Editorials

Editorial: Call It the N.H. Poll-aroid

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The New Hampshire House, whose budget-cutting zeal apparently knows no bounds — including those of common sense and decency — now is considering a plan that in effect would require municipal election officials to use their personal electronic equipment to comply with the provisions of a frivolous voter ID law. This absurdity emerged last week when, as staff writer Maggie Cassidy reported in Saturday’s Valley News, the House Finance Committee …

Editorial: A Sorry Record of Fraternity Abuses

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A quick tour of the Internet strongly suggests that college fraternities across the country are engaging at present in what is often called in the news media a binge of “bad behavior.” That term, though, conveys a sense of boys-will-be-boys mischief-making that hardly does justice to the often dangerous, frequently disgusting and sometimes felonious nature of the activities described. The most celebrated of …

Editorial: A Community of Broadcasters in Royalton

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Facebook, Twitter and the social networks du jour have soaked up the creative juices of the populace, to the point where some fear there’s nothing new to say about cute kittens. But there’s energy of another sort in South Royalton, where the sound of the fiddle is heard across the land. Well, not across the land entirely — Royalton Community Radio’s low-power signal …

Editorial: Don’t Fear Sensible Gun Regulations

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The crowd that turned out at the Vermont Statehouse last week for a public hearing on gun control legislation was reported to be the largest since the debate over civil unions in 2000. Based on media accounts, we’d also like to nominate it for entertaining the most preposterous …

Editorial: Hoop Dreams and the Upper Valley

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Few high school basketball coaches have had it tougher than Norman Dale. Early in the film Hoosiers, a fathers’ cabal monitors practice to be sure the new coach does things the right way — the way they’ve always been done. When they don’t like his changes, they convene …

Editorial: Misjudgment in Alabama on Same-Sex Marriage

Friday, February 13, 2015

Monday was a joyous day for some gay couples in Alabama, but not for others. After the Supreme Court refused to stay a federal judge’s ruling that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage violated the Constitution, some probate judges issued marriage licenses to same-sex couples. But others refused, …

Editorial: Internet Equality

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Later this month, the Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to vote on a proposal by its chairman, Tom Wheeler, to regulate Internet service like a public utility. The aim is to give regulators sound legal authority to enforce “net neutrality” — the fundamental principle that all online content …

Editorial: Lessons From Fortunate Retirees

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A pair of news stories gave a posthumous 15 minutes of fame last week to two Vermonters who retired successfully, though not lavishly. One was Ida May Fuller, of Ludlow, the nation’s first Social Security recipient. The second, Ronald Read, of Dummerston, was a multimillionaire who lived and …

Editorial: Seizing DNA In Vermont

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Say this for the Vermont Legislature: Sometimes it just won’t take “no” for an answer, even when it should know better. In 2009, the Legislature passed a law extending the requirement to provide DNA samples from only those convicted of felonies to those merely charged with them. Last …

Editorial: Japan’s Leader Stumbles Over Its Past

Monday, February 9, 2015

Watching Islamic State militants behead two Japanese hostages in quick succession has reinforced Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s conviction that Japan needs to revise its pacifist postwar constitution. If he wants to ensure that his country has the strength to better respond to 21st-century threats, however, Abe will first …

Editorial: N.H. Considers Cameras on Cops

Sunday, February 8, 2015

The New Hampshire House is considering two bills that would require state law enforcement officers to wear body cameras and record their interactions with the public. Advocates nationwide have touted body cameras as a simple and powerful tool to promote police accountability and restore public trust. Powerful, yes. …

Editorial: ‘Mockingbird’ Lives On

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Devoted readers of, say, Emily Bronte, Margaret Mitchell, Oscar Wilde and J.D. Salinger know the feeling — that impossible yearning for more. Wuthering Heights was Bronte’s one and only novel — she died shortly after its publication. Gone With the Wind was apparently all Mitchell had to say …

Editorial: Horror in U.S. Prisons

Friday, February 6, 2015

“I’m losing my sanity,” one prisoner wrote. “You could not tell day from night,” another reported. “You were always backward. . . . No light coming in the building. You be lost.” “The depression and self-destructive behaviors I have have intensified consistently,” said yet another. Inmates told of …