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Editorial: Planned Parenthood facts, fiction

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Rallies held across the nation on Tuesday, including one in front of the State House in Concord, called for the government to stop sending taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood. The pretext was a series of online videos purporting to show how the group handles donations of fetal tissue. But those demonstrations, and the furor about Planned Parenthood, are noise – static meant to distract. Women can’t make such donations in …

Editorial: The road to safe bicycling in the city

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Last week, Monitor contributing writer Mel Graykin wrote of the joy of commuting to work by bicycle, but also of the dangers. There are now about a million bicycles on America’s roads, and 240 million cars and other motor vehicles. Many of those drivers look upon bicyclists with disdain or, worse, do not look at them at all and thus cut them off, …

Editorial: A baseball legend takes his place

Monday, July 27, 2015

It’s been a tough year for Boston’s boys of summer. Heading into Monday night’s game against the Chicago White Sox, the Red Sox were once again toiling in the basement of the American League East, 12 games behind the first-place New York Yankees and 8½ games out in the Wild Card race. For the Sox to turn things around this season, it would …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

Editorial: Peace for vegans and meat-eaters

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Groton’s Laura Zerra stands, unclothed, next to a water hole in the Peruvian Amazon. Her Naked and Afraid co-star, E.J. Snyder, stands just a few feet away, holding a rudimentary spear. The two reality-show survivalists, still a week away from their jungle extraction, have gone 14 days without …

Editorial: Concord lights warm the heart

Friday, July 24, 2015

Concord developer and GOP activist Steve Duprey has made a statement. His Smile building in downtown Concord has been illuminated in rainbow colors to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which established nationwide marriage equality. This is heartening. As the Republican Party nationally struggles …

Editorial: A list that everyone should add to

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Some years ago, New Hampshire native, sometime journalist, dairy farmer and retired state agriculture commissioner Steve Taylor published a list of “100 Things You Should Do To Know the Real New Hampshire” ( The list is a great place to start when planning summer activities or hosting guests …

Editorial: Trump is a headache and a help for GOP

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Donald Trump’s insults to Sen. John McCain should have been expected. The businessman who now leads the Republican field for president is an expert in incendiary statements. He casually throws out lines that make people gasp, and then …

Editorial: Symbolism of Confederate flag is undeniable

Monday, July 20, 2015

The Confederate flag was proudly on display at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon over the weekend. “A lot of people died for that flag,” a Rhode Island man told Monitor columnist Ray Duckler. “I have no problem flying the Confederate flag. I don’t believe it represents racism …

Editorial: Conservatives leading way on prison reform

Sunday, July 19, 2015

In a conversation now led by the president but launched by some of his most fervent opponents, talk in the nation has turned from tough on crime to smart on crime. Conservatives and liberals alike agree that the law enforcement, justice and corrections systems all need rethinking and …

Editorial: Don’t let this summer thriller be a distraction

Friday, July 17, 2015

The sequence of events sounds like a Carl Hiaasen novel. After presidential candidate and notorious blowhard Donald Trump spends weeks insisting on the criminality of illegal immigrants, a Mexican drug lord escapes from prison. Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, …

Editorial: On economy, policies better than numbers

Thursday, July 16, 2015

At first, the comment from Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush sounds like a mistake. During an interview in Manchester with the Union Leader, he talked about reaching his goal of 4 percent economic growth. “We have to be a lot more productive,” he said. “Workforce participation has to …

Editorial: Guinta is big part of state’s clout problem

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Once upon a time, New Hampshire had clout far beyond its role as the state that hosts the nation’s first presidential primary. It had it when former governor Sherman Adams was President Dwight Eisenhower’s chief of staff. Ditto when former governor John Sununu was President George H.W. Bush’s …

Editorial: Sometimes, you just have to laugh

Monday, July 13, 2015

Life is pretty good right now for Amy Schumer. Her new film, Trainwreck, hits theaters on Friday. Her Comedy Central sketch show, Inside Amy Schumer, now in its third season, has been lauded by critics and fellow comedians – and the bandwagon is growing. And in this past …