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Editorial: John Stark program could save lives

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Suicide is the third-leading cause of death for people ages 10 to 24, a sad statistic that makes the kind of effort under way at Weare’s John Stark Regional High School so important. The school has adopted the SOS Signs of Suicide High School Prevention Program, a model that urges teens to talk with an appropriate adult if they fear that a friend may be thinking about taking his or … 0

Editorial: Big History Project holds big potential

Monday, September 15, 2014

In the battle over education standards and accountability, it’s easy to forget that what really matters in the classroom is student interest. The best teachers know that innovation is the key that opens the learner’s mind, and so they consistently attack subjects from new angles and with fresh energy all in the name of increasing student engagement. It is with that breed of … 2

Editorial: Numbers tell a sad story about voter apathy

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Turnout numbers for Tuesday’s primary have been released, and they’re not encouraging. Before the election, New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner had predicted a paltry 20 percent turnout, with about 142,000 Republicans and 44,000 Democrats showing up to vote. Now that the dust has settled and the actual ballots tallied, Gardner has returned with the actual figures. Only 19 percent of the … 8

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Editorial: Malls need to shop for new identities

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Concord is in the midst of a repurposing of historic proportions. Four of the city’s elementary schools, three more than a century old, were closed. One was torn down and replaced by a new school, another is in the process of becoming a community center and two, the … 4

Editorial: A lesson in writing for lawmakers

Friday, August 8, 2014

Every student learns the importance of clear writing. Vague language, imprecise sentence construction – even a misplaced comma – can lead to confusion and misinterpretation. While a student may get marked down a letter grade for sloppy writing, lawmakers who fail to write with clarity and specificity risk … 3

Editorial: Time to ease loan debt for graduates

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

For more than a decade, graduating college students have been slumping into the future, weighted down by a millstone of debt heavy enough, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, to serve as a drag on the rest of the economy. New Hampshire graduates leave college with an … 5

Editorial: Stores paying the price for helping city

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Five years into Concord’s pay-as-you-throw program, there are plenty of winners. As Monitor reporter Megan Doyle reported on Sunday, trash collection in the city has been cut by 40 percent and recycling is up 60 percent. The benefit to the environment that comes with that kind of shift … 0

Editorial: Toy makers need to ditch pink and blue

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

In January, a 7-year-old girl named Charlotte Benjamin wrote a letter to the Lego company. She offered this observation: “I went to a store and saw legos in two sections, the pink and the blue. All the girls did was sit at home, go to the beach and … 1

Editorial: Ground Zero death count is still rising

Monday, August 4, 2014

In the days following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the death toll changed with each passing hour. Thirteen years later, it’s still growing. It will continue to do so. Last week, the New York Post reported that 2,518 ground zero responders – including police officers, firefighters, EMTs … 0

Editorial: Downtown can thrive amid change

Sunday, August 3, 2014

After several years of debate, the Concord City Council on Wednesday night approved a $10.69 million plan to renovate downtown. While that vote won’t allay concerns or silence criticism, it should shift the focus from how downtown businesses will be hurt and residents inconvenienced to how the people … 4

Editorial: Workplace legislation earned veto

Thursday, July 31, 2014

On Monday, Gov. Maggie Hassan vetoed legislation intended to protect state employees from abusive work environments. In her veto message, Hassan said HB 591 would open the door to unwarranted litigation, disrupt workplace supervision and reduce productivity within state agencies. On all counts, the governor is correct. It … 3

Editorial: Export tax on fossil fuels is the right move

Thursday, July 31, 2014

On Tuesday, the White House Council of Economic Advisers warned that the cost to the United States of delaying action to combat climate change would be about $150 billion per year. That cost, which the council says is not reflected in the price charged for fossil fuels, is … 5

Editorial: Protest may be a sign of a bigger shift

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

It’s time for Market Basket shareholders to bag it. In the court of customer opinion, Arthur T. Demoulas and what he represents – low prices and concern for employees, who receive higher than average wages and benefits plus profit sharing – has won. Boston-area business experts are warning … 25