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Editorial: Volunteerism, free labor are not synonymous

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

‘Reasonably clean and sober? No unresolved criminal charges against you or relatives in the clink? Free of accusations of sexual misconduct? Then you too can go through a criminal background check and sign up for a two-hour free training course that will entitle you to work for absolutely no pay for the New Hampshire Department of Corrections. Volunteers may have access to sensitive information and are not to discuss personal …

Editorial: Failure marks path of a scandal

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The rape trial of St. Paul’s School student Owen Labrie is a story of failure. A young man in possession of an elite prep school education and an acceptance letter from Harvard fails to conquer his misogynistic sexual impulses. A young girl mature and independent enough to live away from home fails to ask herself the right questions about an older, popular boy’s …

Editorial: A campaign for wider civil justice

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Many attorneys, no matter how long they’ve been practicing law, will tell you they still get butterflies when they enter a courtroom. Just imagine how a single mother seeking protection from an abusive boyfriend would feel under the same circumstances. Now imagine she is alone in the courtroom, without legal representation. Every year, the New Hampshire Campaign for Legal Services seeks out private …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

Editorial: Education plan is just a beginning

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Hillary Clinton has announced an ambitious plan to make public university education available to everyone, essentially tuition-free. Her plan is laudable, but it raises serious questions. Broadly speaking, Clinton’s “New College Compact” spends $350 million over 10 years. It gives federal grants to states that are willing to …

Editorial: A great security risk in the making

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Oceans are great insulators. They moderate the weather, reducing extremes of heat and cold, and they are a barrier to invaders. The Atlantic and Pacific have largely protected Americans from the nonstop arrival of thousands upon thousands of refugees fleeing war and persecution and economic migrants, residents of …

Editorial: Prayer showed poor judgment

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that legislative prayers, and even the use of taxpayer money to pay House and Senate chaplains, do not constitute the establishment of religion by government and are constitutional. But legislative bodies represent all people and constituents of all faiths or no faith …

Editorial: Canterbury mishandled chief situation

Monday, August 10, 2015

Last November, the state attorney general’s office notified Canterbury town officials and the town’s legal counsel that police Chief John LaRoche was under investigation. There seems to be no dispute about that. But there is disagreement over what was disclosed during those conversations. Associate Attorney General Jane Young …

Editorial: Clean Power Plan is small step forward

Saturday, August 8, 2015

President Obama on Monday unveiled a sweeping set of emissions restrictions aimed at curbing climate change. The president’s goals and actions are laudable, but they’re not enough, and the response from his ideological opponents has been disheartening at best. The plan is rooted in a solid legal foundation. …

Editorial: Fifty years later, Medicare and Medicaid still work

Friday, August 7, 2015

Fifty years ago, on July 30, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the bills that created Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor and disabled, and Medicare, the federal insurer of the elderly. This year, according to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 244,219 New Hampshire residents …

Editorial: Plenty of homework to be done

Thursday, August 6, 2015

When 11 Republican presidential candidates came together at Saint Anselm College on Monday night – with three more beaming in via satellite from Washington, D.C. – the primary season kicked into high gear. True, there was no Donald …

Editorial: Be prepared for natural destruction

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

For a century or more, the Suncook River in Epsom gave. It powered mills and provided recreation, electricity, scenery and trout. And then, on Mothers Day 2006, the river took – a new course, that is, and along with it small mountains of sand, toppled trees and a …

Editorial: Journey ends, but inspiration remains

Monday, August 3, 2015

The story of Alan Barlow’s attempt to run from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean, a trek that ended prematurely in Wyoming last month, probably won’t end up as a best-seller or Hollywood blockbuster. But here in Barlow’s home city, the accomplishment is worthy of sustained applause. …

Editorial: Tax-free status should be hard-won

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Last month in Indiana, a church devoted to smoking dope, the First Church of Cannabis, won tax-exempt status from the IRS. In 2010, the Church of the IV Majesties, a Satanist group, did the same. So why was the Church of the Sword, which holds its services in …