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Editorial: Death penalty defense weak, growing weaker

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Michael Addison, the man sentenced to death for killing Manchester police officer Michael Briggs, should not be executed. His public defender, David Rothstein, argued late last month that New Hampshire’s methods of execution amount to cruel and unusual punishment, given that one is obsolete (hanging) and the other difficult to implement (lethal injection drugs are increasingly unavailable). He also pointed out that the state doesn’t have the facilities or protocols …

Editorial: Don’t add bobcats to hunting menu

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Cats in all their forms and sizes fascinate humans because they are, at heart, unknowable. For Hancock author Sy Montgomery, Holderness documentary filmmaker George Butler and his collaborator, writer Caroline Alexander, the cat is the tiger that stalks the vast Sundarban mangrove forest on the India-Bangladesh border. It is their work that came to mind when debating the reopening of a hunting and …

Editorial: Volkswagen deserves your anger

Thursday, October 1, 2015

From the beginning, it was a bumpy road for Volkswagen. The car company was born in Hitler’s Germany but became a symbol of economic recovery for war-torn Europe after the Allied victory. In the decades to come, the automaker would create the iconic VW Bus and Beetle, only to see sales start to dip in the early 1970s. On the strength of the …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

Editorial: Merrimack County should explore TRAILS

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Jails and prisons that fail to offer educational opportunities and treatment programs for substance abuse and mental health and behavioral problems are little more than graduate schools for criminals. Peter Spaulding, chairman of the Merrimack County Board of Commissioners, was spot on when he told Monitor reporter Jeremy …

Editorial: With Boehner out, GOP must pick direction

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Speaker’s tone was equal parts defiant and incredulous. How, he asked, could any Republican vote against a deal built on lower taxes? With the path to passage seemingly set, the Speaker knew the greatest obstacle was a …

Editorial: A $20 million mistake and a lot of questions

Sunday, September 27, 2015

The state Department of Health and Human Services has some serious explaining to do. How did it miss $20 million meant to help people with developmental disabilities? What’s more, how could it miss that money when dozens of people were waiting for services? How can the department make …

Editorial: Let’s find a cure for pill profiteering

Friday, September 25, 2015

Martin Shkreli, the vulturous young former hedge fund manager whose company bought the only maker of the 62-year-old lifesaving drug Daraprim and promptly raised its price from $13.50 per pill to $700, has done consumers and the nation a favor. The price-gouging by Shkreli’s start-up company, Turing Pharmaceuticals, …

Editorial: Maybe, just maybe, the feud can end

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Imagine for a moment that you are a teacher on patrol during afternoon recess. As you scan the schoolyard, you see two tense boys beneath the monkey bars. One is holding his fists at chest level, a young fighter at the ready. The other stands rigidly with arms …

Editorial: U.S. may face even greater border crisis

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The United States is a nation of 320 million people in a world whose population is 7.3 billion. That number is projected to be 8.5 billion 15 years from now, 9.7 billion in 2050 and 11.2 billion in 2100, according to the U.N. Most of that population growth …

Editorial: Immortality by way of digital storage

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Nearly 40 years ago, the late reggae musician Peter Tosh sang, “Everybody want to go to heaven, but nobody want to die.” There are few more succinct descriptions of the human condition. Earlier this month, New York Times reporter Amy Harmon offered a much more complex exploration of …

Editorial: Raising fees is no way to fund Fish and Game

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Nearly every basement, attic, garage or barn offers an opportunity to explore the archeology of past passions and pursuits: the wooden tennis rackets still in their presses hanging from a nail, golf clubs in a leather bag cracked with age, the fishing rods standing in a bucket in …

Editorial: Debate had lots of style, little substance

Friday, September 18, 2015

On Wednesday night, CNN promised a debate among the Republican candidates for president but instead aired a three-hour celebrity roast of Donald Trump. At least it felt that way. The spectacle was highly entertaining at times, but for voters without a taste for red meat, there was little …

Editorial: Way people eat demands inspection

Thursday, September 17, 2015

The report is alarming. According to the Legislative Budget Office, New Hampshire’s food inspectors are falling short, with high-risk, high-volume restaurants and food processing plants going too long between inspections (in one case almost 15 years). And unlicensed food outlets – stands at fairs and festivals, for instance …