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Editorial: In New Hampshire, power of church fades

Friday, May 29, 2015

Religion in the United States is in decline. That’s the inescapable conclusion one draws from a new study by the Pew Research Center. The center’s 2014 U.S. Religious Landscape Study documented several ways in which the country’s religious landscape is changing. The percentage of Americans calling themselves Christian dropped from 78.4 percent in 2007 to 70.6 percent last year. The percentage of those without a religious affiliation has increased from …

Editorial: Fewer city hall trips? Yes, please

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Every once in a while, someone says something that makes the mind stop in its tracks, so clear is the truth of the statement. This time it was a public official, Eddie Drouse, Concord’s director of information technology. “Who wants to stand in line anymore just to register their dog,” Rouse told Monitor city hall reporter Megan Doyle. Ditto with routine building permits …

Editorial: Republicans set stage for indirect tax

Thursday, May 28, 2015

These are tense times for the millions of people, including 39,000-plus New Hampshire residents, who finally have health insurance thanks to federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. These patients are walking the wire over the chasm of uncertainty that is life without coverage. In New Hampshire, Republican lawmakers are twanging the wire by refusing to agree to renew the Medicaid expansion that …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

Editorial: For many Americans, it’s been a lifetime of war

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Here’s a disconcerting fact: If you turn 18 this year, the United States has been at war for 78.9 percent of your life. That’s according to a startling informational graphic assembled by the Washington Post . It breaks down, based on birth year, what percentage of a person’s …

Editorial: NFL shouldn’t profit from patriotism

Sunday, May 24, 2015

As if the NFL needed any more reasons to be embarrassed. After a year of botched investigations into player misconduct, along with questionable behavior from teams and those overseeing them, observers might be forgiven for thinking the well had run dry. But no, here comes a new round …

Editorial: Dangerous living through chemistry

Friday, May 22, 2015

In 1935, Dow Chemical adopted an advertising slogan that became, in a variant form, a catchphrase used seriously and, by the 1960s, sarcastically: “Better Living Through Chemistry.” The chemical sciences have produced miracle drugs, synthetic fabrics, stronger glues, amazing materials and a host of other things that have …

Editorial: Not all violence is equal in America

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The facts were simple, if startling. Nine people shot dead. Eighteen in the hospital. Some 170 arrested. A brawl between rival motorcycle gangs, the Bandidos and the Cossacks, erupted in the parking lot of a Waco, Texas, restaurant on Sunday afternoon. And as officials try to figure out …

Editorial: To best serve the state, Guinta must step down

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

It’s time to go, Frank. Politically, you’re a dead man walking. We apologize for what might seem like piling on, but we would be doing 1st District residents a disservice if we didn’t join the bipartisan chorus calling on you to resign. We’ve been no fan of Congressman …

Editorial: The real lessons of the Iraq War

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

There are some political games that are more disturbing than others. Take, for example, the Iraq War. During an appearance on Fox News Sunday, Marco Rubio became the latest presidential contender to stumble his way toward perceived political safe ground on the toxic issue. Fox host Chris Wallace …

Editorial: Middle class, by any name, is struggling

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Where have they gone this political season, Joe Sixpack and Average Betty, those stalwarts of the middle class? They have become, according to Hillary Clinton, “everyday Americans.” To Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, they’re “hardworking taxpayers.” Earlier this week, New York Times writer Amy Chozick took note of the …

Editorial: Small infrastructure victories don’t cut it

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Sewalls Falls Bridge will be replaced after all. Thank goodness, but shame on a broken process that brought the city of Concord to this absurd point. The plan all along was to remove the rusted metal edifice in the spring. But uncertainty about the $10 million in …

Editorial: Duprey sets wise path for Republicans

Thursday, May 14, 2015

State Republican activist Steve Duprey faced backlash over the past couple of weeks for attending a Planned Parenthood fundraiser. Duprey is also on the Republican National Committee, and some were unhappy that he would go to an event …

Editorial: Weather says much about climate change

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Earlier this year, meteorologists warned New Englanders to prepare for heavy rains and floods. Instead, the deep snows of winter melted slowly and May saw only a trace of precipitation. Instead, hot days and dry winds are making for a record brush fire season. That’s the weather for …