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Editorial: Candidate Palin? Those days are over

Monday, January 26, 2015

Whether she knows it or not, Sarah Palin penned her own political obituary during the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines on Saturday. For 35 minutes, the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate – and perennial fundraising darling for the Republican Party – meandered from one incoherent topic to another, often resorting to the playground taunts and fortune cookie wisdom that are her bread and butter. Her gems …

Editorial: Cut to business taxes will only hurt business in NH

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Haven’t we already heard this story about the wondrous Republican perpetual motion machine? In this latest version, it’s the promise that cutting two of the state’s major sources of revenue, the business profits tax and business enterprise tax, will increase revenue. There’s no reason to believe that’s true or, for that matter, any reason to believe that reducing business taxes will attract and …

Editorial: A bit deflated over possible Pats cheating

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Like ravenous fans staring at a pre-game Super Bowl buffet, NFL officials will have a whole lot to chew on ahead of the big game. In less than two weeks, the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks will play on sports’ biggest stage. But the days that precede Super Bowl XLIX may do far more to impact the Patriots’ legacy than anything that …

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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: The alarming rise in child poverty must be addressed

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Last week, the Southern Education Foundation, the nation’s oldest education philanthropy, made public a stunning statistic. More than half of America’s public schoolchildren, based on qualifying for free or reduced cost school lunches, are poor. Given the ill effects of an impoverished childhood on brain development, educational achievement …

Editorial: The value of an old-fashioned town hall meeting

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Kelly Ayotte has found three important words at the heart of New Hampshire politics that continue to pay her political dividends: town hall meetings. Last Friday, the state’s Republican senator held shop in Goffstown, Loudon and Barnstead, allowing members of the public to show up and ask a …

Editorial: Only one way to get out ahead of frontrunners

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Bush. Clinton. Romney. The names are familiar, and formidable candidates bear them. But for the sake of the New Hampshire primary, and our nation, other potential presidential candidates need to make their voices heard soon. We cannot afford …

Editorial: As Nigeria burns, eyes are averted

Friday, January 16, 2015

Picture her. She is 10 years old – a beautiful, scared little girl alone and far from home. It is Jan. 10, and she is standing in a marketplace. Waiting. For what, she’s not exactly sure. Then somebody notices the bulge around her waist. Others notice, too, and …

Editorial: Rolling stop law violates common sense

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

It happens to most motorists, and it’s senseless. It could be 5 a.m. with no car in sight in any direction, but roll through a stop sign or turn right at a red light and, if your luck has run out, blue lights will follow. In New Hampshire, …

Editorial: McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center needs state’s help

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Two years ago, the state washed its hands of two of its greatest heroes, the late astronauts Alan Shepard and Christa McAuliffe. The state opened what is now the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center to honor the first teacher in space, who died in the 1986 explosion of the space …

Editorial: Chicken plant project’s demise is city’s loss

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Monitor reported on Saturday that Fournier Foods has decided not to build a poultry processing plant in East Concord. There are no doubt some people who see this as a victory. We have trouble seeing it as anything other than a missed opportunity. Last month, after many …

Editorial: State must repair workers comp system

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Lawmakers should make 2014 the last year that doctors and other health care providers are guaranteed payment no matter how much they charge when a worker is injured on the job. The workers’ compensation system is broken. The state, and the employers who pay into its workers’ compensation …

Editorial: On vaccine registry, state drops the ball

Friday, January 9, 2015

New Hampshire’s unconscionable delay in establishing a vaccine registry is sadly typical for a state bound more by arbitrary principle than pragmatic concern for its citizens. Forty-nine states have such a registry, an overwhelming testimony to the importance of such record-keeping. Legislators and state officials need to get …

Editorial: Where Lessig walks, nation should follow

Thursday, January 8, 2015

It’s easy to see Lawrence Lessig as Don Quixote. End the corrupting influence of money in American politics? Sounds great, but it will never happen. March through New Hampshire in January to spread the word? Knock yourself out, but you’re wasting your time. See? It’s easy. But like …