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Editorial: Death penalty defense weak, growing weaker

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Michael Addison, the man sentenced to death for killing Manchester police officer Michael Briggs, should not be executed. His public defender, David Rothstein, argued late last month that New Hampshire’s methods of execution amount to cruel and unusual punishment, given that one is obsolete (hanging) and the other difficult to implement (lethal injection drugs are increasingly unavailable). He also pointed out that the state doesn’t have the facilities or protocols …

Editorial: Don’t add bobcats to hunting menu

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Cats in all their forms and sizes fascinate humans because they are, at heart, unknowable. For Hancock author Sy Montgomery, Holderness documentary filmmaker George Butler and his collaborator, writer Caroline Alexander, the cat is the tiger that stalks the vast Sundarban mangrove forest on the India-Bangladesh border. It is their work that came to mind when debating the reopening of a hunting and …

Editorial: Volkswagen deserves your anger

Thursday, October 1, 2015

From the beginning, it was a bumpy road for Volkswagen. The car company was born in Hitler’s Germany but became a symbol of economic recovery for war-torn Europe after the Allied victory. In the decades to come, the automaker would create the iconic VW Bus and Beetle, only to see sales start to dip in the early 1970s. On the strength of the …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

Editorial: Journey ends, but inspiration remains

Monday, August 3, 2015

The story of Alan Barlow’s attempt to run from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean, a trek that ended prematurely in Wyoming last month, probably won’t end up as a best-seller or Hollywood blockbuster. But here in Barlow’s home city, the accomplishment is worthy of sustained applause. …

Editorial: Tax-free status should be hard-won

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Last month in Indiana, a church devoted to smoking dope, the First Church of Cannabis, won tax-exempt status from the IRS. In 2010, the Church of the IV Majesties, a Satanist group, did the same. So why was the Church of the Sword, which holds its services in …

Editorial: Committee made the right call on Wozmak

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee made the right decision Wednesday in accepting continued funding for the state drug czar position held by John Wozmak. The committee should be congratulated for refusing the temptation of scoring petty political points. The safety and health of the state’s residents depends on …

Editorial: Planned Parenthood facts, fiction

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Rallies held across the nation on Tuesday, including one in front of the State House in Concord, called for the government to stop sending taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood. The pretext was a series of online videos purporting to show how the group handles donations of fetal tissue. …

Editorial: The road to safe bicycling in the city

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Last week, Monitor contributing writer Mel Graykin wrote of the joy of commuting to work by bicycle, but also of the dangers. There are now about a million bicycles on America’s roads, and 240 million cars and other motor vehicles. Many of those drivers look upon bicyclists with …

Editorial: A baseball legend takes his place

Monday, July 27, 2015

It’s been a tough year for Boston’s boys of summer. Heading into Monday night’s game against the Chicago White Sox, the Red Sox were once again toiling in the basement of the American League East, 12 games behind the first-place New York Yankees and 8½ games out in …

Editorial: Peace for vegans and meat-eaters

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Groton’s Laura Zerra stands, unclothed, next to a water hole in the Peruvian Amazon. Her Naked and Afraid co-star, E.J. Snyder, stands just a few feet away, holding a rudimentary spear. The two reality-show survivalists, still a week away from their jungle extraction, have gone 14 days without …

Editorial: Concord lights warm the heart

Friday, July 24, 2015

Concord developer and GOP activist Steve Duprey has made a statement. His Smile building in downtown Concord has been illuminated in rainbow colors to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which established nationwide marriage equality. This is heartening. As the Republican Party nationally struggles …

Editorial: A list that everyone should add to

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Some years ago, New Hampshire native, sometime journalist, dairy farmer and retired state agriculture commissioner Steve Taylor published a list of “100 Things You Should Do To Know the Real New Hampshire” ( The list is a great place to start when planning summer activities or hosting guests …

Editorial: Trump is a headache and a help for GOP

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Donald Trump’s insults to Sen. John McCain should have been expected. The businessman who now leads the Republican field for president is an expert in incendiary statements. He casually throws out lines that make people gasp, and then …