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Editorial: Sticking to Their Guns

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

There’s almost nothing more important to modern political campaigns than identifying potential supporters and obtaining their contact information. This data is political gold that can be effectively mined for campaign cash as well as for get-out-the-vote efforts. As The New York Times reported Friday, Republican candidates in primaries across the country have developed a useful new tool to accomplish this vital task: gun giveaways, in which those who are willing …

Editorial: Borrowing Trouble

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Which is more appalling: That town and school officials in Hartford asked voters to approve a package of capital projects so poorly vetted that the cost estimates were wildly off base; or that they relied on a fundamentally flawed process to do so? We’re going with the process, on the theory that bad process so often guarantees a bad result. But it’s a …

Editorial: Humanitarian Assistance

Friday, April 18, 2014

A child starving in South Sudan should matter to Americans. That was the message delivered last week by Nancy Lindborg, head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, the federal bureau that helps to spread democracy and humanitarian assistance across the world. That world has reached a critical danger zone, with three high-level …

Editorial: The Sky Isn’t Falling

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Some of the potential candidates for the Republican presidential nomination gathered for a “Freedom Summit” in Manchester over the weekend, marking what one conservative activist termed “the unofficial kickoff of the 2016” campaign. Given that New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary is still almost two years away, we’re inclined to …

Editorial: Taxing Questions

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A few facts to keep in mind about New Hampshire’s “Medicaid Enhancement Tax”: It doesn’t have much to do with Medicaid. It doesn’t enhance health care for the poor and disabled. And though long used as a mechanism to raise revenue, it doesn’t pass constitutional muster — at …

Editorial: Not So Great Expectations

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Normally we turn to Dickens to read about hardhearted adults displaying callous indifference to the plight of children. No such resort to fiction was needed last week, though, as first Lebanon school officials and then the executive board of the teachers union placed adherence to policy over the …

Editorial: Dangers of High-Frequency Trading

Monday, April 14, 2014

In The Financier, his great novel of American capitalism, Theodore Dreiser describes the thinking of his hero, Frank Cowperwood, who exploited banks, the state and investors. It isn’t wise to steal outright, Cowperwood concludes; that would be wrong. But “there were so many situations wherein what one might …

Editorial: Granite State Shoot-Out

Saturday, April 12, 2014

We’re not sure when the next debate in the New Hampshire Republican primary race for the U.S. Senate will take place, but we have a suggestion for the venue: any gun range in the Granite State. That way potential voters can determine not only who is a straight …

Editorial: Beautify the Strip

Saturday, April 12, 2014

“Ugliness is so grim,” Lady Bird Johnson once remarked. “A little beauty, something that is lovely, I think, can help create harmony which will lessen tensions.” The former first lady, seeing loveliness in the simplicity of wildflowers, spring bulbs and park benches, launched an energetic campaign to beautify …

Editorial: Putin’s Power Grab

Friday, April 11, 2014

Vladimir Putin’s invasion and annexation of Crimea was highly objectionable by itself, but it raises even worse possibilities. What if it was merely the opening move in a sustained effort to bring areas that were part of the …

Editorial: Get On With the Jobs

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The American economy’s long, painful recovery from the Great Recession reached a milestone with last week’s report that American businesses added 192,000 jobs in March. With that, private sector payrolls reached a record 116.1 million, finally exceeding the peak set in January 2008. This is good news, but …

Editorial: Safety in Day Care

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The accidental death on March 24 of a toddler at a day-care provider’s home in Enfield raises an urgent question: What more can be done to ensure the safety of children in such settings? “We don’t want to miss anything that could prevent something like this happening in …

Editorial: Teachers and Facebook

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Social media continue to confront society with unforeseen challenges, even as their use becomes nearly universal — or perhaps because of it. Witness the case of Carol Thebarge, a revered substitute teacher at Stevens High School in Claremont, who was fired for refusing to comply with a policy …