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Editorial: Be prepared for natural destruction

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

For a century or more, the Suncook River in Epsom gave. It powered mills and provided recreation, electricity, scenery and trout. And then, on Mothers Day 2006, the river took – a new course, that is, and along with it small mountains of sand, toppled trees and a path that put dozens of homes in near-certain danger of flooding. To some, the solution seemed easy: Herd the river back to …

Editorial: Journey ends, but inspiration remains

Monday, August 3, 2015

The story of Alan Barlow’s attempt to run from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean, a trek that ended prematurely in Wyoming last month, probably won’t end up as a best-seller or Hollywood blockbuster. But here in Barlow’s home city, the accomplishment is worthy of sustained applause. In early June, Barlow stood at Heceta Beach, Ore., 3,200 miles away from his destination. …

Editorial: Tax-free status should be hard-won

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Last month in Indiana, a church devoted to smoking dope, the First Church of Cannabis, won tax-exempt status from the IRS. In 2010, the Church of the IV Majesties, a Satanist group, did the same. So why was the Church of the Sword, which holds its services in a brew pub on Fisherville Road in Concord, denied a property tax exemption by the …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

Editorial: Erring on side of transparency is smart move

Friday, June 5, 2015

The Wilmot Zoning Board has a problem. And it’s not a problem that can be solved through citations of appropriate law or proper procedure. It’s a problem of perception. And that’s a problem that pervades politics today. To recap: Russell Jewell, property owner and zoning board chairman, wants …

Editorial: Veto delays an important conversation

Thursday, June 4, 2015

On Tuesday, Gov. Maggie Hassan vetoed House Bill 151, an innocuous bill that would have created a panel to study end-of-life decisions. The committee would have looked at states that have passed aid-in-dying laws, which allow terminally ill people to be prescribed medication to end their lives at …

Editorial: An unpunched ticket to a greener future

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Yes, there would be a price, in this case $4 million, to continue to move forward with a plan to extend passenger rail service from Boston and Lowell, Mass., on to Nashua, Manchester and, eventually, Concord. But there is also an opportunity cost to not gambling that the …

Editorial: Downtown must plan for life after steam

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

It’s time for the city council and downtown building owners to plan for the possibility that Concord Steam, which has heated much of the central city since 1938, could close. Since 1980, the company has operated the steam plant that still powers the sprawling state hospital campus named …

Editorial: Paul fights fear with cynicism

Monday, June 1, 2015

Rand Paul is no Ronald Reagan. On Sept. 21, 1987, Reagan stood before the United Nations General Assembly and delivered these memorable words: “In our obsessions with the antagonisms of the moment, we often forget how much unites …

Editorial: Trans-Pacific deal covered in red flags

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Last year, China’s economy edged out the United States to become the world’s largest. That adds weight to President Obama’s argument in favor of quick approval of the trade agreement with 11 nations known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. If the U.S. doesn’t ink agreements with some of those …

Editorial: In New Hampshire, power of church fades

Friday, May 29, 2015

Religion in the United States is in decline. That’s the inescapable conclusion one draws from a new study by the Pew Research Center. The center’s 2014 U.S. Religious Landscape Study documented several ways in which the country’s religious landscape is changing. The percentage of Americans calling themselves Christian …

Editorial: Fewer city hall trips? Yes, please

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Every once in a while, someone says something that makes the mind stop in its tracks, so clear is the truth of the statement. This time it was a public official, Eddie Drouse, Concord’s director of information technology. “Who wants to stand in line anymore just to register …

Editorial: Republicans set stage for indirect tax

Thursday, May 28, 2015

These are tense times for the millions of people, including 39,000-plus New Hampshire residents, who finally have health insurance thanks to federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. These patients are walking the wire over the chasm of uncertainty that is life without coverage. In New Hampshire, Republican …

Editorial: For many Americans, it’s been a lifetime of war

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Here’s a disconcerting fact: If you turn 18 this year, the United States has been at war for 78.9 percent of your life. That’s according to a startling informational graphic assembled by the Washington Post . It breaks down, based on birth year, what percentage of a person’s …