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Editorial: Dangerous living through chemistry

Friday, May 22, 2015

In 1935, Dow Chemical adopted an advertising slogan that became, in a variant form, a catchphrase used seriously and, by the 1960s, sarcastically: “Better Living Through Chemistry.” The chemical sciences have produced miracle drugs, synthetic fabrics, stronger glues, amazing materials and a host of other things that have indeed made life better. But in the wrong hands, chemical know-how can be used to produce bombs, poisons and, as watchers of …

Editorial: Not all violence is equal in America

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The facts were simple, if startling. Nine people shot dead. Eighteen in the hospital. Some 170 arrested. A brawl between rival motorcycle gangs, the Bandidos and the Cossacks, erupted in the parking lot of a Waco, Texas, restaurant on Sunday afternoon. And as officials try to figure out what exactly led to the deaths (other gangs were involved and law enforcement was present), …

Editorial: To best serve the state, Guinta must step down

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

It’s time to go, Frank. Politically, you’re a dead man walking. We apologize for what might seem like piling on, but we would be doing 1st District residents a disservice if we didn’t join the bipartisan chorus calling on you to resign. We’ve been no fan of Congressman Guinta’s performance in Washington. When he came to the Monitor to meet with editors before …

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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: Among Iran options, one makes sense

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Lawrence Wilkerson, a retired Army colonel and embittered Republican, is a voice in the wilderness when it comes to America’s 21st-century military adventurism. As chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell from 2002 to 2005, Wilkerson had a front-row seat for the “weapons of mass destruction” …

Editorial: Don’t add barriers for state’s voters

Friday, April 17, 2015

A bill being considered by the New Hampshire House of Representatives would impose a 30-day residency requirement for voting in New Hampshire. It’s a solution in search of a problem, and yet another in a series of GOP-led efforts to discourage the state’s young people from voting. But …

Editorial: Time for a harder look at Dame School

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Concord’s decision to put off transforming the former Dame School into a community center is the right call, for now. With budgets stretched to the limit and other needs pressing, the city council showed commendable unanimity in putting off any elaborate building project. That being said, serious questions …

Editorial: On Tax Day, a few ideas for reform

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Today is April 15, the last day to give Uncle his share without fear of penalty. Americans, thanks to the nation’s infernally complicated tax code, spent more than $200 billion to comply with the code. Tax reform of some sort has bipartisan support, and the public is clamoring …

Editorial: With Hillary in, it’s about to get louder

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

In the 2016 presidential contest, Hillary Clinton is like a human checkered flag. With her announced candidacy, the race has begun in earnest. So here’s a bit of advice: Brace yourself. Brace yourself for a dizzying number of …

Editorial: State can’t afford price of budget cuts

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Over the next few months the Senate, a committee of conference and Gov. Hassan will pluck the spines off the cold-hearted toad of a budget passed by the House and shape into something that doesn’t boil the conscience and stab property owners in the wallet. At least we …

Editorial: Let voters see the real Rand Paul

Friday, April 10, 2015

Rand Paul has made it official. The Kentucky senator and libertarian-leaning Republican is running for president. His presence in the race is welcome, given Paul’s willingness to challenge political orthodoxy. He’s criticized National Security Agency surveillance of American citizens, called for drug sentencing reform and avoided bellicose foreign …

Editorial: Want to live longer? Just be at peace

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

What does it mean to live long and prosper? It’s worth thinking about as the baby boom generation heads into retirement and as their parents head into the final stages of life. More and more, people are bombarded with advice on how to stay healthy and vital. Often, …

Editorial: HSAs are no substitute for ACA coverage

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Dr. Ben Carson, a brilliant surgeon, free thinker and presumptive Republican candidate for president is unfortunately given to making hyperbolic statements, including some that have been followed by apologies and backpedaling. Nothing in Carson’s speech earlier this week …

Editorial: California drought is a call for change

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

In climates such as New Hampshire’s, where there are four distinct seasons, April is truly a time of renewal. Winter has begun its grudging retreat. Baseball, that most glorious game of summer, begins again. And once-verdant landscapes long muted by snow cover emerge with the promise of renewed …