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Editorial: The world doesn’t need microbeads

Thursday, November 26, 2015

It sounds like the scenario of an apocalyptic science fiction story. Tiny plastic pellets spread throughout the world’s water supply, making their way into the food chain. Humans end up ingesting them, too, possibly causing dire health effects. Why would foolish humanity have created these pellets? For the usual science fictional reason: hubris. Also, the desire for really white teeth. These tiny spheres were infused into shampoos, face scrubs and …

Editorial: Voters aren’t going to break with history

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

On this Thanksgiving Day 2015, the nation is divided – but not uniquely so. It only feels that way. Before the extreme rhetoric of Donald Trump and Ben Carson, there was the extreme rhetoric of George Wallace and Joseph McCarthy. Before “Black Lives Matter,” there was, well, an entire national history of institutional …

Editorial: Portsmouth must address sewage issue

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

It’s time for Portsmouth to get its you-know-what together. Enough has been enough. For more than a decade, the state’s only city on the sea has cried poor, fought federal regulators and failed to upgrade an antiquated municipal treatment plant that dumps poorly treated sewage into the ocean off the state’s beaches. Portsmouth …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

Editorial: Stop penalizing pro athletes for pot

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Earlier this month, Alex Reyes, a promising young right-handed pitching prospect for the St. Louis Cardinals, was suspended 50 games for violating Minor League Baseball’s drug policy for the second time. The punishment sounds legitimate considering the scars the steroid era left on the game, but Reyes wasn’t …

Editorial: All nations must fight Islamic State

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Writing in the Atlantic last spring, journalist and Yale lecturer Graeme Wood took an in-depth look at the Islamic State terrorist organization and its goals. Some of his contentions are controversial, but several struck us as true and fundamental to the post-Paris debate about how to eradicate the …

Editorial: Sometimes a broken heart can be fatal

Friday, November 20, 2015

On Wednesday, New England football legend Doug Flutie shared sad news with the world: His parents, Dick and Joan, had passed away – an hour apart. In a Facebook post, Flutie said his father had been sick and died of a heart attack in a hospital in Florida, …

Editorial: Concord takes another step into a bigger, better future

Thursday, November 19, 2015

While travel on Concord’s Main Street is two-way again, the direction of the street itself is uphill and forward. The thoroughfare is going places, as evidenced by news that Manchester-based Brady Sullivan Properties has purchased three key properties, the Eagle Hotel and One and Two Capital Plaza. The …

Editorial: Hassan got it wrong on Syrian refugees

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

We do not stand with Gov. Hassan. On Monday, just three days removed from the Paris terrorist attacks, Hassan called for a halt to the acceptance of Syrian refugees. On Tuesday, spokesman William Hinkle made it clear that …

Editorial: Clinton’s security problem

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

When Hillary Clinton descended upon the State House last week to file her primary paperwork, a certain amount of pomp, circumstance and security was to be expected. As a former first lady, Clinton receives lifetime protection from the Secret Service – and as the Democratic front-runner, she deserves …

Editorial: After Paris, solidarity and division

Saturday, November 14, 2015

More than 125 people were murdered in Paris on Friday night, and hundreds more were injured. Across the ocean, Americans could do little more than follow the unfolding horror on television and social media, and offer condolences and solidarity. There’s an embarrassing emptiness to the words “we stand …

Editorial: The war on Christmas that never was

Friday, November 13, 2015

No, Virginia, there isn’t a war on Christmas. Nobody wants to stop you from decorating the tree with all of those ornaments that came home from school decades ago, shedding glitter and dripping Elmer’s glue. Nobody wants to prevent you from listening to Andy Williams croon “Silver Bells” …

Editorial: Justice system relies on the defense of all

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Founding Fathers understood that for justice to exist the accused must be afforded a vigorous and competent defense. Why don’t the three Republican members of the Executive Council? Earlier this week, by a 3-2 vote, the council rejected veteran Manchester attorney Dorothy Graham, who was nominated to …

Editorial: The many ways to show appreciation for veterans

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

This Veterans Day finds 1.4 million Americans, or just 0.4 percent of the population, serving their nation in the armed forces. Add to them all who have served and the share of all Americans with military service grows …