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Editorial: Improbable plot arrives at its happy ending

Thursday, August 28, 2014

As a summer blockbuster pitch, it’s a ridiculous story. Two cousins with the same name run a successful, multibillion-dollar company – but they can’t stand each other. One day, in a Shakespearean coup, the bad cousin wrests control of the company from the good cousin, which creates an uprising among employees loyal to the good cousin. In another twist, it turns out that most of the customers are loyal to … 0

Editorial: Lambert is the right choice for the GOP

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Some politicians possess such a high level of integrity and straightforwardness that even when you disagree with them on most of the issues, you can’t help but respect them. Gary Lambert, a Republican candidate for the 2nd Congressional District, is just such a man. For that reason, he deserves his party’s support in the Sept. 9 primary. Lambert served his country in the … 4

Editorial: Republicans should choose Havenstein

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Politicians and business executives love to tout their leadership skills – whether they have them or not. But the real leaders are easy to spot. When they talk about accomplishments, they talk about the team. On Sept. 9, New Hampshire Republicans and undeclared voters will choose the candidate for governor they believe is best equipped to build a team capable of leading the … 6

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Editorial: United States must act to stop ISIL

Thursday, August 14, 2014

In 2001, in the aftermath of al-Qaida’s 9-11 attacks, this newspaper supported the invasion of Afghanistan to put a stop to its ability to serve as a training base and launching pad for terrorists. In 2003, the Monitor’s editors believed that the risk of becoming stuck in a … 7

Editorial: A reminder of the power of depression

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

It’s not difficult to understand what it’s like to have a migraine even if you’ve never had one. All it really takes is remembering your worst headache and adding degrees of pain. It’s not so easy to understand severe depression. The starting point in the search for empathy … 0

Editorial: NHIAA, and parents, need perspective

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association is badly in need of a public relations makeover. Parents could use a little help, too. On the heels of its battle with Pembroke Academy over allegations of improper recruiting, the state’s governing body of high school athletics now finds itself in … 1

Editorial: Ignorance fuels panic over Ebola

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The Ebola virus has come to the United States. But unlike the nightmare scenarios concocted by bestselling novelists, this arrival has been carefully planned. Two U.S. citizens infected with the dangerous disease are now being treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Americans should be glad that these … 6

Editorial: Malls need to shop for new identities

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Concord is in the midst of a repurposing of historic proportions. Four of the city’s elementary schools, three more than a century old, were closed. One was torn down and replaced by a new school, another is in the process of becoming a community center and two, the … 4

Editorial: A lesson in writing for lawmakers

Friday, August 8, 2014

Every student learns the importance of clear writing. Vague language, imprecise sentence construction – even a misplaced comma – can lead to confusion and misinterpretation. While a student may get marked down a letter grade for sloppy writing, lawmakers who fail to write with clarity and specificity risk … 3

Editorial: Time to ease loan debt for graduates

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

For more than a decade, graduating college students have been slumping into the future, weighted down by a millstone of debt heavy enough, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, to serve as a drag on the rest of the economy. New Hampshire graduates leave college with an … 5

Editorial: Stores paying the price for helping city

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Five years into Concord’s pay-as-you-throw program, there are plenty of winners. As Monitor reporter Megan Doyle reported on Sunday, trash collection in the city has been cut by 40 percent and recycling is up 60 percent. The benefit to the environment that comes with that kind of shift … 0

Editorial: Toy makers need to ditch pink and blue

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

In January, a 7-year-old girl named Charlotte Benjamin wrote a letter to the Lego company. She offered this observation: “I went to a store and saw legos in two sections, the pink and the blue. All the girls did was sit at home, go to the beach and … 1

Editorial: Ground Zero death count is still rising

Monday, August 4, 2014

In the days following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the death toll changed with each passing hour. Thirteen years later, it’s still growing. It will continue to do so. Last week, the New York Post reported that 2,518 ground zero responders – including police officers, firefighters, EMTs … 0