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Editorial: Van Ostern, Pappas earned another term

Monday, October 20, 2014

If you’re looking for a high-profile job in politics, a seat on the Executive Council shouldn’t be high on your list. But as the group that approves or denies state contracts and gubernatorial appointments, the five-member board is crucial to making sure the state runs smoothly and efficiently. It’s not, nor has it ever been, the right place for politicians driven more by ideology than an earnest desire to serve …

Editorial: City must take broader look at homelessness

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The greater Concord community owes and enormous debt of gratitude to the city’s First and South Congregational churches. Because their congregations, with the help of volunteers of all faiths and backgrounds, sheltered the homeless during the coldest months, the rest of us could sleep easy knowing that no one who wanted help would freeze for want of a warm place to stay. By …

Editorial: Paying the price for old technology

Friday, October 17, 2014

The 1960s were an amazing time. Civil rights activists notched major victories, U.S. astronauts landed on the moon and rock music was at a high point. But it was also more than four decades ago. No one would say we should go back to driving with leaded gasoline or watching three channels of television. So why do our credit cards still feature technology …

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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: Democracy takes yet another hit

Thursday, September 4, 2014

If you are looking for examples of how money in politics is perverting democracy, a recent TV spot targeting Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is a good place to start. On Aug. 26, Ending Spending Action Fund, a conservative super PAC founded by former TD Ameritrade CEO Joe Ricketts, began …

Editorial: Nude photos amount to real violation

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Every sex tape scandal, every violation of a celebrity’s privacy, reveals more about society than it does the victims. The release Sunday of stolen nude photos of dozens of stars – including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Kirsten Dunst – was no exception. What quickly became clear was …

Editorial: Preservation continues to benefit all

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Wilderness Act and the creation of the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, laws that have helped preserve the environment and keep America beautiful. Both have made New Hampshire, and every other state, more liveable by protecting watersheds, …

Editorial: Candidates’ tax-cut plans wrongheaded

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

George H.W. Bush called the notion that cutting taxes would increase economic activity, thus creating jobs and increasing federal revenue, “vodoo economics.” So-called supply-side economics didn’t pan out for President Ronald Reagan, who increased taxes. As a theory it’s largely been discredited, but its something-for-nothing allure remains so …

Editorial: GOP should choose Rubens for Senate

Monday, September 1, 2014

Scott Brown may be dominating the headlines and the airwaves in the GOP’s quest to unseat Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. But Jim Rubens is the candidate who offers New Hampshire Republicans the clearest view of where he stands and where the party should be going. Brown has been …

Editorial: Ardinger is the right choice for District 15

Sunday, August 31, 2014

People who vote in the Democratic primary in Senate District 15, which comprises Concord, Hopkinton Henniker and Warner, can’t make a bad choice. The candidates, Dan Feltes and Kass Ardinger, take essentially the same position on major issues. Both, for example, oppose the death penalty and favor increasing …

Editorial: Improbable plot arrives at its happy ending

Thursday, August 28, 2014

As a summer blockbuster pitch, it’s a ridiculous story. Two cousins with the same name run a successful, multibillion-dollar company – but they can’t stand each other. One day, in a Shakespearean coup, the bad cousin wrests control of the company from the good cousin, which creates an …

Editorial: Lambert is the right choice for the GOP

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Some politicians possess such a high level of integrity and straightforwardness that even when you disagree with them on most of the issues, you can’t help but respect them. Gary Lambert, a Republican candidate for the 2nd Congressional District, is just such a man. For that reason, he …

Editorial: Republicans should choose Havenstein

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Politicians and business executives love to tout their leadership skills – whether they have them or not. But the real leaders are easy to spot. When they talk about accomplishments, they talk about the team. On Sept. 9, New Hampshire Republicans and undeclared voters will choose the candidate …

Editorial: Rick Perry is the Miley Cyrus of the Republican Party

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

If politicians are like rock stars, Rick Perry is Miley Cyrus. A year ago, the 21-year-old singer created controversy at MTV’s Video Music Awards when she used tongue and twerking to further chip away at her Hannah Montana …