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Editorial: DOT should heed Route 4 plan concerns

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The capital region has its share of dangerous roads, and the white-knuckle stretch of Route 4 through Chichester is no exception. For those who don’t travel the route often, here’s what you’re missing: Heading east, the road is two lanes that differ by rate of travel. The right-hand lane is for drivers who like to go fast, and the left-hand lane is for drivers who like to go really fast. …

Editorial: Beware: PACs aim to hijack Senate race

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Nearly $27 million, most of it outside money, was spent in the battle between Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and her Republican challenger, Scott Brown. With control of the U.S. Senate again in play, even more will likely be spent in the race between Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Gov. Maggie Hassan. The airwaves will sizzle, and websites will have more pop-ups than a gopher colony. …

Editorial: Let’s find a way to save the gasholder

Friday, October 9, 2015

Concord’s iconic gasholder should not be torn down. No way. No how. The state capital has lost far too much of its historic architecture already. We understand Liberty Utilities’ reluctance to ask ratepayers to pay more to restore the round brick gasholder building than the cost of leveling it and cleaning up whatever pollutants are discovered. But the 1888 building, the last of …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

Editorial: Maybe, just maybe, the feud can end

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Imagine for a moment that you are a teacher on patrol during afternoon recess. As you scan the schoolyard, you see two tense boys beneath the monkey bars. One is holding his fists at chest level, a young fighter at the ready. The other stands rigidly with arms …

Editorial: U.S. may face even greater border crisis

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The United States is a nation of 320 million people in a world whose population is 7.3 billion. That number is projected to be 8.5 billion 15 years from now, 9.7 billion in 2050 and 11.2 billion in 2100, according to the U.N. Most of that population growth …

Editorial: Immortality by way of digital storage

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Nearly 40 years ago, the late reggae musician Peter Tosh sang, “Everybody want to go to heaven, but nobody want to die.” There are few more succinct descriptions of the human condition. Earlier this month, New York Times reporter Amy Harmon offered a much more complex exploration of …

Editorial: Raising fees is no way to fund Fish and Game

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Nearly every basement, attic, garage or barn offers an opportunity to explore the archeology of past passions and pursuits: the wooden tennis rackets still in their presses hanging from a nail, golf clubs in a leather bag cracked with age, the fishing rods standing in a bucket in …

Editorial: Debate had lots of style, little substance

Friday, September 18, 2015

On Wednesday night, CNN promised a debate among the Republican candidates for president but instead aired a three-hour celebrity roast of Donald Trump. At least it felt that way. The spectacle was highly entertaining at times, but for voters without a taste for red meat, there was little …

Editorial: Way people eat demands inspection

Thursday, September 17, 2015

The report is alarming. According to the Legislative Budget Office, New Hampshire’s food inspectors are falling short, with high-risk, high-volume restaurants and food processing plants going too long between inspections (in one case almost 15 years). And unlicensed food outlets – stands at fairs and festivals, for instance …

Editorial: State’s barns are worth preserving

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Once again the world cringes as extremists, in this case ISIS zealots, destroy priceless cultural and historic resources. Statues, tombs and temples, part of the collective heritage of humankind, have been erased. Such events are tragic, but the slow fires of rust and rot, and community failures to …

Editorial: Biden displays the better kind of authenticity

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Donald Trump’s supporters often cite his authenticity as the big draw. That is how starved voters are for a candidate who appears to be his or her own person: They’re willing to embrace a billionaire’s hubris just because …

Editorial: A river of dreams in Concord

Sunday, September 13, 2015

This weekend, Concord will celebrate its second Weekend on the Water at Riverfront Park, the little-known, publicly owned gem tucked behind Everett Arena. There will be dragon boat and rubber duck races, music, food, laughter and festivities. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Everett Arena itself, the …

Editorial: Franklin’s curfew is a mistake

Friday, September 11, 2015

Hundreds of American cities and towns have curfews that require that young children and teens be off the streets and out of parks by a given hour. Some have been in place for decades yet done nothing to lower youth crime rates or create upstanding citizens. Curfews, research …