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Editorial: Tax-free status should be hard-won

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Last month in Indiana, a church devoted to smoking dope, the First Church of Cannabis, won tax-exempt status from the IRS. In 2010, the Church of the IV Majesties, a Satanist group, did the same. So why was the Church of the Sword, which holds its services in a brew pub on Fisherville Road in Concord, denied a property tax exemption by the town of Westmoreland, where its alleged parsonage …

Editorial: Committee made the right call on Wozmak

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee made the right decision Wednesday in accepting continued funding for the state drug czar position held by John Wozmak. The committee should be congratulated for refusing the temptation of scoring petty political points. The safety and health of the state’s residents depends on it. Others have taken the bait. State Sen. Andy Sanborn, for example, called for Wozmak’s …

Editorial: Planned Parenthood facts, fiction

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Rallies held across the nation on Tuesday, including one in front of the State House in Concord, called for the government to stop sending taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood. The pretext was a series of online videos purporting to show how the group handles donations of fetal tissue. But those demonstrations, and the furor about Planned Parenthood, are noise – static meant to …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

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 …

Editorial: Republicans cling to a budget myth

Monday, June 29, 2015

For Republicans, tax cuts are unicorns that, when they sip from stagnant economic waters, purify them and allow the flowers of free enterprise to bloom. A beautiful thought, but, like unicorns, the supply-side benefits of tax cuts are mythical. The governor and the Republican-led House and Senate are …

Editorial: High court delivers dignity, joy in same-sex marriage decision

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Equality has won. Friday morning’s decision from the U.S. Supreme Court brought same-sex marriage to the entire United States. The 5-4 vote in Obergefell v. Hodges was long overdue, but gay and lesbian couples across the nation are …

Editorial: A victory for health care, common sense

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court has, once again, preserved the Affordable Care Act. By allowing the payment of health insurance subsidies in states that haven’t established their own exchanges, the court handed a win to the nation and President Obama. On the state level, the decision allows subsidized coverage …

Editorial: Good news for kids with peanut allergies

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

For many children, peanuts are a threat. Not a snack, and not a legume to be crushed into delicious paste. Peanut sensitivities are one of the most prevalent and severe childhood allergies, and they have reshaped the landscape of childhood. Preschoolers are forbidden from packing meals containing any …

Editorial: Tax pushed by Sanders is a sensible idea

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A pot of gold big enough to repair the nation’s crumbling infrastructure, provide middle-class tax relief or provide free tuition to public universities is waiting to be tapped. All Congress has to do is say the word. But …

Editorial: In wake of Charleston, no answers

Monday, June 22, 2015

How does a newspaper in a predominantly white state write an editorial about what happened at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C., last week? We could focus on a hot-button side issue, such as how South Carolina should stop flying the Confederate battle flag over the capitol. That …

Editorial: Adequacy number is a running joke

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The same New Hampshire Legislature that allowed the state’s model mental health care system to collapse for want of funding is slowly doing the same for public education. The plight of schools struggling to get by with too few resources, and taxpayers struggling with property tax bills that …

Editorial: Biggest terror threat comes from within

Friday, June 19, 2015

Anyone who simply scans the headlines can be forgiven for thinking that the main terror challenge facing our country’s law enforcement agencies comes from Islamic extremists. After all, the defining terrorist strike of the last two decades was …

Editorial: With Trump in, the race just got interesting

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Donald Trump has finally done it. After years of teasing presidential runs, the Donald has announced that he is an official candidate for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination in 2016. With the primary field crowded with an abundance …