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Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, right, talks with David Moore following her office's refusal to issue marriage licenses at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky., on Tuesday.

Editorial: Clerk is confusing duties with beliefs

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Today, a federal judge in Kentucky will hear a motion asking him to punish Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis. In the more than two months since a national right to same-sex marriage was established by the U.S. Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges, Davis has steadfastly refused to issue any marriage licenses to anyone. Gay couples in her county want …

Editorial: Volunteerism, free labor are not synonymous

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

‘Reasonably clean and sober? No unresolved criminal charges against you or relatives in the clink? Free of accusations of sexual misconduct? Then you too can go through a criminal background check and sign up for a two-hour free training course that will entitle you to work for absolutely no pay for the New Hampshire Department of Corrections. Volunteers may have access to sensitive …

Editorial: Failure marks path of a scandal

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The rape trial of St. Paul’s School student Owen Labrie is a story of failure. A young man in possession of an elite prep school education and an acceptance letter from Harvard fails to conquer his misogynistic sexual impulses. A young girl mature and independent enough to live away from home fails to ask herself the right questions about an older, popular boy’s …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

Editorial: Conservatives leading way on prison reform

Sunday, July 19, 2015

In a conversation now led by the president but launched by some of his most fervent opponents, talk in the nation has turned from tough on crime to smart on crime. Conservatives and liberals alike agree that the law enforcement, justice and corrections systems all need rethinking and …

Editorial: Don’t let this summer thriller be a distraction

Friday, July 17, 2015

The sequence of events sounds like a Carl Hiaasen novel. After presidential candidate and notorious blowhard Donald Trump spends weeks insisting on the criminality of illegal immigrants, a Mexican drug lord escapes from prison. Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, …

Editorial: On economy, policies better than numbers

Thursday, July 16, 2015

At first, the comment from Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush sounds like a mistake. During an interview in Manchester with the Union Leader, he talked about reaching his goal of 4 percent economic growth. “We have to be a lot more productive,” he said. “Workforce participation has to …

Editorial: Guinta is big part of state’s clout problem

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Once upon a time, New Hampshire had clout far beyond its role as the state that hosts the nation’s first presidential primary. It had it when former governor Sherman Adams was President Dwight Eisenhower’s chief of staff. Ditto when former governor John Sununu was President George H.W. Bush’s …

Editorial: Sometimes, you just have to laugh

Monday, July 13, 2015

Life is pretty good right now for Amy Schumer. Her new film, Trainwreck, hits theaters on Friday. Her Comedy Central sketch show, Inside Amy Schumer, now in its third season, has been lauded by critics and fellow comedians – and the bandwagon is growing. And in this past …

Editorial: N.H. needs resources to aid recovery

Saturday, July 11, 2015

For those recovering from substance abuse, the road to health can be uncertain and rocky. The five-day series the Monitor printed last week offers abundant examples of the challenges and the opportunities. New Hampshire – on the state and local level – should be working on ways to …

Editorial: For health care costs, fixes aplenty

Friday, July 10, 2015

Opponents of the Affordable Care Act include all of the 2016 Republican presidential aspirants stumping New Hampshire this summer. Their gripes about Obamacare, and the Supreme Court decision that upheld a key component of the law are many, and many of their assertions are wrong. One, that the …

Editorial: Housing for our millenial generation just as important

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Concord has, for good reason, focused on housing the homeless, but if the city wants to keep and attract young workers and their families it must address another housing issue as well. As a series of studies by the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority, Center for Public Policy …

Editorial: On Cosby, now there is no doubt

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The testimony speaks for itself. In 2005, entertainer Bill Cosby was called to the stand in a lawsuit filed by a Temple University employee who accused him of sexual assault. The case was settled the next year, but the Associated Press recently asked the court to unseal its …

Editorial: Agree or not, we must respect the high court

Monday, July 6, 2015

The recent Supreme Court decisions preserving the Affordable Care Act and finding a constitutional right to same-sex marriage were welcomed by many. But for high-profile Republicans, including a clutch of those running for president, the court’s decisions were nothing less than state-sanctioned tyranny. The attacks began from the …