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Editorial: Nomination process could be high drama

Friday, February 5, 2016

The meaning of the New Hampshire Democratic primary runs much deeper than its 32 delegates. For voters, it’s about assessing the candidates face to face and winnowing the field. For candidates, it’s about honing campaign skills and gaining national momentum. But long before presidential aspirants step foot on Granite State soil, there is an invisible Democratic primary involving certain party leaders and elected officials. These “superdelegate” party elites are free …

Editorial: Lessons from a good life lived well

Thursday, February 4, 2016

For a week now, those who knew Martin Gross have mourned a man who seemed to have a knack for living well. In fact, even his death was extraordinary. The former Concord mayor had taken to the sea aboard an Antarctica-bound cruise ship when he suffered a stroke. After being transferred to a passing northbound vessel, he was treated in Ushuaia, a stunning …

Editorial: No time to put an amateur in the Oval Office

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Tuesday’s vote will mark the 100th anniversary of the New Hampshire presidential primary, which did not achieve its first-in-the-nation status until 1952. The election goes a long way toward deciding who the next president of the world’s most powerful nation will be. But this time, also at stake are the future of the fragmented Republican Party and, perhaps, the fate of the primary …

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Editorial: In this case, bend the rules of burial

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

There was a time when Monitor obituaries required survivors to be listed, for consistency’s sake, in a certain order: parents, followed by spouse, followed by children, followed by siblings, etc. While the style may have seemed necessary to avoid all kinds of headaches for editors as well as …

Editorial: News coverage is a tough call for parents

Sunday, December 20, 2015

One of the great challenges of parenting is figuring out what makes your child tick. What will motivate Susie to work harder in math class? Is there a way to make Billy understand the importance of honesty? As if the challenge of understanding a child’s behavior wasn’t difficult …

Editorial: Season of joy, season of stress

Friday, December 18, 2015

Each year, December chugs along until the point when, looking at the date on a calendar or computer screen, you exclaim: “Christmas is how far away?” That’s usually when a season of joy and giving is transformed into a frenetic race to the finish line, stuffed with Santa …

Editorial: A cure for what’s ailing health records

Thursday, December 17, 2015

It was the only reliable way to guarantee that the specialist would have our X-rays and medical records when we arrived for our appointment in two weeks, a front-office employee of the practice said. So we left home, drove to a building on the northeast corner of the …

Editorial: N.H. law wrong on diversity in universities

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

For the next few months, legal oracles will try to divine the direction of Supreme Court swing man Justice Anthony Kennedy’s thinking on the suit challenging the legality of the University of Texas’s limited affirmative action admissions policy. Will he be swayed or offended by Justice Antonin Scalia’s …

Editorial: Climate deal an opportunity to showcase American ingenuity

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

This past weekend’s climate change deal was labeled by world leaders as “historic,” “transformative” and “a victory for the planet.” These may be true. But it really should be framed in terms any good capitalist could appreciate – the agreement represents the biggest business opportunity of a generation. …

Editorial: As a solution, winter shelter is bittersweet

Sunday, December 13, 2015

The announcement of a new winter homeless shelter in Concord is good news for those on the margins, who most need a warm and dry place to sleep. It is good news for the community, which didn’t want to see people literally left out in the cold. But …

Editorial: A long-running nuclear nightmare

Friday, December 11, 2015

As former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, in response to questions from Monitor editors, moved from Syria to Paris to Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, San Bernardino, Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Libya, Pakistan, the states of the fractured Soviet Union and back to Washington, the world shrank. She has been …

Editorial: In the mind of a Trump supporter

Thursday, December 10, 2015

As Donald Trump’s campaign of shock and awe continues to disturb the American political landscape, the army of voters behind him has become an unsettling enigma. In October, the Washington Post’s Max Ehrenfreund tried to solve the mystery by asking a few psychologists to help him understand the …

Editorial: Big hurdles for small police departments

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

This may be the worst possible time for a funding shortfall at the state’s Police Standards and Training Council, the organization whose Concord-based academy trains and certifies law enforcement officers of all types and levels, from state police to conservation officers and prison guards. Scrutiny of police and …