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Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press

Editorial: Humanitarian Assistance

Friday, April 18, 2014

A child starving in South Sudan should matter to Americans. That was the message delivered last week by Nancy Lindborg, head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, the federal bureau that helps to spread democracy and humanitarian assistance across the world. That world has reached a critical danger zone, with three high-level crises combining military conflict with humanitarian catastrophes …

Editorial: The Sky Isn’t Falling

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Some of the potential candidates for the Republican presidential nomination gathered for a “Freedom Summit” in Manchester over the weekend, marking what one conservative activist termed “the unofficial kickoff of the 2016” campaign. Given that New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary is still almost two years away, we’re inclined to think that Republicans might be jumping the gun. But apparently they just can’t wait to …

Editorial: Taxing Questions

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A few facts to keep in mind about New Hampshire’s “Medicaid Enhancement Tax”: It doesn’t have much to do with Medicaid. It doesn’t enhance health care for the poor and disabled. And though long used as a mechanism to raise revenue, it doesn’t pass constitutional muster — at least according to two recent court rulings. Assuming the rulings stand, New Hampshire faces another …

Editorial: Economy Rebounds, but Jobs Lag

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The U.S. economy shows signs of gathering steam, with gross domestic product rising at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 3.2 percent in the fourth quarter. Combined with 4.1 percent growth in the third quarter, the last half of 2013 was the strongest since the boom times of …

Editorial: Russia’s Outlook Is Both Bright and Dark

Monday, February 3, 2014

The recurrent turmoil in emerging markets raises a difficult question about Russia: Is it a fundamentally sound economy that can weather the storm, or a corrupt autocracy headed for disaster? Unsatisfying as it may be, the answer is both. As the Federal Reserve starts to pull back on …

Editorial: Relief for New Hampshire’s Mentally Ill

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Anyone who has had first-hand experience with mental illness, either personally or through a family member, friend or colleague, understands all too well the insidious nature of the disease — how it corrodes self respect and confidence in the one afflicted while putting relationships under stress and sometimes …

Editorial: Radio Days Revisited

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Rich Parker and Rob Woodward don’t aspire to the heights of the golden age of radio, but the silencing of their Sports Buzz program made the local media scene a little bit blander, a little more generic. For those who never caught the Sports Buzz on Saturday mornings, …

Editorial: Combating Campus Rape

Friday, January 31, 2014

“I’ve never been able to get close to a guy. I just imagined his hands on me every time and sort of spiraled into a breakdown. It’s not just one night they hurt you when they do stuff …

Editorial: The State of the Union Is Pleasant

Thursday, January 30, 2014

It’s probably wise not to get too worked up about any State of the Union speech, and this year’s was especially inoffensive. Or, if you prefer, refreshingly so. President Obama’s fifth State of the Union address encompassed the typical presidential wish list, including such hardy policy perennials as …

Editorial: Rewriting Food Rules

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Farmers and food producers in the Upper Valley and across the nation received a bit of good news last month when federal officials said they were planning to delay implementation of new food safety regulations. Just before Christmas, …

Editorial: Strengthen Criminal Justice Safeguards in Vermont

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Vermont lawmakers have the opportunity during the current session to save the criminal justice system from error and to promote effective law enforcement. Happily, they can accomplish both goals simultaneously by embracing two pending bills. The first would require all law enforcement agencies in the state to adopt …

Editorial: Fraternity, No Equality; Dartmouth Sorority Members Speak Out

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Good for the five Dartmouth undergraduates who, seeking to reform Greek life on campus, protested by abstaining from the recruitment process for new sorority members this winter. It takes courage and conviction to speak out against the institutions and peers with which one associates. In a public statement …

Editorial: Out in The Cold

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Generally speaking, we don’t favor stunts as a way of calling attention to social issues — as when, for example, politicians strive to do a week’s grocery shopping on food stamps to demonstrate, well, that it’s hard to do. So we were a bit skeptical to learn that …