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EDITORIAL: Trump learning difference between oval, executive office

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Donald Trump entered the crowded Republican primary field just weeks ago, and within minutes he began elbowing his way to the center of the room and laying his claim as the candidate most likely to say anything. In his trademark brash style, he targeted, among others, President Obama and the rest “of the losers” and the Chinese government, which “he beats all the time.” Chief among his targets were Mexican …

Editorial: Dangerous spot needs a warning sign

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Joy can become tragedy in an instant. Every day, there are news stories that prove this universal truth. Just last week, 10-year-old Javier Gonzalez of Concord was doing what 10-year-olds do during the summer – he was having fun in the water. It’s an easy scene to imagine: A happy family standing on the banks of the Merrimack River in Boscawen near the …

Editorial: Cell phone ban doesn’t go far enough

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

New Hampshire’s ban on hand-held use of a cell phone, GPS unit and other electronic devices became effective today. The law enforcement community promises that enforcement will be stringent and the fines are stinging: $100 for a first offense, $250 for a second and $500 for a three-time talker. The new law is necessary. Despite big advances in vehicle safety, more people die …

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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: Downtown must plan for life after steam

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

It’s time for the city council and downtown building owners to plan for the possibility that Concord Steam, which has heated much of the central city since 1938, could close. Since 1980, the company has operated the steam plant that still powers the sprawling state hospital campus named …

Editorial: Paul fights fear with cynicism

Monday, June 1, 2015

Rand Paul is no Ronald Reagan. On Sept. 21, 1987, Reagan stood before the United Nations General Assembly and delivered these memorable words: “In our obsessions with the antagonisms of the moment, we often forget how much unites …

Editorial: Trans-Pacific deal covered in red flags

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Last year, China’s economy edged out the United States to become the world’s largest. That adds weight to President Obama’s argument in favor of quick approval of the trade agreement with 11 nations known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. If the U.S. doesn’t ink agreements with some of those …

Editorial: In New Hampshire, power of church fades

Friday, May 29, 2015

Religion in the United States is in decline. That’s the inescapable conclusion one draws from a new study by the Pew Research Center. The center’s 2014 U.S. Religious Landscape Study documented several ways in which the country’s religious landscape is changing. The percentage of Americans calling themselves Christian …

Editorial: Fewer city hall trips? Yes, please

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Every once in a while, someone says something that makes the mind stop in its tracks, so clear is the truth of the statement. This time it was a public official, Eddie Drouse, Concord’s director of information technology. “Who wants to stand in line anymore just to register …

Editorial: Republicans set stage for indirect tax

Thursday, May 28, 2015

These are tense times for the millions of people, including 39,000-plus New Hampshire residents, who finally have health insurance thanks to federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. These patients are walking the wire over the chasm of uncertainty that is life without coverage. In New Hampshire, Republican …

Editorial: For many Americans, it’s been a lifetime of war

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Here’s a disconcerting fact: If you turn 18 this year, the United States has been at war for 78.9 percent of your life. That’s according to a startling informational graphic assembled by the Washington Post . It breaks down, based on birth year, what percentage of a person’s …

Editorial: NFL shouldn’t profit from patriotism

Sunday, May 24, 2015

As if the NFL needed any more reasons to be embarrassed. After a year of botched investigations into player misconduct, along with questionable behavior from teams and those overseeing them, observers might be forgiven for thinking the well had run dry. But no, here comes a new round …

Editorial: Dangerous living through chemistry

Friday, May 22, 2015

In 1935, Dow Chemical adopted an advertising slogan that became, in a variant form, a catchphrase used seriously and, by the 1960s, sarcastically: “Better Living Through Chemistry.” The chemical sciences have produced miracle drugs, synthetic fabrics, stronger glues, amazing materials and a host of other things that have …

Editorial: Not all violence is equal in America

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The facts were simple, if startling. Nine people shot dead. Eighteen in the hospital. Some 170 arrested. A brawl between rival motorcycle gangs, the Bandidos and the Cossacks, erupted in the parking lot of a Waco, Texas, restaurant on Sunday afternoon. And as officials try to figure out …