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Editorial: New future taking shape in Franklin

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

As soon as this week, the people of Franklin expect to learn the name of their next superintendent. It is a crucial moment not only for SAU 18, but the city itself. What the district needs more than anything is stability. Over the past 10 years, four people have served as superintendent, including Maureen Ward, who left the district in December 2013 when clashes with the community and school board …

Editorial: State should rush toward solar future

Sunday, May 3, 2015

SolarCity, a company owned in part by billionaire PayPal founding member Elon Musk, has, in a few short years, become the nation’s biggest residential solar company. News that it’s opening a Manchester office and hiring up to 100 people could put New Hampshire at a tipping point. The state and the city of Concord can become leaders in the transition to clean and …

Editorial: Marriage equality is a necessity

Friday, May 1, 2015

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges, a case that could effectively legalize same-sex marriage across the country. The court should rule in favor of the plaintiffs, and it shouldn’t be distracted. Political prognosticators have made much of the questions asked by the justices during the hearing. Was …

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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: 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 …

Editorial: Town meeting, SB 2 are not the only choices

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

New Hampshire treasures town meeting season. But it also treasures complaining about the actual meetings that fill that season. Complaints lodged against the original form of town meeting – in which residents both debate and vote on the community’s budget – are familiar. The meetings, especially in larger …

Editorial: Hold placed on federal grants is shortsighted

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Last week, the directors and staff of one agency after another, in a semblance of Edvard Munch’s famous painting The Scream, cupped their faces in their hands and moaned, “Oh no, we’re Kurked.” And if the fiscally conservative chairman of the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee gets his way, …

Editorial: Gathering storm isn’t hard to see

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The headlines are difficult to ignore as they pile up, day after day, on the Monitor’s front page: ∎ A homeless woman is found dead in her car in the Walmart parking lot. ∎ This February is on track to be the coldest in the past 80 years. ∎ Attempts to …

Editorial: How would Reagan do in 2016 race?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

What if Ronald Reagan was not only still alive but in his political prime – and eyeing the highest office in the land? He would no doubt have visited New Hampshire a couple of times by now and …

Editorial: Being a kid should be a dirty job

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

America’s fetish with cleanliness and tendency to overprotect children is endangering its youth. Getting down and dirty, within reason, won’t hurt a child and could even save his or her life. So skip vacuuming once in a while and save the hand sanitizers and anti-microbial dish and hand …

Editorial: Giuliani’s cheap shot is plain racism

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

As a public figure in one of the world’s most culturally diverse cities, it’s striking that Rudy Giuliani appears to equate homogeneity with patriotism. At a Manhattan appearance, the former New York City mayor said: “I do not …

Editorial: Let the wild downshifting begin – again

Sunday, February 22, 2015

It’s budgeting time again. The cliches – “tough choices, hard-earned money, limited means, shared sacrifice, responsible budget, needs not wants” – drip from the lips of politicians of both parties and bore into the skull. The public is rendered insensate, only to awaken in shock with the arrival …

Editorial: Assisted-dying debate is not to be avoided

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A public radio host is an unlikely candidate for the role of civil rights crusader. But Diane Rehm, gravelly voiced star of an NPR call-in show, has stepped forward after the agonizing death of her husband from Parkinson’s …

Editorial: Children of smokers deserve some protection

Thursday, February 19, 2015

New Hampshire has a long history of refusing to protect its residents from their worst impulses on the road. Drivers can opt out of wearing seatbelts, and motorcyclists can turn down helmets. Individuals should be free to make their own choices goes the thinking – even if those …