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Editorial: Timing is wrong to take away subsidy for wind power

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The national transition away from fossil fuels and toward an increasing reliance on power from the wind and sun has been becalmed by the expiration of the Production Tax Credit, a 2.3 cents per kilowatt hour subsidy granted wind power generators. Some argue that the subsidy, first offered in the 1990s to stimulate the development of alternatives to coal and oil energy, has outlived its usefulness. It’s time, they say, … 9

Editorial: Wrongheaded tax leaves state in a bind

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The suspense continues. Once again, a court ruling has tied the state budget and New Hampshire’s regressive tax system to the railroad tracks of reform. Last week, Hillsborough County Superior Court Judge Philip Mangones ruled that the Medicaid Enhancement Tax, which the state levies on hospitals, is unconstitutional. His ruling echoed a similar one made earlier by another superior court judge. If the … 10

Editorial: Another path toward inmate rehabilitation

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Last week, Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley called the possible repeal of the death penalty a “vote of conscience.” A more exact phrase is difficult to imagine. It is harder still to imagine conscience being absent in the consideration of any aspect of the criminal justice system, especially the rehabilitation of the men and women whom society at large prefers to be out … 1

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Editorial: Ayotte standing in the way of real change with climate change

Thursday, April 3, 2014

This newspaper first warned about the threats posed by global warming in 1989. Twenty-five years later, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a group comprising scientists from 195 countries, issued its starkest report yet. Human-induced climate change is not only real, but its effects are being … 51

Editorial: On breast-feeding law, an attempt at clarity

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Back in 1999 with some fanfare and surrounded by appreciative parents, then-Gov. Jeanne Shaheen signed into law a measure making it clear that breast-feeding in public was not a crime. It was simple and straightforward: “Breast-feeding a child does not constitute an act of indecent exposure, and to … 3

Editorial: Sex offender housing restrictions do more harm than good

Monday, March 31, 2014

Of all the constituents that politicians want to help out, sex offenders probably rank at the very bottom of the list. But the New Hampshire Senate should summon the courage to do just that. By helping sex offenders, as strange as it sounds, the Senate will end up … 5

Editorial: Don’t like 1 casino? How about 2?

Sunday, March 30, 2014

What was the New Hampshire Senate’s response to the House killing yet another bill authorizing a single casino in the state? It upped the ante, sending over a bill calling for not one but two casinos! If you think that sounds like folly, you might be right. But … 2

Editorial: Improving life for thousands of needy residents

Sunday, March 30, 2014

With the stroke of a pen last week, New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan signed into law an enormous expansion of health insurance coverage, accomplishing one of her major priorities and bringing a life-changing benefit to 50,000 needy residents across the state. It’s about time. The New Hampshire Legislature … 0

Editorial: Debtors’ prisons, past and present

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Back in 1783 Timothy Walker, a justice of the peace in Concord, determined that Jacob Doyne of Pembroke owed a sizeable debt to John Church of Dunbarton. When Doyne couldn’t pay up, Walker ordered the sheriff to toss Doyne into jail – specifically to “take the body of … 1

Editorial: When it comes to religion, corporations are not people

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. vs Sebelius. Kathleen Sebelius is the secretary of Health and Human Services, the federal agency that administers the Affordable Care Act. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood are corporations whose owners claim that … 2

Editorial: From Gregg, a new look at nuclear power

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Former New Hampshire senator Judd Gregg and former Indiana senator Evan Bayh have agreed to chair Nuclear Matters, an organization devoted to stressing the important role nuclear power plays in America’s energy mix. We applaud the bipartisan effort, even if it is by former rather than current office-holders. … 0

Editorial: Bernie Sanders for president in 2016?

Monday, March 24, 2014

As it turns out, Scott Brown isn’t the only politician from next-door New Hampshire voters should be watching. In an interview with The Nation magazine this month, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says he’s thinking about launching a campaign for president in 2016. It’s unlikely on the face of … 6

Editorial: What’s the cost of modest state support for higher education?

Monday, March 24, 2014

What’s the connection between the state government’s small financial contribution to its public colleges and universities and the number of students choosing to attend? What’s the connection between that state aid and the size of classes at the University of New Hampshire or Keene State College? Is there … 0