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January 2, 2013

Editorial: Editorial round-up: A look at what others are saying

Here’s a look at editorial commentary from other newspapers across New England:

Kerry’s record is lacking

President Obama has nominated Sen. John Kerry to be his new Secretary of State. In doing so, he said “John’s entire life has prepared him for this role.”

Well, let’s see. Back in the 1960s, draft bait John Kerry joined the Naval Reserve, not the Navy, and hoped for comfortable service on a destroyer far away from any danger. When he was unexpectedly assigned to dangerous river boat duty in Vietnam, he abandoned his boat and five crewmen on the shore of an enemy infested jungle. Later he apparently authored his own citations for gallantry, videotaped reenactments of his dubious exploits, and accumulated enough shrapnel in his butt from his own ordnance to get sent home after four months.

Then he wangled an early out from his Reserve obligation, testified in uniform to the Senate about largely (if not totally) fictitious atrocities that he knew nothing about, threw what proved to be somebody else’s medals over the White House fence, milked the radical left Vietnam Veterans Against the War for all the publicity he could get, rushed back to Massachusetts to run for Congress, and married into money (later annulled so he could marry into even more money).

Who’d have thought, back then, that this performance would prepare Kerry to rise to become America’s Secretary of State?

— The Caledonian Record of St. Johnsbury, Vt.

Obesity fight showing gains

It looks like 2013 might shape up to be a significant year in the fight against childhood obesity.

Indeed, there’s cause for celebration in the ongoing battle against childhood obesity with this week’s release of a new study indicating that the epidemic is slowing among 2- to 4-year-olds from poor families.

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