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Editorial: Show a little love for the weatherman

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Being a meteorologist should mean never having to say you’re sorry, but don’t tell that to Gary Szatkowski. As the mighty Blizzard of 2015 became an emasculated target of ridicule in New York City, the New Jersey weatherman sent out a two-part mea culpa on Twitter. “My deepest apologies to many key decision makers and so many members of the general public,” he tweeted. “You made a lot of tough …

Editorial: Drones take the sport out of hunting

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Hunting in a hilly, wooded state like New Hampshire can be difficult and frustrating. Each season, about one in five hunters bags a deer. The ones who tag out every year are the hunters who know their quarry and their weapon, put in the time pre-season to scout, pay attention to things like whether it’s a good or bad year for beechnuts and …

Editorial: Candidate Palin? Those days are over

Monday, January 26, 2015

Whether she knows it or not, Sarah Palin penned her own political obituary during the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines on Saturday. For 35 minutes, the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate – and perennial fundraising darling for the Republican Party – meandered from one incoherent topic to another, often resorting to the playground taunts and fortune cookie wisdom that …

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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: 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 …

Editorial: Girls Inc. and Eastman are perfect match

Friday, November 21, 2014

The people of New Hampshire like to give a lot of consideration to potential neighbors. Phrases such as “with open arms” and “without hesitation” are rarely attached to hydropower projects, strip clubs, poultry processing plants and wind farms. But every once in a while a pairing comes along …

Editorial: O’Brien has a chance to rewrite his legacy

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Two years after losing his position as speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, Bill O’Brien is back. The Republicans have a majority in the chamber once again, and on Tuesday they elected the Mont Vernon representative …

Editorial: Bright future is in reach for Penacook

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Cross an invisible line on Fisherville Road, somewhere past Woodlawn Cemetery heading north, and there’s a time warp of sorts. The strip mall, anywhere-in-America feel of the route drops away to reveal an industrial age New England village. The lack of wires overhead – they were buried as …

Editorial: Forgotten lessons from Ryan White

Monday, November 17, 2014

In 1984, a 13-year old boy from Indiana named Ryan White became the face of an emerging, little-understood health threat called Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. A hemophiliac who became infected with AIDS through a blood transfusion, White spent the five years he lived with the disease fighting for …

Editorial: State has a clear path to prison reform

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Despite its divided state government, New Hampshire’s governor and Legislature could find a way to reduce the state’s growing prison population and save money without increasing the crime rate. Other states are doing it, and New Hampshire was a leader in the movement before progress was reversed by …

Editorial: Sorry, penny, but you’re just not worth it

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Americans have a complicated relationship with the penny. On one hand, people don’t have much use for pennies and are happy to leave them in those ubiquitous plastic “need a penny” trays at convenience stores. But polls show that a majority of Americans can’t bear the idea of …

Editorial: A beautiful game with a dark side

Thursday, November 13, 2014

There’s a chaotic elegance to football. The quarterback takes the snap and 22 men, each with a specific assignment, engage in a furious struggle that lasts just seconds at a time. When the field is viewed from a distance, it’s difficult to see all of the little games …