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Editorial: Oh, Say Can You See ...The Flag at Lebanon High?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Teenagers often lose the innocent patriotism of grade school, when heroes such as Betsy Ross, colonial flagmaker to the stars, and Francis Scott Key, lyricist for The Star-Spangled Banner, are venerated with enthusiasm, if not much nuance. But how could it be that the flagpole at Lebanon High School was out of order for months without drawing a glance, or even a red glare, from students or administrators? A lack …

Editorial: Anti-Trust, Pro Health

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

During an appearance at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center a couple of years ago, Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill warned that her agency would carefully scrutinize, on anti-trust grounds, efforts among health care providers to collaborate and coordinate patient care as the Affordable Care Act rolled out. Turns it she wasn’t kidding. The New York Times reported Thursday that the commission is indeed taking a …

Immigration Reform

Monday, September 22, 2014

President Obama’s zigs and zags in pursuit of immigration reform are a long-unfolding narrative now assuming epic dimensions. In the latest installment, Obama has postponed the unilateral reforms he promised to have unveiled by now. He did so not for any high-minded purpose but rather to avoid dealing mortal blows to the re-election …

Editorial: A Sensible Interval for Gun Purchases

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Vermont lawmakers surveyed recently by staff writer Sarah Brubeck do not seem inclined to assign a high priority to enacting a waiting period for firearm purchases next year, despite the circumstances in which prominent Vermont Law School professor and legal commentator Cheryl Hanna took her own life last …

Editorial: The Company You Keep: Unilever and Ben & Jerry’s

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Now that corporations, according to the thinking of certain Supreme Court justices, are people, more or less, it’s only natural that they have awkward moments. Any conservative father with an Occupy Wall Street daughter or feminist aunt with a nephew who posts bikini pictures on Facebook knows that …

Editorial: States Restrict Abortions, Putting Burdens on Women

Monday, August 11, 2014

Several states have enacted laws in recent years that require doctors who perform abortions at clinics to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. These laws, masquerading as measures to protect the health of women, are nothing more than underhanded attempts to obstruct access to abortion services. In every …

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 …