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Editorial: This time, Weare has to get it right

Friday, October 24, 2014

There are no simple fixes for the crisis at the Weare Police Department. Events of the last two years – the shooting death of an unarmed drug suspect, staff departures and potential returns, the ill-fated appointment of John Velleca – paint a disturbing picture. And those are only the things we know about. The town and department have been reluctant to share much with the public or the press. And …

Editorial: Feltes is the right choice in District 15

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

For the first time in two decades, Concord will send someone other than Sylvia Larsen to the state Senate. In our view, Dan Feltes is the obvious choice for voters in District 15, which includes Concord, Hopkinton, Henniker and Warner. Over the past eight years, Feltes, 35, worked as an attorney for New Hampshire Legal Assistance, where he fought in court and the …

Editorial: Ads add up to record low for politics

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Unless they can wield their remote with the skill of a Jedi knight, New Hampshire TV viewers will see hundreds upon hundreds of political ads, the vast majority of them negative. The state’s residents, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity, have already been the target of more than 12,000 ads. Spending on the Senate contest between incumbent Jeanne …

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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: Lambert is the right choice for the GOP

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Some politicians possess such a high level of integrity and straightforwardness that even when you disagree with them on most of the issues, you can’t help but respect them. Gary Lambert, a Republican candidate for the 2nd Congressional District, is just such a man. For that reason, he …

Editorial: Republicans should choose Havenstein

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Politicians and business executives love to tout their leadership skills – whether they have them or not. But the real leaders are easy to spot. When they talk about accomplishments, they talk about the team. On Sept. 9, New Hampshire Republicans and undeclared voters will choose the candidate …

Editorial: Rick Perry is the Miley Cyrus of the Republican Party

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

If politicians are like rock stars, Rick Perry is Miley Cyrus. A year ago, the 21-year-old singer created controversy at MTV’s Video Music Awards when she used tongue and twerking to further chip away at her Hannah Montana …

Editorial: Barring the gate comes with moral pitfalls

Monday, August 25, 2014

New Hampshire is more than 2,000 miles from the border between Texas and Mexico that was illegally crossed recently by tens of thousands of children from Honduras and other Central American nations. Nonetheless, earlier this month, news broke that the Granite State was hosting 13 of the unaccompanied …

Editorial: Militarization of police must be monitored

Sunday, August 24, 2014

For more than a week, unrest and outrage over the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager has gripped Ferguson, Mo. The issues raised by this confluence of race and police power are complex and numerous. But one particular issue can and should be addressed, particularly in New …

Editorial: Myths guiding opposition on Common Core

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Common Core, the education reform plan created by the Council of Chief State School Officers and backed by the National Governors Association, once had the support of 45 states and the District of Columbia. The support was bipartisan. Nearly a score of Republican governors backed the plan as …

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 …

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 …

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, …

Editorial: O’Bannon ruling changes everything

Monday, August 18, 2014

The National Collegiate Athletic Association is about to change the way it treats its top athletes, and the ripple effect could be significant, including for female athletes. Earlier this month, District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled in the O’Bannon …