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Editorial: Passage of time shouldn’t aid child abusers

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The time has come for New Hampshire to eliminate the statute of limitations on sexual crimes against children. As it stands, the state can pursue charges only until the victim turns 40. We were reminded of the folly of this particular law last week, when Kenneth Day of Epsom was charged with 300 counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault. One of his accusers said the assaults happened in Barnstead and … 1

Editorial: Attention Walgreens shoppers

Monday, July 21, 2014

America’s two biggest drugstore chains – Walgreens with 8,221 stores and CVS with 7,660 – face off at the intersection of Loudon Road and East Side Drive, where each claim a corner. CVS is the relative newcomer. It was founded in Lowell, Mass., in 1963; Walgreens in Chicago in 1901. Both are American corporations, but within weeks, Walgreens could merge with a foreign … 7

Editorial: On casinos, it's best to listen to The Donald

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The annual attempt to convince the Legislature to adopt casino gambling has become as certain as the changing of the seasons, so we fully expect the battle to continue. But Gov. Maggie Hassan, perennial casino proponent Sen. Lou D’Allesandro, and the rest of the easy-money crowd should slow down and take it from The Donald. The days when hosting a casino was a … 16

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Editorial: Misogynistic rant part of a larger issue

Thursday, July 17, 2014

While America talks about the possibility of Hillary Clinton serving as the next president, sports talk radio is embracing an Archie Bunker mentality when it comes to workplace equality. The latest target is Fox Sports reporter Erin Andrews. On Tuesday night, during Major League Baseball’s annual All-Star Game, … 3

Editorial: What Christie hasn’t learned from Nixon

Thursday, July 17, 2014

In many ways, Chris Christie is the anti-Richard Nixon. Nixon rose to the presidency despite acute social awkwardness, while Christie owes much of his political success to his ability to connect with voters. Nixon was never able to … 1

Editorial: A powerful incubator for online hatred

Monday, July 14, 2014

The internet is a wonderful place for hatred. There is safety – and often anonymity – behind the keyboard, so words punctuated by anger flow with ease. But sometimes ideological combat can become tiresome, and those who dedicate so much of their time to hate simply long to … 1

Editorial: Long-term fix needed for highway fund

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Federal Highway Trust Fund, which pays for about $150 million worth of road repairs and transportation projects in New Hampshire each year, is slated to run out of money on Aug. 1. The fund, which is filled with a per-gallon tax on gasoline and diesel fuel that … 1

Editorial: A worthy conservative movement

Thursday, July 10, 2014

‘The New Politics of Character” “The Conservative Governing Disposition” “The Theological Politics of Irving Kristol” “Regulatory Review for the States” Those are some of the headlines on the website for National Affairs, “a quarterly journal of essays about domestic policy, political economy, society, culture and political thought.” The … 6

Editorial: State should ban some types of fireworks

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Fourth of July fireworks are a tradition in New Hampshire – and so too, it seems, are injuries related to the use of reloadable mortar fireworks. With two incidents in the past three years, the town of Pelham has become the center of debate in the state over … 9

Editorial: Work of Five Rivers benefits all

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The coming of age of Five Rivers Conservation Trust, the land preservation organization that began life as the Concord Conservation Trust in 1998, is a milestone worth celebrating. The trust oversees conservation easements on land in Concord and 15 towns in the watersheds of the Blackwater, Warner, Merrimack, … 0

Editorial: Just sit back and enjoy the show, Sox fans

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A baseball fan is nothing without passion, but that passion too often comes at the price of perspective. With the All-Star break just a week away, the Boston Red Sox sit in last place in the American League East with a record of 39 wins and 49 losses. … 0

Editorial: On license plates, time to loosen up

Sunday, July 6, 2014

When the state Supreme Court ruled two months ago that David Montenegro was unconstitutionally denied his “COPSLIE” vanity license plates, casual onlookers might have thought the case was settled. After all, the court held that the state Division of Motor Vehicles couldn’t deny a plate because “a reasonable … 14

Editorial: Main Street investment well worth it

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Urban centers are not static. Concord’s historic downtown, depending on decisions made in the next few weeks, could turn toward higher vacancy rates, lower property values and increasing shabbiness, or take an upward path to increased vitality. Do nothing, or make merely cosmetic changes to spruce things up … 9