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Editorial: Budget shows political will still absent

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Last week, the House Finance Committee, along straight party lines, passed a portion of its adolescent attempt at crafting a state budget on to the full House, which quickly rejected a key component – the committee’s decision to cripple the state Department of Transportation with a budget cut that would require laying off 700 employees. The House also rejected the committee majority’s plan to avoid the $88 million cut – …

Editorial: City schools shouldn’t cut bus services

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Concord School Board is in a bind that should sound familiar to any New Hampshire resident. It needs to make painful spending cuts. The board is taking recommendations for a $1 million reduction, and one of the leading proposals would leave 270 elementary school students in the cold. The board should reject the reduction in bus service, which would hurt the city’s …

Editorial: Following the trail of state’s leading women

Thursday, March 26, 2015

New Hampshire has a rich history of amazing, accomplished women who bravely broke ground here and around the world. Sadly, many of them have fallen into obscurity. The New Hampshire Women’s Heritage Trail, a project that’s holding an informational meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Concord Women’s Club at 44 …

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Editorial: Being a kid should be a dirty job

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

America’s fetish with cleanliness and tendency to overprotect children is endangering its youth. Getting down and dirty, within reason, won’t hurt a child and could even save his or her life. So skip vacuuming once in a while and save the hand sanitizers and anti-microbial dish and hand …

Editorial: Giuliani’s cheap shot is plain racism

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

As a public figure in one of the world’s most culturally diverse cities, it’s striking that Rudy Giuliani appears to equate homogeneity with patriotism. At a Manhattan appearance, the former New York City mayor said: “I do not …

Editorial: Let the wild downshifting begin – again

Sunday, February 22, 2015

It’s budgeting time again. The cliches – “tough choices, hard-earned money, limited means, shared sacrifice, responsible budget, needs not wants” – drip from the lips of politicians of both parties and bore into the skull. The public is rendered insensate, only to awaken in shock with the arrival …

Editorial: Assisted-dying debate is not to be avoided

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A public radio host is an unlikely candidate for the role of civil rights crusader. But Diane Rehm, gravelly voiced star of an NPR call-in show, has stepped forward after the agonizing death of her husband from Parkinson’s …

Editorial: Children of smokers deserve some protection

Thursday, February 19, 2015

New Hampshire has a long history of refusing to protect its residents from their worst impulses on the road. Drivers can opt out of wearing seatbelts, and motorcyclists can turn down helmets. Individuals should be free to make their own choices goes the thinking – even if those …

Editorial: Math adds up to success for Housing First

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The cold and snow are relentless. Life on the street courts death. Homeless shelters are full. And tomorrow, the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness will hold a community forum from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at 2 Delta Drive, which is just off Commercial Street. The topic is Housing …

Editorial: Waiting for winter’s day of reckoning

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Winter has always had a romantic quality. An open field blanketed in pristine powder and ringed by stout evergreens is the season’s love letter to New Hampshire. Reciprocation comes in the form of sledding, hot chocolate and snowed-in evenings spent fireside with loved ones – what Ralph Waldo …

Editorial: Community center could be a city gem

Saturday, February 14, 2015

With the Main Street redesign project underway and the reconfiguration of Loudon Road from four lanes to three slated to begin this spring, Concord’s city council has turned its attention to another improvement long on the books – the construction of a multigenerational community center. The council should …

Editorial: Bill would increase the cost of truth

Friday, February 13, 2015

A reporter is digging into a story about town government. She learns that important, public information is buried in the filing cabinets at town hall. Town officials won’t turn over the documents when asked about them, so the reporter submits a right-to-know request. After a couple of days, …

Editorial: State can and must do better for millennials

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The last few years have not been kind to millennials, those of the generation born in 1980 and afterward. The Great Recession hit, followed by a long and faltering recovery. And while many ages suffered, the young bore much of the brunt from the economic turmoil. They had …