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Editorial: Law adds to the burden on third parties

Monday, July 28, 2014

The United States has a rich history of third parties. In 1856, Millard Fillmore made a strong run for president on the Whig-American ticket. Fifty-six years later, Theodore Roosevelt captured 27 percent of the popular vote as the Progressive Party’s candidate. Ross Perot made his mark in 1992 and again, although to a lesser extent, in 1996 with the Reform Party. But the number of votes won don’t tell the … 0

Editorial: The troubled journey to death row

Sunday, July 27, 2014

New Hampshire’s law sanctioning capital punishment got a stay of execution in April when the state Senate split 12-12 on a repeal bill Gov. Maggie Hassan said she would sign. New Hampshire is the only New England state to impose the death penalty. The campaign to abolish it will continue, and the outcome could depend on the results of the November election. Every … 0

Editorial: State needs to keep an eye on its children

Friday, July 25, 2014

New Hampshire is slipping, and its most vulnerable residents are the ones at risk. No, we’re not talking about the mentally ill, or the homeless, or populations that the state has sometimes disregarded in the past. Instead, we’re talking about the state’s children. The Kids Count index, produced by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, shows the state dropping from first to fourth place … 4

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Editorial: A different kind of champion

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Matt Bonner isn’t an American sports hero. Sure he has his fans, but he hasn’t transcended the game the way a hero is expected to. To be fair, he is undoubtedly the greatest basketball player New Hampshire has ever produced. He led Concord High School to three state … 2

Editorial: City must seek new incentives for lifeguards

Monday, June 16, 2014

Most years, Concord has little trouble finding the approximately 40 lifeguards for the city’s seven pools. This year has been different, and Parks and Recreation officials are not sure whether the shortage of applicants is an aberration or the beginning of a trend. There are reasons to believe … 1

Editorial: Vilification of Gates is misguided

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Last Sunday, the Monitor ran a front-page article by Washington Post reporter Lyndsey Layton titled “How Bill Gates Pulled Off the Swift Common Core Revolution.” Once sold on the need for a single set of education standards, it took the billionaire just two years to convince 46 states, … 7

Editorial: Elimination of class ranks was the right move

Thursday, June 12, 2014

A tradition usually becomes a tradition because it has inherent cultural value. But sometimes tradition is nothing more than an old way of doing things. On Tuesday night, the Merrimack Valley School Board recognized in which category the concept of class rank belongs when members voted to replace … 0

Editorial: Voters must keep the circus from returning

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The New Hampshire Legislature may have wrapped up its session last week, but the battle to shape next year’s session is already under way. Political insiders suggest that Republicans are on course to take over the House of Representatives, after having held onto the Senate in 2012’s Democratic … 24

Editorial: In Concord, the future of parking is now

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Concord’s supposedly self-supporting parking fund is facing insolvency, and the city’s parking garages have become not a break-even proposition but a drain. The city council has rightly decided to get expert outside help to figure out what to do, albeit at a cost of $115,000. The consultants’ report … 3

Editorial: For America, World Cup is about patience

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

When the World Cup kicks off in Brazil later this week, the coach of the U.S. national team wants fans to keep one thing in mind: The American squad has absolutely no chance of winning. Instead, this tournament … 0

Editorial: Cultural gap may be getting a bit smaller

Monday, June 9, 2014

If you attended Sunday School, you’ve read the story in Genesis. “Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth; and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.” Many, … 0

Editorial: Larsen is truly a tough act to follow

Thursday, June 5, 2014

There isn’t much to state Sen. Sylvia Larsen’s Wikipedia page. In fact, the entry is only two sentences long. It reads: “Sylvia Larsen is a Democratic member of the New Hampshire Senate, representing the 15th District since 1994. … 0

Editorial: Obama’s Bergdahl problem

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

What is the life of an American prisoner of war worth? Is it worth more if he fought heroically in previous battles? Is it worth less if he is a coward? A deserter? There are multiple launch points for the debate over whether President Obama acted appropriately when … 7