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Editorial: Another path toward inmate rehabilitation

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Last week, Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley called the possible repeal of the death penalty a “vote of conscience.” A more exact phrase is difficult to imagine. It is harder still to imagine conscience being absent in the consideration of any aspect of the criminal justice system, especially the rehabilitation of the men and women whom society at large prefers to be out of sight and out of mind. Bill … 0

My turn: The price of the Renewable Fuel Standard

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

It’s amazing what you can learn in a grocery store. A few months ago, I overheard a woman talking about how groceries were becoming more expensive and that the government was to blame. I had no idea what she was talking about, so I decided to go home and do a little research of my own to better understand this problem. Groceries cost … 0

Editorial: Red-meat Republicans

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

It was called the “Freedom Summit.” Mike Huckabee got into the spirit of the day when he suggested that “there’s more freedom in North Korea sometimes than there is in the U.S.” Donald Trump called the Affordable Care Act “the single greatest lie I have ever witnessed.” Bill O’Brien received an award as New Hampshire Conservative of the Year. O’Brien was booted out … 9

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Editorial: From GOP troika, an unhelpful foreign policy critique

Sunday, March 23, 2014

They form a troika of critics of President Obama’s foreign policy: Sens. Kelly Ayotte, John McCain and Lindsey Graham But the three Republicans appear more interested in finding fault than solutions. Their cicada-like screeching about a weak president and threats to America’s military sovereignty is neither helpful nor … 14

Editorial: Treat 17-year-old offenders as juveniles

Thursday, March 20, 2014

You don’t often hear politicians acknowledge they’ve acted in error, but that’s essentially what happened Wednesday in the New Hampshire House, and it was heartening indeed. The House voted by an overwhelming margin to treat 17-year-olds accused of crimes as juveniles instead of adults. The measure would reverse … 6

Editorial: Brown’s 2012 pledge makes sense in 2014

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Former Massachusetts senator Scott Brown hasn’t formally committed to running for the Senate from New Hampshire, but from the intense public scrutiny of his would-be race against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, you might think it was November. Already, the two camps are squabbling over the role of outside money … 1

Editorial: City on the cusp of big change

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Concord is on the cusp of something, a metamorphosis of sorts. The view of the future is gauzy, like that of life transforming in a chrysalis. The outlines can be seen, but will what emerges be a bright butterfly that invites attention or a drab moth that’s shunned? … 5

Editorial: Five questions for Scott Brown

Monday, March 17, 2014

One of the discouraging things about U.S. politics here in the 21st century is how nationalized the campaigns for Congress have become. Candidates across the country end up talking about the same issues in the same way, their strategies formulated by consultants and party officials in Washington or … 13

Editorial: Reducing sexual assault in the military

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Politics has a way of reducing complicated matters to easy-to-understand choices: for or against, up or down, weak or strong, good or bad. That was the unfortunate context in which the U.S. Senate recently debated the epidemic of sexual assaults within the military. Given two bills aimed at … 0

Editorial: Medicaid expansion will save prison costs

Sunday, March 16, 2014

House members who still need a reason to vote in favor of expanding Medicaid access under the Affordable Care Act should consider this: The health care bill for caring for New Hampshire’s prisoners, per inmate, is the second highest in the land. The prison population is not, by … 3

Editorial: James Pilliod, a lawmaker governed by common sense

Thursday, March 13, 2014

There are plenty of days when the New Hampshire Legislature gives us reason to despair, amid the silly, the petty, the stubborn and the just plain wrong. But it is also home to lawmakers there for the right reasons, acting purely out of common sense, trying hard to … 7

Editorial: SB 2 system is subject to mischief

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

SB 2 – the system of direct ballot voting on warrant articles as amended at a prior deliberative session – may not be the worst form of democracy ever devised, but it is a bad system subject to mischief. Communities that are still small enough to make holding … 0

Editorial: A third run for Romney?

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A couple weeks back, the Monitor asked a bunch of political analysts for their extra-early take on the potential Republican candidates for the 2016 New Hampshire presidential primary. Not included in the newspaper’s list: Mitt Romney. After all, … 1