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Editorial: Of politics and poetry

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

All is not politics. Tonight at 7, Charles Simic, 77, will be at the Concord City Auditorium to accept the Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry. It is another well-deserved honor for the mantelpiece of his rich life and will take its place among the Pulitzer Prize, the Wallace Stevens Award and a stint as U.S. poet laureate. There is beautiful deception in Simic’s work. Each word flows into …

Editorial: Death penalty defense weak, growing weaker

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Michael Addison, the man sentenced to death for killing Manchester police officer Michael Briggs, should not be executed. His public defender, David Rothstein, argued late last month that New Hampshire’s methods of execution amount to cruel and unusual punishment, given that one is obsolete (hanging) and the other difficult to implement (lethal injection drugs are increasingly unavailable). He also pointed out that the …

Editorial: Don’t add bobcats to hunting menu

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Cats in all their forms and sizes fascinate humans because they are, at heart, unknowable. For Hancock author Sy Montgomery, Holderness documentary filmmaker George Butler and his collaborator, writer Caroline Alexander, the cat is the tiger that stalks the vast Sundarban mangrove forest on the India-Bangladesh border. It is their work that came to mind when debating the reopening of a hunting and …

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Editorial: Volunteerism, free labor are not synonymous

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

‘Reasonably clean and sober? No unresolved criminal charges against you or relatives in the clink? Free of accusations of sexual misconduct? Then you too can go through a criminal background check and sign up for a two-hour free training course that will entitle you to work for absolutely …

Editorial: Failure marks path of a scandal

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The rape trial of St. Paul’s School student Owen Labrie is a story of failure. A young man in possession of an elite prep school education and an acceptance letter from Harvard fails to conquer his misogynistic sexual impulses. A young girl mature and independent enough to live …

Editorial: A campaign for wider civil justice

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Many attorneys, no matter how long they’ve been practicing law, will tell you they still get butterflies when they enter a courtroom. Just imagine how a single mother seeking protection from an abusive boyfriend would feel under the same circumstances. Now imagine she is alone in the courtroom, …

Editorial: It’s time for a tax on carbon

Friday, August 28, 2015

There are thousands of potential sinkholes in New Hampshire like the one that closed Interstate 93 in Concord earlier this month. More than a third of the 4,600 miles of roads maintained by the state are officially in “poor” shape. Nearly half the state’s bridges are on the …

Editorial: Garden thieves are indiscriminate

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Concord is fortunate to have two community gardens, both large and both on state land. One, primarily for low-income residents, is on Fort Eddy Road and known as Sycamore Field, a giant sycamore tree being its defining landmark. The other is just off Clinton Street on a rutted …

Editorial: Democrats aren’t getting a fair shake

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

So far this presidential primary season, the Republican Party has dominated news coverage. Its contest has featured 17 candidates, the breathtaking ascendancy of Donald Trump and plenty of vitriol toward illegal immigrants. Where have the Democrats been during all of this? Hillary Clinton has continued her businesslike trod …

Editorial: For these men, the term ‘hero’ applies

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The word “hero” has lost meaning. With earnest feelings of gratitude and appreciation, people assign the label to anybody and everybody who chooses activities or occupations that involve service, guidance, healing or protection. But the problem of such a generous application of the term and its derivatives, regardless …

Editorial: Body cameras capture state’s staffing woes

Sunday, August 23, 2015

It’s become increasingly clear that every law enforcement officer should be equipped with a body camera and use it during interactions with the public. The cameras can provide crucial evidence that protects officer and suspected transgressor alike, and their use is credited with preventing escalation by moderating the …

Editorial: Campaign to ‘Free the Nipple’ is a battle for equality

Friday, August 21, 2015

As important standalone social causes go, the “Free the Nipple” movement probably doesn’t rank very high on many lists. There are plenty of groups that have more compelling claims to oppression than women who don’t want to be harassed by police should they choose to sunbathe topless. But …

Editorial: Concord needs a solar ordinance

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Concord Zoning Board decided correctly last week in allowing Doug and Katrina Magee to continue building a bank of solar panels on their property. But while the board’s decision was clear-cut, Concord should take the initiative and specifically address solar arrays in city code. The dispute is …