial: Poor-Mouthing in Hartford

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Hartford officials are warning that the decision by voters at Town Meeting to effectively cut $220,000 from next year’s proposed $15. 7 million municipal budget has set in motion a downward budgetary spiral that could culminate in coming years in such disasters as crumbling infrastructure, unplowed roads, and …

Editorial: Tight Squeeze In Coach

Saturday, April 25, 2015

If you’ve flown in coach lately, you know how it feels to be a foot in a shoe that’s a size too small. And attention passengers, things are getting worse. This newspaper recently ran a column by David Lazarus of the Los Angeles Times in which he reported …

Editorial: The Tax Code Enables Inequality

Friday, April 24, 2015

“Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion.” So said Hillary Rodham Clinton in announcing her 2016 presidential campaign. The former first lady, senator and secretary of state is preparing to run under the banner of progressive populism, not the more moderate “third way” …

Editorial: Sorrell Exonerates Himself

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Earlier this month, we assailed Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell for bringing a “problematic and punitive” enforcement action against Dean Corren, a publicly funded candidate for lieutenant governor in last fall’s election. Sorrell alleges Corren violated the state’s campaign finance laws, and the attorney general is seeking what …

Editorial: A Shrine Upon a Hill in Enfield

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

We aren’t qualified to say whether prayers are ever answered — if a higher power spoke to journalists, it would be to say “no comment.” But some believe that faith was rewarded when it was announced last week that La Salette Shrine in Enfield will remain open. The …

Editorial: Cut Or Boost Social Security?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., is being lauded for courage and gravitas in Washington policy circles for daring to advocate changes to Social Security. We suspect the view on Main Street is quite different. But in any case, this debate may be one of the hinges on which the …

Editorial: Protected Airspace?

Monday, April 20, 2015

Doug Hughes, the letter carrier who piloted a featherweight gyrocopter over the treetops to alight on the Capitol lawn last Wednesday, was acting out a one-man “voter’s rebellion.” In the name of campaign finance reform and “honest government,” he managed to slice through the world’s best-protected airspace no …

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 …

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 …