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Editorial: Downtown must find its magic mix

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Renovating Concord’s Main Street is only the first step toward creating a truly thriving downtown in New Hampshire’s capital city. The city and its business owners must also take a long, hard look at the mix of retail offerings in the downtown core. What kind of shops and restaurants will draw people to Concord throughout the day and throughout the year? What businesses, in other words, will help create a …

Editorial: Military benefits in need of review

Friday, April 24, 2015

Recently, in these pages, an Air Force veteran warned of the unfairness and danger inherent in breaking faith with those who have served by cutting their benefits. Benefits to retirees, especially those who have served their nation in the military, their state or their city, are a promise that should not be broken if trust in government is to survive. The same principle …

Editorial: Mindfulness could be the secret of life

Thursday, April 23, 2015

On Sunday, Monitor reporter Casey McDermott introduced readers to Judson Brewer, the director of research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center on Mindfulness. Brewer spoke as part of a Concord Hospital Payson Center anticancer lifestyle program at the city auditorium, where he delivered a simple message: Sometimes, our brains get in the way. The study of mindfulness – the practice of …

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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: O’Reilly the American mythmaker

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

In many ways, the United States is built on myths. That’s not to say the nation’s history is a lie, but the facts are not pristine. If they were, the historian’s job would be easy. The task for journalists, sometimes referred to as “historians of the moment,” is …

Editorial: Walmart move is a boost but not a solution

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Over the next few months and through 2016, millions of America’s lowest-paid workers will get a significant raise. Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest employer, will increase hourly pay for employees now earning the federal minimum of $7.25 per hour to $9 this year and $10 next year. A cascade …

Editorial: Email scandal is all about transparency

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Before H.R. Haldeman’s first day as President Richard Nixon’s chief of staff in January 1969, he was urged by a friend and political scholar to keep a diary. It didn’t take much convincing for Haldeman to realize that his unique access to the president and his aides would …

Editorial: Give overdose victims a chance to live

Thursday, March 5, 2015

There are many things that keep parents of teenagers up at night, but perhaps nothing more so than the fear that their son or daughter will make a potentially fatal decision to drink and drive or accept a ride from an intoxicated friend. Many parents establish rules to …

Editorial: Gilmanton library story shouldn’t end

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

In 1833, the town of Peterborough, N.H., opened the nation’s first public library. In 2009, Gilmanton opened the most recent library built to serve a New Hampshire community. Before that, Gilmanton was one of just two towns in the state without a year-round, public library. It may reclaim …

Editorial: Town meeting, SB 2 are not the only choices

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

New Hampshire treasures town meeting season. But it also treasures complaining about the actual meetings that fill that season. Complaints lodged against the original form of town meeting – in which residents both debate and vote on the community’s budget – are familiar. The meetings, especially in larger …

Editorial: Hold placed on federal grants is shortsighted

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Last week, the directors and staff of one agency after another, in a semblance of Edvard Munch’s famous painting The Scream, cupped their faces in their hands and moaned, “Oh no, we’re Kurked.” And if the fiscally conservative chairman of the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee gets his way, …

Editorial: Gathering storm isn’t hard to see

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The headlines are difficult to ignore as they pile up, day after day, on the Monitor’s front page: ∎ A homeless woman is found dead in her car in the Walmart parking lot. ∎ This February is on track to be the coldest in the past 80 years. ∎ Attempts to …

Editorial: How would Reagan do in 2016 race?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

What if Ronald Reagan was not only still alive but in his political prime – and eyeing the highest office in the land? He would no doubt have visited New Hampshire a couple of times by now and …

Editorial: Being a kid should be a dirty job

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

America’s fetish with cleanliness and tendency to overprotect children is endangering its youth. Getting down and dirty, within reason, won’t hurt a child and could even save his or her life. So skip vacuuming once in a while and save the hand sanitizers and anti-microbial dish and hand …