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Editorial: Journalist’s death must be confronted

Thursday, August 21, 2014

New Hampshire native James Foley was executed this week, apparently by members of the Islamic State militant group. His killers used social media to spread video and images of their latest affront to humanity, and those whom the terrorists most hoped to terrorize did the rest of the work. They talked about Foley and how he died. They vowed to celebrate his life rather than focus on the details of … 1

Editorial: Jeffords was a maverick who mattered

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The glare of a single moment can obscure a life. To find examples, politics in Northern New England is as good a place to start as any. If Ed Muskie of Maine is remembered at all outside of his home state, it’s for his tearful (or was it just melting snow?) rebuke of William Loeb outside the Union Leader building in 1972. Never … 4

Editorial: America’s frightening fish story

Monday, August 18, 2014

America has a big seafood problem on its hands. In New Hampshire, there’s a solution well within reach. In its 2012 “Fisheries of the United States” statistical snapshot, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association reported that U.S. commercial fisheries landed 9.6 billion pounds of seafood. That same year, Americans consumed 4.5 billion pounds of seafood. Even after subtracting the 20 percent of the … 0

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Editorial: The price of middle school popularity

Monday, June 30, 2014

One of the most difficult jobs a parent has is striking a balance between allowing kids to be kids and making sure they are prepared for each stage of adolescence. The challenge is made even greater when the child craves the approval and admiration of peers. As a … 2

Editorial: Republicans should realize ACA is working

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Last spring, at an event in Hancock, state Rep. Marilinda Garcia, a conservative Republican seeking to unseat Congresswoman Ann Kuster in the fall, sharply criticized her opponent for supporting the Affordable Care Act. Garcia fairly asked how an insurance marketplace with only one choice of company, Anthem, could … 5

Editorial: High court delivers a big win for privacy

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Privacy in the digital age just gained a much-needed Supreme Court victory that was punctuated by a strong, lucid decision penned by Chief Justice John Roberts. On Wednesday, the court ruled unanimously that the police need a warrant to search cell phones belonging to people they arrest. Writing … 1

Editorial: Dystopian future awaits city’s readers

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Peterborough was the setting for Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, Gilmanton the backdrop for the bombshell novel Peyton Place by Grace Metalious. Concord as a city is a stopping point in literature, a bit player in fiction, until now. The capital city is ground zero, or might as well … 0

Editorial: Smith Nazi remarks highlight GOP division

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

It’s usually best to avoid bringing up Nazis in everyday political discourse. The Third Reich has little to add in the way of rational, considered debate. Yet at the same time, we can’t bring ourselves to summarily condemn … 2

Editorial: State must move against synthetic pot

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Last week, Belmont became the latest New Hampshire community to ban synthetic marijuana, which is known by names such as spice and K2. Belmont should be applauded for a decision that will undoubtedly make the community, especially its teenagers, a little safer. Now it’s time for New Hampshire … 0

Editorial: Twain and Leno – Nothing in Common

Monday, June 23, 2014

It’s easy to complain about awards because they’re subjective. How could 20 Feet From Stardom possibly beat out Cutie and the Boxer for the Oscar for Best Documentary? “Royals” gets the Grammy for Song of the Year over … 0

Editorial: Questions for Brown on higher education

Sunday, June 22, 2014

This week, Scott Brown’s U.S. Senate campaign released a list of proposals for making college more affordable. While the memo lacks depth – it’s barely more than two pages long – Brown should be commended for addressing a … 3

Editorial: City shouldn’t take long path to better roads

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The city of Concord has 220 miles of roads. Factors such as the cost of asphalt, which has roughly tripled since 1999, could change the timetable, but if the city spends $3 million per year repairing its roads, it would take 25 years to get them to Grade … 3

Editorial: Individual action defines generations

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The demarcation of generations is a popular parlor trick in America. Tom Brokaw called the children of the Great Depression who were further shaped by World War II the Greatest Generation – American society’s masterwork. The Greatest Generation was preceded by the Lost Generation, those born between 1883 … 0