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Editorial: In New Hampshire, power of church fades

Friday, May 29, 2015

Religion in the United States is in decline. That’s the inescapable conclusion one draws from a new study by the Pew Research Center. The center’s 2014 U.S. Religious Landscape Study documented several ways in which the country’s religious landscape is changing. The percentage of Americans calling themselves Christian dropped from 78.4 percent in 2007 to 70.6 percent last year. The percentage of those without a religious affiliation has increased from …

Editorial: Fewer city hall trips? Yes, please

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Every once in a while, someone says something that makes the mind stop in its tracks, so clear is the truth of the statement. This time it was a public official, Eddie Drouse, Concord’s director of information technology. “Who wants to stand in line anymore just to register their dog,” Rouse told Monitor city hall reporter Megan Doyle. Ditto with routine building permits …

Editorial: Republicans set stage for indirect tax

Thursday, May 28, 2015

These are tense times for the millions of people, including 39,000-plus New Hampshire residents, who finally have health insurance thanks to federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. These patients are walking the wire over the chasm of uncertainty that is life without coverage. In New Hampshire, Republican lawmakers are twanging the wire by refusing to agree to renew the Medicaid expansion that …

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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: State can’t afford price of budget cuts

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Over the next few months the Senate, a committee of conference and Gov. Hassan will pluck the spines off the cold-hearted toad of a budget passed by the House and shape into something that doesn’t boil the conscience and stab property owners in the wallet. At least we …

Editorial: Let voters see the real Rand Paul

Friday, April 10, 2015

Rand Paul has made it official. The Kentucky senator and libertarian-leaning Republican is running for president. His presence in the race is welcome, given Paul’s willingness to challenge political orthodoxy. He’s criticized National Security Agency surveillance of American citizens, called for drug sentencing reform and avoided bellicose foreign …

Editorial: Want to live longer? Just be at peace

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

What does it mean to live long and prosper? It’s worth thinking about as the baby boom generation heads into retirement and as their parents head into the final stages of life. More and more, people are bombarded with advice on how to stay healthy and vital. Often, …

Editorial: HSAs are no substitute for ACA coverage

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Dr. Ben Carson, a brilliant surgeon, free thinker and presumptive Republican candidate for president is unfortunately given to making hyperbolic statements, including some that have been followed by apologies and backpedaling. Nothing in Carson’s speech earlier this week …

Editorial: California drought is a call for change

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

In climates such as New Hampshire’s, where there are four distinct seasons, April is truly a time of renewal. Winter has begun its grudging retreat. Baseball, that most glorious game of summer, begins again. And once-verdant landscapes long muted by snow cover emerge with the promise of renewed …

Editorial: State’s economy depends on Medicaid expansion

Sunday, April 5, 2015

By 2017, its estimated that up to 55,000 New Hampshire residents, most of them previously uninsured, will be receiving health care coverage thanks to the state’s expanded Medicaid program. If lawmakers don’t reauthorize participation in the federal program, those people, more than the combined populations of Portsmouth and …

Editorial: Kids not to blame for glut of bills

Thursday, April 2, 2015

First, there was a bill making the red-tailed hawk the official state raptor. Then, there was a nasty dismissal of the same from our state’s House of Representatives. Finally, there was a social media firestorm. Lawmakers are scrambling to explain themselves, and the hawk might still find its …

Editorial: Indiana law points to a larger issue

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The explosion of controversy ignited by Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act should have been foreseen. Criticism that the law allows businesses to discriminate against gay people gained national notoriety. Society has changed, apparently without the state’s legislators noticing. But as the law’s supporters, including Indiana Gov. Mike …

Editorial: It’s time to act on state energy corridor

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The fate of the Northern Pass project, a transmission line to bring hydroelectric power south from Quebec, remains undecided. At least three natural gas pipeline expansions involving New Hampshire, all controversial, have been proposed and utility expansions are under way in surrounding states. And through it all, New …

Editorial: Little things are worth debating, too

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Why is a toddler so attached to a teddy bear, which is nothing but fabric and cotton stuffing? Why wear that ratty old flannel shirt when there’s a brand new one hanging in the closet? Why hold on to all of those old picture books that the kids …