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Editorial: Candidate Palin? Those days are over

Monday, January 26, 2015

Whether she knows it or not, Sarah Palin penned her own political obituary during the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines on Saturday. For 35 minutes, the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate – and perennial fundraising darling for the Republican Party – meandered from one incoherent topic to another, often resorting to the playground taunts and fortune cookie wisdom that are her bread and butter. Her gems …

Editorial: Cut to business taxes will only hurt business in NH

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Haven’t we already heard this story about the wondrous Republican perpetual motion machine? In this latest version, it’s the promise that cutting two of the state’s major sources of revenue, the business profits tax and business enterprise tax, will increase revenue. There’s no reason to believe that’s true or, for that matter, any reason to believe that reducing business taxes will attract and …

Editorial: A bit deflated over possible Pats cheating

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Like ravenous fans staring at a pre-game Super Bowl buffet, NFL officials will have a whole lot to chew on ahead of the big game. In less than two weeks, the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks will play on sports’ biggest stage. But the days that precede Super Bowl XLIX may do far more to impact the Patriots’ legacy than anything that …

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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: Smartphones can be a real pain in the neck

Monday, December 22, 2014

Smart-phone users may want to consider adding a spine specialist to their list of contacts. Dr. Kenneth Hansraj, chief of spine surgery at New York Spine Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine, recently published a study in the journal Surgical Technology International that should make smart phone users pay a …

Editorial: Ready for Jeb? Maybe, maybe not

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Jeb Bush wants to be president. The former Florida governor posted to his Facebook page last week that he’s seriously considering a run for the highest office in the land. Barring unforeseen developments, New Hampshire residents should look forward to meeting him in the next few months. Bush …

Editorial: Tantrum is hurting GOP and the state

Friday, December 19, 2014

Can a party that can’t govern itself govern New Hampshire? Tuesday’s rump caucus of Republicans angered by the election of veteran Hudson Rep. Shawn Jasper as House speaker, and the official caucus held Wednesday by Majority Leader Rep. …

Editorial: New chapter begins for U.S., Cuba

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The 1962 Cuban missile crisis remains one of the most terrifying episodes in modern American history. It seemed then that it was only a matter of time before the United States and the Soviet Union would engage in the world’s first – and likely only – all-out nuclear …

Editorial: System broken for long-term unemployed

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Some of them can be found in Concord’s homeless population. Some are coal miners whose mines have closed and fishermen up and down New England’s coast whose livelihoods all but died with the collapse of cod stocks. Some are middle-aged victims of a layoff. Many lost jobs, often …

Editorial: As a media critic, Sorkin pens a dud

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Journalists, by nature, are intrusive. Without that quality, a reporter is nothing more than a cheap stenographer. The often-brilliant screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, creator of The West Wing and The Newsroom, has given life to enough fictional journalists to understand that all-important prerequisite. But in yesterday’s New York Times, …

Editorial: Those who support torture are not fit to lead

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on interrogation methods used by the CIA against terror suspects is deeply distressing. The information in the report shocks so profoundly, in fact, that it is tempting to resort to the comforting blandishments …

Editorial: Let games end on the field, not in court

Thursday, December 11, 2014

If there was any question whether society is overly litigious, look no further than the football-crazed state of Oklahoma. Last month, a referee made a mistake that altered the outcome of a playoff game between Frederick A. Douglass and Locust Grove high schools. There was just over a …

Editorial: Two honored for peace in a violent world

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The disconnect is jarring. In churches and shops, the carols have started: “Peace on Earth, good will to men.” But in the news, the talk is of torture committed and torture denied, political discord, war, Ebola and al-Qaida massacres and assassinations. That made yesterday’s Nobel Peace Prize awards …

Editorial: Bad weather, bad roads make a nasty pair

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

‘Slip Slidin’ Away” has been the theme song so far during what we fear might be winter in New Hampshire in the Carbocombustibus era; not so much snow as sleet, slush, freezing rain and ice. Vehicles are scattered like jackstraws along interstates 93 and 89. Most of the …