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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 that’s not the worst part of the proposal. Although Secretary of State Bill Gardner claims the bill wouldn’t change the state’s definition …

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 about the future of the building remain. They should be answered before the city moves …

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 for it. Some reformers, and we’re leaning in that direction, want to scrap the code, …

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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: Rebellion reaches a crossroads

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

To have any chance of success, social movements must multiply awareness. Change is impossible unless people believe that change is needed. That is why activists spend so much time and effort spreading the word. But for all that effort, awareness is actually the easy part. The difficulty lies …

Editorial: Divestiture is a win for New Hampshire

Sunday, March 15, 2015

It took nearly two decades, but the upcoming sale of the 12 power plants owned by Public Service of New Hampshire and its successor, Eversource Energy, was inevitable. We applaud it. The divestiture will save PSNH customers an estimated $300 million over five years and create a fully …

Editorial: Fast internet could be a boon for Concord

Friday, March 13, 2015

Creating a truly high-speed, affordable municipal internet network could be a pipe dream – or it could be a pipeline to a more vibrant Concord with a booming economy and a growing population of young entrepreneurs and knowledge workers. Success has been found in other cities, among them …

Editorial: Senate should pass bill on teen tanning

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Last week, the New Hampshire House of Representatives passed a bill banning those under the age of 18 from using tanning booths. While the bill has been criticized as unwarranted government intrusion into citizens’ lives, it’s a worthwhile measure that ought to sail through the state Senate and …

Editorial: Ayotte signs up for a dangerous political game

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s name is easy to spot. It is in the left column, between the blue scrawl of Sens. Rand Paul and Orrin Hatch. Unlike the thousands of other times she has signed her name, Ayotte will remember this signature. How could she forget? It’s not every …

Editorial: O’Reilly the American mythmaker

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

In many ways, the United States is built on myths. That’s not to say the nation’s history is a lie, but the facts are not pristine. If they were, the historian’s job would be easy. The task for journalists, sometimes referred to as “historians of the moment,” is …

Editorial: Walmart move is a boost but not a solution

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Over the next few months and through 2016, millions of America’s lowest-paid workers will get a significant raise. Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest employer, will increase hourly pay for employees now earning the federal minimum of $7.25 per hour to $9 this year and $10 next year. A cascade …

Editorial: Email scandal is all about transparency

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Before H.R. Haldeman’s first day as President Richard Nixon’s chief of staff in January 1969, he was urged by a friend and political scholar to keep a diary. It didn’t take much convincing for Haldeman to realize that his unique access to the president and his aides would …

Editorial: Give overdose victims a chance to live

Thursday, March 5, 2015

There are many things that keep parents of teenagers up at night, but perhaps nothing more so than the fear that their son or daughter will make a potentially fatal decision to drink and drive or accept a ride from an intoxicated friend. Many parents establish rules to …

Editorial: Gilmanton library story shouldn’t end

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

In 1833, the town of Peterborough, N.H., opened the nation’s first public library. In 2009, Gilmanton opened the most recent library built to serve a New Hampshire community. Before that, Gilmanton was one of just two towns in the state without a year-round, public library. It may reclaim …