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Editorials

Editorial: Tight Squeeze In Coach

Saturday, April 25, 2015

If you’ve flown in coach lately, you know how it feels to be a foot in a shoe that’s a size too small. And attention passengers, things are getting worse. This newspaper recently ran a column by David Lazarus of the Los Angeles Times in which he reported on the latest Airline Quality Ratings report from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Wichita State University. The upshot: “more flights ran late, more …

Editorial: The Tax Code Enables Inequality

Friday, April 24, 2015

“Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion.” So said Hillary Rodham Clinton in announcing her 2016 presidential campaign. The former first lady, senator and secretary of state is preparing to run under the banner of progressive populism, not the more moderate “third way” politics for which both she and her husband, the former president, have been generally known. …

Editorial: Sorrell Exonerates Himself

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Earlier this month, we assailed Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell for bringing a “problematic and punitive” enforcement action against Dean Corren, a publicly funded candidate for lieutenant governor in last fall’s election. Sorrell alleges Corren violated the state’s campaign finance laws, and the attorney general is seeking what we deemed to be a disproportionate $72,000 penalty for a $225 transgression. Sorrell this week …

Editorial: Moral Qualms Under the Big Top

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Mark Twain thought that dogs judged humans too kindly, adoring masters who mistreated their best friends. “Heaven goes by favor; if it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in,’’ Twain proclaimed. We’re not sure what he thought about elephants, although we suspect …

Editorial: Branding Vermont, for Real

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

From Michigan to Massachusetts, from Arizona to Pennsylvania, the Vermont franchise is under siege, The Wall Street Journal reports. And what franchise is that, exactly? According to the Journal, it is the state’s status as the “nation’s keeper of all things quaint: maple sugar treats, softly-falling snow and …

Editorial: Oh, Those Canadian Pharmaceutical Prices

Monday, March 9, 2015

Canada has a well-founded reputation for dangerous exports: dirty oil. Strong beer. The occasional bad pop song. Hockey fights. Hockey hair. The Canadian tuxedo. Still, the U.S. pharmaceutical industry’s concern about a law that let Maine residents buy prescription drugs from Canada is a little odd. There’s no …

Editorial: It’s Budget-Cutting Time in Hartford

Sunday, March 8, 2015

The Selectboard and School Board in Hartford are now conducting post mortems on their respective failed budgets, trying to divine exactly what message voters were conveying at Town Meeting. That’s not necessarily an easy task, although it is an inevitable byproduct of shifting from the traditional Town Meeting, …

Editorial: Happy Voters, and Unhappy Ones

Saturday, March 7, 2015

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Editorial: Clinton’s Email Trail

Friday, March 6, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton has served as first lady, a senator from New York and secretary of state. She is no newcomer to the corridors of power. Her decision to exclusively use a private email account while secretary suggests she made a deliberate decision to shield her messages from …

Editorial: Hartford Should Think Things Through on Drugs in the Schools

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Just how bad the drug problem is in Hartford is hard to measure, but town and school officials seem convinced that it’s sufficiently severe that they need to cooperate to address it, as staff writer Matt Hongoltz-Hetling reported Saturday. Given the long history of mutual mistrust between the …

Editorial: Shoes to Fill in Lebanon

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

As members of a profession that does not make public service any easier — one of our roles is to shine a light on government and sometimes that light is by necessity harsh — we should also give credit where it is due. In Lebanon, two veteran city …

Editorial: Beach of Trust — Increased Thefts of Medical Data

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

It is ironic, and deeply troubling, that while laws governing the privacy of medical information have never been tougher, major breaches of that privacy have never been so frequent or so severe. The most recent example is the revelation last month that Anthem, the nation’s second-largest health insurer, …

Editorial: Dangerous Air Bags

Monday, March 2, 2015

You would think a company that makes vehicle air bags — a critical safety feature — would go all-out to assure the world that its product is, you know, safe. And if something went terribly wrong, causing this safety product to kill? You’d expect the company to do …