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Editorial: A Local Bookstore Beats the Odds

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Happy Birthday to the Norwich Bookstore and many happy returns. Well, not the sort of returns that involve receipts, refunds and dissatisfied customers; those would be unhappy returns. We refer to the hope that this bookstore, which turned 20 yesterday, will continue to survive — better yet, thrive — in a community that has seen many an independent bookseller, not to mention many other locally owned and revered retailers, disappear. …

Editorial: A Curious Use of Goverment Power

Saturday, September 20, 2014

In the years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Americans have become accustomed to the government trying to defend the indefensible and justify the unjustifiable, from warrantless wiretapping to torturing terrorism detainees, all in the name of national security. But this week, The New York Times reported on a case in which the Justice Department has invoked the so-called state-secrets privilege in a breathtakingly …

Editorial: The World’s Best Spies

Friday, September 19, 2014

Yahoo Inc., as it turns out, has cared about privacy since 2007. It just couldn’t tell anyone. The company posted a note last week saying it was “pleased to announce” that it had gotten thousands of pages of court documents released that detail its battle to prevent the National Security Agency from collecting data about some of its users. The NSA intended to …

Editorial: Of Contracts and Cracker Jacks

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Red Sox fans know that Babe Ruth was sold to the New York Yankees by owner Harry Frazee, who, according to Boston lore, was raising money to back a Broadway show, No, No, Nanette. The show was a success, but Ruth was an even bigger hit. Nothing as …

Editorial: Off the Shelf Opinions, From Market Basket to Nixon

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Even the laborers here in the opinion factory occasionally suffer from end-of-the-week exhaustion in mid-summer, and so today we offer some partially assembled thoughts. Warranty not included. ∎  Certainly the Market Basket Revolt has many unusual aspects, but one of the strangest is why high-profile politicians of a …

Editorial: The Error Registry; Vermont’s Flawed Sex Offender List

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Given that Vermont has been bedeviled lately by information management problems ranging from its faulty health insurance website to systemic communications failures within the Department for Children and Families, it’s hardly surprising to learn that the state’s sex offender registry is riddled with errors. But it is doubly …

Editorial; College Calculus — Families Rethink the Costs

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

One of the most troubling trends in recent years — and there has been much competition for that title — is the combination of college costs and the soft job market for young graduates. The reasons for runaway higher education costs are complex, and justifications from schools opaque. …

Editorial: Render Unto Dorchester

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

We tend to think that religious persecution of the Christian faith in the United States is largely fictional — although, judging by the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in the Hobby Lobby case, it is a fiction that has captured the imagination of court’s five male Roman Catholic …

Editorial: The Missile Threat; Commercial Airliners Are Vulnerable

Monday, August 4, 2014

It’s been an abysmal year for the flying public. Planes have crashed in bad weather, disappeared over the Indian Ocean and tragically crossed paths with anti-aircraft missiles over Ukraine. That last disaster has led to something approaching panic, as aviation bigwigs convened in Montreal last Tuesday to discuss …

Editorial: Loyalty and Profits at Market Basket

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Pity the beleaguered American worker, who in recent years has seen wages stagnate and benefits cut and has learned that job security is sometimes built on beach sand. Meanwhile, back in the cabanas, happy days are here again: Forbes calculated last year that the average CEO earned 273 …

Editorial: In Children’s Best Interest, Vermont Needs Transparency

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Anyone who doubts that Vermont’s child protection system is a mess need only to consult Attorney General Bill Sorrell’s remarks this week to a legislative committee in order to be set straight. “Our existing laws are clear in that the controlling determinant is to be ‘the best interests …

Editorial: Deep-Pockets Parks in Hartford?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Hartford Selectboard is moving ahead with a plan to efface the ugly scar left across the north face of the Quechee Covered Bridge by Tropical Storm Irene nearly three years ago, agreeing last week to seek engineering and design studies for building pocket parks on either side …

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 …