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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: Grafton’s Absentee Candidate

Saturday, September 6, 2014

It appears that Tim Condon would not mind much if we urged Republicans not to vote for him in the New Hampshire Senate District 2 primary on Tuesday. Although he’s running, it’s been a crawl. If elected, he’s not prepared to serve. In fact, he says, if he …

Editorial: Goodbye, Columbus?

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Those of us of a certain age might recall when American history education began with a poem: “In fourteen hundred ninety-two/Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” It’s kindergarten sweet, full of happy sailors, happy Indians and a valiant Columbus, and it cheerily concludes: “The first American? No, not quite./But …

Editorial: Rethinking the VA’s Future

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

When it comes to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, public attention and that of Congress has understandably been focused on rectifying the shortcomings revealed in recent disclosures that some veterans had been forced to wait months for medical appointments and that this situation had been covered up …

A Simple Carbon Plan

Monday, September 1, 2014

A prominent member of Congress has proposed a comprehensive national climate-change plan. It’s only 28 pages long, it’s market-based, and it would put money into the pockets of most Americans. This is not the first time that Rep. …

Editorial: Nights of Labor

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Cancel that festive Labor Day cookout for the great American worker. Life for the working stiff is certainly no picnic these days. It’s no secret that middle class wages have stagnated over recent decades, while the benefits of economic growth have accrued almost exclusively to the top 5 …

Editorial: Your Cellphone Could Betray You

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Well before the dawn of cellphones, Joseph Heller wrote this in Catch-22: “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.” His novel was about absurdities in a time of declared war, but our era of uneasy peace doesn’t lack matters to fret about. One of the …

Editorial: High School Fatigue; Teens Need More Sleep

Friday, August 29, 2014

Teenagers need more sleep. They also need more time in school. A national push is now under way to address the first problem, which is encouraging — but the second one is no less important. The American Academy of Pediatrics announced this week what a growing body of …

Editorial: Do No Harm With Prescription Drugs

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ever since Gov. Peter Shumlin declared back in January that Vermont had been suffering from a quiet crisis of opiate drug addiction “bubbling just beneath the surface,” all sorts of manifestations of the problem have, well, bubbled to the surface. Last week, the state reported a 21 percent …

Editorial: A Day in the Life of the Upper Valley

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

These are days that would test Pollyanna, with alarming news coming from the Mideast, Ukraine and elsewhere, not to mention rumbling volcanoes and rattling earthquakes. We understand why some consider the news media the daily bearer of bad news. And yet, for those who look more closely, there …

Editorial: Rewriting Rieseberg’s Contract

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Hartford Selectboard appears poised to replace long-time Town Manager Hunter Rieseberg’s three-year contract with — something else. What exactly the new agreement will contain is shrouded in mystery at this point, as the Selectboard has conducted the process entirely behind closed doors. But some reasonable inferences can …