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Editorial: Recess isn’t just play time for children

Monday, September 22, 2014

School recess holds a special place in the heart of the American public school student. Long after time betrays the child and turns her into an adult, memories of those fleeting moments of freedom remain vibrant. What is sometimes lost in the recollection, however, is how many life lessons are learned on the playground. Lost, too, is an understanding of just how important recess is to a child’s development. Perhaps … 0

Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

Monday, September 22, 2014

With the general election season upon us, candidates for governor and the state Legislature will be making big promises. On the Republican side, in particular, they will pledge to overhaul New Hampshire government, making it more efficient and reducing burdens on job creators. While all options for saving money and boosting job growth … 4

Editorial: An epidemic finds its way into the light

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The video is gut-churning. Professional football player Ray Rice and his then-fiancee Janay Palmer enter an elevator in an Atlantic City casino. Rice stands in front of Palmer, and they exchange words. He hits her with a straight jab to the face and then backs up. She begins walking toward him. He punches her again, much harder this time. She is knocked unconscious … 1

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Editorial: Looking back and ahead at the same time

Friday, September 19, 2014

For half a century, beginning in the 1960s, the downtowns of most American cities, large and small, began to decline as their residents moved to the suburbs and shoppers abandoned Main Streets for malls. For Concord, 1961, the year the city’s grand train station was demolished, marks the … 13

Editorial: In Weare, a shortage of transparency

Thursday, September 18, 2014

As codes of conduct go, “Do as I say, not as I do” is not a very good one. But in Weare, it seems to be the motto by which the police department continues to go about its business despite promises of change. On Saturday, an assistant to … 0

Editorial: John Stark program could save lives

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Suicide is the third-leading cause of death for people ages 10 to 24, a sad statistic that makes the kind of effort under way at Weare’s John Stark Regional High School so important. The school has adopted the SOS Signs of Suicide High School Prevention Program, a model … 0

Editorial: Big History Project holds big potential

Monday, September 15, 2014

In the battle over education standards and accountability, it’s easy to forget that what really matters in the classroom is student interest. The best teachers know that innovation is the key that opens the learner’s mind, and so they consistently attack subjects from new angles and with fresh … 4

Editorial: Numbers tell a sad story about voter apathy

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Turnout numbers for Tuesday’s primary have been released, and they’re not encouraging. Before the election, New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner had predicted a paltry 20 percent turnout, with about 142,000 Republicans and 44,000 Democrats showing up to vote. Now that the dust has settled and the … 18

Editorial: Voters should move climate higher on list

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s battle to defeat Republican challenger Scott Brown and retain her Senate seat could be the tipping point in the national debate over climate change. Global warming traditionally places far down the list of voter concerns at election time. Last year, climate change placed second from … 42

Editorial: Challenges are many for Obama, U.S.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

America has been at war for 13 long years. On Wednesday night, President Obama made it clear that it will remain so for years to come. During a prime-time address, Obama presented a four-part strategy to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State terrorist group. That plan includes … 1

Editorial: A legal shift for state’s taxpayers

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The state Supreme Court recently had a chance to rule on a controversial program that allows businesses to receive a tax credit when they donate to scholarship organizations that help students attend private institutions, including religious schools. But that didn’t happen. Instead, the court found that the plaintiffs … 4

Editorial: Bridge is a monument to inept Congress

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Congressional dysfunction continues to cost Concord residents. Last week, city officials explained that a shortfall in federal highway funds will delay the ability to complete work on the design for the replacement of the century-old Sewalls Falls Bridge over the Merrimack River. That will delay putting the project … 5

Editorial: What’s on the ballot? Just democracy

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Why even bother voting today? First of all, it’s just a primary. Today’s winners won’t actually win anything other than a chance to go on to the next round. Secondly, all politicians are the same. Republicans will stick to the party line and so will Democrats. There is … 3