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Rep. Shawn Jasper (right) walks by former speaker of the House Bill O'Brien (seated left)  in the back of the House chambers on Dec. 3.

Editorial: Tantrum is hurting GOP and the state

Friday, December 19, 2014

Can a party that can’t govern itself govern New Hampshire? Tuesday’s rump caucus of Republicans angered by the election of veteran Hudson Rep. Shawn Jasper as House speaker, and the official caucus held Wednesday by Majority Leader Rep. Jack Flanagan show a party divided into purists and pragmatists. The latter realize that to solve problems and serve the disparate needs …

Editorial: New chapter begins for U.S., Cuba

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The 1962 Cuban missile crisis remains one of the most terrifying episodes in modern American history. It seemed then that it was only a matter of time before the United States and the Soviet Union would engage in the world’s first – and likely only – all-out nuclear war. The fear that the Cold War could at any moment become explosive lasted through …

Editorial: System broken for long-term unemployed

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Some of them can be found in Concord’s homeless population. Some are coal miners whose mines have closed and fishermen up and down New England’s coast whose livelihoods all but died with the collapse of cod stocks. Some are middle-aged victims of a layoff. Many lost jobs, often more than one, during the long recession. A growing number are women, among them mothers …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

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Editorial: Ferguson lessons painful, complicated

Sunday, November 30, 2014

We may never know exactly what happened on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo., between Officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown. That’s the unfortunate conclusion one draws after this difficult week. A grand jury declined to press charges against …

Editorial: Six words that could strip some of health care

Friday, November 28, 2014

Confidence in the U.S. Supreme Court hit a historic low in June, when only 30 percent of Americans had faith in the fairness of the high court, according to the Gallup polling organization. The court’s approval rating has risen a bit since then, but the naked partisanship of …

Editorial: Be thankful, New England sports fans

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Life tends to hit its stride on Thanksgiving. Dinnertime isn’t a hurdle to be cleared, hugs are doled out a little less awkwardly, and excess calories and laziness aren’t only accepted, they’re expected. For a day, the tiresome mental newsreel that plays on an endless loop in the …

Editorial: An American story for a popular doll

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

In 1899, economist Thorstein Veblen introduced the world to the term “conspicuous consumption” in his book The Theory of the Leisure Class. Veblen argued that there was a middle-class tendency to buy items not to meet needs but to serve solely as a display of wealth. What catchy …

Editorial: State has options to cut energy costs

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

New Hampshire residents and businesses face a budget-busting increase in natural gas and electricity prices this winter. The price of natural gas, which heats about a quarter of the state’s homes and produces more than half of its electricity, spikes on the coldest days because the region’s antiquated …

Editorial: Energy shortage is here, but solutions exist

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The winter spike in natural gas prices that raised home heating costs last year and led Unitil and other electric utilities to seek rate increases of nearly 50 percent will be with us for the next five to seven years. That estimate came from Bill Quinlan, Public Service …

Editorial: Girls Inc. and Eastman are perfect match

Friday, November 21, 2014

The people of New Hampshire like to give a lot of consideration to potential neighbors. Phrases such as “with open arms” and “without hesitation” are rarely attached to hydropower projects, strip clubs, poultry processing plants and wind farms. But every once in a while a pairing comes along …

Editorial: O’Brien has a chance to rewrite his legacy

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Two years after losing his position as speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, Bill O’Brien is back. The Republicans have a majority in the chamber once again, and on Tuesday they elected the Mont Vernon representative …

Editorial: Bright future is in reach for Penacook

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Cross an invisible line on Fisherville Road, somewhere past Woodlawn Cemetery heading north, and there’s a time warp of sorts. The strip mall, anywhere-in-America feel of the route drops away to reveal an industrial age New England village. The lack of wires overhead – they were buried as …

Editorial: Forgotten lessons from Ryan White

Monday, November 17, 2014

In 1984, a 13-year old boy from Indiana named Ryan White became the face of an emerging, little-understood health threat called Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. A hemophiliac who became infected with AIDS through a blood transfusion, White spent the five years he lived with the disease fighting for …