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Editorial: Shea-Porter, Kuster deserve to be re-elected

Thursday, October 30, 2014

In the finals days of perhaps the most negative campaign season in our state’s history, undecided voters are rightly confused as they sift through the false claims, blind accusations and tired talking points. In the absence of all the noise, though, voters across New Hampshire will have a clear choice when choosing who to send to the U.S. House of Representatives. Democratic incumbents Carol Shea-Porter in the 1st District and …

Editorial: Hassan has earned a second term

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Gov. Maggie Hassan’s Republican challenger, businessman Walter Havenstein, is eminently likable, more moderate than most in his party, and possessed of leadership skills acquired while serving his country as a Marine. But he has never served in government and his lack of experience shows. As a former state senator and Senate majority leader, Hassan did not have to play catch-up once she was …

Editorial: So, when is the big vote? It’s in March

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

If you’ve been paying attention over the last several months, you’ve probably learned a lot about ISIS, Ebola, immigration reform and Obamacare. You probably know where the candidates stand on the issues, and they may have helped you refine your own views. Maybe you’ve even had a couple of impromptu political debates with friends and neighbors. The interest in the Nov. 4 election …

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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: Voters should move climate higher on list

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s battle to defeat Republican challenger Scott Brown and retain her Senate seat could be the tipping point in the national debate over climate change. Global warming traditionally places far down the list of voter concerns at election time. Last year, climate change placed second from …

Editorial: Challenges are many for Obama, U.S.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

America has been at war for 13 long years. On Wednesday night, President Obama made it clear that it will remain so for years to come. During a prime-time address, Obama presented a four-part strategy to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State terrorist group. That plan includes …

Editorial: A legal shift for state’s taxpayers

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The state Supreme Court recently had a chance to rule on a controversial program that allows businesses to receive a tax credit when they donate to scholarship organizations that help students attend private institutions, including religious schools. But that didn’t happen. Instead, the court found that the plaintiffs …

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, …