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Editorial: Evidence mounts against death penalty

Sunday, February 14, 2016

‘This bill suspends the imposition of the death penalty until such time that methods exist to ensure that the death penalty cannot be imposed on an innocent person.” That is the description of Senate Bill 463, a bipartisan piece of legislation that is the very definition of reasonable: Until the justice system is perfect, the state shouldn’t execute anybody. For opponents of the death penalty in New Hampshire, it is …

Editorial: Party leaders to blame for Trump, Cruz

Friday, February 12, 2016

New Hampshire’s Republican voters typically send a strong message on primary day, and this year was no different. Donald Trump received 35 percent of the vote, nearly 20 points ahead of the second-place finisher, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, while Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio were bunched in the low double digits. Since 1952, only the 2008, 1996, 1988 and 1976 New …

Editorial: The roots of a Democratic primary rout

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

In 2008, and again in 2012, the majority of the electorate voted for hope and change. Their hopes were dashed in most regards, but the desire for change never went away. In fact, it increased. And that’s why Bernie Sanders trounced Hillary Clinton. Two crucial words in the vocabulary of politics switched places in this primary: “establishment” and “socialism.” The first used to …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

Editorial: Climate deal an opportunity to showcase American ingenuity

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

This past weekend’s climate change deal was labeled by world leaders as “historic,” “transformative” and “a victory for the planet.” These may be true. But it really should be framed in terms any good capitalist could appreciate – the agreement represents the biggest business opportunity of a generation. …

Editorial: As a solution, winter shelter is bittersweet

Sunday, December 13, 2015

The announcement of a new winter homeless shelter in Concord is good news for those on the margins, who most need a warm and dry place to sleep. It is good news for the community, which didn’t want to see people literally left out in the cold. But …

Editorial: A long-running nuclear nightmare

Friday, December 11, 2015

As former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, in response to questions from Monitor editors, moved from Syria to Paris to Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, San Bernardino, Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Libya, Pakistan, the states of the fractured Soviet Union and back to Washington, the world shrank. She has been …

Editorial: In the mind of a Trump supporter

Thursday, December 10, 2015

As Donald Trump’s campaign of shock and awe continues to disturb the American political landscape, the army of voters behind him has become an unsettling enigma. In October, the Washington Post’s Max Ehrenfreund tried to solve the mystery by asking a few psychologists to help him understand the …

Editorial: Big hurdles for small police departments

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

This may be the worst possible time for a funding shortfall at the state’s Police Standards and Training Council, the organization whose Concord-based academy trains and certifies law enforcement officers of all types and levels, from state police to conservation officers and prison guards. Scrutiny of police and …

Editorial: RV dealer took wrong path on flag

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

It’s not difficult to be a good neighbor, but it’s even easier to be a bad one. Take, for example, the path of least resistance chosen by Camping World, the Chichester RV dealership, when it decided to fly an enormous American flag on Route 4 without first notifying …

Editorial: On climate change, time to act is now

Sunday, December 6, 2015

The most important thing New Hampshire can do in the short run to combat global warming is replace 1st District Rep. Frank Guinta with someone capable of more than short-term, self-serving thinking. The climate talks under way in …

Editorial: As the bodies fall, a familiar dance ensues

Friday, December 4, 2015

There is a routine to carnage in America. Before the bodies are cold and counted, the numbers are cited: There have been 355 mass shootings in the United States so far this year (Washington Post); there are more civilian-owned firearms (357 million) than people (317 million) in the …

Editorial: Students with diabetes shouldn’t lose class time

Thursday, December 3, 2015

The predicament of Luc Gautreaux, the 7-year-old diabetic profiled by Ray Duckler in Sunday’s Monitor, deserves attention. It also deserves explanation. Luc’s mother, Mellie, says that Gilmanton Elementary School won’t let her son check or treat his blood sugar levels while in class, instead requiring him to visit …

Editorial: On abortion, candidates’ tones matter

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Planned Parenthood’s clinic in Claremont reopened on Monday, six weeks after a hatchet-wielding juvenile destroyed its computers, plumbing fixtures and medical equipment, and sprayed messages on its walls. The same person is also suspected of having spray-painted the word “murderer” on the clinic’s facade earlier in the month. …