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Krystin Ward rakes oyster shells into Great Bay this past September in an effort to restore an oyster reef.

Editorial: Portsmouth must address sewage issue

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

It’s time for Portsmouth to get its you-know-what together. Enough has been enough. For more than a decade, the state’s only city on the sea has cried poor, fought federal regulators and failed to upgrade an antiquated municipal treatment plant that dumps poorly treated sewage into the ocean off the state’s beaches. Portsmouth is one of just 16 cities in …

Editorial: Stop penalizing pro athletes for pot

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Earlier this month, Alex Reyes, a promising young right-handed pitching prospect for the St. Louis Cardinals, was suspended 50 games for violating Minor League Baseball’s drug policy for the second time. The punishment sounds legitimate considering the scars the steroid era left on the game, but Reyes wasn’t trying to gain a competitive advantage. He just likes to smoke pot when he’s not …

Editorial: All nations must fight Islamic State

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Writing in the Atlantic last spring, journalist and Yale lecturer Graeme Wood took an in-depth look at the Islamic State terrorist organization and its goals. Some of his contentions are controversial, but several struck us as true and fundamental to the post-Paris debate about how to eradicate the barbarous group. Wood’s thesis is this. Though many are loath to call the Islamic State …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

Editorial: A $20 million mistake and a lot of questions

Sunday, September 27, 2015

The state Department of Health and Human Services has some serious explaining to do. How did it miss $20 million meant to help people with developmental disabilities? What’s more, how could it miss that money when dozens of people were waiting for services? How can the department make …

Editorial: Let’s find a cure for pill profiteering

Friday, September 25, 2015

Martin Shkreli, the vulturous young former hedge fund manager whose company bought the only maker of the 62-year-old lifesaving drug Daraprim and promptly raised its price from $13.50 per pill to $700, has done consumers and the nation a favor. The price-gouging by Shkreli’s start-up company, Turing Pharmaceuticals, …

Editorial: Maybe, just maybe, the feud can end

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Imagine for a moment that you are a teacher on patrol during afternoon recess. As you scan the schoolyard, you see two tense boys beneath the monkey bars. One is holding his fists at chest level, a young fighter at the ready. The other stands rigidly with arms …

Editorial: U.S. may face even greater border crisis

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The United States is a nation of 320 million people in a world whose population is 7.3 billion. That number is projected to be 8.5 billion 15 years from now, 9.7 billion in 2050 and 11.2 billion in 2100, according to the U.N. Most of that population growth …

Editorial: Immortality by way of digital storage

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Nearly 40 years ago, the late reggae musician Peter Tosh sang, “Everybody want to go to heaven, but nobody want to die.” There are few more succinct descriptions of the human condition. Earlier this month, New York Times reporter Amy Harmon offered a much more complex exploration of …

Editorial: Raising fees is no way to fund Fish and Game

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Nearly every basement, attic, garage or barn offers an opportunity to explore the archeology of past passions and pursuits: the wooden tennis rackets still in their presses hanging from a nail, golf clubs in a leather bag cracked with age, the fishing rods standing in a bucket in …

Editorial: Debate had lots of style, little substance

Friday, September 18, 2015

On Wednesday night, CNN promised a debate among the Republican candidates for president but instead aired a three-hour celebrity roast of Donald Trump. At least it felt that way. The spectacle was highly entertaining at times, but for voters without a taste for red meat, there was little …

Editorial: Way people eat demands inspection

Thursday, September 17, 2015

The report is alarming. According to the Legislative Budget Office, New Hampshire’s food inspectors are falling short, with high-risk, high-volume restaurants and food processing plants going too long between inspections (in one case almost 15 years). And unlicensed food outlets – stands at fairs and festivals, for instance …

Editorial: State’s barns are worth preserving

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Once again the world cringes as extremists, in this case ISIS zealots, destroy priceless cultural and historic resources. Statues, tombs and temples, part of the collective heritage of humankind, have been erased. Such events are tragic, but the slow fires of rust and rot, and community failures to …

Editorial: Biden displays the better kind of authenticity

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Donald Trump’s supporters often cite his authenticity as the big draw. That is how starved voters are for a candidate who appears to be his or her own person: They’re willing to embrace a billionaire’s hubris just because …