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Editorial: Demilitarize The Police

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Images of heavily armed police officers equipped with armored vehicles and other military gear confronting demonstrators who were protesting the shooting of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Mo., have focused public attention at last on one of the most dangerous after-effects of the 9/11 terror attacks: the creation in America over the past decade of what might be called a …

Editorial: Fight Money With Money — Rubens Bucks a Political Trend

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Embrace the irony,’’says the Mayday super PAC, which is battling the influence of big money in elections with — here comes the irony — big money. That is something to get your head around, a little reminiscent of the Vietnam-era declaration that a village had to be destroyed in order to save it. But there’s fertile ground for irony in the political scene, …

Caring For Veterans

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has been widely — and justly — praised for his role in forging legislation aimed at addressing critical shortcomings in the Department of Veterans Affairs. Once upon a time, it would have been regarded as a no-brainer for Congress to swiftly respond to disclosures that some veterans had been forced to wait months for appointments and that some …

Editorial: Healthy Trends for Insurance in New Hampshire

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Health care experts have said all along that it will take years to accurately assess whether the Affordable Care Act is succeeding . Given that patience is not now an American virtue, and wait-and-see does not a compelling political (or journalistic) narrative make, their counsel has been largely …

Editorial: A Smart Phone Decision by the Supreme Court

Friday, June 27, 2014

In 2012, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. told a university audience that the challenge for the Supreme Court for the next 50 years would be: “How do we adapt old, established rules to new technology?” On Wednesday, …

Editorial: Starving the Bureaucracy; More Cases, Less Money

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Social Security Administration is closing field offices and cutting back services even as demand surges with the wave of baby boom retirements, according to a report issued last week by the Senate Special Committee on Aging. In deciding arbitrarily what field offices to close, the report said, …

Editorial: 50 Years After the Great Lebanon Fire

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The recent Valley News series on the great Lebanon fire of 1964 recalled a time of small, friendly shops, a place “where everyone knew everyone,” an era when life seemed predictable. On June 20 of that year, Lebanon High School alumni would march around the green and locals …

Editorial: Building a Better GOP in Vermont

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Vermont Republicans show signs of being an endangered species in a state that is increasingly a Democratic stronghold. The GOP holds only one statewide office and has been reduced to the status of a superminority in both chambers of the Legislature. It was not always thus. Republicans held …

Editorial: Crossing the Border; The Influx of Unaccompanied Minors

Monday, June 23, 2014

It’s hard to say whether the Obama administration’s response to the influx of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children across the U.S. southern border is bureaucratic, hapless or humane. Quite possibly it’s all three. President Barack Obama has no good options, only two overriding and divergent imperatives. First, …

Editorial: Hartford Brushes Off Fluoridation Science

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Those curious to witness what life is like among those who are unmoved by contemporary scientific thinking need not travel to states where many regard evolution as heresy, or to the Republican-controlled U.S. House, where global warming is regarded with skepticism. A visit to Hartford will do. There, …

Editorial: Filling Top Jobs in Lebanon Schools

Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Lebanon School Board won’t get much rest and relaxation this summer. Members are under pressure to hire three administrators integral to the operation of the district — a superintendent; a business administrator responsible for the budget; and …

Editorial: A More Powerful Mayor in Claremont?

Friday, June 20, 2014

It’s not uncommon for citizens to desire a change in the form of local government, usually after a period of frustration for a faction who believe that the will of the people — or their own — is being subverted by the powers that be. In Claremont, a …

Editorial: Truth and Consequences: Government’s Role in Punishing Lies

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Everyone lies. It’s human nature, so much so that anyone who says, “I always tell the truth” is automatically exposed as untrustworthy. Small lies or whoppers, white lies or diabolical deceptions — they are as unavoidable as death and taxes. In certain realms, though, we demand honesty, passing …