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Editorial: Six words that could strip some of health care

Friday, November 28, 2014

Confidence in the U.S. Supreme Court hit a historic low in June, when only 30 percent of Americans had faith in the fairness of the high court, according to the Gallup polling organization. The court’s approval rating has risen a bit since then, but the naked partisanship of its majority could sink it again. Earlier this month, at least four members of the Supreme Court, rather than wait for the …

Editorial: Be thankful, New England sports fans

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Life tends to hit its stride on Thanksgiving. Dinnertime isn’t a hurdle to be cleared, hugs are doled out a little less awkwardly, and excess calories and laziness aren’t only accepted, they’re expected. For a day, the tiresome mental newsreel that plays on an endless loop in the stressed-out mind is silenced by the present moment. And everybody gives thanks because there is …

Editorial: An American story for a popular doll

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

In 1899, economist Thorstein Veblen introduced the world to the term “conspicuous consumption” in his book The Theory of the Leisure Class. Veblen argued that there was a middle-class tendency to buy items not to meet needs but to serve solely as a display of wealth. What catchy phrase, we wonder, would Veblen have assigned to parents who spend small fortunes on American …

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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: Dangerous message on city buses

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Vaccines have saved millions of people from scourges like smallpox, tuberculosis and yellow fever. They’ve nearly wiped out polio and protected people against influenza or made the infection, if contracted, less dangerous. They prevent death from tetanus, and if used in time, from rabies. They’ve made childhood diseases …

Editorial: This time, Weare has to get it right

Friday, October 24, 2014

There are no simple fixes for the crisis at the Weare Police Department. Events of the last two years – the shooting death of an unarmed drug suspect, staff departures and potential returns, the ill-fated appointment of John Velleca – paint a disturbing picture. And those are only …

Editorial: Feltes is the right choice in District 15

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

For the first time in two decades, Concord will send someone other than Sylvia Larsen to the state Senate. In our view, Dan Feltes is the obvious choice for voters in District 15, which includes Concord, Hopkinton, Henniker and Warner. Over the past eight years, Feltes, 35, worked …

Editorial: Ads add up to record low for politics

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Unless they can wield their remote with the skill of a Jedi knight, New Hampshire TV viewers will see hundreds upon hundreds of political ads, the vast majority of them negative. The state’s residents, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity, have already been …

Editorial: Van Ostern, Pappas earned another term

Monday, October 20, 2014

If you’re looking for a high-profile job in politics, a seat on the Executive Council shouldn’t be high on your list. But as the group that approves or denies state contracts and gubernatorial appointments, the five-member board is crucial to making sure the state runs smoothly and efficiently. …

Editorial: City must take broader look at homelessness

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The greater Concord community owes and enormous debt of gratitude to the city’s First and South Congregational churches. Because their congregations, with the help of volunteers of all faiths and backgrounds, sheltered the homeless during the coldest months, the rest of us could sleep easy knowing that no …

Editorial: Paying the price for old technology

Friday, October 17, 2014

The 1960s were an amazing time. Civil rights activists notched major victories, U.S. astronauts landed on the moon and rock music was at a high point. But it was also more than four decades ago. No one would say we should go back to driving with leaded gasoline …

Editorial: There are some side stories that can’t be ignored

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The philosophy behind the front page of a newspaper is fairly simple: Here are the most important and/or interesting stories of the day. There are, however, stories that stretch that philosophy to its limits, such as the Monitor’s coverage yesterday of Congresswoman Annie Kuster’s response to state Rep. …

Editorial: Ebola reveals need to boost NIH funding

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The scaremongers are crying “Ebola is coming, Ebola is coming.” Politicians, among them former Massachusetts senator Scott Brown, are calling for travel bans and closing the nation’s southern border to prevent what one general warned could be hordes of infected illegal immigrants from South and Central America. There’s …

Editorial: Time is right to fight for the next AG

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Last month, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation but vowed to remain in the role until his successor is confirmed. He would be wise not to make vacation plans anytime soon. There is a sense that President Obama has no interest in nominating Holder’s replacement until …