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Editorial: Judgment Calls

Thursday, May 21, 2015

It appears that just about everybody running for president in 2016 now agrees about at least one thing: The 2003 invasion of Iraq was a mistake. This consensus includes not only Hillary Clinton, who voted as a member of the U.S. Senate to authorize the war, but also most of the Republican field. Last into that chastened fold was Jeb Bush, who swung and missed several times last week at …

Editorial: Digital Disruption and Vermont PBS

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

In 1995, then-House speaker Newt Gingrich called for the privatization of the Public Broadcasting System. He and other conservatives claimed that the explosion of new cable channels such as History, Arts and Entertainment and Bravo had made highbrow — and suspected left-leaning — PBS redundant. Twenty years later, we can see how wrong he was. The owners of cable channels ultimately pursued profits, …

Editorial: Look for the GMO Label

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Vermont officials appear optimistic that the state’s new GMO-labeling law, the first of its kind in the nation, will withstand a pending legal challenge from the food industry. Indeed, there are grounds for such optimism. Last month, U.S. District Court Judge Christina Reiss denied a preliminary injunction sought by the Grocery Manufacturers Association to block the implementation of the law on July 1, …

The Value of Vermont Law

Saturday, April 11, 2015

It’s disappointing, in a way, that Vermont Law School commissioned a consultant to calculate the institution’s impact on the state economy. Disappointing because the true value of Vermont’s only accredited law school, founded in 1972 and situated somewhat improbably in the village of South Royalton, can’t be easily …

Editorial: The Libertarian Candidate

Thursday, April 9, 2015

New Hampshire welcomed newly announced presidential candidate Rand Paul to the state yesterday, and we’re bound to say that the first-term senator from Kentucky is one of the most intriguing Republican hopefuls to come this way in many a year. Combining, as The Wall Street Journal describes it, …

Editorial: Sorrell’s Punitive Action on Vermont Campaign Finance Law

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Efforts to enforce campaign finance laws are certainly laudable, given how thoroughly the American political system is corrupted by campaign cash and the access it buys for donors. Nevertheless, the enforcement action recently filed by Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell against Dean Corren, who ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant …

Editorial: N.H. House’s Extreme Diet

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

If there were any doubt that the Republican majority in the New Hampshire House is more concerned about political ideology than people, its reckless budget cuts to services to senior citizens surely eliminates it. In its quest to shrink the size of government — no easy task in …

Editorial: Tepid Courage on Drug Sentences

Monday, April 6, 2015

President Obama has said that far too many federal prisoners are serving longer drug sentences than they deserve. He just can’t seem to find them. A year ago, to much fanfare, the Department of Justice announced that it would expand its clemency criteria and devote dozens of lawyers …

Editorial: Play Ball!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Deliverance is at hand for all those who have been consigned to baseball purgatory for five long, bitter months. It’s Opening Day Eve at last, with one game scheduled for tonight and a full slate tomorrow. Fans have a lot to be thankful for this spring. Unlike recent …

Editorial: Lesson Learned in Indiana

Saturday, April 4, 2015

They’re not something we see much of in the Upper Valley, but flash mobs are a marvel in other parts of the country and the world. Unannounced, groups of people pop up at locations to sing, dance or play music. One YouTube video begins with a sole musician …

Editorial: When Candidates Aren’t Candidates

Friday, April 3, 2015

A pillar of American democracy is the tenet that no one is above the law, not even the president of the United States, as was amply illustrated by the Watergate scandals that brought down Richard Nixon. This is why the integrity of presidential candidates draws justifiable attention during …

Editorial: A Medicare Miracle

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Something highly unusual occurred in Washington last week: The House of Representatives passed a substantive piece of bipartisan legislation by a wide margin. Once upon a time, such a thing was, if not routine, at least not unheard of. But in the intensely polarized politics of recent years, …

Editorial: Super-Sized Food Makers

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Has Warren Buffett, “the Wizard of Omaha,’’ met his match in Cheez Whiz? That question arises after last week’s announcement that Buffett and other investors intend to acquire Kraft Foods and merge it with H.J. Heinz. America’s appetite for the highly processed offerings of the two food giants …