Editorials

Editorial: ‘Mr. Cub’ and God’s Light

Monday, January 26, 2015

Generally speaking, we don’t hold with the idea of erecting statues to people who are still living. It somehow seems a bit presumptuous, or at least premature. We make an exception, though, for Ernie Banks, the Chicago Cubs legend who died last Friday at age 83. The statue of him outside of Wrigley Field, the cathedral of daytime baseball, was dedicated in 2008, and it was entirely fitting. Banks was …

Editorial: Deflated Expectations for the Patriots

Monday, January 26, 2015

Judging by the intensity of the discussion, we might have expected to hear by now that the New England Patriots were complicit in the hacking of Sony Pictures, but no, America — or a goodly portion of it — has been obsessing this week about the proper care and treatment of footballs. The so-called “Deflategate’’ may be the biggest scandal about an non-determinative …

Editorial: Stop Seizing Assets Without Charges

Sunday, January 25, 2015

While America’s shamefully high incarceration rate is the most visible result of the ruinous war on drugs that the nation began waging in the 1970s and ’80s, almost as notorious is civil asset forfeiture, a practice that was greatly expanded during that time. Under civil forfeiture, law enforcement authorities can seize property including cars, cash, other valuables and even homes from people without …

Editorial: The Slacker Congress

Friday, December 5, 2014

Mere days before a scheduled Dec. 11 deadline, the ever-fractious Republican House may be arriving at a consensus, of sorts, on immigration, taxes and spending. The speaker of the House, John A. Boehner, R-Ohio,, has said that his GOP majority would be willing to fund the government through …

Editorial: N.H. Needs More Treatment Programs, Not More Jail Cells

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Back in August, when ground was broken at long last for a new, 224-bed women’s prison in New Hampshire, officials were full of pride and optimism, despite the fact that it had taken 20 years and a couple of lawsuits to compel the state to do the right …

Editorial: FairPoint’s Failures

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

When FairPoint bought Verizon’s landline telephone operations in Northern New England in 2007, many had concerns that a little company from North Carolina was biting off more — debt and operational challenges — than it could chew. A company with about 330,000 customers was adding about 1.6 million …

Editorial: Charity and a Moral Economy

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

As the 2014 holiday season dawns, it is disconcerting to learn that demand for assistance at food shelves in the Upper Valley is high and in some cases has never been higher. As staff writer Maggie Cassidy reported Saturday, organizations that run these food assistance programs point not …

Column: When Democrats Go On the Attack, Against Fellow Democrats

Monday, December 1, 2014

Washington With Democrats acting like this, who needs Republicans? Chuck Schumer, the No. 3 Senate Democratic leader who would very much like to be No. 1, caused a furor last week when he gave a speech at the …

Editorial: China’s Tactics in Hong Kong

Monday, December 1, 2014

China’s Communist authorities are nothing if not predictable. With a high-profile international summit hosted by President Xi Jinping this month behind them, they are ready for authorities in Hong Kong to crack down on a pro-democracy protest movement. Last Tuesday and Wednesday, thousands of police wielding batons and …

Editorial: Vermont’s Cemetery Issue Laid to Rest

Saturday, November 29, 2014

It’s not hard to understand why resentment lingers in Hartland against Michel Guite, the telecommunications executive who orchestrated the removal of the ancient Aldrich family cemetery to make way for his hilltop dream house off Town Farm Hill Road. Guite’s single-minded pursuit of his objective rankled many people …

Editorial: Claremont Council Says Trust Us

Saturday, November 29, 2014

When the Claremont City Council voted unanimously in July to hire an outside investigator to look into the circumstances surrounding the removal by city employees of personal property from a home that had been seized for nonpayment of taxes, one councilor explained that the inquiry was needed to …

Editorial: The Evidence in Ferguson

Friday, November 28, 2014

After weeks of anticipation, protesters in Ferguson, Mo., heard on Monday night the news they had feared: A St. Louis County grand jury declined to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed African American teenager shot dead by Wilson this summer. The burning …

Editorial: Why Hartford Taxpayers Are Wary

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Hartford school officials are worried that a new state mandate to provide support for pre-kindergarten education could pose a $150,000 budget problem next year. That, School Finance Director Jim Vezina suggested to staff writer Matt Hongoltz-Hetling last week, could lead voters to revolt against rising property taxes. Maybe. …