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Editorial: Email scandal is all about transparency

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Before H.R. Haldeman’s first day as President Richard Nixon’s chief of staff in January 1969, he was urged by a friend and political scholar to keep a diary. It didn’t take much convincing for Haldeman to realize that his unique access to the president and his aides would be invaluable to historians, and he agreed to undertake the task. So every night, he recorded either by hand or dictaphone the …

Editorial: Give overdose victims a chance to live

Thursday, March 5, 2015

There are many things that keep parents of teenagers up at night, but perhaps nothing more so than the fear that their son or daughter will make a potentially fatal decision to drink and drive or accept a ride from an intoxicated friend. Many parents establish rules to limit the possibility of such a situation arising, but they also remember what it was …

Editorial: Gilmanton library story shouldn’t end

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

In 1833, the town of Peterborough, N.H., opened the nation’s first public library. In 2009, Gilmanton opened the most recent library built to serve a New Hampshire community. Before that, Gilmanton was one of just two towns in the state without a year-round, public library. It may reclaim that dubious distinction in less than two weeks if SB 2 voters fail to approve …

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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: County must step to help the homeless

Sunday, January 4, 2015

In less than a year, the nights will again turn cold, Concord’s church-based homeless shelters will have closed, and lives will be at risk if the community fails to provide housing for people who lack the means to pay rent. The standing-room only crowd at the community forum …

Editorial: Unlocked cars and guns are a bad combination

Thursday, January 1, 2015

And to think that they saw them on Mulberry Street. All they had to do was open an unlocked car door, flip open vehicle’s glove box, and there they were, two loaded handguns. The thieves could have been adults, perhaps from the state’s growing number of drug addicts, …

Editorial: Our wishes for an interesting, blissful 2015

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The beginning of a new year is a time for looking ahead and hoping for the best. That’s why the Monitor has traditionally outlined its wishes for the next 365 days in this space, at this time. For …

Editorial: Maybe this scandal will be different

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Few things in life are more predictable than the trajectory of a political scandal. On Monday, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, admitted that as a state representative in 2002 he delivered a speech to a …

Editorial: State needs to set course for drone use

Monday, December 29, 2014

It’s been a rough start to the relationship between human beings and drones. For many Americans, first impressions of the unmanned aerial vehicles were formed during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, where stories of civilian casualties often overshadowed the battle-changing military technology. Then came disturbing revelations about …

Editorial: State should say no thanks to Sunapee plan

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Sometime soon – soon being relative in a process that’s dragged on for years – Jeffrey Rose, commissioner of the Department of Resources and Economic Development, will issue his draft response to yet another proposal to expand the state-owned Mount Sunapee Ski area. That expansion, which would link …

Editorial: Casinos leave corruption in their wake

Friday, December 26, 2014

It’s unclear whether proponents of casino gambling, including New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, will take another stab at passing legislation to expand gambling. Meanwhile, the state’s Gaming Regulation Oversight Authority, created by the Legislature in 2013 in case a casino bill passed, should update its website to include …

Editorial: Spirit of the season doesn’t have to fade

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

In The Rebel, Albert Camus wrote: “Children will still die unjustly even in a perfect society. Even by his greatest effort man can only propose to diminish arithmetically the sufferings of the world.” On Christmas Eve, Camus’s words ring particularly true. The holiday spirit isn’t a mystical quality …

Editorial: Smartphones can be a real pain in the neck

Monday, December 22, 2014

Smart-phone users may want to consider adding a spine specialist to their list of contacts. Dr. Kenneth Hansraj, chief of spine surgery at New York Spine Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine, recently published a study in the journal Surgical Technology International that should make smart phone users pay a …

Editorial: Ready for Jeb? Maybe, maybe not

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Jeb Bush wants to be president. The former Florida governor posted to his Facebook page last week that he’s seriously considering a run for the highest office in the land. Barring unforeseen developments, New Hampshire residents should look forward to meeting him in the next few months. Bush …