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Editorial: The politics of poverty, safety nets

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Last Sunday, “What Turned My Blue State Red,” the lead story in the Week in Review section of the New York Times, was by former Monitor reporter and New Hampshire presidential primary veteran Alec MacGillis. Once reliably Democratic states like Kentucky and West Virginia, MacGillis found, began voting Republican – and the switch began before the collapse of the coal mining industry. The more a state’s residents rely on government …

Editorial: The world doesn’t need microbeads

Thursday, November 26, 2015

It sounds like the scenario of an apocalyptic science fiction story. Tiny plastic pellets spread throughout the world’s water supply, making their way into the food chain. Humans end up ingesting them, too, possibly causing dire health effects. Why would foolish humanity have created these pellets? For the usual science fictional reason: hubris. Also, the desire for really white teeth. These tiny spheres …

Editorial: Voters aren’t going to break with history

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

On this Thanksgiving Day 2015, the nation is divided – but not uniquely so. It only feels that way. Before the extreme rhetoric of Donald Trump and Ben Carson, there was the extreme rhetoric of George Wallace and Joseph McCarthy. Before “Black Lives Matter,” there was, well, an entire national history of institutional …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

Editorial: The many ways to show appreciation for veterans

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

This Veterans Day finds 1.4 million Americans, or just 0.4 percent of the population, serving their nation in the armed forces. Add to them all who have served and the share of all Americans with military service grows …

Editorial: Carson ‘fibs’ add up to one big ‘story’

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson’s biography is one of his most attractive features. The renowned Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon rose from a poor background to the heights of his profession. It is a story that resonates deeply for many conservatives, suggesting as it does the power of the individual …

Editorial: A system of injustice for consumers

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Most people know that the U.S. Supreme Court’s “money talks” Citizens United decision handed corporations and a few hundred of America’s wealthiest people even more power to influence elections and co-opt the political process. Undoing the damage will require congressional action and perhaps a constitutional amendment. Fewer people …

Editorial: Enough with the debate over debates

Thursday, November 5, 2015

The call by Republican presidential candidates that networks bow to their list of debate demands is the latest example of the GOP nominating process that has spun out of control. After enduring a CNBC forum that featured provocative, tough questions, the candidates decided that they didn’t like debates …

Editorial: Ayotte should join push for carbon tax

Thursday, November 5, 2015

A persistent pool of exceptionally warm Pacific Ocean water, known not so affectionately as The Blob, is warming America’s Western coast. Cold water marine species are leaving, coral reefs are dying and winter storm damage is expected to increase. Climate scientists say 2015 will easily top last year …

Editorial: Winter can’t silence the call of baseball

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The dark days of the offseason have begun. Earlier this week, the Kansas City Royals ended the 2015 baseball season by winning the World Series, the team’s first since 1985. Congratulations to the city, the fans and the Royals players, but did they have to finish off the …

Editorial: There’s no need to panic, bacon lovers

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The World Health Organization raised eyebrows and caused stomach pangs last week when it issued a statement linking processed meat to colorectal cancer risks. The evidence, examined by the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, appears to …

Editorial: Kenison for Ward 6

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Linda Kenison, a Concord state representative, is running as a write-in candidate for Ward 6 city councilor. She served as a city councilor for seven years in the 1980s and remains well informed about the city’s challenges and opportunities. Without hesitation, the Monitor is endorsing Kenison in her …

Editorial: Old red versus the new purple

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Elections, as Democratic strategist James Carville famously put it, are about the economy, and 2016 probably won’t be an exception. But one contest pits the old New Hampshire against the state its becoming. That’s the race between Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte and her Democratic challenger, Gov. Maggie Hassan. …

Editorial: Builders in New Hampshire should be licensed

Friday, October 30, 2015

Shoddy, incompetent construction has plagued building owners since man started piling one stone or mud brick upon another to make a shelter. In their classic work, Why Buildings Fall Down, writers Matthys Levy and Mario Salvidori report on construction failures large and small and attempts to prevent them. …