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Editorial: Of politics and poetry

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

All is not politics. Tonight at 7, Charles Simic, 77, will be at the Concord City Auditorium to accept the Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry. It is another well-deserved honor for the mantelpiece of his rich life and will take its place among the Pulitzer Prize, the Wallace Stevens Award and a stint as U.S. poet laureate. There is beautiful deception in Simic’s work. Each word flows into …

Editorial: Death penalty defense weak, growing weaker

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Michael Addison, the man sentenced to death for killing Manchester police officer Michael Briggs, should not be executed. His public defender, David Rothstein, argued late last month that New Hampshire’s methods of execution amount to cruel and unusual punishment, given that one is obsolete (hanging) and the other difficult to implement (lethal injection drugs are increasingly unavailable). He also pointed out that the …

Editorial: Don’t add bobcats to hunting menu

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Cats in all their forms and sizes fascinate humans because they are, at heart, unknowable. For Hancock author Sy Montgomery, Holderness documentary filmmaker George Butler and his collaborator, writer Caroline Alexander, the cat is the tiger that stalks the vast Sundarban mangrove forest on the India-Bangladesh border. It is their work that came to mind when debating the reopening of a hunting and …

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Editorial: The power of the historical marker

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

There is delight and wonder in stumbling across a site of geographic or historical importance. Long ago, on a hike on the Olympic Peninsula, the trail ended at a high cliff overlooking the Pacific. It turned out to be, according to a brass marker, the tip of Cape …

Editorial: An overreaction at Pembroke Academy

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

A fear of lawsuits all too frequently can spell the end of good things as well as bad. It’s led to the demise of diving boards and absurdities like “no running at recess” orders. At Pembroke Academy, advice from over-cautious school district counsel led school administrators to pull …

Editorial: A clear voice amid Deflategate noise

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

For New England Patriots fans and haters alike, the Deflategate investigation hasn’t exactly been an illuminating process. The “did he or didn’t he order the deflation of footballs” debate has long since entered the realm of the ridiculous. On one side, you have Tom Brady, one of the …

Editorial: Education plan is just a beginning

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Hillary Clinton has announced an ambitious plan to make public university education available to everyone, essentially tuition-free. Her plan is laudable, but it raises serious questions. Broadly speaking, Clinton’s “New College Compact” spends $350 million over 10 years. It gives federal grants to states that are willing to …

Editorial: A great security risk in the making

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Oceans are great insulators. They moderate the weather, reducing extremes of heat and cold, and they are a barrier to invaders. The Atlantic and Pacific have largely protected Americans from the nonstop arrival of thousands upon thousands of refugees fleeing war and persecution and economic migrants, residents of …

Editorial: Prayer showed poor judgment

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that legislative prayers, and even the use of taxpayer money to pay House and Senate chaplains, do not constitute the establishment of religion by government and are constitutional. But legislative bodies represent all people and constituents of all faiths or no faith …

Editorial: Canterbury mishandled chief situation

Monday, August 10, 2015

Last November, the state attorney general’s office notified Canterbury town officials and the town’s legal counsel that police Chief John LaRoche was under investigation. There seems to be no dispute about that. But there is disagreement over what was disclosed during those conversations. Associate Attorney General Jane Young …

Editorial: Clean Power Plan is small step forward

Saturday, August 8, 2015

President Obama on Monday unveiled a sweeping set of emissions restrictions aimed at curbing climate change. The president’s goals and actions are laudable, but they’re not enough, and the response from his ideological opponents has been disheartening at best. The plan is rooted in a solid legal foundation. …

Editorial: Fifty years later, Medicare and Medicaid still work

Friday, August 7, 2015

Fifty years ago, on July 30, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the bills that created Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor and disabled, and Medicare, the federal insurer of the elderly. This year, according to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 244,219 New Hampshire residents …

Editorial: Plenty of homework to be done

Thursday, August 6, 2015

When 11 Republican presidential candidates came together at Saint Anselm College on Monday night – with three more beaming in via satellite from Washington, D.C. – the primary season kicked into high gear. True, there was no Donald …