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Demagogues like Joseph McCarthy, shown here in 1954, do not find an honored place in history.

Editorial: Voters aren’t going to break with history

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

On this Thanksgiving Day 2015, the nation is divided – but not uniquely so. It only feels that way. Before the extreme rhetoric of Donald Trump and Ben Carson, there was the extreme rhetoric of George Wallace and Joseph McCarthy. Before “Black Lives Matter,” there was, well, an entire national history of institutional racism. Before the fear of an imminent …

Editorial: Portsmouth must address sewage issue

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

It’s time for Portsmouth to get its you-know-what together. Enough has been enough. For more than a decade, the state’s only city on the sea has cried poor, fought federal regulators and failed to upgrade an antiquated municipal treatment plant that dumps poorly treated sewage into the ocean off the state’s beaches. Portsmouth …

Editorial: Stop penalizing pro athletes for pot

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Earlier this month, Alex Reyes, a promising young right-handed pitching prospect for the St. Louis Cardinals, was suspended 50 games for violating Minor League Baseball’s drug policy for the second time. The punishment sounds legitimate considering the scars the steroid era left on the game, but Reyes wasn’t trying to gain a competitive advantage. He just likes to smoke pot when he’s not …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

Editorial: DOT should heed Route 4 plan concerns

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The capital region has its share of dangerous roads, and the white-knuckle stretch of Route 4 through Chichester is no exception. For those who don’t travel the route often, here’s what you’re missing: Heading east, the road is two lanes that differ by rate of travel. The right-hand …

Editorial: Beware: PACs aim to hijack Senate race

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Nearly $27 million, most of it outside money, was spent in the battle between Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and her Republican challenger, Scott Brown. With control of the U.S. Senate again in play, even more will likely be spent in the race between Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Gov. Maggie …

Editorial: Let’s find a way to save the gasholder

Friday, October 9, 2015

Concord’s iconic gasholder should not be torn down. No way. No how. The state capital has lost far too much of its historic architecture already. We understand Liberty Utilities’ reluctance to ask ratepayers to pay more to restore the round brick gasholder building than the cost of leveling …

Editorial: Phone sting is a bad look for police

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Last month, Somersworth police were on the lookout for drivers using cellphones in violation of a new state law. The five-day sting operation involved undercover officers posing as religious doomsayers and homeless people. When these pretend panhandlers spotted somebody using their phone, they would notify uniformed officers, who …

Editorial: This is no time for Clinton to ditch N.H.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

According to a report from Politico published this week, a “circle of informal advisers” to Hillary Clinton think she should rededicate her campaign resources to the primary states following New Hampshire. She’s unlikely to overcome Vermont Sen. Bernie …

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, …

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 …

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 …

Editorial: Volkswagen deserves your anger

Thursday, October 1, 2015

From the beginning, it was a bumpy road for Volkswagen. The car company was born in Hitler’s Germany but became a symbol of economic recovery for war-torn Europe after the Allied victory. In the decades to come, the automaker would create the iconic VW Bus and Beetle, only …

Editorial: Merrimack County should explore TRAILS

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Jails and prisons that fail to offer educational opportunities and treatment programs for substance abuse and mental health and behavioral problems are little more than graduate schools for criminals. Peter Spaulding, chairman of the Merrimack County Board of Commissioners, was spot on when he told Monitor reporter Jeremy …