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Editorial: Looking back and ahead at the same time

Friday, September 19, 2014

For half a century, beginning in the 1960s, the downtowns of most American cities, large and small, began to decline as their residents moved to the suburbs and shoppers abandoned Main Streets for malls. For Concord, 1961, the year the city’s grand train station was demolished, marks the beginning of the erosion. The slide picked up speed when anchor stores such as Sears and J.C. Penney decamped downtown. Concord’s downtown … 0

Editorial: In Weare, a shortage of transparency

Thursday, September 18, 2014

As codes of conduct go, “Do as I say, not as I do” is not a very good one. But in Weare, it seems to be the motto by which the police department continues to go about its business despite promises of change. On Saturday, an assistant to Chief John Velleca named Jennifer Posteraro obtained an emergency restraining order against her boss, whom … 0

Editorial: John Stark program could save lives

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Suicide is the third-leading cause of death for people ages 10 to 24, a sad statistic that makes the kind of effort under way at Weare’s John Stark Regional High School so important. The school has adopted the SOS Signs of Suicide High School Prevention Program, a model that urges teens to talk with an appropriate adult if they fear that a friend … 0

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Editorial: Export tax on fossil fuels is the right move

Thursday, July 31, 2014

On Tuesday, the White House Council of Economic Advisers warned that the cost to the United States of delaying action to combat climate change would be about $150 billion per year. That cost, which the council says is not reflected in the price charged for fossil fuels, is … 5

Editorial: Protest may be a sign of a bigger shift

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

It’s time for Market Basket shareholders to bag it. In the court of customer opinion, Arthur T. Demoulas and what he represents – low prices and concern for employees, who receive higher than average wages and benefits plus profit sharing – has won. Boston-area business experts are warning … 25

Editorial: The missing elements of excellence

Monday, July 28, 2014

It should be shocking that a tradition based on sexual conquest could exist at an elite private high school. But it’s not. The ugly situation at St. Paul’s School that was further detailed in court documents last week has served as a reminder that social growth always lags … 2

Editorial: Law adds to the burden on third parties

Monday, July 28, 2014

The United States has a rich history of third parties. In 1856, Millard Fillmore made a strong run for president on the Whig-American ticket. Fifty-six years later, Theodore Roosevelt captured 27 percent of the popular vote as the Progressive Party’s candidate. Ross Perot made his mark in 1992 … 7

Editorial: The troubled journey to death row

Sunday, July 27, 2014

New Hampshire’s law sanctioning capital punishment got a stay of execution in April when the state Senate split 12-12 on a repeal bill Gov. Maggie Hassan said she would sign. New Hampshire is the only New England state to impose the death penalty. The campaign to abolish it … 1

Editorial: State needs to keep an eye on its children

Friday, July 25, 2014

New Hampshire is slipping, and its most vulnerable residents are the ones at risk. No, we’re not talking about the mentally ill, or the homeless, or populations that the state has sometimes disregarded in the past. Instead, we’re talking about the state’s children. The Kids Count index, produced … 5

Editorial: Problems of money and perception

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The idea that an elected official can be bought and sold in America amounts to a threat against the very nature of democracy. That is where the anxiety of the electorate resides when it comes to political fundraising. … 9

Editorial: Market Basket gambles, and many may lose

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Family-owned companies are subject to family feuds. Ernest and Julio Gallo of the famed winemaking family became bitter enemies. The billionaire Koch brothers have been at each others throats, legally speaking, for decades. Adolf and Rudolf Dassler founded a shoe company before falling out. After the split, Rudolf … 7

Editorial: Passage of time shouldn’t aid child abusers

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The time has come for New Hampshire to eliminate the statute of limitations on sexual crimes against children. As it stands, the state can pursue charges only until the victim turns 40. We were reminded of the folly of this particular law last week, when Kenneth Day of … 1

Editorial: Attention Walgreens shoppers

Monday, July 21, 2014

America’s two biggest drugstore chains – Walgreens with 8,221 stores and CVS with 7,660 – face off at the intersection of Loudon Road and East Side Drive, where each claim a corner. CVS is the relative newcomer. It was founded in Lowell, Mass., in 1963; Walgreens in Chicago … 17