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Editorial: Myths guiding opposition on Common Core

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Common Core, the education reform plan created by the Council of Chief State School Officers and backed by the National Governors Association, once had the support of 45 states and the District of Columbia. The support was bipartisan. Nearly a score of Republican governors backed the plan as a replacement for No Child Left Behind. But in recent years it has become almost an article of faith for Republican political … 2

Editorial: Journalist’s death must be confronted

Thursday, August 21, 2014

New Hampshire native James Foley was executed this week, apparently by members of the Islamic State militant group. His killers used social media to spread video and images of their latest affront to humanity, and those whom the terrorists most hoped to terrorize did the rest of the work. They talked about Foley and how he died. They vowed to celebrate his life … 1

Editorial: Jeffords was a maverick who mattered

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The glare of a single moment can obscure a life. To find examples, politics in Northern New England is as good a place to start as any. If Ed Muskie of Maine is remembered at all outside of his home state, it’s for his tearful (or was it just melting snow?) rebuke of William Loeb outside the Union Leader building in 1972. Never … 4

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Editorial: Long-term fix needed for highway fund

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Federal Highway Trust Fund, which pays for about $150 million worth of road repairs and transportation projects in New Hampshire each year, is slated to run out of money on Aug. 1. The fund, which is filled with a per-gallon tax on gasoline and diesel fuel that … 1

Editorial: A worthy conservative movement

Thursday, July 10, 2014

‘The New Politics of Character” “The Conservative Governing Disposition” “The Theological Politics of Irving Kristol” “Regulatory Review for the States” Those are some of the headlines on the website for National Affairs, “a quarterly journal of essays about domestic policy, political economy, society, culture and political thought.” The … 6

Editorial: State should ban some types of fireworks

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Fourth of July fireworks are a tradition in New Hampshire – and so too, it seems, are injuries related to the use of reloadable mortar fireworks. With two incidents in the past three years, the town of Pelham has become the center of debate in the state over … 9

Editorial: Work of Five Rivers benefits all

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The coming of age of Five Rivers Conservation Trust, the land preservation organization that began life as the Concord Conservation Trust in 1998, is a milestone worth celebrating. The trust oversees conservation easements on land in Concord and 15 towns in the watersheds of the Blackwater, Warner, Merrimack, … 0

Editorial: Just sit back and enjoy the show, Sox fans

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A baseball fan is nothing without passion, but that passion too often comes at the price of perspective. With the All-Star break just a week away, the Boston Red Sox sit in last place in the American League East with a record of 39 wins and 49 losses. … 0

Editorial: On license plates, time to loosen up

Sunday, July 6, 2014

When the state Supreme Court ruled two months ago that David Montenegro was unconstitutionally denied his “COPSLIE” vanity license plates, casual onlookers might have thought the case was settled. After all, the court held that the state Division of Motor Vehicles couldn’t deny a plate because “a reasonable … 14

Editorial: Main Street investment well worth it

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Urban centers are not static. Concord’s historic downtown, depending on decisions made in the next few weeks, could turn toward higher vacancy rates, lower property values and increasing shabbiness, or take an upward path to increased vitality. Do nothing, or make merely cosmetic changes to spruce things up … 9

Editorial: Recapturing the meaning of patriotism

Thursday, July 3, 2014

In Tuesday’s installment of The O’Reilly Factor, host Bill O’Reilly invited fellow Fox pundit Charles Krauthammer onto the show to discuss the dismal state of patriotism in America. O’Reilly cited a recent Pew poll that asked approximately 10,000 adults whether they “often feel proud to be an American.” … 14

Editorial: Obituary for ash trees is premature

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The headlines shout doom and gloom for a glorious species that includes the black ash Native Americans used to make baskets and the white ash that formed the bats of many baseball greats. “Will we kiss our ash goodbye?” asked the headline in American Forests magazine. And Tuesday, … 4

Editorial: Talk is cheap when it comes to women’s health

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

If you hear the words, “I’m not racist, but . . .” you can be certain you are about to hear something racist. Likewise, if a Republican candidate in New Hampshire says, “I fully support women’s access to health care, but . . .,” you can bet he … 24