Editorials

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 scrutiny. It was a mistake that reflects poor judgment about a public trust. Under the rules as they existed during Clinton’s time …

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 Selectboard and the School Board, that in itself constitutes progress. With that said, officials also …

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 councilors are stepping down after doing their bit and more for local governance, setting a …

Editorial: Military Arms and The Police

Sunday, January 18, 2015

News that state and local law enforcement agencies operating in the Upper Valley have acquired more than $1.6 million in surplus military gear from the Pentagon in recent years is reassuring in one respect: If Canada launches a surprise attack, the police will be well equipped to offer …

Editorial: A Tree (Still) Grows in Lyme

Saturday, January 17, 2015

There are many things that put humans in their place, and impressively large trees are among them. Consider a venerable linden in Lyme, about 100 feet tall and 153 inches in girth, that was given a stay of execution by the Selectboard Monday after residents and others pointed …

Editorial: Don’t Expand Ski Area

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Sometime soon — soon being relative in a process that’s dragged on for years — Jeffrey Rose, commissioner of the Department of Resources and Economic Development, will issue his draft response to yet another proposal to expand the state-owned Mount Sunapee Ski area. That expansion, which would link …

Editorial: A Vision Infusion in White River Junction

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Private businesses, even those fortunate enough to be considered beloved, come and go. They may own the affection of local residents, but the public does not have an ownership stake in return. And so people may miss Landers’ Restaurant in Lebanon, Ames department store in Newport, the Latchis …

Editorial: The Wrong Message About Brian Musty?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The curious case of Brian Musty, the former Oxbow Union High School coach and teacher convicted of sexually assaulting one of his athletes, leaves in its wake a complicated dynamic that the community needs to sort out. Earlier this month, Musty, 45, was sentenced to seven months in …

Editorial: Keeping Obamacare Healthy

Monday, January 12, 2015

Gallup reported Wednesday that the national uninsured rate dropped to 15.5 percent of the non-elderly population, down from 20.8 percent a little over a year ago. Yes, the improving economy may have helped. But that’s also the period in which the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, …

Editorial: Trash Talk in Norwich

Sunday, January 11, 2015

One man’s trash, it is said, is another’s treasure. In Norwich, it’s digital gold. Readers who follow the Norwich listserv, the daily email list that makes much ado about nothing and everything, couldn’t have missed the gems in the Great Online Trash Debate. Last month, to comply with …

Editorial: Save Liberally; State Offers a Conservative Retirement Idea

Saturday, January 10, 2015

As we noted earlier this week in relation to the minimum wage and gun regulation, action at the state level may be the most promising way to address many important issues while Congress remains polarized and gridlocked. Another example is the quiet retirement crisis that is brewing across …

Editorial: Finding Consolation in a Bad Winter

Thursday, January 8, 2015

In a winter such as this, without redeeming scenic or recreational value, thoughts naturally turn to survival. Will it be possible to avoid a nasty spill and attendant broken limbs in a dooryard that seems to herald the coming of a new Ice Age? Will one of those …

Editorial: Change at the Helm in Lebanon

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Having observed Lebanon government over many years, we were caught by surprise by the effusive praise for City Manager Greg Lewis after his retirement announcement last week. That’s no reflection on him, but on his employers: Has the City Council ever been as united on anything? Councilors said …