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Editorial: Cut to business taxes will only hurt business in NH

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Haven’t we already heard this story about the wondrous Republican perpetual motion machine? In this latest version, it’s the promise that cutting two of the state’s major sources of revenue, the business profits tax and business enterprise tax, will increase revenue. There’s no reason to believe that’s true or, for that matter, any reason to believe that reducing business taxes will attract and retain businesses. There is, however, good reason …

Editorial: A bit deflated over possible Pats cheating

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Like ravenous fans staring at a pre-game Super Bowl buffet, NFL officials will have a whole lot to chew on ahead of the big game. In less than two weeks, the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks will play on sports’ biggest stage. But the days that precede Super Bowl XLIX may do far more to impact the Patriots’ legacy than anything that …

Editorial: The alarming rise in child poverty must be addressed

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Last week, the Southern Education Foundation, the nation’s oldest education philanthropy, made public a stunning statistic. More than half of America’s public schoolchildren, based on qualifying for free or reduced cost school lunches, are poor. Given the ill effects of an impoverished childhood on brain development, educational achievement and economic success, the news bodes ill for the nation and calls for a renewed …

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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: We need a new way to think about prison

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The new women’s prison under construction in Concord is sorely needed and long overdue. But if, as state corrections officials fear, it will be over capacity on the day it opens, New Hampshire’s Legislature and justice system will have failed. The state’s goal between now and when the …

Editorial: O’Brien was victim of own power play

Friday, December 5, 2014

There is much to be said about the unexpected collapse of Bill O’Brien’s bid to become speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, and the sudden rise of Rep. Shawn Jasper to that spot. State political pundits will no doubt spend weeks and months, if not years, …

EDITORIAL: A not-so-rosy peek into our state’s future

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Earlier this fall, the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies released its annual “What is New Hampshire” report. It’s an assessment of the present and a peek at what, depending on outside events and the policy choices the state makes, the future could hold. The center’s findings: …

Editorial: Race to return power reflects lessons learned

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The first light flickered late Wednesday afternoon – a temporary inconvenience for what we thought would be a fairly typical, albeit early, winter snowstorm. With that first wave of outages came assurances that power would be restored by early Wednesday evening. It was a hassle for sure, especially …

Editorial: Ferguson lessons painful, complicated

Sunday, November 30, 2014

We may never know exactly what happened on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo., between Officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown. That’s the unfortunate conclusion one draws after this difficult week. A grand jury declined to press charges against …

Editorial: Six words that could strip some of health care

Friday, November 28, 2014

Confidence in the U.S. Supreme Court hit a historic low in June, when only 30 percent of Americans had faith in the fairness of the high court, according to the Gallup polling organization. The court’s approval rating has risen a bit since then, but the naked partisanship of …

Editorial: Be thankful, New England sports fans

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Life tends to hit its stride on Thanksgiving. Dinnertime isn’t a hurdle to be cleared, hugs are doled out a little less awkwardly, and excess calories and laziness aren’t only accepted, they’re expected. For a day, the tiresome mental newsreel that plays on an endless loop in the …

Editorial: An American story for a popular doll

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

In 1899, economist Thorstein Veblen introduced the world to the term “conspicuous consumption” in his book The Theory of the Leisure Class. Veblen argued that there was a middle-class tendency to buy items not to meet needs but to serve solely as a display of wealth. What catchy …

Editorial: State has options to cut energy costs

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

New Hampshire residents and businesses face a budget-busting increase in natural gas and electricity prices this winter. The price of natural gas, which heats about a quarter of the state’s homes and produces more than half of its electricity, spikes on the coldest days because the region’s antiquated …

Editorial: Energy shortage is here, but solutions exist

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The winter spike in natural gas prices that raised home heating costs last year and led Unitil and other electric utilities to seek rate increases of nearly 50 percent will be with us for the next five to seven years. That estimate came from Bill Quinlan, Public Service …