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Editorial: It’s time for a tax on carbon

Friday, August 28, 2015

There are thousands of potential sinkholes in New Hampshire like the one that closed Interstate 93 in Concord earlier this month. More than a third of the 4,600 miles of roads maintained by the state are officially in “poor” shape. Nearly half the state’s bridges are on the “red list” and functionally obsolete or worse. Meanwhile, oil is trading under $40 a barrel and average gasoline prices are at their …

Editorial: Garden thieves are indiscriminate

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Concord is fortunate to have two community gardens, both large and both on state land. One, primarily for low-income residents, is on Fort Eddy Road and known as Sycamore Field, a giant sycamore tree being its defining landmark. The other is just off Clinton Street on a rutted dirt lane known as Birch Street. Some of the people who lease plots in the …

Editorial: Democrats aren’t getting a fair shake

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

So far this presidential primary season, the Republican Party has dominated news coverage. Its contest has featured 17 candidates, the breathtaking ascendancy of Donald Trump and plenty of vitriol toward illegal immigrants. Where have the Democrats been during all of this? Hillary Clinton has continued her businesslike trod across early primary states, raising tons of money while repeatedly trying to put an end …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

Editorial: Republicans cling to a budget myth

Monday, June 29, 2015

For Republicans, tax cuts are unicorns that, when they sip from stagnant economic waters, purify them and allow the flowers of free enterprise to bloom. A beautiful thought, but, like unicorns, the supply-side benefits of tax cuts are mythical. The governor and the Republican-led House and Senate are …

Editorial: High court delivers dignity, joy in same-sex marriage decision

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Equality has won. Friday morning’s decision from the U.S. Supreme Court brought same-sex marriage to the entire United States. The 5-4 vote in Obergefell v. Hodges was long overdue, but gay and lesbian couples across the nation are …

Editorial: A victory for health care, common sense

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court has, once again, preserved the Affordable Care Act. By allowing the payment of health insurance subsidies in states that haven’t established their own exchanges, the court handed a win to the nation and President Obama. On the state level, the decision allows subsidized coverage …

Editorial: Good news for kids with peanut allergies

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

For many children, peanuts are a threat. Not a snack, and not a legume to be crushed into delicious paste. Peanut sensitivities are one of the most prevalent and severe childhood allergies, and they have reshaped the landscape of childhood. Preschoolers are forbidden from packing meals containing any …

Editorial: Tax pushed by Sanders is a sensible idea

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A pot of gold big enough to repair the nation’s crumbling infrastructure, provide middle-class tax relief or provide free tuition to public universities is waiting to be tapped. All Congress has to do is say the word. But …

Editorial: In wake of Charleston, no answers

Monday, June 22, 2015

How does a newspaper in a predominantly white state write an editorial about what happened at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C., last week? We could focus on a hot-button side issue, such as how South Carolina should stop flying the Confederate battle flag over the capitol. That …

Editorial: Adequacy number is a running joke

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The same New Hampshire Legislature that allowed the state’s model mental health care system to collapse for want of funding is slowly doing the same for public education. The plight of schools struggling to get by with too few resources, and taxpayers struggling with property tax bills that …

Editorial: Biggest terror threat comes from within

Friday, June 19, 2015

Anyone who simply scans the headlines can be forgiven for thinking that the main terror challenge facing our country’s law enforcement agencies comes from Islamic extremists. After all, the defining terrorist strike of the last two decades was …

Editorial: With Trump in, the race just got interesting

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Donald Trump has finally done it. After years of teasing presidential runs, the Donald has announced that he is an official candidate for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination in 2016. With the primary field crowded with an abundance …

Editorial: Scientist Hunt doesn’t deserve the punishment

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

From what we’ve read, the condemnation, public shaming and firings of Nobel laureate Tim Hunt, a British biochemist, is so out of proportion to his own offense as to turn the lens of scrutiny on political correctness itself. That lens, when focused too long and hard, can not …