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Editorial: Dangerous message on city buses

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Vaccines have saved millions of people from scourges like smallpox, tuberculosis and yellow fever. They’ve nearly wiped out polio and protected people against influenza or made the infection, if contracted, less dangerous. They prevent death from tetanus, and if used in time, from rabies. They’ve made childhood diseases like measles, mumps, whooping cough and diphtheria rare. With luck, one or more of the three vaccines being developed to combat the …

Editorial: This time, Weare has to get it right

Friday, October 24, 2014

There are no simple fixes for the crisis at the Weare Police Department. Events of the last two years – the shooting death of an unarmed drug suspect, staff departures and potential returns, the ill-fated appointment of John Velleca – paint a disturbing picture. And those are only the things we know about. The town and department have been reluctant to share much …

Editorial: Feltes is the right choice in District 15

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

For the first time in two decades, Concord will send someone other than Sylvia Larsen to the state Senate. In our view, Dan Feltes is the obvious choice for voters in District 15, which includes Concord, Hopkinton, Henniker and Warner. Over the past eight years, Feltes, 35, worked as an attorney for New Hampshire Legal Assistance, where he fought in court and the …

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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: Bridge is a monument to inept Congress

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Congressional dysfunction continues to cost Concord residents. Last week, city officials explained that a shortfall in federal highway funds will delay the ability to complete work on the design for the replacement of the century-old Sewalls Falls Bridge over the Merrimack River. That will delay putting the project …

Editorial: What’s on the ballot? Just democracy

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Why even bother voting today? First of all, it’s just a primary. Today’s winners won’t actually win anything other than a chance to go on to the next round. Secondly, all politicians are the same. Republicans will stick to the party line and so will Democrats. There is …

Editorial: For women’s tennis, a double fault

Monday, September 8, 2014

In 1973, Billie Jean King walked onto a tennis court in Houston’s Astrodome to make a statement about women and sports. Her opponent that day was Bobby Riggs, a 55-year-old former professional player who, earlier in the year, had beaten 30-year-old Margaret Court (6-2, 6-1) in the sport’s …

Editorial: A new era for Concord Hospital

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Save for city and state government, no institution plays a bigger role in the life of Concord than its hospital, which for more than two decades was led by a native son, Mike Green, who retired last year. Last week, the Monitor’s editorial board met with his replacement, …

Editorial: Democracy takes yet another hit

Thursday, September 4, 2014

If you are looking for examples of how money in politics is perverting democracy, a recent TV spot targeting Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is a good place to start. On Aug. 26, Ending Spending Action Fund, a conservative super PAC founded by former TD Ameritrade CEO Joe Ricketts, began …

Editorial: Nude photos amount to real violation

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Every sex tape scandal, every violation of a celebrity’s privacy, reveals more about society than it does the victims. The release Sunday of stolen nude photos of dozens of stars – including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Kirsten Dunst – was no exception. What quickly became clear was …

Editorial: Preservation continues to benefit all

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Wilderness Act and the creation of the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, laws that have helped preserve the environment and keep America beautiful. Both have made New Hampshire, and every other state, more liveable by protecting watersheds, …

Editorial: Candidates’ tax-cut plans wrongheaded

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

George H.W. Bush called the notion that cutting taxes would increase economic activity, thus creating jobs and increasing federal revenue, “vodoo economics.” So-called supply-side economics didn’t pan out for President Ronald Reagan, who increased taxes. As a theory it’s largely been discredited, but its something-for-nothing allure remains so …

Editorial: GOP should choose Rubens for Senate

Monday, September 1, 2014

Scott Brown may be dominating the headlines and the airwaves in the GOP’s quest to unseat Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. But Jim Rubens is the candidate who offers New Hampshire Republicans the clearest view of where he stands and where the party should be going. Brown has been …

Editorial: Ardinger is the right choice for District 15

Sunday, August 31, 2014

People who vote in the Democratic primary in Senate District 15, which comprises Concord, Hopkinton Henniker and Warner, can’t make a bad choice. The candidates, Dan Feltes and Kass Ardinger, take essentially the same position on major issues. Both, for example, oppose the death penalty and favor increasing …