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Editorial: Failure marks path of a scandal

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The rape trial of St. Paul’s School student Owen Labrie is a story of failure. A young man in possession of an elite prep school education and an acceptance letter from Harvard fails to conquer his misogynistic sexual impulses. A young girl mature and independent enough to live away from home fails to ask herself the right questions about an older, popular boy’s attention. One of the nation’s most respected …

Editorial: A campaign for wider civil justice

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Many attorneys, no matter how long they’ve been practicing law, will tell you they still get butterflies when they enter a courtroom. Just imagine how a single mother seeking protection from an abusive boyfriend would feel under the same circumstances. Now imagine she is alone in the courtroom, without legal representation. Every year, the New Hampshire Campaign for Legal Services seeks out private …

Editorial: It’s time for a tax on carbon

Friday, August 28, 2015

There are thousands of potential sinkholes in New Hampshire like the one that closed Interstate 93 in Concord earlier this month. More than a third of the 4,600 miles of roads maintained by the state are officially in “poor” shape. Nearly half the state’s bridges are on the “red list” and functionally obsolete or worse. Meanwhile, oil is trading under $40 a barrel …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

Editorial: Garden thieves are indiscriminate

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Concord is fortunate to have two community gardens, both large and both on state land. One, primarily for low-income residents, is on Fort Eddy Road and known as Sycamore Field, a giant sycamore tree being its defining landmark. The other is just off Clinton Street on a rutted …

Editorial: Democrats aren’t getting a fair shake

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

So far this presidential primary season, the Republican Party has dominated news coverage. Its contest has featured 17 candidates, the breathtaking ascendancy of Donald Trump and plenty of vitriol toward illegal immigrants. Where have the Democrats been during all of this? Hillary Clinton has continued her businesslike trod …

Editorial: For these men, the term ‘hero’ applies

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The word “hero” has lost meaning. With earnest feelings of gratitude and appreciation, people assign the label to anybody and everybody who chooses activities or occupations that involve service, guidance, healing or protection. But the problem of such a generous application of the term and its derivatives, regardless …

Editorial: Body cameras capture state’s staffing woes

Sunday, August 23, 2015

It’s become increasingly clear that every law enforcement officer should be equipped with a body camera and use it during interactions with the public. The cameras can provide crucial evidence that protects officer and suspected transgressor alike, and their use is credited with preventing escalation by moderating the …

Editorial: Campaign to ‘Free the Nipple’ is a battle for equality

Friday, August 21, 2015

As important standalone social causes go, the “Free the Nipple” movement probably doesn’t rank very high on many lists. There are plenty of groups that have more compelling claims to oppression than women who don’t want to be harassed by police should they choose to sunbathe topless. But …

Editorial: Concord needs a solar ordinance

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Concord Zoning Board decided correctly last week in allowing Doug and Katrina Magee to continue building a bank of solar panels on their property. But while the board’s decision was clear-cut, Concord should take the initiative and specifically address solar arrays in city code. The dispute is …

Editorial: The power of the historical marker

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

There is delight and wonder in stumbling across a site of geographic or historical importance. Long ago, on a hike on the Olympic Peninsula, the trail ended at a high cliff overlooking the Pacific. It turned out to be, according to a brass marker, the tip of Cape …

Editorial: An overreaction at Pembroke Academy

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

A fear of lawsuits all too frequently can spell the end of good things as well as bad. It’s led to the demise of diving boards and absurdities like “no running at recess” orders. At Pembroke Academy, advice from over-cautious school district counsel led school administrators to pull …

Editorial: A clear voice amid Deflategate noise

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

For New England Patriots fans and haters alike, the Deflategate investigation hasn’t exactly been an illuminating process. The “did he or didn’t he order the deflation of footballs” debate has long since entered the realm of the ridiculous. On one side, you have Tom Brady, one of the …

Editorial: Education plan is just a beginning

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Hillary Clinton has announced an ambitious plan to make public university education available to everyone, essentially tuition-free. Her plan is laudable, but it raises serious questions. Broadly speaking, Clinton’s “New College Compact” spends $350 million over 10 years. It gives federal grants to states that are willing to …