Opinion

Column: But Who Will Plow N.H.’s Roads?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

New Hampshire’s House Finance Committee voted on Monday to decimate the state’s Department of Transportation. Just as the state had begun to rebuild the agency …

Editorial: Secretive Police, and Their Political Enablers

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Last December, President Obama proposed spending millions of dollars to equip 50,000 police officers across the nation with body cameras as part of an effort …

Column: Ted Cruz Has a Better Shot Than You Think

Thursday, March 26, 2015

A rule for Republicans, credited to the iconic William F. Buckley, suggests voting for the most conservative candidate who can win. This sounds reasonable at …

Forum, March 24: Hingston Helped Windsor; Politicized Co-op Election; Down in the Dumps

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Unions Benefit Workers To the Editor: I am responding to the opinion column by Jay Ambrose that said unions are bad for workers (“Right-to-Work Law Is Good for Workers,” March 12). Unions are acting in the interests of workers to collectively bargain, which brings together employer and employee …

Music Education Is Vital to Learning, but Often Lands on the Chopping Block

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

As a 7-year-old pianist, I experienced the joy of learning Beethoven’s Für Elise. My eyes deciphered the notes on the page, my ears guided me to depress the right keys, and my fingers translated the symbols on the page with the right speed, rhythm, and expression. The benefit …

Column: Netanyahu’s Victory Is Not a Defeat for the Prospects for Peace

Monday, March 23, 2015

Washington Of all the idiocies uttered in reaction to Benjamin Netanyahu’s stunning election victory, none is more ubiquitous than the idea that peace prospects are now dead because Netanyahu has declared that there will be no Palestinian state while he is Israel’s prime minister. I have news for …

Challenging the Almighty Supreme Court

Monday, March 23, 2015

Maybe everybody’s being too hard on William Baude. In an op-ed article in last Tuesday’s New York Times, Baude proposed that should the Supreme Court strike down the Obama administration’s interpretation of a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, the president might follow the example of Abraham …

Editorial: An Electoral College Tilt

Monday, March 23, 2015

The electoral college is far from a perfect way to elect presidents, but that doesn’t mean every “reform” offers an improvement. A case in point: a Michigan Republican’s proposal to apportion the state’s electoral votes by congressional district, replacing the standard method of awarding all electoral votes to …

Forum, March 23: Senator, It’s Obvious; Signs of Snowden; Bad Times for the Climate

Monday, March 23, 2015

Senator, It’s Obvious To the Editor: U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., writes, “One has to wonder why this administration is so eager to prevent Americans’ elected representatives from voting on a deal that has such enormous security implications for not just our country, but also for the entire …

Column: Strafford Post Office Is Village ‘Living Room’

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Post offices in small towns are often called the center of community life. In Strafford, where Terry Toy was postmaster for 13 years until her retirement this month, some called it the village “living room.” First, there was …

Editorial: GOP Budget Deficits

Sunday, March 22, 2015

When House Republicans unveiled their 10-year budget plan for a “Stronger America” last week, U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Georgia, proclaimed that, “A budget is a moral document; it talks about where your values are.” Woodall, a member of the House Budget Committee, is absolutely correct in this, but …

Column: There’s Demand for Misinformation as Well as Ample Supply

Sunday, March 22, 2015

It’s not An Inconvenient Truth — yet. But for a movie focused on climate change, Sony Pictures Classics’ Merchants of Doubt — based on the widely read book of the same name by historians Naomi Oreskes and Erik …

Column: Combat Veterans Suffer Moral Wounds as Well as Physical Ones

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Even on the short overnight ops, sometimes we talked about things we knew we’d carry home. On a cold night in March 2010, Jeff brought up the kid he’d shot a month earlier, when the battle for the …