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The crowd reacts as the ruling on same-sex marriage was announced outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday June 26, 2015. The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the US. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Editorial: High court delivers dignity, joy in same-sex marriage decision

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Equality has won. Friday morning’s decision from the U.S. Supreme Court brought same-sex marriage to the entire United States. The 5-4 vote in Obergefell v. Hodges was long overdue, but gay and lesbian couples across the nation are now celebrating their equal treatment under the law. Justice Anthony Kennedy’s decision was full of his usual welcome rhetoric about the dignity …

Editorial: A victory for health care, common sense

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court has, once again, preserved the Affordable Care Act. By allowing the payment of health insurance subsidies in states that haven’t established their own exchanges, the court handed a win to the nation and President Obama. On the state level, the decision allows subsidized coverage for some 30,000 New Hampshire residents to continue. The case in question, King v. Burwell, …

Editorial: Good news for kids with peanut allergies

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

For many children, peanuts are a threat. Not a snack, and not a legume to be crushed into delicious paste. Peanut sensitivities are one of the most prevalent and severe childhood allergies, and they have reshaped the landscape of childhood. Preschoolers are forbidden from packing meals containing any peanut products. At elementary schools, special lunch tables are set aside for those with allergies. …

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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: Time capsule didn’t capture spirit of sixties

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

After months of fanfare and speculation, the time capsule entombed beneath City Plaza on Main Street was finally opened and its contents revealed – largely to yawns. The lackluster nature of the contents was perhaps a reflection of the times, and of far greater importance to the community …

Editorial: Safe sex must once again be a hot topic

Monday, June 8, 2015

For each way that technology makes life easier, there seems to be a corresponding complication. Online shopping and banking are a godsend for many, but the convenience carries the ever-present threat of identity theft. Telecommuting has never been easier, but the trade-off is a workday that never really …

Editorial: Freedom Act returns a bit of liberty

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Sixteen years before the first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired at Lexington and Concord, Benjamin Franklin told people who would become his countrymen that “those who give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” In the wake of the …

Editorial: Erring on side of transparency is smart move

Friday, June 5, 2015

The Wilmot Zoning Board has a problem. And it’s not a problem that can be solved through citations of appropriate law or proper procedure. It’s a problem of perception. And that’s a problem that pervades politics today. To recap: Russell Jewell, property owner and zoning board chairman, wants …

Editorial: Veto delays an important conversation

Thursday, June 4, 2015

On Tuesday, Gov. Maggie Hassan vetoed House Bill 151, an innocuous bill that would have created a panel to study end-of-life decisions. The committee would have looked at states that have passed aid-in-dying laws, which allow terminally ill people to be prescribed medication to end their lives at …

Editorial: An unpunched ticket to a greener future

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Yes, there would be a price, in this case $4 million, to continue to move forward with a plan to extend passenger rail service from Boston and Lowell, Mass., on to Nashua, Manchester and, eventually, Concord. But there is also an opportunity cost to not gambling that the …

Editorial: Downtown must plan for life after steam

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

It’s time for the city council and downtown building owners to plan for the possibility that Concord Steam, which has heated much of the central city since 1938, could close. Since 1980, the company has operated the steam plant that still powers the sprawling state hospital campus named …

Editorial: Paul fights fear with cynicism

Monday, June 1, 2015

Rand Paul is no Ronald Reagan. On Sept. 21, 1987, Reagan stood before the United Nations General Assembly and delivered these memorable words: “In our obsessions with the antagonisms of the moment, we often forget how much unites …

Editorial: Trans-Pacific deal covered in red flags

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Last year, China’s economy edged out the United States to become the world’s largest. That adds weight to President Obama’s argument in favor of quick approval of the trade agreement with 11 nations known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. If the U.S. doesn’t ink agreements with some of those …

Editorial: In New Hampshire, power of church fades

Friday, May 29, 2015

Religion in the United States is in decline. That’s the inescapable conclusion one draws from a new study by the Pew Research Center. The center’s 2014 U.S. Religious Landscape Study documented several ways in which the country’s religious landscape is changing. The percentage of Americans calling themselves Christian …