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Rep. Shawn Jasper (right) walks by former speaker of the House Bill O'Brien (seated left)  in the back of the House chambers on Dec. 3.

Editorial: Tantrum is hurting GOP and the state

Friday, December 19, 2014

Can a party that can’t govern itself govern New Hampshire? Tuesday’s rump caucus of Republicans angered by the election of veteran Hudson Rep. Shawn Jasper as House speaker, and the official caucus held Wednesday by Majority Leader Rep. Jack Flanagan show a party divided into purists and pragmatists. The latter realize that to solve problems and serve the disparate needs …

Editorial: New chapter begins for U.S., Cuba

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The 1962 Cuban missile crisis remains one of the most terrifying episodes in modern American history. It seemed then that it was only a matter of time before the United States and the Soviet Union would engage in the world’s first – and likely only – all-out nuclear war. The fear that the Cold War could at any moment become explosive lasted through …

Editorial: System broken for long-term unemployed

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Some of them can be found in Concord’s homeless population. Some are coal miners whose mines have closed and fishermen up and down New England’s coast whose livelihoods all but died with the collapse of cod stocks. Some are middle-aged victims of a layoff. Many lost jobs, often more than one, during the long recession. A growing number are women, among them mothers …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

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Editorial: Paying the price for old technology

Friday, October 17, 2014

The 1960s were an amazing time. Civil rights activists notched major victories, U.S. astronauts landed on the moon and rock music was at a high point. But it was also more than four decades ago. No one would say we should go back to driving with leaded gasoline …

Editorial: There are some side stories that can’t be ignored

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The philosophy behind the front page of a newspaper is fairly simple: Here are the most important and/or interesting stories of the day. There are, however, stories that stretch that philosophy to its limits, such as the Monitor’s coverage yesterday of Congresswoman Annie Kuster’s response to state Rep. …

Editorial: Ebola reveals need to boost NIH funding

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The scaremongers are crying “Ebola is coming, Ebola is coming.” Politicians, among them former Massachusetts senator Scott Brown, are calling for travel bans and closing the nation’s southern border to prevent what one general warned could be hordes of infected illegal immigrants from South and Central America. There’s …

Editorial: Time is right to fight for the next AG

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Last month, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation but vowed to remain in the role until his successor is confirmed. He would be wise not to make vacation plans anytime soon. There is a sense that President Obama has no interest in nominating Holder’s replacement until …

Editorial: Bold moves needed as crisis looms

Sunday, October 12, 2014

On a single, frigid day last winter, New England residents spent $100 million more on electricity than they would have had power been priced at the average national rate, according to testimony presented to the New England States Committee on Electricity. Normally cheap natural gas prices spiked thanks …

Editorial: Sexting is big deal in more ways than one

Friday, October 10, 2014

Remember the term “first base,” as in “I didn’t get to first base until our third date.” It used to mean “making out.” In the age of smart phones, that definition feels as quaint as an episode of The Waltons. These days, much to every parent’s chagrin, first …

Editorial: Perspective, not panic, is on the rise

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Unfamiliar, scary diseases are everywhere. It doesn’t matter whether it’s Ebola or enterovirus D68, EEE or West Nile Virus, devoted germophobes can find something in the news or on the internet to panic about. And there are no more committed doomsayers than the national news media. Reports fueled …

Editorial: Chicken plant should get city approval

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

There’s precious little soil in the Granite State, but Concord, built on a bend in the river, has a fair share of it. Agriculture survives in the state’s capital city. Corn grows within sight of the State House and along Clinton Street, but as a trade-off, Main Street …

Editorial: Where does New Hampshire rank? And does it matter?

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

New Hampshire is something of a juggernaut when it comes to state rankings. List after list suggests that the people who live here are healthy, well-educated and, for the most part, happy. But it seems that when it comes to charitable giving, the Granite State sinks to the …

Editorial: Council should join campaign finance fight

Sunday, October 5, 2014

In 2010, when the conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court, by a 5-4 vote, equated money with speech and corporations with people, it made New Hampshire ground zero in the battle to safeguard local elections from the corrosive effect of outside money. That battle is being lost. …