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Editorial: Managing Change in Hartford, Lebanon

Saturday, August 29, 2015

This month marked the changing of the management guard in two of the Upper Valley’s biggest communities, with Dennis Luttrell being introduced as Lebanon’s new city manager and Hunter Rieseberg, longtime town manager in Hartford, abruptly resigning. Luttrell, 65, has big shoes to fill in succeeding Greg Lewis, whose calm, accessible and respectful management style won the admiration of city councilors and the public alike before he retired earlier this …

Editorial: Bottled Water Everywhere

Saturday, August 29, 2015

There are legendary stories of old-time football coaches who denied water to players practicing in scorching heat to toughen them up. Real men don’t get heat stroke, after all. That school of thought, built on grit and perhaps repeated concussions, is thankfully passe in an age when many exercisers wouldn’t even jog across the street without sipping from a water bottle. Americans drink …

Editorial: Trouble Ahead on U.S. Budget

Thursday, August 27, 2015

If you think this summer of presidential campaign politics has been wild, and the news from Wall Street a bit scary, wait until Congress gets back after Labor Day. The federal government is heading toward a fiscal train wreck, and, at the moment, it’s far from clear how lawmakers will avoid it. Due to partisan polarization on Capitol Hill, the United States currently …

A Soiled Symbol

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Twin State residents of 150 years ago would have had no mixed feelings about the display of a Confederate battle flag after so many sons and fathers had been killed or maimed in what they called “The War of the Rebellion.” It would have been treasonous to them, …

Editorial: Doing-Good Business at CVS

Friday, July 24, 2015

If coverage of business news tends to accentuate the negative, it’s largely because there’s so much negative to accentuate. For every Market Basket that prides itself on treating its employees and customers well, there are dozens of big corporations whose only goal is to maximize shareholder value and …

Wisdom of The Jester?

Thursday, July 23, 2015

As promised in this space yesterday, we now return to the regularly scheduled noise of the 2016 presidential campaign, albeit in the hope of distinguishing the signal from the noise made by and about Donald Trump. Remarkably, Trump …

Editorial: The View From the Back of the Pack

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

We interrupt regular coverage of Donald Trump’s quote of the day, the GOP cavalcade of candidates and handicapping Clinton vs. the Democratic field to consider a candidate who is reported to be running for president, though running may be too strong a word for it. At this point, …

Editorial: Speaking Freely

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

When the results are finally in on election night, politicians are fond of saying, “ Well, the people have spoken.” Indeed they have, but that’s not all they are entitled to say, a point that seems to be increasingly lost on local officials in New Hampshire. In Alton, …

Editorial: Overtime, Overdue

Monday, July 20, 2015

Is a secretary or a mid-level office worker a manager? Most people probably wouldn’t think so, but the federal Fair Labor Standards Act begs to differ. Right now any salaried worker who makes more than $23,660 a year and whose duties include “the exercise of discretion and independent …

Editorial: Parade, Interrupted

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Who rained on Wells River’s Fourth of July parade? Even this newspaper’s best investigatory efforts to find out have been frustrated by serial finger-pointing among state officials, law enforcement authorities and parade organizers. Perhaps the only positive note in the whole affair is that all those involved have …

Editorial: The Bees Needs

Saturday, July 18, 2015

If anything deserves our sympathies, it is the humble bee, which has suffered terribly in recent years from die-offs of mysterious origin. Disease, mites, habitat change, pesticides and parasites are among the suspects. According to a recent New York Times article, the Bee Informed Partnership reported this spring …

Editorial: Work More, Says Jeb Bush

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Jeb Bush’s clarion call last week for Americans to work longer hours was issued at a particularly inopportune moment: In July, millions of Bush’s fellow citizens are on vacation, resting from their labors and savoring for a welcome change the pleasures of not working. We suspect, though, that …

Editorial: Enfield’s Investments

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

In a sense, you can blame the Federal Reserve for Enfield’s investment troubles: The Fed has been keeping interest rates historically low to stimulate the economy by making it cheap to borrow money. But what’s good for borrowers isn’t always good for savers, who have gotten measly returns …