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Editorial: NFL shouldn’t profit from patriotism

Sunday, May 24, 2015

As if the NFL needed any more reasons to be embarrassed. After a year of botched investigations into player misconduct, along with questionable behavior from teams and those overseeing them, observers might be forgiven for thinking the well had run dry. But no, here comes a new round of questionable behavior, courtesy of the federal government and its friends in the league. According to media reports, the Defense Department has …

Editorial: Dangerous living through chemistry

Friday, May 22, 2015

In 1935, Dow Chemical adopted an advertising slogan that became, in a variant form, a catchphrase used seriously and, by the 1960s, sarcastically: “Better Living Through Chemistry.” The chemical sciences have produced miracle drugs, synthetic fabrics, stronger glues, amazing materials and a host of other things that have indeed made life better. But in the wrong hands, chemical know-how can be used to …

Editorial: Not all violence is equal in America

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The facts were simple, if startling. Nine people shot dead. Eighteen in the hospital. Some 170 arrested. A brawl between rival motorcycle gangs, the Bandidos and the Cossacks, erupted in the parking lot of a Waco, Texas, restaurant on Sunday afternoon. And as officials try to figure out what exactly led to the deaths (other gangs were involved and law enforcement was present), …

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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: World must prepare for next epidemic

Monday, March 23, 2015

There’s a funny new show on Fox called The Last Man on Earth. The setup is that a virus has wiped out the entire population of the planet, except for one guy (although a few more people have since joined the cast). The landscape isn’t what you would …

Editorial: Public’s right to know is not mean-spirited

Sunday, March 22, 2015

When the town of Webster decided against publishing the names and salary information of its employees in its annual report last week, it overlooked a basic truth. Members of the public have the right to know what they’re paying for public services and to whom they’re paying it. …

Editorial: Medicaid key in inmate rehabilitation

Friday, March 20, 2015

The House Finance Committee chambers is once again an abattoir for numbers. State programs present there to be sacrificed on the altar of small government or become subject to experimental surgery. How much flesh and bone can be removed and the patient still survive? One program destined for …

Editorial: Cruz’s world looks little like our own

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Today we consider the deeply crazy contentions of Ted Cruz, the Texas senator and potential Republican presidential candidate. Cruz was in New Hampshire last week to test the presidential waters and bring his doomsday message to voters. Cruz’s speech to an event sponsored by the Strafford County Republican …

Editorial: Another day, another game in the Senate

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The delay of Loretta Lynch’s confirmation as U.S. attorney general is yet another disappointment from the GOP-controlled Senate. Her confirmation should be a simple matter. Lynch has a strong record as the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, and she …

Editorial: Rebellion reaches a crossroads

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

To have any chance of success, social movements must multiply awareness. Change is impossible unless people believe that change is needed. That is why activists spend so much time and effort spreading the word. But for all that effort, awareness is actually the easy part. The difficulty lies …

Editorial: Divestiture is a win for New Hampshire

Sunday, March 15, 2015

It took nearly two decades, but the upcoming sale of the 12 power plants owned by Public Service of New Hampshire and its successor, Eversource Energy, was inevitable. We applaud it. The divestiture will save PSNH customers an estimated $300 million over five years and create a fully …

Editorial: Fast internet could be a boon for Concord

Friday, March 13, 2015

Creating a truly high-speed, affordable municipal internet network could be a pipe dream – or it could be a pipeline to a more vibrant Concord with a booming economy and a growing population of young entrepreneurs and knowledge workers. Success has been found in other cities, among them …

Editorial: Senate should pass bill on teen tanning

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Last week, the New Hampshire House of Representatives passed a bill banning those under the age of 18 from using tanning booths. While the bill has been criticized as unwarranted government intrusion into citizens’ lives, it’s a worthwhile measure that ought to sail through the state Senate and …

Editorial: Ayotte signs up for a dangerous political game

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s name is easy to spot. It is in the left column, between the blue scrawl of Sens. Rand Paul and Orrin Hatch. Unlike the thousands of other times she has signed her name, Ayotte will remember this signature. How could she forget? It’s not every …