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Editorial: City must take broader look at homelessness

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The greater Concord community owes and enormous debt of gratitude to the city’s First and South Congregational churches. Because their congregations, with the help of volunteers of all faiths and backgrounds, sheltered the homeless during the coldest months, the rest of us could sleep easy knowing that no one who wanted help would freeze for want of a warm place to stay. By the time they close the doors for …

Editorial: Paying the price for old technology

Friday, October 17, 2014

The 1960s were an amazing time. Civil rights activists notched major victories, U.S. astronauts landed on the moon and rock music was at a high point. But it was also more than four decades ago. No one would say we should go back to driving with leaded gasoline or watching three channels of television. So why do our credit cards still feature technology …

Editorial: There are some side stories that can’t be ignored

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The philosophy behind the front page of a newspaper is fairly simple: Here are the most important and/or interesting stories of the day. There are, however, stories that stretch that philosophy to its limits, such as the Monitor’s coverage yesterday of Congresswoman Annie Kuster’s response to state Rep. Steve Vaillancourt’s crass remarks about her physical appearance. The Monitor gave the story prominent play …

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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: Ebola reveals need to boost NIH funding

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The scaremongers are crying “Ebola is coming, Ebola is coming.” Politicians, among them former Massachusetts senator Scott Brown, are calling for travel bans and closing the nation’s southern border to prevent what one general warned could be hordes of infected illegal immigrants from South and Central America. There’s …

Editorial: Time is right to fight for the next AG

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Last month, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation but vowed to remain in the role until his successor is confirmed. He would be wise not to make vacation plans anytime soon. There is a sense that President Obama has no interest in nominating Holder’s replacement until …

Editorial: Bold moves needed as crisis looms

Sunday, October 12, 2014

On a single, frigid day last winter, New England residents spent $100 million more on electricity than they would have had power been priced at the average national rate, according to testimony presented to the New England States Committee on Electricity. Normally cheap natural gas prices spiked thanks …

Editorial: Sexting is big deal in more ways than one

Friday, October 10, 2014

Remember the term “first base,” as in “I didn’t get to first base until our third date.” It used to mean “making out.” In the age of smart phones, that definition feels as quaint as an episode of The Waltons. These days, much to every parent’s chagrin, first …

Editorial: Perspective, not panic, is on the rise

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Unfamiliar, scary diseases are everywhere. It doesn’t matter whether it’s Ebola or enterovirus D68, EEE or West Nile Virus, devoted germophobes can find something in the news or on the internet to panic about. And there are no more committed doomsayers than the national news media. Reports fueled …

Editorial: Chicken plant should get city approval

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

There’s precious little soil in the Granite State, but Concord, built on a bend in the river, has a fair share of it. Agriculture survives in the state’s capital city. Corn grows within sight of the State House and along Clinton Street, but as a trade-off, Main Street …

Editorial: Where does New Hampshire rank? And does it matter?

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

New Hampshire is something of a juggernaut when it comes to state rankings. List after list suggests that the people who live here are healthy, well-educated and, for the most part, happy. But it seems that when it comes to charitable giving, the Granite State sinks to the …

Editorial: Council should join campaign finance fight

Sunday, October 5, 2014

In 2010, when the conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court, by a 5-4 vote, equated money with speech and corporations with people, it made New Hampshire ground zero in the battle to safeguard local elections from the corrosive effect of outside money. That battle is being lost. …

Editorial: Clearer, not broader, gun law is needed

Friday, October 3, 2014

The recent dispute over questions and wording on the state’s gun license application may seem like an obscure bit of bureaucratic wrangling. But upon a closer reading, it’s difficult to avoid feeling sorry for police departments across the state put into a difficult position by an unclear state …

Editorial: Racism’s generational ripple effect

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

It might be possible to affect the future with a smile, a kindly look and the resolve to treat everyone, no matter what their color or creed, fairly as a fellow human being. Knowing that is important, because New Hampshire’s complexion is changing. Though the state’s minority population …