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Editorial: Big History Project holds big potential

Monday, September 15, 2014

In the battle over education standards and accountability, it’s easy to forget that what really matters in the classroom is student interest. The best teachers know that innovation is the key that opens the learner’s mind, and so they consistently attack subjects from new angles and with fresh energy all in the name of increasing student engagement. It is with that breed of teacher in mind that David Christian, a … 1

Editorial: Numbers tell a sad story about voter apathy

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Turnout numbers for Tuesday’s primary have been released, and they’re not encouraging. Before the election, New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner had predicted a paltry 20 percent turnout, with about 142,000 Republicans and 44,000 Democrats showing up to vote. Now that the dust has settled and the actual ballots tallied, Gardner has returned with the actual figures. Only 19 percent of the … 8

Editorial: Voters should move climate higher on list

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s battle to defeat Republican challenger Scott Brown and retain her Senate seat could be the tipping point in the national debate over climate change. Global warming traditionally places far down the list of voter concerns at election time. Last year, climate change placed second from last in a Pew poll of 20 issues in need of congressional attention. But since … 23

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Editorial: Jeffords was a maverick who mattered

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The glare of a single moment can obscure a life. To find examples, politics in Northern New England is as good a place to start as any. If Ed Muskie of Maine is remembered at all outside of his home state, it’s for his tearful (or was it … 7

Editorial: America’s frightening fish story

Monday, August 18, 2014

America has a big seafood problem on its hands. In New Hampshire, there’s a solution well within reach. In its 2012 “Fisheries of the United States” statistical snapshot, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association reported that U.S. commercial fisheries landed 9.6 billion pounds of seafood. That same year, … 0

Editorial: O’Bannon ruling changes everything

Monday, August 18, 2014

The National Collegiate Athletic Association is about to change the way it treats its top athletes, and the ripple effect could be significant, including for female athletes. Earlier this month, District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled in the O’Bannon … 1

Editorial: Ice buckets and Connolly aiding cause

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Across the country, young and old alike are taking buckets of ice water to the head. The campaign has raised awareness and money for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Originally, participants were given a choice: Make a donation or face a chilly … 0

Editorial: Vegas Block presents an opportunity

Friday, August 15, 2014

Continued occupation of the dilapidated Vegas Block presented a threat to the lives of the building’s residents and the firefighters who would, should a conflagration occur, come to their rescue. Thieves had torn into the walls to remove and sell piping, rendering the sprinkler system inoperative. The building’s … 3

Editorial: United States must act to stop ISIL

Thursday, August 14, 2014

In 2001, in the aftermath of al-Qaida’s 9-11 attacks, this newspaper supported the invasion of Afghanistan to put a stop to its ability to serve as a training base and launching pad for terrorists. In 2003, the Monitor’s editors believed that the risk of becoming stuck in a … 7

Editorial: A reminder of the power of depression

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

It’s not difficult to understand what it’s like to have a migraine even if you’ve never had one. All it really takes is remembering your worst headache and adding degrees of pain. It’s not so easy to understand severe depression. The starting point in the search for empathy … 0

Editorial: NHIAA, and parents, need perspective

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association is badly in need of a public relations makeover. Parents could use a little help, too. On the heels of its battle with Pembroke Academy over allegations of improper recruiting, the state’s governing body of high school athletics now finds itself in … 1

Editorial: Ignorance fuels panic over Ebola

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The Ebola virus has come to the United States. But unlike the nightmare scenarios concocted by bestselling novelists, this arrival has been carefully planned. Two U.S. citizens infected with the dangerous disease are now being treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Americans should be glad that these … 6

Editorial: Malls need to shop for new identities

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Concord is in the midst of a repurposing of historic proportions. Four of the city’s elementary schools, three more than a century old, were closed. One was torn down and replaced by a new school, another is in the process of becoming a community center and two, the … 4