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Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, right, talks with David Moore following her office's refusal to issue marriage licenses at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky., on Tuesday.

Editorial: Clerk is confusing duties with beliefs

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Today, a federal judge in Kentucky will hear a motion asking him to punish Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis. In the more than two months since a national right to same-sex marriage was established by the U.S. Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges, Davis has steadfastly refused to issue any marriage licenses to anyone. Gay couples in her county want …

Editorial: Volunteerism, free labor are not synonymous

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

‘Reasonably clean and sober? No unresolved criminal charges against you or relatives in the clink? Free of accusations of sexual misconduct? Then you too can go through a criminal background check and sign up for a two-hour free training course that will entitle you to work for absolutely no pay for the New Hampshire Department of Corrections. Volunteers may have access to sensitive …

Editorial: Failure marks path of a scandal

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The rape trial of St. Paul’s School student Owen Labrie is a story of failure. A young man in possession of an elite prep school education and an acceptance letter from Harvard fails to conquer his misogynistic sexual impulses. A young girl mature and independent enough to live away from home fails to ask herself the right questions about an older, popular boy’s …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

Editorial: Tax-free status should be hard-won

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Last month in Indiana, a church devoted to smoking dope, the First Church of Cannabis, won tax-exempt status from the IRS. In 2010, the Church of the IV Majesties, a Satanist group, did the same. So why was the Church of the Sword, which holds its services in …

Editorial: Committee made the right call on Wozmak

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee made the right decision Wednesday in accepting continued funding for the state drug czar position held by John Wozmak. The committee should be congratulated for refusing the temptation of scoring petty political points. The safety and health of the state’s residents depends on …

Editorial: Planned Parenthood facts, fiction

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Rallies held across the nation on Tuesday, including one in front of the State House in Concord, called for the government to stop sending taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood. The pretext was a series of online videos purporting to show how the group handles donations of fetal tissue. …

Editorial: The road to safe bicycling in the city

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Last week, Monitor contributing writer Mel Graykin wrote of the joy of commuting to work by bicycle, but also of the dangers. There are now about a million bicycles on America’s roads, and 240 million cars and other motor vehicles. Many of those drivers look upon bicyclists with …

Editorial: A baseball legend takes his place

Monday, July 27, 2015

It’s been a tough year for Boston’s boys of summer. Heading into Monday night’s game against the Chicago White Sox, the Red Sox were once again toiling in the basement of the American League East, 12 games behind the first-place New York Yankees and 8½ games out in …

Editorial: Peace for vegans and meat-eaters

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Groton’s Laura Zerra stands, unclothed, next to a water hole in the Peruvian Amazon. Her Naked and Afraid co-star, E.J. Snyder, stands just a few feet away, holding a rudimentary spear. The two reality-show survivalists, still a week away from their jungle extraction, have gone 14 days without …

Editorial: Concord lights warm the heart

Friday, July 24, 2015

Concord developer and GOP activist Steve Duprey has made a statement. His Smile building in downtown Concord has been illuminated in rainbow colors to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which established nationwide marriage equality. This is heartening. As the Republican Party nationally struggles …

Editorial: A list that everyone should add to

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Some years ago, New Hampshire native, sometime journalist, dairy farmer and retired state agriculture commissioner Steve Taylor published a list of “100 Things You Should Do To Know the Real New Hampshire” ( The list is a great place to start when planning summer activities or hosting guests …

Editorial: Trump is a headache and a help for GOP

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Donald Trump’s insults to Sen. John McCain should have been expected. The businessman who now leads the Republican field for president is an expert in incendiary statements. He casually throws out lines that make people gasp, and then …

Editorial: Symbolism of Confederate flag is undeniable

Monday, July 20, 2015

The Confederate flag was proudly on display at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon over the weekend. “A lot of people died for that flag,” a Rhode Island man told Monitor columnist Ray Duckler. “I have no problem flying the Confederate flag. I don’t believe it represents racism …