Editorials

Editorial: Mideast Tensions

Friday, November 21, 2014

Palestinian leaders, as much as their Israeli counterparts, should have no interest in a “third intifada,” or popular uprising, in Jerusalem or the West Bank. The last one, beginning in 2000, killed thousands while profoundly damaging the cause of Palestinian statehood. Yet a series of violent incidents in Jerusalem — capped by a horrific attack on a Jewish synagogue Tuesday — have raised the prospect of intensifying communal bloodshed. And …

Editorial: Consider Regional Police Services

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Vermont communities already have their hands full wrestling with school consolidation, but recent developments in the Upper Valley suggest that they might want to also consider a different kind of combination: regionalizing law enforcement services. While that might seem to be a radical departure, consider this. ∎ In Hartford, town officials will soon conduct their third search for a new police chief to succeed …

Editorial: Bunker Mentality; Condos for the Rich and Fearful

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

One of the pleasures of an unhurried Saturday morning is to shop for homes at home, by perusing the real estate pages of the newspaper. Over a cup of coffee or tea, a young buyer can scout for starter homes. Those in the middle years might ponder trading up — maybe something with a jacuzzi and no peeling paint, a rec room and …

Editorial: Gone Girl, Gone Boy; Young Adults Leave the Twin States

Thursday, October 16, 2014

It is entirely reasonable to skip Internet lists, but the web-averse missed the “25 Most Important Cat Photos of All Time,’’ an actual compilation that was like online catnip. We count ourselves among the wary, but still noticed the recently released “Worst States for Young Adults 2014,’’ which …

Editorial: Consent on Campus

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

New Hampshire state Rep. Renny Cushing has filed a bill that would require the state’s colleges and universities to adopt stricter sexual assault policies or risk losing state aid or, in the case of private schools, property tax exemptions. Following California’s lead, the Hampton Democrat would like to …

Editorial: Taking Precautions in the Age of Ebola

Monday, October 13, 2014

In their early attempts to prevent panic in the United States, government officials spoke too quickly and with too much assurance when they told Americans not to worry about the Ebola virus crossing the country’s borders. Last month, President Obama announced that all the necessary steps had been …

Editorial: A Generosity Gap?

Sunday, October 12, 2014

It would be tempting, but perhaps unfair, to say that the rich are getting richer, and stingier to boot. But not entirely unfair. The Chronicle of Philanthropy headlined a recent report on trends in charitable giving “As Wealthy Give Smaller Share of Income to Charity, Middle Class Digs …

Editorial: Bad Form on Route 120

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Can we talk? That new hotel rising out of denuded ground on Route 120 near Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center invites the sort of bad joke for which comedian Joan Rivers was famous: “I was so ugly that they sent my picture to Ripley’s Believe It or Not and he …

Editorial: The Health Coverage Gap

Friday, October 10, 2014

Wal-Mart’s decision to stop paying for health insurance for employees who work less than 30 hours a week may sound like bad news, especially for those 30,000 workers and their families. But it could become good news ­­— for those families and everyone else — if it generates …

Editorial: Different Strokes

Thursday, October 9, 2014

It is said that Americans are moving apart, both politically and literally. The trend, social observers say, is for liberals to seek out blue neighborhoods, blue friends, blue churches, blue Facebook posts and finally, blue states. Or, if one prefers, red. What’s lost in this national separation is …

Editorial: Teaching for America

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Teach for America, which recruits college seniors to teach for two years in predominately poor neighborhoods, has enjoyed a solid reputation. Urban districts throughout the country rely on the young recruits to teach in sc­­hools that struggle to retain professional educators. Big corporations and foundations are also enthusiastic …

Editorial: Upward in West Windsor

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

There may be sure-fire businesses in this world, but ski areas are not among them. Operating one in New England is a risk worthy of a black diamond rating, partly because the annual winter snow blanket isn’t as reliable as it once was, no matter what climate change …

Editorial: Children In Need

Monday, October 6, 2014

Before there was an Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) helped plug one of the many coverage holes in the nation’s health insurance system. At an annual cost of $13 billion, most of which comes from Congress and the rest from state governments, CHIP …