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Editorial: Feltes is the right choice in District 15

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

For the first time in two decades, Concord will send someone other than Sylvia Larsen to the state Senate. In our view, Dan Feltes is the obvious choice for voters in District 15, which includes Concord, Hopkinton, Henniker and Warner. Over the past eight years, Feltes, 35, worked as an attorney for New Hampshire Legal Assistance, where he fought in court and the Legislature for the region’s low- and middle-income …

Editorial: Ads add up to record low for politics

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Unless they can wield their remote with the skill of a Jedi knight, New Hampshire TV viewers will see hundreds upon hundreds of political ads, the vast majority of them negative. The state’s residents, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity, have already been the target of more than 12,000 ads. Spending on the Senate contest between incumbent Jeanne …

Editorial: Van Ostern, Pappas earned another term

Monday, October 20, 2014

If you’re looking for a high-profile job in politics, a seat on the Executive Council shouldn’t be high on your list. But as the group that approves or denies state contracts and gubernatorial appointments, the five-member board is crucial to making sure the state runs smoothly and efficiently. It’s not, nor has it ever been, the right place for politicians driven more by …

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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: 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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …