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Editorial: Keeping Faith With Sanders

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

In the age of gridlock, politics is less the art of the possible than the art of the improbable. Nowhere is that more in evidence than in the rise of Bernie Sanders from an obscure small-state senator to a prophet of populism drawing huge crowds on the 2016 presidential campaign trail. Indeed, it was astonishing for long-time Sanders’ watchers to see the famously crusty Vermont senator being mobbed by adoring …

Editorial: Save Disability Insurance Program

Monday, August 3, 2015

By this time next year, a crucial federal safety-net program could be out of cash, or almost out of cash. We refer to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), which paid benefits to 9 million disabled workers (and 2 million of their dependents) in 2014, at a total annual cost of $141 billion. There’s …

Editorial: In My Backyard? Maybe

Sunday, August 2, 2015

NIMBY — Not In My Back Yard — is the derogatory acronym applied to neighbors’ knee-jerk opposition to worthwhile development projects that they would not object to if located somewhere else. As with many caricatures, there’s a pinch of truth in it, along with a big dollop of exaggeration. In fact, just within the past two weeks, the Valley News has reported on …

Editorial: A Winnowing Strategy for the GOP

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

It was only a matter of time before New Hampshire took exception to a bid by Fox News to pre-empt the state’s first-in-the-nation primary. That moment came last week when a group of 56 prominent Granite State Republicans sent a letter to Fox and the Republican National Committee …

Editorial: Mockery of Human Rights

Monday, June 15, 2015

Recent events in Azerbaijan and Saudi Arabia show why authoritarian regimes believe they can get away with the grossest abuses of human rights: because they can and they do. In Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation …

Editorial: Art for People’s Sake

Sunday, June 14, 2015

If you’re looking for an enriching experience, you could do worse than wander through Dartmouth’s Hood Museum of Art, one of the oldest and largest college art museums in the country with an impressive collection stretching back to 1772. Not that you’d get to see most of the …

Editorial: Vermont’s Lame Duck

Saturday, June 13, 2015

In deciding not to seek a fourth two-year term in 2016, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin was probably just reading the handwriting on the wall. The question is why he chose to read it out loud , announcing the decision fully 18 months before the election. There’s little doubt …

Editorial: Bold Declaration by G-7

Friday, June 12, 2015

It’s easy to get lost in the stultifying language, but the message from the world’s top leaders on Monday deserves to be elevated: “Deep cuts in global greenhouse gas emissions are required,” leaders of the Group of Seven nations declared, “with a decarbonisation of the global economy over …

Editorial: Ethics Panel for Vermont

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The idea of creating a state ethics commission, as recently proposed by Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos, apparently strikes some of the players in Montpelier as outlandish, if not totally absurd. For example, Rep. David Deen, D-Westminster, head of the House ethics committee, told VTDigger: “I think …

Health Care Premiums

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

One of the promises of Obamacare was that wider participation and a more rigorously regulated health insurance market would hold down premium costs and help slow the rate of U.S. health care spending. But premiums for plans sold on the exchanges appear to be in danger of rising …

Editorial: Just Go, Rep. Guinta

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Today we become the last, or very nearly the last, newspaper in New Hampshire to call on U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta to resign at once his seat representing the First Congressional District. It’s not that we just now reached the conclusion that the congressman should go. It has …

Editorial: Airport Insecurity

Monday, June 8, 2015

Jeh Johnson, head of the Department of Homeland Security, owes an immediate explanation to Americans, many of whom are understandably baffled, worried and shocked by a report that recently leaked out of the Transportation Security Administration. According to …

Editorial: Vermont Nonprofit’s California Venture Needs Scrutiny

Sunday, June 7, 2015

It’s often said that any big nonprofit organization ought to be run like a business. We agree — just not like a bad business. This observation is prompted by staff writer Rick Jurgens’ revelations last Sunday that Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont Inc., headquartered in …