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Editorial: Republicans cling to a budget myth

Monday, June 29, 2015

For Republicans, tax cuts are unicorns that, when they sip from stagnant economic waters, purify them and allow the flowers of free enterprise to bloom. A beautiful thought, but, like unicorns, the supply-side benefits of tax cuts are mythical. The governor and the Republican-led House and Senate are at an impasse over the budget for the next biennium. Gov. Hassan vetoed the budget because, among other things, it contains cuts …

Editorial: High court delivers dignity, joy in same-sex marriage decision

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Equality has won. Friday morning’s decision from the U.S. Supreme Court brought same-sex marriage to the entire United States. The 5-4 vote in Obergefell v. Hodges was long overdue, but gay and lesbian couples across the nation are now celebrating their equal treatment under the law. Justice Anthony Kennedy’s decision was full of …

Editorial: A victory for health care, common sense

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court has, once again, preserved the Affordable Care Act. By allowing the payment of health insurance subsidies in states that haven’t established their own exchanges, the court handed a win to the nation and President Obama. On the state level, the decision allows subsidized coverage for some 30,000 New Hampshire residents to continue. The case in question, King v. Burwell, …

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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: Small infrastructure victories don’t cut it

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Sewalls Falls Bridge will be replaced after all. Thank goodness, but shame on a broken process that brought the city of Concord to this absurd point. The plan all along was to remove the rusted metal edifice in the spring. But uncertainty about the $10 million in …

Editorial: Duprey sets wise path for Republicans

Thursday, May 14, 2015

State Republican activist Steve Duprey faced backlash over the past couple of weeks for attending a Planned Parenthood fundraiser. Duprey is also on the Republican National Committee, and some were unhappy that he would go to an event …

Editorial: Weather says much about climate change

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Earlier this year, meteorologists warned New Englanders to prepare for heavy rains and floods. Instead, the deep snows of winter melted slowly and May saw only a trace of precipitation. Instead, hot days and dry winds are making for a record brush fire season. That’s the weather for …

Editorial: The madness of American sports fans

Monday, May 11, 2015

Despite the murkiness of the Tom Brady saga and the imminent debate over his four-game suspension, one thing is abundantly clear: An awful lot of American sports fans are over-invested in teams and athletes. Being a fan should be a carefree activity that looks something like this: You …

Editorial: Commuter rail is a gamble worth taking

Sunday, May 10, 2015

After nearly two years of study, the consultants have spoken. Train service between cities along the Interstate 93 spine of New Hampshire would lead to new jobs, higher property values and an increase in the percentage of young people who call the state home. “There is simply no …

Editorial: NHTI’s story of success is educational

Friday, May 8, 2015

Higher education in New Hampshire faces no end of challenges. The state government can’t cut financial support fast enough to satisfy hardcore conservatives. Young people are abandoning the state in droves. But the Brookings Institution, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, offered a ray of good news last month. …

Editorial: Political gains are slow and steady for women

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Once again, women are having a political moment. Hillary Clinton is making her grand tour of early primary states, deigning to meet with ordinary voters and waving her hand dismissively at the press. Carly Fiorina has entered the …

Editorial: Lawmakers have a costly vision problem

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The state of New Hampshire’s backward slide won’t stop until more of its people send forward-thinking senators and representatives to Concord. Watching the Legislature is like watching someone drink themselves to death or starve for fear of growing fat. Delusions are dangerous, including the mistaken belief that New …

Editorial: New future taking shape in Franklin

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

As soon as this week, the people of Franklin expect to learn the name of their next superintendent. It is a crucial moment not only for SAU 18, but the city itself. What the district needs more than anything is stability. Over the past 10 years, four people …

Editorial: State should rush toward solar future

Sunday, May 3, 2015

SolarCity, a company owned in part by billionaire PayPal founding member Elon Musk, has, in a few short years, become the nation’s biggest residential solar company. News that it’s opening a Manchester office and hiring up to 100 people could put New Hampshire at a tipping point. The …