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Editorial: Energy shortage is here, but solutions exist

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The winter spike in natural gas prices that raised home heating costs last year and led Unitil and other electric utilities to seek rate increases of nearly 50 percent will be with us for the next five to seven years. That estimate came from Bill Quinlan, Public Service of New Hampshire’s new CEO, during a meeting with this paper’s editors. If Quinlan’s right, New Hampshire’s economy, and that of the …

Editorial: Girls Inc. and Eastman are perfect match

Friday, November 21, 2014

The people of New Hampshire like to give a lot of consideration to potential neighbors. Phrases such as “with open arms” and “without hesitation” are rarely attached to hydropower projects, strip clubs, poultry processing plants and wind farms. But every once in a while a pairing comes along that makes so much sense for all parties involved that the very idea of opposition …

Editorial: O’Brien has a chance to rewrite his legacy

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Two years after losing his position as speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, Bill O’Brien is back. The Republicans have a majority in the chamber once again, and on Tuesday they elected the Mont Vernon representative as their leader. There are two ways to read this vote. On one hand, you …

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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: An epidemic finds its way into the light

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The video is gut-churning. Professional football player Ray Rice and his then-fiancee Janay Palmer enter an elevator in an Atlantic City casino. Rice stands in front of Palmer, and they exchange words. He hits her with a straight jab to the face and then backs up. She begins …

Editorial: Looking back and ahead at the same time

Friday, September 19, 2014

For half a century, beginning in the 1960s, the downtowns of most American cities, large and small, began to decline as their residents moved to the suburbs and shoppers abandoned Main Streets for malls. For Concord, 1961, the year the city’s grand train station was demolished, marks the …

Editorial: In Weare, a shortage of transparency

Thursday, September 18, 2014

As codes of conduct go, “Do as I say, not as I do” is not a very good one. But in Weare, it seems to be the motto by which the police department continues to go about its business despite promises of change. On Saturday, an assistant to …

Editorial: John Stark program could save lives

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Suicide is the third-leading cause of death for people ages 10 to 24, a sad statistic that makes the kind of effort under way at Weare’s John Stark Regional High School so important. The school has adopted the SOS Signs of Suicide High School Prevention Program, a model …

Editorial: Big History Project holds big potential

Monday, September 15, 2014

In the battle over education standards and accountability, it’s easy to forget that what really matters in the classroom is student interest. The best teachers know that innovation is the key that opens the learner’s mind, and so they consistently attack subjects from new angles and with fresh …

Editorial: Numbers tell a sad story about voter apathy

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Turnout numbers for Tuesday’s primary have been released, and they’re not encouraging. Before the election, New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner had predicted a paltry 20 percent turnout, with about 142,000 Republicans and 44,000 Democrats showing up to vote. Now that the dust has settled and the …

Editorial: Voters should move climate higher on list

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s battle to defeat Republican challenger Scott Brown and retain her Senate seat could be the tipping point in the national debate over climate change. Global warming traditionally places far down the list of voter concerns at election time. Last year, climate change placed second from …

Editorial: Challenges are many for Obama, U.S.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

America has been at war for 13 long years. On Wednesday night, President Obama made it clear that it will remain so for years to come. During a prime-time address, Obama presented a four-part strategy to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State terrorist group. That plan includes …

Editorial: A legal shift for state’s taxpayers

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The state Supreme Court recently had a chance to rule on a controversial program that allows businesses to receive a tax credit when they donate to scholarship organizations that help students attend private institutions, including religious schools. But that didn’t happen. Instead, the court found that the plaintiffs …

Editorial: Bridge is a monument to inept Congress

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Congressional dysfunction continues to cost Concord residents. Last week, city officials explained that a shortfall in federal highway funds will delay the ability to complete work on the design for the replacement of the century-old Sewalls Falls Bridge over the Merrimack River. That will delay putting the project …