Editorials

Editorial: A Community of Broadcasters in Royalton

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Facebook, Twitter and the social networks du jour have soaked up the creative juices of the populace, to the point where some fear there’s nothing new to say about cute kittens. But there’s energy of another sort in South Royalton, where the sound of the fiddle is heard across the land. Well, not across the land entirely — Royalton Community Radio’s low-power signal beams out only about 10 miles, more …

Editorial: An Appropriate EPA Rule

Friday, March 27, 2015

One can understand why critics of the Obama administration are angry about the so-called mercury rule, an Environmental Protection Agency clean-air regulation that they are asking the Supreme Court to quash. The EPA did not conduct a cost-benefit analysis when it decided to regulate hazardous air pollutants, such as mercury, from power plants. When the agency did consider costs, the balance ended up …

Editorial: Secretive Police, and Their Political Enablers

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Last December, President Obama proposed spending millions of dollars to equip 50,000 police officers across the nation with body cameras as part of an effort to address a “simmering distrust that exists between too many police departments and too many communities of color.” The idea is that when encounters between police and the public go awry in disputed circumstances — a situation all …

Thailand’s Rule by Force

Monday, February 23, 2015

Nine months after staging a coup against a democratically elected government, Thailand’s military has little to show for it. The economy is stagnant, one of the worst performing in Asia. The national “reconciliation” the generals promised is nowhere to be seen: There are hundreds of political prisoners, and …

Editorial: Eggs Are Back

Sunday, February 22, 2015

It’s been a long time since nutritional advice was as straightforward as “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Changing and sometimes contradictory guidance on what people should eat can make many lurch from fad to fad, or surrender and embrace the doughnut. Latest case in point: …

Column: Boston Is Buried by Winter

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Regrettably, we find ourselves unable to take an official position on winter as the Upper Valley has experienced it this year, due to a unfortunate division within the editorial board between realists and a weather-denier who claims to …

Editorial: Russia’s Power Grab

Friday, February 20, 2015

Vladimir Putin’s latest victory in Ukraine is turning into a rout. Having already induced Western leaders to endorse a peace plan that virtually guarantees continued Russian control over parts of two provinces, the Russian ruler ordered a large Ukrainian force holding Debaltseve, a key crossroads in the region, …

Editorial: Remove Philosophical Exemption to Immunizing Children

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Vermont lawmakers this year will again consider removing the philosophical exemption in state law that allows parents to opt out of immunizing their children. There are sound public health reasons for doing away with it. All 50 states require vaccination before children enter school, unless they suffer from …

Editorial: Losers in the Digital Age — Radio Shack, the Phone Book

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The road to the digital future is littered with items that have been virtually bulldozed, and two recent examples caught our attention while we were driving by. The announcement that Radio Shack has filed for bankruptcy protection and is closing or selling many of its stores made old …

Editorial: Now, Gridlock Irks the GOP

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Congressional Republicans are said to be frustrated that the legislative juggernaut they proclaimed after seizing control of the Senate as well as the House in the midterm elections has been slowed to a crawl and is threatening to stall. Surely, though, this cannot be truly a surprise to …

Editorial: Thieves Want Your Tax Refund

Monday, February 16, 2015

Although tax day in the U.S. is still two months away, a few enterprising businessmen have been busy filing returns to the Internal Revenue Service. Unfortunately, their business is fraud. TurboTax, the popular online tax-filing service, briefly stopped submitting returns to state authorities recently after a spike in …

Editorial: Don’t Fear Sensible Gun Regulations

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The crowd that turned out at the Vermont Statehouse last week for a public hearing on gun control legislation was reported to be the largest since the debate over civil unions in 2000. Based on media accounts, we’d also like to nominate it for entertaining the most preposterous …

Editorial: Hoop Dreams and the Upper Valley

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Few high school basketball coaches have had it tougher than Norman Dale. Early in the film Hoosiers, a fathers’ cabal monitors practice to be sure the new coach does things the right way — the way they’ve always been done. When they don’t like his changes, they convene …