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Editorial: Downtown must find its magic mix

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Renovating Concord’s Main Street is only the first step toward creating a truly thriving downtown in New Hampshire’s capital city. The city and its business owners must also take a long, hard look at the mix of retail offerings in the downtown core. What kind of shops and restaurants will draw people to Concord throughout the day and throughout the year? What businesses, in other words, will help create a …

Editorial: Military benefits in need of review

Friday, April 24, 2015

Recently, in these pages, an Air Force veteran warned of the unfairness and danger inherent in breaking faith with those who have served by cutting their benefits. Benefits to retirees, especially those who have served their nation in the military, their state or their city, are a promise that should not be broken if trust in government is to survive. The same principle …

Editorial: Mindfulness could be the secret of life

Thursday, April 23, 2015

On Sunday, Monitor reporter Casey McDermott introduced readers to Judson Brewer, the director of research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center on Mindfulness. Brewer spoke as part of a Concord Hospital Payson Center anticancer lifestyle program at the city auditorium, where he delivered a simple message: Sometimes, our brains get in the way. The study of mindfulness – the practice of …

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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: Downtown can still have ‘wow’ factor

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

It’s the biggest show in town, a draw for the young and the young at heart. It goes on every weekday, it’s free, and thanks to the graciousness of the workers for Severino Trucking, it’s a classroom of sorts. It’s as if a book by children’s author Richard …

Editorial: Among Iran options, one makes sense

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Lawrence Wilkerson, a retired Army colonel and embittered Republican, is a voice in the wilderness when it comes to America’s 21st-century military adventurism. As chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell from 2002 to 2005, Wilkerson had a front-row seat for the “weapons of mass destruction” …

Editorial: Don’t add barriers for state’s voters

Friday, April 17, 2015

A bill being considered by the New Hampshire House of Representatives would impose a 30-day residency requirement for voting in New Hampshire. It’s a solution in search of a problem, and yet another in a series of GOP-led efforts to discourage the state’s young people from voting. But …

Editorial: Time for a harder look at Dame School

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Concord’s decision to put off transforming the former Dame School into a community center is the right call, for now. With budgets stretched to the limit and other needs pressing, the city council showed commendable unanimity in putting off any elaborate building project. That being said, serious questions …

Editorial: On Tax Day, a few ideas for reform

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Today is April 15, the last day to give Uncle his share without fear of penalty. Americans, thanks to the nation’s infernally complicated tax code, spent more than $200 billion to comply with the code. Tax reform of some sort has bipartisan support, and the public is clamoring …

Editorial: With Hillary in, it’s about to get louder

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

In the 2016 presidential contest, Hillary Clinton is like a human checkered flag. With her announced candidacy, the race has begun in earnest. So here’s a bit of advice: Brace yourself. Brace yourself for a dizzying number of …

Editorial: State can’t afford price of budget cuts

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Over the next few months the Senate, a committee of conference and Gov. Hassan will pluck the spines off the cold-hearted toad of a budget passed by the House and shape into something that doesn’t boil the conscience and stab property owners in the wallet. At least we …

Editorial: Let voters see the real Rand Paul

Friday, April 10, 2015

Rand Paul has made it official. The Kentucky senator and libertarian-leaning Republican is running for president. His presence in the race is welcome, given Paul’s willingness to challenge political orthodoxy. He’s criticized National Security Agency surveillance of American citizens, called for drug sentencing reform and avoided bellicose foreign …

Editorial: Want to live longer? Just be at peace

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

What does it mean to live long and prosper? It’s worth thinking about as the baby boom generation heads into retirement and as their parents head into the final stages of life. More and more, people are bombarded with advice on how to stay healthy and vital. Often, …

Editorial: HSAs are no substitute for ACA coverage

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Dr. Ben Carson, a brilliant surgeon, free thinker and presumptive Republican candidate for president is unfortunately given to making hyperbolic statements, including some that have been followed by apologies and backpedaling. Nothing in Carson’s speech earlier this week …