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Editorial: Darth Vader, Dark Horse Candidate

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

If you’re not excited yet about the possibilities in the 2016 presidential race, know that you aren’t alone in the galaxy. According to analysts who are taking a summer break from more serious work, Darth Vader from the Star Wars films is “polling higher than all potential 2016 candidates.” This all began with the work of the FiveThirtyEight blog, which calculated favorability ratings for Star Wars characters, from Luke Skywalker, …

Editorial: This Does Not Compute: Vermont Health Website’s Woes Persist

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

What does $72 million get you these days? In Vermont, it has so far bought a poorly working website for Vermont Health Connect, the online health insurance marketplace mandated by the Affordable Care Act. The website’s problems when it was first rolled out last fall have been well documented, but nine months later key aspects are still not functioning or are functioning poorly. …

Editorial: Guilt — It’s What’s for Dinner

Monday, July 28, 2014

Several recent articles about food could inspire a reworking of a famous ad campaign that once promoted a nice, juicy steak. Given heaping servings of doubt about the ethics of the American way of eating, it has come to this: Guilt — it’s what’s for dinner. At least that is how one might feel after reading a steady diet of disconcerting pieces in …

Editorial: Filling Top Jobs in Lebanon Schools

Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Lebanon School Board won’t get much rest and relaxation this summer. Members are under pressure to hire three administrators integral to the operation of the district — a superintendent; a business administrator responsible for the budget; and …

Editorial: A More Powerful Mayor in Claremont?

Friday, June 20, 2014

It’s not uncommon for citizens to desire a change in the form of local government, usually after a period of frustration for a faction who believe that the will of the people — or their own — is being subverted by the powers that be. In Claremont, a …

Editorial: Truth and Consequences: Government’s Role in Punishing Lies

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Everyone lies. It’s human nature, so much so that anyone who says, “I always tell the truth” is automatically exposed as untrustworthy. Small lies or whoppers, white lies or diabolical deceptions — they are as unavoidable as death and taxes. In certain realms, though, we demand honesty, passing …

Editorial: No Smoking, Please

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Decades ago, an ad campaign invited readers to “Come to Marlboro Country.” The slogan was printed over a photograph of a cowboy leaning against a weathered barn, enjoying a smoke after busting broncs, fixing fences or some such manly pursuit. Earlier, smoking enjoyed even more social approval. “More …

Editorial: The Write Goes Wrong; The Defeat of Eric Cantor

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

When it comes to writing a political epitaph for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, it’s hard to decide between, “He just wasn’t conservative enough” and “In your heart, you know he’s far right.” Paradoxically, both are apt. Despite …

Editorial: Fixing the Dartmouth Brand

Sunday, June 15, 2014

All things considered, we much preferred the days when branding was something done to cattle rather than something colleges did to themselves in an effort to market their educational wares to impressionable young people and their parents. That no doubt reflects the archaic view that higher education is …

Editorial: Words of Wisdom at Graduation Time

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Parents realize that the teen years are not known for the efficacy of shared wisdom. The ROA — or Return on Advice — is small. Nevertheless, adults are making high school graduates squirm under caps and gowns this week as the voices of authority seize one last chance …

Editorial: Reforming the VA

Friday, June 13, 2014

For those of us who have been struck by the high rhetoric-to-fact ratio in the uproar over alleged misconduct at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Monday brought a needed infusion of hard data in the form of a department-wide audit. Alas, the document confirmed preliminary findings by the …

Editorial: A Not-So-Sorry Excuse in Cornish

Thursday, June 12, 2014

For a relatively inexperienced officeholder, Cornish School Board member Holly Taft demonstrated unusual mastery of the non-apology apology at last week’s board meeting. Having provoked a firestorm last month by posting on Facebook a term of vulgar disparagement in apparent reference to constituents with whom she had disagreed …

Editorial: Idyll Pleasure: Views on a Solar Panel in Norwich

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Union Village Road from Norwich to Thetford is a pretty roadway in the Upper Valley, which doesn’t lack for pleasant drives. After leaving the village of Norwich, the road rambles through woodlands and pastures. Northbound drivers get glimpses of mountains to the east, distant and immense. Pleasing colors …