Editorials

Editorial: The Voters Have Spoken

Thursday, February 11, 2016

We are mindful that in politics as in investing, “Past performance does not necessarily predict future results.” That’s probably especially true in this year’s highly volatile presidential campaign. Still, the results of the New Hampshire primary may have clarified some of the issues and problems faced by the candidates. Although it may seem odd that a plutocrat and a prophet of the proletariat ended up on top in the Granite …

Editorial: Meeting a Need; Mascoma’s Food Initiative

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

In a time when many new social initiatives have been stalled by political gridlock, the fundamental needs of people continue to be pressing. One of those is affordable, nutritious food, and those who lack “food security’’ can’t afford to wait for the political scene to change. They need a helping hand now. That’s why we are impressed by the resolve and fast action …

Editorial: The Right Pace for Development Reviews in Lebanon

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Developers have long complained that Lebanon’s project review process is not merely exhaustive, but exhausting and costly. The city’s regulations are said to be onerous and arbitrary, and planners have been accused on some occasions of meddling in matters that do not fall within their purview. Getting the needed permits can take months, if not years. In a recent interview with staff writer …

Editorial: Convoluted in Norwich

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Norwich Selectboard’s long-running wrangle with Town Manager Neil Fulton about the terms of his employment resembles a mystery novel that has gone on for a hundred pages too long. And, because much of the action has taken place in private, it is, for the public, an overlong …

Editorial: Worthy Goals Left Behind?

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Very little unites Republicans and Democrats in Congress these days, but this month their joint loathing for the No Child Left Behind Act overcame their loathing for each other to produce a new federal education law. This version, which received overwhelming bipartisan support, is aspirationally known as the …

Editorial: Stealth Discussions Not Needed by School Boards

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Vermont school boards have long felt outgunned at the bargaining table by the Vermont-National Education Association and its local union affiliates. That, they say, is why contract settlements overwhelmingly favor teachers at the expense of hard-pressed taxpayers. Now with declining student enrollment, high per-pupil costs and onerous local …

Outdoor Classrooms

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Not so long ago, mothers shared a significant piece of life wisdom in just two words: Get outside! Now this classic advice has been picked up by educators — and science. Preschoolers at the Hartland Cooperative Nursery School, for instance, are getting a similar nudge thanks to Outdoor …

Editorial: In the Rise of Donald Trump, a Troubling Echo of Fascism

Thursday, December 10, 2015

On Sunday, The New York Times reported on its analysis of all 95,000 words spoken in speeches, interviews and news confererences during the previous week by Donald J. Trump. It concluded that the Republican presidential front-runner’s language patterns evoke “the appeals of some demagogues of the past century.” …

Editorial: Sharing the Wealth

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Mark Zuckerburg, co-founder of Facebook, announced last week that he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, were giving a colossal $45 billion to charitable causes. What’s not to like? To employ the emoticons of his social network, the initial media response was all hearts and thumbs-up. Along those lines, …

Editorial: Social Workers Needed in Vermont

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Vermont lawmakers will no doubt face a number of pressing issues when they return to Montpelier next month, but none is more urgent than the need to strengthen the state’s overwhelmed child welfare system. Gov. Peter Shumlin, who is entering his last year in office, last week advanced …

Editorial: Congress Moves Ahead on Transportation Needs, Stalls on Funding Them

Monday, December 7, 2015

House and Senate legislators concluded months of tense negotiations last week, agreeing on a transportation bill that will allocate $305 billion to roads, rails and bike paths during the next five years. Leaders patted themselves on the back for meeting a major national need in a bipartisan way. …

Column: Torpedo the Dams — and Free the Rivers

Sunday, December 6, 2015

According to Dakota legend dating to the 19th century, a young Indian woman and her child refused to accompany her tribe as they fled before the advance of white soldiers. When some of her people later returned to …

Editorial: Offense Taken at Dartmouth

Sunday, December 6, 2015

It’s hard to know exactly what to make of the Black Lives Matter protest at Dartmouth College’s Baker-Berry Library last month, in part because it’s a little hard to know exactly what happened. Relying as we do on the reporting of Valley News staff writer Rob Wolfe, it …