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Editorial: Drones take the sport out of hunting

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Hunting in a hilly, wooded state like New Hampshire can be difficult and frustrating. Each season, about one in five hunters bags a deer. The ones who tag out every year are the hunters who know their quarry and their weapon, put in the time pre-season to scout, pay attention to things like whether it’s a good or bad year for beechnuts and acorns, have a few prime spots, read …

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 …

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 …

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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 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 …

Editorial: Old plant’s closing isn’t all good news

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

New England’s electrical grid didn’t even blink Dec. 29 when the 600-megawatt Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant on New Hampshire’s border powered down for the last time. We were among those who had called for the plant’s shutdown. It was 42 years old, had experienced repeated accidents and …

Editorial: NFL needs to learn from latest mistake

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Poor officiating is part of football. Every game has bad calls and noncalls, and sensible fans, players and coaches get that. They aren’t happy about it, but they get it. What happened in Sunday’s game between the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions, however, is the stuff conspiracy theories …

Editorial: County must step to help the homeless

Sunday, January 4, 2015

In less than a year, the nights will again turn cold, Concord’s church-based homeless shelters will have closed, and lives will be at risk if the community fails to provide housing for people who lack the means to pay rent. The standing-room only crowd at the community forum …

Editorial: Unlocked cars and guns are a bad combination

Thursday, January 1, 2015

And to think that they saw them on Mulberry Street. All they had to do was open an unlocked car door, flip open vehicle’s glove box, and there they were, two loaded handguns. The thieves could have been adults, perhaps from the state’s growing number of drug addicts, …

Editorial: Our wishes for an interesting, blissful 2015

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The beginning of a new year is a time for looking ahead and hoping for the best. That’s why the Monitor has traditionally outlined its wishes for the next 365 days in this space, at this time. For …

Editorial: Maybe this scandal will be different

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Few things in life are more predictable than the trajectory of a political scandal. On Monday, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, admitted that as a state representative in 2002 he delivered a speech to a …

Editorial: State needs to set course for drone use

Monday, December 29, 2014

It’s been a rough start to the relationship between human beings and drones. For many Americans, first impressions of the unmanned aerial vehicles were formed during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, where stories of civilian casualties often overshadowed the battle-changing military technology. Then came disturbing revelations about …

Editorial: State should say no thanks to Sunapee plan

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Sometime soon – soon being relative in a process that’s dragged on for years – Jeffrey Rose, commissioner of the Department of Resources and Economic Development, will issue his draft response to yet another proposal to expand the state-owned Mount Sunapee Ski area. That expansion, which would link …

Editorial: Casinos leave corruption in their wake

Friday, December 26, 2014

It’s unclear whether proponents of casino gambling, including New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, will take another stab at passing legislation to expand gambling. Meanwhile, the state’s Gaming Regulation Oversight Authority, created by the Legislature in 2013 in case a casino bill passed, should update its website to include …