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Editorial: Into the Fryer; A Hard Line at McDonald’s in Russia

Friday, October 24, 2014

In January 1990, when the dreary and declining Soviet Union under Mikhail Gorbachev was opening to the world, McDonald’s arrived as a symbol of American prosperity and freedom. Long lines of Russians, used to stores with empty shelves, were stunned by the cornucopia of burgers, fries, Cokes and milkshakes. There were even smiles from the staff, a Chicago Tribune correspondent noted. That first Moscow McDonald’s stands today, but it is …

Editorial: What the Pentagon Knows About Climate Change

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Americans love to be scared to death, as evidenced by the enduring popularity of horror movies and Halloween. The terror of the moment is the Ebola virus, which succeeded in the national consciousness the Islamic State, which took the place of Ukraine, which was preceded by Central American children crossing the border into the United States. Surveying the scene, Marilinda Garcia, the Republican …

Editorial: The Girth of a Nation

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Economics is sometimes called the dismal science, but the study of weight loss is nearly as dreary. A recent story in this newspaper, however, seemed to offer a morsel of hope when its headline declared: “Study: Rapid Weight Loss Just as Good.” Or, just as good as the long slog of what is sometimes called a sensible diet. On the surface, that finding …

Editorial: Underpowered Coalition

Thursday, September 18, 2014

In launching two previous wars in Iraq, the United States assembled formidable coalitions of dozens of countries. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria and Oman were among the Arab states that deployed substantial ground forces during the 1991 Persian Gulf War. Though derided by some as a “unilateral” U.S. action, …

Editorial: Live and Learn

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

We’re all for practical experimentation in campus living, especially if it aims to divert students from beer pong, binge drinking and other problematical, if popular, extracurricular pursuits. Still, new housing arrangements at Dartmouth College give pause. While well meaning and seemingly liberal-minded, some innovative “living learning communities” might …

Editorial: Brown Needs to Call a Different Play

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Scott Brown stuck pretty closely to the Republican playbook after winning the party’s U.S. Senate primary in New Hampshire last week, excoriating his opponent in this fall’s general election, incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen, for all manner of ills, real and imagined, that he attributed to her support of …

Editorial: Clean Up This Town

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Fall is nearly upon us, but it’s time for housekeeping of the sort that gets much attention in spring. Red, yellow and orange leaves are declaring summer’s end, and it’s just two months or so before the unofficial Upper Valley Snowtire Panic Day. In the meantime, a couple …

Editorial: No Vacancies In the Valley

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Much has changed in the Upper Valley over the past 25 years, but among the constants is an acute shortage of rental housing — especially of the affordable variety. This point was reinforced last Sunday in a report by staff writer John Lippman, who found that in the …

Editorial: When Decency is Assaulted, Will You Watch?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?” So Joseph N. Welch, special counsel for the U.S. Army, famously inquired of Sen. Joseph McCarthy in 1954. Those questions, and the nationally televised Army-McCarthy hearings in which they were posed, …

Editorial: An Open Discussion in Norwich

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

It’s challenging to deconstruct small-town disputes, in which issues, personalities and history make the simple immensely complicated. A case in point is the recent conflict between the Selectboard, or at least one member, and the town manager in Norwich. At the Aug. 27 Selectboard meeting, Selectwoman Linda Cook …

Editorial: Policing The Police?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Most of the attention paid to the fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., last month has centered on the racial dimension: the deceased was black, while the officer is white. As civil unrest sparked by the shooting has faded and a …

The Cost Of Courage

Monday, September 8, 2014

In February, Republican strategist Karl Rove chastised President Obama for ignoring “his own Bowles-Simpson deficit commission” and making “no effort to reduce the long-term debt burden.” Now Crossroads GPS, the political group for which Rove serves as senior adviser, is running advertisements attacking Democrats who did support Simpson-Bowles. …

Editorial: Hartford’s School Bus Contract

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Hartford School Board appears to have adopted “close enough for government work” as its standard for conducting the public’s business. Indeed, the lack of scrupulousness implied by the phrase accurately reflects the board’s actions. The problem is, of course, that “close enough for government work” isn’t nearly …