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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 remains roughly 5 percent, minorities accounted for half of the state’s population gain between 2000 and 2010, according to UNH demographer Ken … 4

Editorial: Knowledge is key to fighting elderly scams

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

It’s a familiar story. After a lifetime of hard work and sacrifice, a senior citizen is presented with a “once in a lifetime” investment opportunity. Perhaps it comes from a family friend who has some inside knowledge about a company supposedly on the verge of massive growth. Maybe it’s a financial adviser who claims to have a spotless track record of helping retirees … 1

Editorial: Interest and dividend tax misses target

Sunday, September 28, 2014

New Hampshire has no income tax. That fact is as enduring as, well, the Old Man of the Mountain – whoops, he fell in 2003. The myth that the state has no income tax should fall as well because it does, and it’s a levy that’s increasingly being paid not by the rich but by senior citizens and others who have managed to … 6

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Editorial: On climate change, voters’ choices clear

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The tide may be turning on climate change and the public’s willingness to take action. On Sunday, in the largest demonstration of its kind ever held, more than 300,000 people, among them a sizeable contingent from New Hampshire, took to the streets of New York to demand action … 33

Editorial: Ebola takes its place as a true global threat

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Two reports issued this week have made it clear that Ebola is a world problem, not a West African problem. As of this week, more than 5,800 people have been diagnosed with the virus and more than 2,800 have died. Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention … 19

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 … 4

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 … 5

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 … 3

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 … 14

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 …

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 …

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 … 19