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Editorial: State has options to cut energy costs

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

New Hampshire residents and businesses face a budget-busting increase in natural gas and electricity prices this winter. The price of natural gas, which heats about a quarter of the state’s homes and produces more than half of its electricity, spikes on the coldest days because the region’s antiquated pipeline system can’t meet the demand. At such times, heat takes precedence over light, the price electric utilities pay for natural gas …

Editorial: Energy shortage is here, but solutions exist

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The winter spike in natural gas prices that raised home heating costs last year and led Unitil and other electric utilities to seek rate increases of nearly 50 percent will be with us for the next five to seven years. That estimate came from Bill Quinlan, Public Service of New Hampshire’s new CEO, during a meeting with this paper’s editors. If Quinlan’s right, …

Editorial: Girls Inc. and Eastman are perfect match

Friday, November 21, 2014

The people of New Hampshire like to give a lot of consideration to potential neighbors. Phrases such as “with open arms” and “without hesitation” are rarely attached to hydropower projects, strip clubs, poultry processing plants and wind farms. But every once in a while a pairing comes along that makes so much sense for all parties involved that the very idea of opposition …

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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: A bluer shade of purple, nothing more

Thursday, November 6, 2014

A red tide washed over an angry nation on Tuesday night, but the undertow wasn’t strong enough to pull Scott Brown and Marilinda Garcia to Washington and Walt Havenstein to Concord. But that doesn’t mean New Hampshire is turning blue. It just means that Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Rep. …

Editorial: A season to remember, but not fondly

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Pundits and politicians will spend days and weeks trying to make sense of what happens today at the polls. If Republicans have a big day nationally, as many expect, what will that mean for the final quarter of President Obama’s presidency? If Democrats are able to survive more …

Editorial: Shaheen is the easy choice for U.S. Senate

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Let’s get this out of the way at the start. Of course Scott Brown is an opportunist. After his defeat by Elizabeth Warren, the former Massachusetts senator considered his opportunities – a run for governor of Massachusetts or president, a stint on Fox News, a curious business deal …

Editorial: Higgins, Kimball and Richards for school board

Friday, October 31, 2014

This month, the Monitor sat down with all eight candidates for school board in Concord. There is not a person among them who would not represent the district well. Each candidate cares deeply about the future of education in the city, and each brings strong, albeit different, career …

Editorial: Shea-Porter, Kuster deserve to be re-elected

Thursday, October 30, 2014

In the finals days of perhaps the most negative campaign season in our state’s history, undecided voters are rightly confused as they sift through the false claims, blind accusations and tired talking points. In the absence of all the noise, though, voters across New Hampshire will have a …

Editorial: Hassan has earned a second term

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Gov. Maggie Hassan’s Republican challenger, businessman Walter Havenstein, is eminently likable, more moderate than most in his party, and possessed of leadership skills acquired while serving his country as a Marine. But he has never served in government and his lack of experience shows. As a former state …

Editorial: So, when is the big vote? It’s in March

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

If you’ve been paying attention over the last several months, you’ve probably learned a lot about ISIS, Ebola, immigration reform and Obamacare. You probably know where the candidates stand on the issues, and they may have helped you refine your own views. Maybe you’ve even had a couple …

Editorial: Dangerous message on city buses

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Vaccines have saved millions of people from scourges like smallpox, tuberculosis and yellow fever. They’ve nearly wiped out polio and protected people against influenza or made the infection, if contracted, less dangerous. They prevent death from tetanus, and if used in time, from rabies. They’ve made childhood diseases …

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 …

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 …