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Editorial: Downtown must find its magic mix

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Renovating Concord’s Main Street is only the first step toward creating a truly thriving downtown in New Hampshire’s capital city. The city and its business owners must also take a long, hard look at the mix of retail offerings in the downtown core. What kind of shops and restaurants will draw people to Concord throughout the day and throughout the year? What businesses, in other words, will help create a …

Editorial: Military benefits in need of review

Friday, April 24, 2015

Recently, in these pages, an Air Force veteran warned of the unfairness and danger inherent in breaking faith with those who have served by cutting their benefits. Benefits to retirees, especially those who have served their nation in the military, their state or their city, are a promise that should not be broken if trust in government is to survive. The same principle …

Editorial: Mindfulness could be the secret of life

Thursday, April 23, 2015

On Sunday, Monitor reporter Casey McDermott introduced readers to Judson Brewer, the director of research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center on Mindfulness. Brewer spoke as part of a Concord Hospital Payson Center anticancer lifestyle program at the city auditorium, where he delivered a simple message: Sometimes, our brains get in the way. The study of mindfulness – the practice of …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

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Editorial: California drought is a call for change

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

In climates such as New Hampshire’s, where there are four distinct seasons, April is truly a time of renewal. Winter has begun its grudging retreat. Baseball, that most glorious game of summer, begins again. And once-verdant landscapes long muted by snow cover emerge with the promise of renewed …

Editorial: State’s economy depends on Medicaid expansion

Sunday, April 5, 2015

By 2017, its estimated that up to 55,000 New Hampshire residents, most of them previously uninsured, will be receiving health care coverage thanks to the state’s expanded Medicaid program. If lawmakers don’t reauthorize participation in the federal program, those people, more than the combined populations of Portsmouth and …

Editorial: Kids not to blame for glut of bills

Thursday, April 2, 2015

First, there was a bill making the red-tailed hawk the official state raptor. Then, there was a nasty dismissal of the same from our state’s House of Representatives. Finally, there was a social media firestorm. Lawmakers are scrambling to explain themselves, and the hawk might still find its …

Editorial: Indiana law points to a larger issue

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The explosion of controversy ignited by Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act should have been foreseen. Criticism that the law allows businesses to discriminate against gay people gained national notoriety. Society has changed, apparently without the state’s legislators noticing. But as the law’s supporters, including Indiana Gov. Mike …

Editorial: It’s time to act on state energy corridor

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The fate of the Northern Pass project, a transmission line to bring hydroelectric power south from Quebec, remains undecided. At least three natural gas pipeline expansions involving New Hampshire, all controversial, have been proposed and utility expansions are under way in surrounding states. And through it all, New …

Editorial: Little things are worth debating, too

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Why is a toddler so attached to a teddy bear, which is nothing but fabric and cotton stuffing? Why wear that ratty old flannel shirt when there’s a brand new one hanging in the closet? Why hold on to all of those old picture books that the kids …

Editorial: Budget shows political will still absent

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Last week, the House Finance Committee, along straight party lines, passed a portion of its adolescent attempt at crafting a state budget on to the full House, which quickly rejected a key component – the committee’s decision to cripple the state Department of Transportation with a budget cut …

Editorial: City schools shouldn’t cut bus services

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Concord School Board is in a bind that should sound familiar to any New Hampshire resident. It needs to make painful spending cuts. The board is taking recommendations for a $1 million reduction, and one of the leading proposals would leave 270 elementary school students in the …

Editorial: Following the trail of state’s leading women

Thursday, March 26, 2015

New Hampshire has a rich history of amazing, accomplished women who bravely broke ground here and around the world. Sadly, many of them have fallen into obscurity. The New Hampshire Women’s Heritage Trail, a project that’s holding an …

Editorial: Make the downtown project fun

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Though the formal ground-breaking ceremony to mark the long-awaited reconstruction of Concord’s Main Street won’t occur until April 20, work on the project has already begun. Workers with Severino Trucking, the contracting firm hired to carry out the $10.69 million reconstruction of nine blocks of the downtown corridor, …