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Editorial: This Does Not Compute: Vermont Health Website’s Woes Persist

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

What does $72 million get you these days? In Vermont, it has so far bought a poorly working website for Vermont Health Connect, the online health insurance marketplace mandated by the Affordable Care Act. The website’s problems when it was first rolled out last fall have been well documented, but nine months later key aspects are still not functioning or are functioning poorly. For example, users are still unable to …

Editorial: Guilt — It’s What’s for Dinner

Monday, July 28, 2014

Several recent articles about food could inspire a reworking of a famous ad campaign that once promoted a nice, juicy steak. Given heaping servings of doubt about the ethics of the American way of eating, it has come to this: Guilt — it’s what’s for dinner. At least that is how one might feel after reading a steady diet of disconcerting pieces in …

Editorial: Sanctuary for Immigrants in Vermont

Sunday, July 27, 2014

A Washington Post blogger wondered recently whether Vermont might be the solution to the crisis resulting from the wave of undocumented and unaccompanied children flowing over the Mexican border from Central America. Why? Because the state’s two U.S. senators, Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders, have been leading advocates for immigration reform; the state has an estimated 1,500 undocumented immigrants who provide critical labor …

Editorial: D-H Should Explain Big Pay Packages

Sunday, June 8, 2014

If you seek confirmation that health care is big business, look no further than Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s most recent federal tax filing. As staff writer Rick Jurgens reported last month, D-H made severance payments totaling more than $3 million in 2012 to three top executives displaced in a management shuffle …

Editorial: Don Zimmer, a Baseball Life

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Boston Red Sox fans don’t know whether to say a prayer, or curse and spit in the infield dirt — Don Zimmer, a baseball “lifer” and true character, died Wednesday at age 83. He managed Red Sox teams to the brink of glory, but in New England was …

Editorial: Of Men and Manure

Thursday, June 5, 2014

We who attempt to steer public discourse are often humbled as the public resists our lead. Try as we might to suggest edifying topics to reflect upon, at times the response is: oh, horse poop. What brings this to mind is a recent lively airing of views on …

Editorial: Elaine Brown’s Delayed Apology

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The post-conviction, pre-sentencing apology from criminal to victim has become something of a courtroom ritual, and, as with many rituals, it often appears pro-forma rather than heartfelt. In this context, the apology Elaine Brown offered recently to her one-time neighbors in Plainfield was refreshing in its apparent sincerity …

Editorial: A Police Staffing Crisis in Hartford?

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Having taken a vow of poverty during last winter’s budget season, the Hartford Selectboard is now feeling sufficiently flush to agree to add five officers to the Police Department by filling three vacancies and adding two new positions. Moreover, Town Manager Hunter Rieseberg recently assured the board that …

Editorial: Snowden Speaks

Monday, June 2, 2014

Accused National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden was handed a golden opportunity to justify himself last Wednesday when he was asked by NBC’s Brian Williams whether the American public should view his unauthorized release of thousands of classified U.S. government documents to the media as a principled act …

Editorial: Tone-Deaf in Cornish; The Public Deserves a Hearing

Sunday, June 1, 2014

If there were such a thing as Robert’s Rules of Disorder, it might prescribe something like this: When citizens attend a government meeting with a burning desire to speak, tell them they cannot because the agenda does not allow it. Let them stew. Likewise, if a member of …

Editorial: A Law to Leave Behind?

Friday, May 30, 2014

Congress is taking up a large number of education bills this year. Unfortunately, the issue it is ignoring — as it has for years — is the one that most needs its attention: an overhaul of the No Child Left Behind Act. It’s an understatement to say that …

Editorial: Death Watch

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Whether you call it “death with dignity” or “physician-assisted suicide,” Vermont’s law allowing physicians to prescribe lethal medication to mentally competent terminally ill patients is now a year old. What impact has it had so far? Not much, according to the state Department of Health, which has been …

Editorial: Trade Secrets

Monday, May 26, 2014

For years, the Chinese government has been stealing secrets from American companies. Last Monday, the United States finally put its foot down. The Justice Department announced that five Chinese military officials have been indicted on charges of espionage against American steel, solar and nuclear power companies — the …