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Editorial: Budget shows political will still absent

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Last week, the House Finance Committee, along straight party lines, passed a portion of its adolescent attempt at crafting a state budget on to the full House, which quickly rejected a key component – the committee’s decision to cripple the state Department of Transportation with a budget cut that would require laying off 700 employees. The House also rejected the committee majority’s plan to avoid the $88 million cut – …

Editorial: City schools shouldn’t cut bus services

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Concord School Board is in a bind that should sound familiar to any New Hampshire resident. It needs to make painful spending cuts. The board is taking recommendations for a $1 million reduction, and one of the leading proposals would leave 270 elementary school students in the cold. The board should reject the reduction in bus service, which would hurt the city’s …

Editorial: Following the trail of state’s leading women

Thursday, March 26, 2015

New Hampshire has a rich history of amazing, accomplished women who bravely broke ground here and around the world. Sadly, many of them have fallen into obscurity. The New Hampshire Women’s Heritage Trail, a project that’s holding an informational meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Concord Women’s Club at 44 …

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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: Ayotte signs up for a dangerous political game

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s name is easy to spot. It is in the left column, between the blue scrawl of Sens. Rand Paul and Orrin Hatch. Unlike the thousands of other times she has signed her name, Ayotte will remember this signature. How could she forget? It’s not every …

Editorial: O’Reilly the American mythmaker

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

In many ways, the United States is built on myths. That’s not to say the nation’s history is a lie, but the facts are not pristine. If they were, the historian’s job would be easy. The task for journalists, sometimes referred to as “historians of the moment,” is …

Editorial: Walmart move is a boost but not a solution

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Over the next few months and through 2016, millions of America’s lowest-paid workers will get a significant raise. Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest employer, will increase hourly pay for employees now earning the federal minimum of $7.25 per hour to $9 this year and $10 next year. A cascade …

Editorial: Email scandal is all about transparency

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Before H.R. Haldeman’s first day as President Richard Nixon’s chief of staff in January 1969, he was urged by a friend and political scholar to keep a diary. It didn’t take much convincing for Haldeman to realize that his unique access to the president and his aides would …

Editorial: Give overdose victims a chance to live

Thursday, March 5, 2015

There are many things that keep parents of teenagers up at night, but perhaps nothing more so than the fear that their son or daughter will make a potentially fatal decision to drink and drive or accept a ride from an intoxicated friend. Many parents establish rules to …

Editorial: Gilmanton library story shouldn’t end

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

In 1833, the town of Peterborough, N.H., opened the nation’s first public library. In 2009, Gilmanton opened the most recent library built to serve a New Hampshire community. Before that, Gilmanton was one of just two towns in the state without a year-round, public library. It may reclaim …

Editorial: Town meeting, SB 2 are not the only choices

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

New Hampshire treasures town meeting season. But it also treasures complaining about the actual meetings that fill that season. Complaints lodged against the original form of town meeting – in which residents both debate and vote on the community’s budget – are familiar. The meetings, especially in larger …

Editorial: Hold placed on federal grants is shortsighted

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Last week, the directors and staff of one agency after another, in a semblance of Edvard Munch’s famous painting The Scream, cupped their faces in their hands and moaned, “Oh no, we’re Kurked.” And if the fiscally conservative chairman of the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee gets his way, …

Editorial: Gathering storm isn’t hard to see

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The headlines are difficult to ignore as they pile up, day after day, on the Monitor’s front page: ∎ A homeless woman is found dead in her car in the Walmart parking lot. ∎ This February is on track to be the coldest in the past 80 years. ∎ Attempts to …

Editorial: How would Reagan do in 2016 race?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

What if Ronald Reagan was not only still alive but in his political prime – and eyeing the highest office in the land? He would no doubt have visited New Hampshire a couple of times by now and …