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Editorial: Gilmanton library story shouldn’t end

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

In 1833, the town of Peterborough, N.H., opened the nation’s first public library. In 2009, Gilmanton opened the most recent library built to serve a New Hampshire community. Before that, Gilmanton was one of just two towns in the state without a year-round, public library. It may reclaim that dubious distinction in less than two weeks if SB 2 voters fail to approve spending to keep the Gilmanton Year-Round Library …

Editorial: Town meeting, SB 2 are not the only choices

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

New Hampshire treasures town meeting season. But it also treasures complaining about the actual meetings that fill that season. Complaints lodged against the original form of town meeting – in which residents both debate and vote on the community’s budget – are familiar. The meetings, especially in larger towns, can stretch to epic lengths. Those who show up may not be representative of …

Editorial: Hold placed on federal grants is shortsighted

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Last week, the directors and staff of one agency after another, in a semblance of Edvard Munch’s famous painting The Scream, cupped their faces in their hands and moaned, “Oh no, we’re Kurked.” And if the fiscally conservative chairman of the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee gets his way, thousands of low-income adults only recently insured under the state’s expanded Medicaid program will follow …

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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: Gathering storm isn’t hard to see

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The headlines are difficult to ignore as they pile up, day after day, on the Monitor’s front page: ∎ A homeless woman is found dead in her car in the Walmart parking lot. ∎ This February is on track to be the coldest in the past 80 years. ∎ Attempts to …

Editorial: How would Reagan do in 2016 race?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

What if Ronald Reagan was not only still alive but in his political prime – and eyeing the highest office in the land? He would no doubt have visited New Hampshire a couple of times by now and …

Editorial: Being a kid should be a dirty job

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

America’s fetish with cleanliness and tendency to overprotect children is endangering its youth. Getting down and dirty, within reason, won’t hurt a child and could even save his or her life. So skip vacuuming once in a while and save the hand sanitizers and anti-microbial dish and hand …

Editorial: Giuliani’s cheap shot is plain racism

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

As a public figure in one of the world’s most culturally diverse cities, it’s striking that Rudy Giuliani appears to equate homogeneity with patriotism. At a Manhattan appearance, the former New York City mayor said: “I do not …

Editorial: Let the wild downshifting begin – again

Sunday, February 22, 2015

It’s budgeting time again. The cliches – “tough choices, hard-earned money, limited means, shared sacrifice, responsible budget, needs not wants” – drip from the lips of politicians of both parties and bore into the skull. The public is rendered insensate, only to awaken in shock with the arrival …

Editorial: Assisted-dying debate is not to be avoided

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A public radio host is an unlikely candidate for the role of civil rights crusader. But Diane Rehm, gravelly voiced star of an NPR call-in show, has stepped forward after the agonizing death of her husband from Parkinson’s …

Editorial: Children of smokers deserve some protection

Thursday, February 19, 2015

New Hampshire has a long history of refusing to protect its residents from their worst impulses on the road. Drivers can opt out of wearing seatbelts, and motorcyclists can turn down helmets. Individuals should be free to make their own choices goes the thinking – even if those …

Editorial: Math adds up to success for Housing First

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The cold and snow are relentless. Life on the street courts death. Homeless shelters are full. And tomorrow, the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness will hold a community forum from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at 2 Delta Drive, which is just off Commercial Street. The topic is Housing …

Editorial: Waiting for winter’s day of reckoning

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Winter has always had a romantic quality. An open field blanketed in pristine powder and ringed by stout evergreens is the season’s love letter to New Hampshire. Reciprocation comes in the form of sledding, hot chocolate and snowed-in evenings spent fireside with loved ones – what Ralph Waldo …

Editorial: Community center could be a city gem

Saturday, February 14, 2015

With the Main Street redesign project underway and the reconfiguration of Loudon Road from four lanes to three slated to begin this spring, Concord’s city council has turned its attention to another improvement long on the books – the construction of a multigenerational community center. The council should …