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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 war. The fear that the Cold War could at any moment become explosive lasted through the mid-1980s, and Cuba, that volatile little …

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 more than one, during the long recession. A growing number are women, among them mothers …

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, Sorkin excoriated the press over its coverage of the cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, in …

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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: Sorry, penny, but you’re just not worth it

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Americans have a complicated relationship with the penny. On one hand, people don’t have much use for pennies and are happy to leave them in those ubiquitous plastic “need a penny” trays at convenience stores. But polls show that a majority of Americans can’t bear the idea of …

Editorial: A beautiful game with a dark side

Thursday, November 13, 2014

There’s a chaotic elegance to football. The quarterback takes the snap and 22 men, each with a specific assignment, engage in a furious struggle that lasts just seconds at a time. When the field is viewed from a distance, it’s difficult to see all of the little games …

Editorial: A better way to pay for Fish and Game

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Once again, the state’s Department of Fish and Game finds itself in financial trouble and in danger of having to lay off some of its already reduced workforce. The agency’s plight points out yet again the folly of requiring that an agency that benefits everyone be self-funded, almost …

Editorial: Unintended consequences for a bad law

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

It’s no easy task to craft a law. Yes, there are many statutes on the books that are no-brainers, but there are others that balance precariously on the razor’s edge between the constitutional and the unconstitutional, especially where free speech is concerned. RSA 659:35, which makes it illegal …

Editorial: America’s conspicuous military shift

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Walk through Old North Cemetery in Concord, and you see the signs of military service everywhere. Small flags placed in front of gravestones dot the landscape. In some cases, the stones themselves describe lives lost to war or …

Editorial: Making sense of a midterm like no other

Thursday, November 6, 2014

If, as political strategist James Carville famously told Bill Clinton in 1992, elections are about “the economy, stupid,” what happened? America’s economy is much better than it was when President Obama took office. Almost all the indicators are in the plus column. The national unemployment rate is down …

Editorial: A bluer shade of purple, nothing more

Thursday, November 6, 2014

A red tide washed over an angry nation on Tuesday night, but the undertow wasn’t strong enough to pull Scott Brown and Marilinda Garcia to Washington and Walt Havenstein to Concord. But that doesn’t mean New Hampshire is turning blue. It just means that Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Rep. …

Editorial: A season to remember, but not fondly

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Pundits and politicians will spend days and weeks trying to make sense of what happens today at the polls. If Republicans have a big day nationally, as many expect, what will that mean for the final quarter of President Obama’s presidency? If Democrats are able to survive more …

Editorial: Shaheen is the easy choice for U.S. Senate

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Let’s get this out of the way at the start. Of course Scott Brown is an opportunist. After his defeat by Elizabeth Warren, the former Massachusetts senator considered his opportunities – a run for governor of Massachusetts or president, a stint on Fox News, a curious business deal …

Editorial: Higgins, Kimball and Richards for school board

Friday, October 31, 2014

This month, the Monitor sat down with all eight candidates for school board in Concord. There is not a person among them who would not represent the district well. Each candidate cares deeply about the future of education in the city, and each brings strong, albeit different, career …