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Editorial: Yes, Guns Do Kill People

Monday, August 31, 2015

America’s ritualized response to gun violence is no more comforting for being so familiar. The initial burst of horror. The ricochet of blame. The benumbed kin struggling to understand why guns are so readily available to people who are dangerous, reckless or disturbed. There are peculiarities to this latest incident, in which two young journalists, Alison Parker and Adam Ward, were killed and a woman was injured last Wednesday in …

Editorial: Managing Change in Hartford, Lebanon

Saturday, August 29, 2015

This month marked the changing of the management guard in two of the Upper Valley’s biggest communities, with Dennis Luttrell being introduced as Lebanon’s new city manager and Hunter Rieseberg, longtime town manager in Hartford, abruptly resigning. Luttrell, 65, has big shoes to fill in succeeding Greg Lewis, whose calm, accessible and respectful management style won the admiration of city councilors and the …

Editorial: Bottled Water Everywhere

Saturday, August 29, 2015

There are legendary stories of old-time football coaches who denied water to players practicing in scorching heat to toughen them up. Real men don’t get heat stroke, after all. That school of thought, built on grit and perhaps repeated concussions, is thankfully passe in an age when many exercisers wouldn’t even jog across the street without sipping from a water bottle. Americans drink …

Editorial: Enfield’s Investments

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

In a sense, you can blame the Federal Reserve for Enfield’s investment troubles: The Fed has been keeping interest rates historically low to stimulate the economy by making it cheap to borrow money. But what’s good for borrowers isn’t always good for savers, who have gotten measly returns …

Editorial: Reform, Delayed, in Mental Health Services

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

In recent years, both Vermont and New Hampshire have made commitments — albeit in very different forms — to improve mental health care by providing community treatment options for all but the most acutely ill patients. Vermont enacted comprehensive mental health reform in 2012 after Tropical Storm Irene …

World Progress

Monday, July 13, 2015

The state of the world is improving at an astonishing rate. That might have served as the title of a valuable new report on global incomes from the Pew Research Center. In a spirit of glass-half-full restraint, the center instead announced that “A Global Middle Class Is More …

Editorial: Terms of Concealment — Gun Law in N.H.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Gov. Maggie Hassan’s veto last week of legislation repealing the licensing requirement for carrying a concealed pistol or revolver in New Hampshire is good policy and may also prove to be good politics for her The veto did not exactly come as a bolt out of the blue. …

Editorial: America’s Cookie

Saturday, July 11, 2015

It was long said that Britannia ruled the waves, and by extension, the world. The sun has set on that empire — these days, the Oreo is king. A Washington Post story this week revealed the startling hegemony of the iconic chocolate wafer and creme cookie. Consider some …

Editorial: The Sanders Effect

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The Hillary Clinton campaign is now officially “worried” about the presidential candidacy of Sen. Bernie Sanders. And well it might be, although not because the Vermont independent is likely to wrest the Democratic nomination away from her. Sanders is definitely on a roll. His poll numbers have been …

Editorial: Safer Driving in N.H.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Welcome to the hands-free world, New Hampshire. The Granite State is a safer place now that you have joined Vermont and 12 other states in prohibiting the use of hand-held electronic devices while driving. If there was any doubt that this ban, which went into effect July 1, …

Editorial: Summer Mysteries in Orange and Cornish

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

This season is supposed to be relaxing, just the time for a page-turner, perhaps a summer mystery. Here are a couple of timely possibilities from the Upper Valley — The Case of the Missing Selectmen; and The Town That Lost Its Teachers. The former happened in Orange, population …

Editorial: Murder, Morality and the Death Penalty

Sunday, July 5, 2015

The Supreme Court last week rejected a challenge by three death row inmates in Oklahoma who argued that a drug now used in lethal injections could cause excruciating pain during executions. As with many rulings by the current court, the justices were sharply divided on the question, with …

Editorial: Life, Liberty, Happiness

Saturday, July 4, 2015

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America: When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station …