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Rep. Shawn Jasper (right) walks by former speaker of the House Bill O'Brien (seated left)  in the back of the House chambers on Dec. 3.

Editorial: Tantrum is hurting GOP and the state

Friday, December 19, 2014

Can a party that can’t govern itself govern New Hampshire? Tuesday’s rump caucus of Republicans angered by the election of veteran Hudson Rep. Shawn Jasper as House speaker, and the official caucus held Wednesday by Majority Leader Rep. Jack Flanagan show a party divided into purists and pragmatists. The latter realize that to solve problems and serve the disparate needs …

Editorial: New chapter begins for U.S., Cuba

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The 1962 Cuban missile crisis remains one of the most terrifying episodes in modern American history. It seemed then that it was only a matter of time before the United States and the Soviet Union would engage in the world’s first – and likely only – all-out nuclear war. The fear that the Cold War could at any moment become explosive lasted through …

Editorial: System broken for long-term unemployed

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Some of them can be found in Concord’s homeless population. Some are coal miners whose mines have closed and fishermen up and down New England’s coast whose livelihoods all but died with the collapse of cod stocks. Some are middle-aged victims of a layoff. Many lost jobs, often more than one, during the long recession. A growing number are women, among them mothers …

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Editorial: Higgins, Kimball and Richards for school board

Friday, October 31, 2014

This month, the Monitor sat down with all eight candidates for school board in Concord. There is not a person among them who would not represent the district well. Each candidate cares deeply about the future of education in the city, and each brings strong, albeit different, career …

Editorial: Shea-Porter, Kuster deserve to be re-elected

Thursday, October 30, 2014

In the finals days of perhaps the most negative campaign season in our state’s history, undecided voters are rightly confused as they sift through the false claims, blind accusations and tired talking points. In the absence of all the noise, though, voters across New Hampshire will have a …

Editorial: Hassan has earned a second term

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Gov. Maggie Hassan’s Republican challenger, businessman Walter Havenstein, is eminently likable, more moderate than most in his party, and possessed of leadership skills acquired while serving his country as a Marine. But he has never served in government and his lack of experience shows. As a former state …

Editorial: So, when is the big vote? It’s in March

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

If you’ve been paying attention over the last several months, you’ve probably learned a lot about ISIS, Ebola, immigration reform and Obamacare. You probably know where the candidates stand on the issues, and they may have helped you refine your own views. Maybe you’ve even had a couple …

Editorial: Dangerous message on city buses

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Vaccines have saved millions of people from scourges like smallpox, tuberculosis and yellow fever. They’ve nearly wiped out polio and protected people against influenza or made the infection, if contracted, less dangerous. They prevent death from tetanus, and if used in time, from rabies. They’ve made childhood diseases …

Editorial: This time, Weare has to get it right

Friday, October 24, 2014

There are no simple fixes for the crisis at the Weare Police Department. Events of the last two years – the shooting death of an unarmed drug suspect, staff departures and potential returns, the ill-fated appointment of John Velleca – paint a disturbing picture. And those are only …

Editorial: Feltes is the right choice in District 15

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

For the first time in two decades, Concord will send someone other than Sylvia Larsen to the state Senate. In our view, Dan Feltes is the obvious choice for voters in District 15, which includes Concord, Hopkinton, Henniker and Warner. Over the past eight years, Feltes, 35, worked …

Editorial: Ads add up to record low for politics

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Unless they can wield their remote with the skill of a Jedi knight, New Hampshire TV viewers will see hundreds upon hundreds of political ads, the vast majority of them negative. The state’s residents, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity, have already been …

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. …

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 …