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Editorial: New chapter begins for U.S., Cuba

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The 1962 Cuban missile crisis remains one of the most terrifying episodes in modern American history. It seemed then that it was only a matter of time before the United States and the Soviet Union would engage in the world’s first – and likely only – all-out nuclear war. The fear that the Cold War could at any moment become explosive lasted through the mid-1980s, and Cuba, that volatile little …

Editorial: System broken for long-term unemployed

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Some of them can be found in Concord’s homeless population. Some are coal miners whose mines have closed and fishermen up and down New England’s coast whose livelihoods all but died with the collapse of cod stocks. Some are middle-aged victims of a layoff. Many lost jobs, often more than one, during the long recession. A growing number are women, among them mothers …

Editorial: As a media critic, Sorkin pens a dud

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Journalists, by nature, are intrusive. Without that quality, a reporter is nothing more than a cheap stenographer. The often-brilliant screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, creator of The West Wing and The Newsroom, has given life to enough fictional journalists to understand that all-important prerequisite. But in yesterday’s New York Times, Sorkin excoriated the press over its coverage of the cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, in …

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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: Those who support torture are not fit to lead

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on interrogation methods used by the CIA against terror suspects is deeply distressing. The information in the report shocks so profoundly, in fact, that it is tempting to resort to the comforting blandishments …

Editorial: Let games end on the field, not in court

Thursday, December 11, 2014

If there was any question whether society is overly litigious, look no further than the football-crazed state of Oklahoma. Last month, a referee made a mistake that altered the outcome of a playoff game between Frederick A. Douglass and Locust Grove high schools. There was just over a …

Editorial: Two honored for peace in a violent world

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The disconnect is jarring. In churches and shops, the carols have started: “Peace on Earth, good will to men.” But in the news, the talk is of torture committed and torture denied, political discord, war, Ebola and al-Qaida massacres and assassinations. That made yesterday’s Nobel Peace Prize awards …

Editorial: Bad weather, bad roads make a nasty pair

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

‘Slip Slidin’ Away” has been the theme song so far during what we fear might be winter in New Hampshire in the Carbocombustibus era; not so much snow as sleet, slush, freezing rain and ice. Vehicles are scattered like jackstraws along interstates 93 and 89. Most of the …

Editorial: Toward a smarter kind of homework

Monday, December 8, 2014

If homework is meant to serve as practice, why does it so often feel like punishment? This age-old lament of the overtaxed student is no longer falling on deaf ears at Concord High School. As part of the school’s commitment to competency-based learning, administrators are working on a …

Editorial: We need a new way to think about prison

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The new women’s prison under construction in Concord is sorely needed and long overdue. But if, as state corrections officials fear, it will be over capacity on the day it opens, New Hampshire’s Legislature and justice system will have failed. The state’s goal between now and when the …

Editorial: O’Brien was victim of own power play

Friday, December 5, 2014

There is much to be said about the unexpected collapse of Bill O’Brien’s bid to become speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, and the sudden rise of Rep. Shawn Jasper to that spot. State political pundits will no doubt spend weeks and months, if not years, …

EDITORIAL: A not-so-rosy peek into our state’s future

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Earlier this fall, the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies released its annual “What is New Hampshire” report. It’s an assessment of the present and a peek at what, depending on outside events and the policy choices the state makes, the future could hold. The center’s findings: …

Editorial: Race to return power reflects lessons learned

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The first light flickered late Wednesday afternoon – a temporary inconvenience for what we thought would be a fairly typical, albeit early, winter snowstorm. With that first wave of outages came assurances that power would be restored by early Wednesday evening. It was a hassle for sure, especially …

Editorial: Ferguson lessons painful, complicated

Sunday, November 30, 2014

We may never know exactly what happened on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo., between Officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown. That’s the unfortunate conclusion one draws after this difficult week. A grand jury declined to press charges against …