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Editorial: Vote today, and then stay engaged

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

It’s exam day. For the better part of the past year, New Hampshire voters have studied the candidates and assessed their promises. They have heard them speak during intimate town hall meetings and watched them debate before a national audience. Today, New Hampshire will deliver its Democratic and Republican recommendations to the rest of the nation. Voters in the first-in-the-nation primary don’t need to be reminded of how important it …

Editorial: Fixes needed on Medicaid expansion bill

Sunday, February 7, 2016

After decades of delay and failed efforts, the United States is now making real progress reducing the rolls of the uninsured and moving toward the goal of universal health care. Credit goes to the Affordable Care Act, and especially to states like New Hampshire, which saw the wisdom of accepting federal funds to expand Medicaid and insure far more of the poor. On …

Editorial: Nomination process could be high drama

Friday, February 5, 2016

The meaning of the New Hampshire Democratic primary runs much deeper than its 32 delegates. For voters, it’s about assessing the candidates face to face and winnowing the field. For candidates, it’s about honing campaign skills and gaining national momentum. But long before presidential aspirants step foot on Granite State soil, there is an invisible Democratic primary involving certain party leaders and elected …

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Editorial: Lessons from a good life lived well

Thursday, February 4, 2016

For a week now, those who knew Martin Gross have mourned a man who seemed to have a knack for living well. In fact, even his death was extraordinary. The former Concord mayor had taken to the sea aboard an Antarctica-bound cruise ship when he suffered a stroke. …

Editorial: No time to put an amateur in the Oval Office

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Tuesday’s vote will mark the 100th anniversary of the New Hampshire presidential primary, which did not achieve its first-in-the-nation status until 1952. The election goes a long way toward deciding who the next president of the world’s most powerful nation will be. But this time, also at stake …

Editorial: New bill, same attack on your right to know

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Last February in this space, the Monitor wrote in opposition to a bill sponsored by Rep. Pat Long, a Manchester Democrat, that would have allowed towns to charge for labor costs related to the retrieval of public records. The bill was scuttled, but with a new legislative session …

Editorial: State’s solar formula needs adjustments

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Solar power, which has been growing by leaps and bounds both in the United States and abroad, is all but stalled in New Hampshire. The Granite State became a national leader when it joined in the regional effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in 2008 but has fallen …

Editorial: Executive authority murkiness

Friday, January 29, 2016

Presidential candidates, like street-corner organ grinders of old, put out tin cups and crank out promises created to please the audience. This time around, many have impressive goals for their first day in office. Bernie Sanders would act to reverse the decline of the middle class on his …

Editorial: While GMO debate rages, demand labels

Thursday, January 28, 2016

A food-labeling bill debated before the House Environment and Agriculture Committee on Tuesday was a clear reminder that it’s difficult to find solid ground in the GMO debate. HB 1674, sponsored by Reps. Max Abramson of Seabrook and James McConnell of Keene, would require genetically engineered foods and …

Editorial: Open State House doors on Saturdays

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A bipartisan bill that would allow the New Hampshire Legislature to open the State House to visitors on certain Saturdays between Memorial Day and Columbus Day will be debated during a hearing on Wednesday. There is no legitimate reason why the proposal should face resistance. The “people’s house,” …

Editorial: John Kasich for the Republican nomination

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

For months, each Republican candidate for president has told New Hampshire voters why he or she belongs in the White House. The one with the best record to support his case is John Kasich. The Ohio governor began …

Editorial: Clinton is Democrats’ best choice

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Only one Democratic candidate for president is truly qualified to hold the job: Hillary Clinton. No contender’s resume can come within miles of matching Clinton’s. She’s ready to take up the nation’s top job on day one and her knowledge of domestic issues and foreign policy is encyclopedic. …

Editorial: For a great rivalry, the end is near

Friday, January 22, 2016

In sports, you never know when a rivalry will come to an end. On Sept. 23, 1951, Joe DiMaggio and his first-place New York Yankees traveled to Boston to face Ted Williams and his third-place Boston Red Sox. …