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Editorial: Hold placed on federal grants is shortsighted

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Last week, the directors and staff of one agency after another, in a semblance of Edvard Munch’s famous painting The Scream, cupped their faces in their hands and moaned, “Oh no, we’re Kurked.” And if the fiscally conservative chairman of the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee gets his way, thousands of low-income adults only recently insured under the state’s expanded Medicaid program will follow suit. For the first time in memory, …

Editorial: Gathering storm isn’t hard to see

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The headlines are difficult to ignore as they pile up, day after day, on the Monitor’s front page: ∎ A homeless woman is found dead in her car in the Walmart parking lot. ∎ This February is on track to be the coldest in the past 80 years. ∎ Attempts to balance the state’s budget will likely lead to cuts in local aid. ∎ Electricity and heating …

Editorial: How would Reagan do in 2016 race?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

What if Ronald Reagan was not only still alive but in his political prime – and eyeing the highest office in the land? He would no doubt have visited New Hampshire a couple of times by now and taken some shots at his likely opponents in the first-in-the-nation primary. His wit and affability …

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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: Talk to your child and good things happen

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Today’s children are tomorrow’s future; invest in them. That statement, in one form or another, will be heard at meetings of the smallest New Hampshire school district, in the state Legislature and in Congress. But when should that investment be made? In kindergarten, after a child turns 5? …

Editorial: Williams saga says little about state of news

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The scandal that has enveloped NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams says something about the man but very little about the state of journalism. Over the years, Williams has apparently given false accounts about his personal experiences on …

Editorial: Riding the rails into a bright future

Sunday, February 8, 2015

New Hampshire is older now and no longer running against the economic winds. The state’s population, which grew at a fast clip for more than two decades, is stalled or shrinking. The median age of the state’s residents is the third highest in the land, and its youth …

Editorial: Kochs have democracy on the ropes

Friday, February 6, 2015

The Koch brothers have made their intentions for the 2016 elections clear: They plan to buy them. At a meeting late last month, it was announced that a network of 17 Koch-linked groups would spend $889 million as the election approaches. According to the Washington Post, the groups …

Editorial: Supplement industry needs more oversight

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Feeling down? Feeling a little under the weather? Looking for reassurance that you’re keeping your body and mind in tiptop shape? Herbal supplements seem to offer the answer to those woes. Take some St. John’s wort if you’re feeling depressed. Take some echinacea to ward off cold and …

Editorial: Policing unit is a valuable investment

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Concord Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing unit, though just two officers strong, is too important to suffer more than a brief suspension while funds to keep the unit going are found. Chief Brad Osgood is looking for ways to make room in his budget to restart the unit, …

Editorial: Patriots’ historic run feels complete

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots franchise may not be done winning Super Bowls, but Sunday night’s heart-stopping victory over the Seattle Seahawks certainly felt like a circle closing. On Feb. 3, 2002, the Patriots defeated the St. Louis Rams, 20-17, to begin a historic …

Editorial: Feltes-Ames bill is about fair taxation

Sunday, February 1, 2015

It’s a thin gruel that feeds New Hampshire state government, which has structured itself so that the poor put a much larger share of their harvest into the pot than the rich, who escape taxation with the state’s blessing. Meanwhile, New Hampshire is chronically broke, too broke to …

Editorial: On climate, Ayotte heads in right direction

Friday, January 30, 2015

Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire’s junior senator, has set an example that other Republicans would be well-served to follow. In repeated votes on the Senate floor last week, she reaffirmed her belief in man-made climate change, and by extension the importance of tending to our environment. Given the rabidly …

Editorial: Show a little love for the weatherman

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Being a meteorologist should mean never having to say you’re sorry, but don’t tell that to Gary Szatkowski. As the mighty Blizzard of 2015 became an emasculated target of ridicule in New York City, the New Jersey weatherman sent out a two-part mea culpa on Twitter. “My deepest …