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Editorial: Big History Project holds big potential

Monday, September 15, 2014

In the battle over education standards and accountability, it’s easy to forget that what really matters in the classroom is student interest. The best teachers know that innovation is the key that opens the learner’s mind, and so they consistently attack subjects from new angles and with fresh energy all in the name of increasing student engagement. It is with that breed of teacher in mind that David Christian, a … 1

Editorial: Numbers tell a sad story about voter apathy

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Turnout numbers for Tuesday’s primary have been released, and they’re not encouraging. Before the election, New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner had predicted a paltry 20 percent turnout, with about 142,000 Republicans and 44,000 Democrats showing up to vote. Now that the dust has settled and the actual ballots tallied, Gardner has returned with the actual figures. Only 19 percent of the … 8

Editorial: Voters should move climate higher on list

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s battle to defeat Republican challenger Scott Brown and retain her Senate seat could be the tipping point in the national debate over climate change. Global warming traditionally places far down the list of voter concerns at election time. Last year, climate change placed second from last in a Pew poll of 20 issues in need of congressional attention. But since … 23

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Editorial: GOP should choose Rubens for Senate

Monday, September 1, 2014

Scott Brown may be dominating the headlines and the airwaves in the GOP’s quest to unseat Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. But Jim Rubens is the candidate who offers New Hampshire Republicans the clearest view of where he stands and where the party should be going. Brown has been … 4

Editorial: Ardinger is the right choice for District 15

Sunday, August 31, 2014

People who vote in the Democratic primary in Senate District 15, which comprises Concord, Hopkinton Henniker and Warner, can’t make a bad choice. The candidates, Dan Feltes and Kass Ardinger, take essentially the same position on major issues. Both, for example, oppose the death penalty and favor increasing … 12

Editorial: Improbable plot arrives at its happy ending

Thursday, August 28, 2014

As a summer blockbuster pitch, it’s a ridiculous story. Two cousins with the same name run a successful, multibillion-dollar company – but they can’t stand each other. One day, in a Shakespearean coup, the bad cousin wrests control of the company from the good cousin, which creates an … 1

Editorial: Lambert is the right choice for the GOP

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Some politicians possess such a high level of integrity and straightforwardness that even when you disagree with them on most of the issues, you can’t help but respect them. Gary Lambert, a Republican candidate for the 2nd Congressional District, is just such a man. For that reason, he … 11

Editorial: Republicans should choose Havenstein

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Politicians and business executives love to tout their leadership skills – whether they have them or not. But the real leaders are easy to spot. When they talk about accomplishments, they talk about the team. On Sept. 9, New Hampshire Republicans and undeclared voters will choose the candidate … 6

Editorial: Rick Perry is the Miley Cyrus of the Republican Party

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

If politicians are like rock stars, Rick Perry is Miley Cyrus. A year ago, the 21-year-old singer created controversy at MTV’s Video Music Awards when she used tongue and twerking to further chip away at her Hannah Montana … 0

Editorial: Barring the gate comes with moral pitfalls

Monday, August 25, 2014

New Hampshire is more than 2,000 miles from the border between Texas and Mexico that was illegally crossed recently by tens of thousands of children from Honduras and other Central American nations. Nonetheless, earlier this month, news broke that the Granite State was hosting 13 of the unaccompanied … 9

Editorial: Militarization of police must be monitored

Sunday, August 24, 2014

For more than a week, unrest and outrage over the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager has gripped Ferguson, Mo. The issues raised by this confluence of race and police power are complex and numerous. But one particular issue can and should be addressed, particularly in New … 8

Editorial: Myths guiding opposition on Common Core

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Common Core, the education reform plan created by the Council of Chief State School Officers and backed by the National Governors Association, once had the support of 45 states and the District of Columbia. The support was bipartisan. Nearly a score of Republican governors backed the plan as … 7

Editorial: Journalist’s death must be confronted

Thursday, August 21, 2014

New Hampshire native James Foley was executed this week, apparently by members of the Islamic State militant group. His killers used social media to spread video and images of their latest affront to humanity, and those whom the terrorists most hoped to terrorize did the rest of the … 1