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Editorial: This time, Weare has to get it right

Friday, October 24, 2014

There are no simple fixes for the crisis at the Weare Police Department. Events of the last two years – the shooting death of an unarmed drug suspect, staff departures and potential returns, the ill-fated appointment of John Velleca – paint a disturbing picture. And those are only the things we know about. The town and department have been reluctant to share much with the public or the press. And …

Editorial: Feltes is the right choice in District 15

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

For the first time in two decades, Concord will send someone other than Sylvia Larsen to the state Senate. In our view, Dan Feltes is the obvious choice for voters in District 15, which includes Concord, Hopkinton, Henniker and Warner. Over the past eight years, Feltes, 35, worked as an attorney for New Hampshire Legal Assistance, where he fought in court and the …

Editorial: Ads add up to record low for politics

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Unless they can wield their remote with the skill of a Jedi knight, New Hampshire TV viewers will see hundreds upon hundreds of political ads, the vast majority of them negative. The state’s residents, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity, have already been the target of more than 12,000 ads. Spending on the Senate contest between incumbent Jeanne …

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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: Where does New Hampshire rank? And does it matter?

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

New Hampshire is something of a juggernaut when it comes to state rankings. List after list suggests that the people who live here are healthy, well-educated and, for the most part, happy. But it seems that when it comes to charitable giving, the Granite State sinks to the …

Editorial: Council should join campaign finance fight

Sunday, October 5, 2014

In 2010, when the conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court, by a 5-4 vote, equated money with speech and corporations with people, it made New Hampshire ground zero in the battle to safeguard local elections from the corrosive effect of outside money. That battle is being lost. …

Editorial: Clearer, not broader, gun law is needed

Friday, October 3, 2014

The recent dispute over questions and wording on the state’s gun license application may seem like an obscure bit of bureaucratic wrangling. But upon a closer reading, it’s difficult to avoid feeling sorry for police departments across the state put into a difficult position by an unclear state …

Editorial: Racism’s generational ripple effect

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

It might be possible to affect the future with a smile, a kindly look and the resolve to treat everyone, no matter what their color or creed, fairly as a fellow human being. Knowing that is important, because New Hampshire’s complexion is changing. Though the state’s minority population …

Editorial: Knowledge is key to fighting elderly scams

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

It’s a familiar story. After a lifetime of hard work and sacrifice, a senior citizen is presented with a “once in a lifetime” investment opportunity. Perhaps it comes from a family friend who has some inside knowledge about a company supposedly on the verge of massive growth. Maybe …

Editorial: Interest and dividend tax misses target

Sunday, September 28, 2014

New Hampshire has no income tax. That fact is as enduring as, well, the Old Man of the Mountain – whoops, he fell in 2003. The myth that the state has no income tax should fall as well because it does, and it’s a levy that’s increasingly being …

Editorial: On climate change, voters’ choices clear

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The tide may be turning on climate change and the public’s willingness to take action. On Sunday, in the largest demonstration of its kind ever held, more than 300,000 people, among them a sizeable contingent from New Hampshire, took to the streets of New York to demand action …

Editorial: Ebola takes its place as a true global threat

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Two reports issued this week have made it clear that Ebola is a world problem, not a West African problem. As of this week, more than 5,800 people have been diagnosed with the virus and more than 2,800 have died. Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …

Editorial: Recess isn’t just play time for children

Monday, September 22, 2014

School recess holds a special place in the heart of the American public school student. Long after time betrays the child and turns her into an adult, memories of those fleeting moments of freedom remain vibrant. What is sometimes lost in the recollection, however, is how many life …

Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

Monday, September 22, 2014

With the general election season upon us, candidates for governor and the state Legislature will be making big promises. On the Republican side, in particular, they will pledge to overhaul New Hampshire government, making it more efficient and …