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Editorial: City must take broader look at homelessness

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The greater Concord community owes and enormous debt of gratitude to the city’s First and South Congregational churches. Because their congregations, with the help of volunteers of all faiths and backgrounds, sheltered the homeless during the coldest months, the rest of us could sleep easy knowing that no one who wanted help would freeze for want of a warm place to stay. By the time they close the doors for …

Editorial: Paying the price for old technology

Friday, October 17, 2014

The 1960s were an amazing time. Civil rights activists notched major victories, U.S. astronauts landed on the moon and rock music was at a high point. But it was also more than four decades ago. No one would say we should go back to driving with leaded gasoline or watching three channels of television. So why do our credit cards still feature technology …

Editorial: There are some side stories that can’t be ignored

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The philosophy behind the front page of a newspaper is fairly simple: Here are the most important and/or interesting stories of the day. There are, however, stories that stretch that philosophy to its limits, such as the Monitor’s coverage yesterday of Congresswoman Annie Kuster’s response to state Rep. Steve Vaillancourt’s crass remarks about her physical appearance. The Monitor gave the story prominent play …

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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: 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 …

Editorial: An epidemic finds its way into the light

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The video is gut-churning. Professional football player Ray Rice and his then-fiancee Janay Palmer enter an elevator in an Atlantic City casino. Rice stands in front of Palmer, and they exchange words. He hits her with a straight jab to the face and then backs up. She begins …

Editorial: Looking back and ahead at the same time

Friday, September 19, 2014

For half a century, beginning in the 1960s, the downtowns of most American cities, large and small, began to decline as their residents moved to the suburbs and shoppers abandoned Main Streets for malls. For Concord, 1961, the year the city’s grand train station was demolished, marks the …

Editorial: In Weare, a shortage of transparency

Thursday, September 18, 2014

As codes of conduct go, “Do as I say, not as I do” is not a very good one. But in Weare, it seems to be the motto by which the police department continues to go about its business despite promises of change. On Saturday, an assistant to …

Editorial: John Stark program could save lives

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Suicide is the third-leading cause of death for people ages 10 to 24, a sad statistic that makes the kind of effort under way at Weare’s John Stark Regional High School so important. The school has adopted the SOS Signs of Suicide High School Prevention Program, a model …