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Editorial: Dangerous spot needs a warning sign

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Joy can become tragedy in an instant. Every day, there are news stories that prove this universal truth. Just last week, 10-year-old Javier Gonzalez of Concord was doing what 10-year-olds do during the summer – he was having fun in the water. It’s an easy scene to imagine: A happy family standing on the banks of the Merrimack River in Boscawen near the Hannah Dustin historical site. It’s far from …

Editorial: Cell phone ban doesn’t go far enough

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

New Hampshire’s ban on hand-held use of a cell phone, GPS unit and other electronic devices became effective today. The law enforcement community promises that enforcement will be stringent and the fines are stinging: $100 for a first offense, $250 for a second and $500 for a three-time talker. The new law is necessary. Despite big advances in vehicle safety, more people die …

Editorial: Republicans cling to a budget myth

Monday, June 29, 2015

For Republicans, tax cuts are unicorns that, when they sip from stagnant economic waters, purify them and allow the flowers of free enterprise to bloom. A beautiful thought, but, like unicorns, the supply-side benefits of tax cuts are mythical. The governor and the Republican-led House and Senate are at an impasse over the budget for the next biennium. Gov. Hassan vetoed the budget …

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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: High court delivers dignity, joy in same-sex marriage decision

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Equality has won. Friday morning’s decision from the U.S. Supreme Court brought same-sex marriage to the entire United States. The 5-4 vote in Obergefell v. Hodges was long overdue, but gay and lesbian couples across the nation are …

Editorial: A victory for health care, common sense

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court has, once again, preserved the Affordable Care Act. By allowing the payment of health insurance subsidies in states that haven’t established their own exchanges, the court handed a win to the nation and President Obama. On the state level, the decision allows subsidized coverage …

Editorial: Good news for kids with peanut allergies

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

For many children, peanuts are a threat. Not a snack, and not a legume to be crushed into delicious paste. Peanut sensitivities are one of the most prevalent and severe childhood allergies, and they have reshaped the landscape of childhood. Preschoolers are forbidden from packing meals containing any …

Editorial: Tax pushed by Sanders is a sensible idea

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A pot of gold big enough to repair the nation’s crumbling infrastructure, provide middle-class tax relief or provide free tuition to public universities is waiting to be tapped. All Congress has to do is say the word. But …

Editorial: In wake of Charleston, no answers

Monday, June 22, 2015

How does a newspaper in a predominantly white state write an editorial about what happened at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C., last week? We could focus on a hot-button side issue, such as how South Carolina should stop flying the Confederate battle flag over the capitol. That …

Editorial: Adequacy number is a running joke

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The same New Hampshire Legislature that allowed the state’s model mental health care system to collapse for want of funding is slowly doing the same for public education. The plight of schools struggling to get by with too few resources, and taxpayers struggling with property tax bills that …

Editorial: Biggest terror threat comes from within

Friday, June 19, 2015

Anyone who simply scans the headlines can be forgiven for thinking that the main terror challenge facing our country’s law enforcement agencies comes from Islamic extremists. After all, the defining terrorist strike of the last two decades was …

Editorial: With Trump in, the race just got interesting

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Donald Trump has finally done it. After years of teasing presidential runs, the Donald has announced that he is an official candidate for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination in 2016. With the primary field crowded with an abundance …

Editorial: Scientist Hunt doesn’t deserve the punishment

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

From what we’ve read, the condemnation, public shaming and firings of Nobel laureate Tim Hunt, a British biochemist, is so out of proportion to his own offense as to turn the lens of scrutiny on political correctness itself. That lens, when focused too long and hard, can not …

Editorial: In Europe, a dangerous dance begins

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A Cold War breeze is blowing again. The New York Times reported over the weekend that the Pentagon is poised to put battle tanks and other heavy weapons for up to 5,000 American troops in Baltic and Eastern European countries to counter Russian aggression. On Monday, Russian military …