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Editorial: Hold placed on federal grants is shortsighted

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Last week, the directors and staff of one agency after another, in a semblance of Edvard Munch’s famous painting The Scream, cupped their faces in their hands and moaned, “Oh no, we’re Kurked.” And if the fiscally conservative chairman of the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee gets his way, thousands of low-income adults only recently insured under the state’s expanded Medicaid program will follow suit. For the first time in memory, …

Editorial: Gathering storm isn’t hard to see

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The headlines are difficult to ignore as they pile up, day after day, on the Monitor’s front page: ∎ A homeless woman is found dead in her car in the Walmart parking lot. ∎ This February is on track to be the coldest in the past 80 years. ∎ Attempts to balance the state’s budget will likely lead to cuts in local aid. ∎ Electricity and heating …

Editorial: How would Reagan do in 2016 race?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

What if Ronald Reagan was not only still alive but in his political prime – and eyeing the highest office in the land? He would no doubt have visited New Hampshire a couple of times by now and taken some shots at his likely opponents in the first-in-the-nation primary. His wit and affability …

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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: Drones take the sport out of hunting

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Hunting in a hilly, wooded state like New Hampshire can be difficult and frustrating. Each season, about one in five hunters bags a deer. The ones who tag out every year are the hunters who know their quarry and their weapon, put in the time pre-season to scout, …

Editorial: Candidate Palin? Those days are over

Monday, January 26, 2015

Whether she knows it or not, Sarah Palin penned her own political obituary during the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines on Saturday. For 35 minutes, the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate – and perennial fundraising darling for the Republican Party – meandered from one …

Editorial: Cut to business taxes will only hurt business in NH

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Haven’t we already heard this story about the wondrous Republican perpetual motion machine? In this latest version, it’s the promise that cutting two of the state’s major sources of revenue, the business profits tax and business enterprise tax, will increase revenue. There’s no reason to believe that’s true …

Editorial: A bit deflated over possible Pats cheating

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Like ravenous fans staring at a pre-game Super Bowl buffet, NFL officials will have a whole lot to chew on ahead of the big game. In less than two weeks, the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks will play on sports’ biggest stage. But the days that precede …

Editorial: The alarming rise in child poverty must be addressed

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Last week, the Southern Education Foundation, the nation’s oldest education philanthropy, made public a stunning statistic. More than half of America’s public schoolchildren, based on qualifying for free or reduced cost school lunches, are poor. Given the ill effects of an impoverished childhood on brain development, educational achievement …

Editorial: The value of an old-fashioned town hall meeting

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Kelly Ayotte has found three important words at the heart of New Hampshire politics that continue to pay her political dividends: town hall meetings. Last Friday, the state’s Republican senator held shop in Goffstown, Loudon and Barnstead, allowing members of the public to show up and ask a …

Editorial: Only one way to get out ahead of frontrunners

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Bush. Clinton. Romney. The names are familiar, and formidable candidates bear them. But for the sake of the New Hampshire primary, and our nation, other potential presidential candidates need to make their voices heard soon. We cannot afford …

Editorial: As Nigeria burns, eyes are averted

Friday, January 16, 2015

Picture her. She is 10 years old – a beautiful, scared little girl alone and far from home. It is Jan. 10, and she is standing in a marketplace. Waiting. For what, she’s not exactly sure. Then somebody notices the bulge around her waist. Others notice, too, and …

Editorial: Rolling stop law violates common sense

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

It happens to most motorists, and it’s senseless. It could be 5 a.m. with no car in sight in any direction, but roll through a stop sign or turn right at a red light and, if your luck has run out, blue lights will follow. In New Hampshire, …

Editorial: McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center needs state’s help

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Two years ago, the state washed its hands of two of its greatest heroes, the late astronauts Alan Shepard and Christa McAuliffe. The state opened what is now the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center to honor the first teacher in space, who died in the 1986 explosion of the space …