Editorials

Editorial: Smarter, and Dumber

Saturday, December 20, 2014

You can’t always be certain of being the smartest person in the room, unless you dine alone. But no need to fret when you’re not the best — sometimes intelligence isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Consider the humiliation of Jonathan Gruber, an MIT professor said to be one of the architects of the Affordable Care Act, who was pilloried by a congressional committee recently for his videotaped comments …

Editorial: Americans Need Their Sleep

Thursday, December 18, 2014

We rise today in defense of sleep. Americans should get more of it and work less, or at least differently. Certainly this is a bold and possibly controversial stand, but according to a Washington Post story published in Tuesday’s Valley News, research indicates that fully a third of Americans get less than seven hours a night on weekdays. This is mainly because so-called …

Editorial: Chicken v. Kale; Plucky Veggie Has its Day

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Everyone loves a David and Goliath story, in which the little guy bests the giant. In the Biblical account young David, armed with just a rock and a sling, takes down a heavily-armored Philistine. One shot, and down goes Goliath. More recently, Vermont had its own David/Goliath confrontation, in which Chick-fil-A of Atlanta, with some 1,850 fast-food restaurants and over $5 billion in …

Editorial: Peter Shumlin for Vermont Governor

Monday, November 3, 2014

Scott Milne says that the 2014 gubernatorial election in Vermont amounts to a referendum on the performance of his Democratic opponent, Gov. Peter Shumlin, who is completing his second two-year term this fall. It’s hard to argue with that assessment. For one thing, Milne, a Pomfret businessman making …

Editorial: Lost Art of Compromise

Monday, November 3, 2014

As the midterm elections approach, Americans are in a dark mood. The latest Washington Post-ABC News poll, released last Tuesday, reports that 68 percent of likely voters think that the country is “on the wrong track”; a CNN-ORC International poll that came out the same day says 68 …

Editorial: Why We Vote

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Last week on this page, attorney Jay Cooper related in moving fashion how, with the aid of her family and Lebanon election officials, his late wife, Deborah Jones Cooper, fulfilled her dying wish to cast her ballot in the 2004 presidential election. Few among us could match the …

Editorial: Shaheen, Welch, Kuster

Friday, October 31, 2014

The U.S. Senate race in New Hampshire has outsized importance for the country this fall, as control of the Senate is in the balance. Republicans have a good chance of taking the Senate and holding the House. If they do, the stalemate of the last two years could …

Borderline Scare Tactics

Thursday, October 30, 2014

During the past 14 years, under presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, the United States has sent more than 9,000 additional Border Patrol agents to the Southwest frontier, more than doubling the force there. It has built more than 600 miles of fencing; installed almost 12,000 underground …

Editorial: Hassan for Governor

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan is making the case that a vote for her Republican opponent, Walt Havenstein, is a vote to turn back the clock to the bad old days when Bill O’Brien, the once and would-be future speaker of the House, wreaked havoc on the state’s …

Editorial: Reject a Strong Mayor in Claremont

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Managing a city and managing a major league baseball team have at least one thing in common: There is always a legion of spectators convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that they could do the job better. In baseball, this second-guessing is largely confined to talk radio. In Claremont …

Editorial: Insuring Kids Pays Off

Monday, October 27, 2014

In what may be a hopelessly quixotic effort, supporters of the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program are trying to persuade Congress to renew its funding almost a year in advance — and in a lame-duck session. Nevertheless, lawmakers ought to heed that call. The program plugs a troubling …

Editorial: Single-Payer Slowdown?

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Scott Milne, the Republican candidate for governor of Vermont, has pronounced single-payer health care “dead for 2017.” This is not because Milne is convinced that he will unseat Gov. Peter Shumlin, chief architect and cheerleader for a universal-access, single-payer, government-funded system; in fact, the challenger is appropriately agnostic …

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 …