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Editorial: Passage of time shouldn’t aid child abusers

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The time has come for New Hampshire to eliminate the statute of limitations on sexual crimes against children. As it stands, the state can pursue charges only until the victim turns 40. We were reminded of the folly of this particular law last week, when Kenneth Day of Epsom was charged with 300 counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault. One of his accusers said the assaults happened in Barnstead and … 1

Editorial: Attention Walgreens shoppers

Monday, July 21, 2014

America’s two biggest drugstore chains – Walgreens with 8,221 stores and CVS with 7,660 – face off at the intersection of Loudon Road and East Side Drive, where each claim a corner. CVS is the relative newcomer. It was founded in Lowell, Mass., in 1963; Walgreens in Chicago in 1901. Both are American corporations, but within weeks, Walgreens could merge with a foreign … 7

Editorial: On casinos, it's best to listen to The Donald

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The annual attempt to convince the Legislature to adopt casino gambling has become as certain as the changing of the seasons, so we fully expect the battle to continue. But Gov. Maggie Hassan, perennial casino proponent Sen. Lou D’Allesandro, and the rest of the easy-money crowd should slow down and take it from The Donald. The days when hosting a casino was a … 16

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Editorial: City council should approve spending plan

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Concord taxpayers will see a 2.99 percent increase in the property tax rate in fiscal 2015 if the city council accepts the budget proposed by City Manager Tom Aspell. Small as the increase is, it’s probably bigger than the annual pay raises many workers received. Flat wages in … 1

Editorial: Some trigger warnings are called empathy

Monday, May 26, 2014

As the debate over “trigger warnings” on college campus reminds us, sometimes compassion sparks outrage. For those unfamiliar with the term, a trigger warning refers to professors alerting students to course material that may be unsettling. Perhaps a book contains a rape scene that could be traumatic for … 3

Editorial: A reason to embrace horse racing

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Next month, a horse from California will try to become the 12th winner of the Triple Crown, which comprises the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. But the 3-year-old has already accomplished something very few horses have over the past 50 years: He has made people care … 2

Editorial: State’s views on pension cases correct

Sunday, May 25, 2014

In 2011, to help balance its budget, the Legislature stopped paying the state’s 35 percent share of public employee retirement costs. As a sop to municipalities and school districts and to help push the grossly underfunded retirement system gently toward solvency, it also increased the employees’ share of … 5

Editorial: Concord owes thanks to a pair of groups

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Concord is a community with many people to thank: the folks who volunteer to clear streets of litter; the green-thumbed saints who adopt a roundabout, park and other public property, and beautify it with flowers; the gardeners who donate the fruits of their labors to food pantries and … 2

Editorial: Repeal of death penalty is inevitable

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The death penalty is often called a complex issue, but it’s not. It’s an emotional issue, and once again it is up to the state’s lawmakers to penetrate that emotion in search of real justice. Today, the proposed repeal of the death penalty returns to the Senate, where … 24

Editorial: State’s racism conversation is far from over

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

With the resignation of Wolfeboro Police Commissioner Bob Copeland on Monday, the temptation is to say, “Thank goodness,” and move on. Make no mistake: Copeland needed to resign after using a racial epithet to describe President Obama. But it is too simple and too easy to reduce the … 10

Editorial: How to take the right path from farm to table

Monday, May 19, 2014

Never before have people thought so much about the food they put in their bodies. Walk through any grocery store, and you will see people staring at labels in search of evil ingredients. Mention Red #40 or high fructose corn syrup to a mother with kids in tow, … 0

Editorial: State can’t afford a wide partisan gap

Monday, May 19, 2014

Earlier this year, the Pew Research Center released a study that found Americans believe Republicans are far less willing than Democrats to work with leaders from the other party and are more extreme in their positions. Although this is a general perception of the party, it does underscore … 7

Editorial: Copeland must resign as Wolfeboro police commissioner

Sunday, May 18, 2014

‘When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk.” Those words by President Obama came last month in reaction to racist remarks made by now-exiled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. But they may as well have … 7