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Editorial: It’s time to act on state energy corridor

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The fate of the Northern Pass project, a transmission line to bring hydroelectric power south from Quebec, remains undecided. At least three natural gas pipeline expansions involving New Hampshire, all controversial, have been proposed and utility expansions are under way in surrounding states. And through it all, New Hampshire’s Legislature continues to study the years-old proposal to create a state energy corridor. It’s time for lawmakers to act, both to …

Editorial: Little things are worth debating, too

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Why is a toddler so attached to a teddy bear, which is nothing but fabric and cotton stuffing? Why wear that ratty old flannel shirt when there’s a brand new one hanging in the closet? Why hold on to all of those old picture books that the kids have long since outgrown? Why continue to call the administrative leader of Pembroke Academy “headmaster” …

Editorial: Budget shows political will still absent

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Last week, the House Finance Committee, along straight party lines, passed a portion of its adolescent attempt at crafting a state budget on to the full House, which quickly rejected a key component – the committee’s decision to cripple the state Department of Transportation with a budget cut that would require laying off 700 employees. The House also rejected the committee majority’s plan …

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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 schools shouldn’t cut bus services

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Concord School Board is in a bind that should sound familiar to any New Hampshire resident. It needs to make painful spending cuts. The board is taking recommendations for a $1 million reduction, and one of the leading proposals would leave 270 elementary school students in the …

Editorial: Following the trail of state’s leading women

Thursday, March 26, 2015

New Hampshire has a rich history of amazing, accomplished women who bravely broke ground here and around the world. Sadly, many of them have fallen into obscurity. The New Hampshire Women’s Heritage Trail, a project that’s holding an …

Editorial: Make the downtown project fun

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Though the formal ground-breaking ceremony to mark the long-awaited reconstruction of Concord’s Main Street won’t occur until April 20, work on the project has already begun. Workers with Severino Trucking, the contracting firm hired to carry out the $10.69 million reconstruction of nine blocks of the downtown corridor, …

Editorial: World must prepare for next epidemic

Monday, March 23, 2015

There’s a funny new show on Fox called The Last Man on Earth. The setup is that a virus has wiped out the entire population of the planet, except for one guy (although a few more people have since joined the cast). The landscape isn’t what you would …

Editorial: Public’s right to know is not mean-spirited

Sunday, March 22, 2015

When the town of Webster decided against publishing the names and salary information of its employees in its annual report last week, it overlooked a basic truth. Members of the public have the right to know what they’re paying for public services and to whom they’re paying it. …

Editorial: Medicaid key in inmate rehabilitation

Friday, March 20, 2015

The House Finance Committee chambers is once again an abattoir for numbers. State programs present there to be sacrificed on the altar of small government or become subject to experimental surgery. How much flesh and bone can be removed and the patient still survive? One program destined for …

Editorial: Cruz’s world looks little like our own

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Today we consider the deeply crazy contentions of Ted Cruz, the Texas senator and potential Republican presidential candidate. Cruz was in New Hampshire last week to test the presidential waters and bring his doomsday message to voters. Cruz’s speech to an event sponsored by the Strafford County Republican …

Editorial: Another day, another game in the Senate

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The delay of Loretta Lynch’s confirmation as U.S. attorney general is yet another disappointment from the GOP-controlled Senate. Her confirmation should be a simple matter. Lynch has a strong record as the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, and she …

Editorial: Rebellion reaches a crossroads

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

To have any chance of success, social movements must multiply awareness. Change is impossible unless people believe that change is needed. That is why activists spend so much time and effort spreading the word. But for all that effort, awareness is actually the easy part. The difficulty lies …

Editorial: Divestiture is a win for New Hampshire

Sunday, March 15, 2015

It took nearly two decades, but the upcoming sale of the 12 power plants owned by Public Service of New Hampshire and its successor, Eversource Energy, was inevitable. We applaud it. The divestiture will save PSNH customers an estimated $300 million over five years and create a fully …