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Editorial: Tax-free status should be hard-won

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Last month in Indiana, a church devoted to smoking dope, the First Church of Cannabis, won tax-exempt status from the IRS. In 2010, the Church of the IV Majesties, a Satanist group, did the same. So why was the Church of the Sword, which holds its services in a brew pub on Fisherville Road in Concord, denied a property tax exemption by the town of Westmoreland, where its alleged parsonage …

Editorial: Committee made the right call on Wozmak

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee made the right decision Wednesday in accepting continued funding for the state drug czar position held by John Wozmak. The committee should be congratulated for refusing the temptation of scoring petty political points. The safety and health of the state’s residents depends on it. Others have taken the bait. State Sen. Andy Sanborn, for example, called for Wozmak’s …

Editorial: Planned Parenthood facts, fiction

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Rallies held across the nation on Tuesday, including one in front of the State House in Concord, called for the government to stop sending taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood. The pretext was a series of online videos purporting to show how the group handles donations of fetal tissue. But those demonstrations, and the furor about Planned Parenthood, are noise – static meant to …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

Editorial: Scientist Hunt doesn’t deserve the punishment

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

From what we’ve read, the condemnation, public shaming and firings of Nobel laureate Tim Hunt, a British biochemist, is so out of proportion to his own offense as to turn the lens of scrutiny on political correctness itself. That lens, when focused too long and hard, can not …

Editorial: In Europe, a dangerous dance begins

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A Cold War breeze is blowing again. The New York Times reported over the weekend that the Pentagon is poised to put battle tanks and other heavy weapons for up to 5,000 American troops in Baltic and Eastern European countries to counter Russian aggression. On Monday, Russian military …

Editorial: Budgets of unmet needs, raided funds

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Tomorrow, House and Senate negotiators will begin the effort to reconcile the two-year proposed state budgets each body passed. Both are inadequate, though the Senate version is a bit less so. Both are lower than Gov. Hassan’s proposed $11.5 billion budget, which itself is inadequate to meet the …

Editorial: Fox and CNN plans for GOP debate fall short

Friday, June 12, 2015

More than 50 prominent New Hampshire Republicans have written a letter to Fox News and the Republican National Committee asking them to reconsider the format of the party’s first presidential primary debate in August. For those who haven’t been paying attention, the situation is this: With some 20 …

Editorial: Money woes will follow Rubio on trail

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Marco Rubio seems to have problems with money. According to a story from the New York Times on Tuesday, the Florida senator and presidential candidate has lived beyond his means, splurging for a boat and expensive homes while …

Editorial: Time capsule didn’t capture spirit of sixties

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

After months of fanfare and speculation, the time capsule entombed beneath City Plaza on Main Street was finally opened and its contents revealed – largely to yawns. The lackluster nature of the contents was perhaps a reflection of the times, and of far greater importance to the community …

Editorial: Safe sex must once again be a hot topic

Monday, June 8, 2015

For each way that technology makes life easier, there seems to be a corresponding complication. Online shopping and banking are a godsend for many, but the convenience carries the ever-present threat of identity theft. Telecommuting has never been easier, but the trade-off is a workday that never really …

Editorial: Freedom Act returns a bit of liberty

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Sixteen years before the first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired at Lexington and Concord, Benjamin Franklin told people who would become his countrymen that “those who give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” In the wake of the …

Editorial: Erring on side of transparency is smart move

Friday, June 5, 2015

The Wilmot Zoning Board has a problem. And it’s not a problem that can be solved through citations of appropriate law or proper procedure. It’s a problem of perception. And that’s a problem that pervades politics today. To recap: Russell Jewell, property owner and zoning board chairman, wants …

Editorial: Veto delays an important conversation

Thursday, June 4, 2015

On Tuesday, Gov. Maggie Hassan vetoed House Bill 151, an innocuous bill that would have created a panel to study end-of-life decisions. The committee would have looked at states that have passed aid-in-dying laws, which allow terminally ill people to be prescribed medication to end their lives at …