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Editorial: For many Americans, it’s been a lifetime of war

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Here’s a disconcerting fact: If you turn 18 this year, the United States has been at war for 78.9 percent of your life. That’s according to a startling informational graphic assembled by the Washington Post . It breaks down, based on birth year, what percentage of a person’s life has been lived in a time of war. For a baby boomer born in 1950, for example, 43.9 percent of life …

Editorial: NFL shouldn’t profit from patriotism

Sunday, May 24, 2015

As if the NFL needed any more reasons to be embarrassed. After a year of botched investigations into player misconduct, along with questionable behavior from teams and those overseeing them, observers might be forgiven for thinking the well had run dry. But no, here comes a new round of questionable behavior, courtesy of the federal government and its friends in the league. According …

Editorial: Dangerous living through chemistry

Friday, May 22, 2015

In 1935, Dow Chemical adopted an advertising slogan that became, in a variant form, a catchphrase used seriously and, by the 1960s, sarcastically: “Better Living Through Chemistry.” The chemical sciences have produced miracle drugs, synthetic fabrics, stronger glues, amazing materials and a host of other things that have indeed made life better. But in the wrong hands, chemical know-how can be used to …

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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: Political gains are slow and steady for women

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Once again, women are having a political moment. Hillary Clinton is making her grand tour of early primary states, deigning to meet with ordinary voters and waving her hand dismissively at the press. Carly Fiorina has entered the …

Editorial: Lawmakers have a costly vision problem

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The state of New Hampshire’s backward slide won’t stop until more of its people send forward-thinking senators and representatives to Concord. Watching the Legislature is like watching someone drink themselves to death or starve for fear of growing fat. Delusions are dangerous, including the mistaken belief that New …

Editorial: New future taking shape in Franklin

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

As soon as this week, the people of Franklin expect to learn the name of their next superintendent. It is a crucial moment not only for SAU 18, but the city itself. What the district needs more than anything is stability. Over the past 10 years, four people …

Editorial: State should rush toward solar future

Sunday, May 3, 2015

SolarCity, a company owned in part by billionaire PayPal founding member Elon Musk, has, in a few short years, become the nation’s biggest residential solar company. News that it’s opening a Manchester office and hiring up to 100 people could put New Hampshire at a tipping point. The …

Editorial: Marriage equality is a necessity

Friday, May 1, 2015

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges, a case that could effectively legalize same-sex marriage across the country. The court should rule in favor of the plaintiffs, and it shouldn’t be distracted. Political …

Editorial: There is no such thing as a just murder

Thursday, April 30, 2015

As debate rages over whether Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should live or die, we are reminded again of this plain truth: There is no legitimate defense for the death penalty in civilized society. Death penalty supporters demand that opponents explain why a remorseless killer like Tsarnaev deserves …

Editorial: Earthquake in Nepal hits close to home

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Natural disasters, no matter where they occur, hit home fast in a world shrunken by instant, global communication and ease of travel. The impact of Saturday’s devastating earthquake half a word away in Nepal, however, is magnified in New Hampshire, particularly in Concord. In less than a decade, …

Editorial: Pulitzer Prizes tell a media story

Monday, April 27, 2015

It’s not difficult to identify failures of journalism in the past several years, from the unquestioning reporting on Saddam Hussein’s “weapons of mass destruction” in the lead-up to the Iraq War to a recent Rolling Stone article about campus rape that was later retracted. Add to this the …

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 …

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 …