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Editorial: Journalist’s death must be confronted

Thursday, August 21, 2014

New Hampshire native James Foley was executed this week, apparently by members of the Islamic State militant group. His killers used social media to spread video and images of their latest affront to humanity, and those whom the terrorists most hoped to terrorize did the rest of the work. They talked about Foley and how he died. They vowed to celebrate his life rather than focus on the details of … 1

Editorial: Jeffords was a maverick who mattered

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The glare of a single moment can obscure a life. To find examples, politics in Northern New England is as good a place to start as any. If Ed Muskie of Maine is remembered at all outside of his home state, it’s for his tearful (or was it just melting snow?) rebuke of William Loeb outside the Union Leader building in 1972. Never … 2

Editorial: America’s frightening fish story

Monday, August 18, 2014

America has a big seafood problem on its hands. In New Hampshire, there’s a solution well within reach. In its 2012 “Fisheries of the United States” statistical snapshot, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association reported that U.S. commercial fisheries landed 9.6 billion pounds of seafood. That same year, Americans consumed 4.5 billion pounds of seafood. Even after subtracting the 20 percent of the … 0

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Editorial: State needs to keep an eye on its children

Friday, July 25, 2014

New Hampshire is slipping, and its most vulnerable residents are the ones at risk. No, we’re not talking about the mentally ill, or the homeless, or populations that the state has sometimes disregarded in the past. Instead, we’re talking about the state’s children. The Kids Count index, produced … 5

Editorial: Problems of money and perception

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The idea that an elected official can be bought and sold in America amounts to a threat against the very nature of democracy. That is where the anxiety of the electorate resides when it comes to political fundraising. … 9

Editorial: Market Basket gambles, and many may lose

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Family-owned companies are subject to family feuds. Ernest and Julio Gallo of the famed winemaking family became bitter enemies. The billionaire Koch brothers have been at each others throats, legally speaking, for decades. Adolf and Rudolf Dassler founded a shoe company before falling out. After the split, Rudolf … 7

Editorial: Passage of time shouldn’t aid child abusers

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The time has come for New Hampshire to eliminate the statute of limitations on sexual crimes against children. As it stands, the state can pursue charges only until the victim turns 40. We were reminded of the folly of this particular law last week, when Kenneth Day of … 1

Editorial: Attention Walgreens shoppers

Monday, July 21, 2014

America’s two biggest drugstore chains – Walgreens with 8,221 stores and CVS with 7,660 – face off at the intersection of Loudon Road and East Side Drive, where each claim a corner. CVS is the relative newcomer. It was founded in Lowell, Mass., in 1963; Walgreens in Chicago … 17

Editorial: On casinos, it's best to listen to The Donald

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The annual attempt to convince the Legislature to adopt casino gambling has become as certain as the changing of the seasons, so we fully expect the battle to continue. But Gov. Maggie Hassan, perennial casino proponent Sen. Lou D’Allesandro, and the rest of the easy-money crowd should slow … 16

Editorial: Misogynistic rant part of a larger issue

Thursday, July 17, 2014

While America talks about the possibility of Hillary Clinton serving as the next president, sports talk radio is embracing an Archie Bunker mentality when it comes to workplace equality. The latest target is Fox Sports reporter Erin Andrews. On Tuesday night, during Major League Baseball’s annual All-Star Game, … 3

Editorial: What Christie hasn’t learned from Nixon

Thursday, July 17, 2014

In many ways, Chris Christie is the anti-Richard Nixon. Nixon rose to the presidency despite acute social awkwardness, while Christie owes much of his political success to his ability to connect with voters. Nixon was never able to … 1

Editorial: A powerful incubator for online hatred

Monday, July 14, 2014

The internet is a wonderful place for hatred. There is safety – and often anonymity – behind the keyboard, so words punctuated by anger flow with ease. But sometimes ideological combat can become tiresome, and those who dedicate so much of their time to hate simply long to … 1

Editorial: Long-term fix needed for highway fund

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Federal Highway Trust Fund, which pays for about $150 million worth of road repairs and transportation projects in New Hampshire each year, is slated to run out of money on Aug. 1. The fund, which is filled with a per-gallon tax on gasoline and diesel fuel that … 1