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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 balance the state’s budget will likely lead to cuts in local aid. ∎ Electricity and heating costs hit new highs. ∎ Infrastructure needs mount …

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 taken some shots at his likely opponents in the first-in-the-nation primary. His wit and affability …

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 soap for flu season. Regular soap will do just fine. Numerous studies, including the recent …

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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: State must repair workers comp system

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Lawmakers should make 2014 the last year that doctors and other health care providers are guaranteed payment no matter how much they charge when a worker is injured on the job. The workers’ compensation system is broken. The state, and the employers who pay into its workers’ compensation …

Editorial: On vaccine registry, state drops the ball

Friday, January 9, 2015

New Hampshire’s unconscionable delay in establishing a vaccine registry is sadly typical for a state bound more by arbitrary principle than pragmatic concern for its citizens. Forty-nine states have such a registry, an overwhelming testimony to the importance of such record-keeping. Legislators and state officials need to get …

Editorial: Where Lessig walks, nation should follow

Thursday, January 8, 2015

It’s easy to see Lawrence Lessig as Don Quixote. End the corrupting influence of money in American politics? Sounds great, but it will never happen. March through New Hampshire in January to spread the word? Knock yourself out, but you’re wasting your time. See? It’s easy. But like …

Editorial: Old plant’s closing isn’t all good news

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

New England’s electrical grid didn’t even blink Dec. 29 when the 600-megawatt Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant on New Hampshire’s border powered down for the last time. We were among those who had called for the plant’s shutdown. It was 42 years old, had experienced repeated accidents and …

Editorial: NFL needs to learn from latest mistake

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Poor officiating is part of football. Every game has bad calls and noncalls, and sensible fans, players and coaches get that. They aren’t happy about it, but they get it. What happened in Sunday’s game between the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions, however, is the stuff conspiracy theories …

Editorial: County must step to help the homeless

Sunday, January 4, 2015

In less than a year, the nights will again turn cold, Concord’s church-based homeless shelters will have closed, and lives will be at risk if the community fails to provide housing for people who lack the means to pay rent. The standing-room only crowd at the community forum …

Editorial: Unlocked cars and guns are a bad combination

Thursday, January 1, 2015

And to think that they saw them on Mulberry Street. All they had to do was open an unlocked car door, flip open vehicle’s glove box, and there they were, two loaded handguns. The thieves could have been adults, perhaps from the state’s growing number of drug addicts, …

Editorial: Our wishes for an interesting, blissful 2015

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The beginning of a new year is a time for looking ahead and hoping for the best. That’s why the Monitor has traditionally outlined its wishes for the next 365 days in this space, at this time. For …

Editorial: Maybe this scandal will be different

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Few things in life are more predictable than the trajectory of a political scandal. On Monday, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, admitted that as a state representative in 2002 he delivered a speech to a …

Editorial: State needs to set course for drone use

Monday, December 29, 2014

It’s been a rough start to the relationship between human beings and drones. For many Americans, first impressions of the unmanned aerial vehicles were formed during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, where stories of civilian casualties often overshadowed the battle-changing military technology. Then came disturbing revelations about …