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Editorials

Editorial: Shaheen, Welch, Kuster

Friday, October 31, 2014

The U.S. Senate race in New Hampshire has outsized importance for the country this fall, as control of the Senate is in the balance. Republicans have a good chance of taking the Senate and holding the House. If they do, the stalemate of the last two years could become, to adapt Winston Churchill, gridlock wrapped in an impasse inside a quagmire. That’s reason enough to re-elect Democrat Jeanne Shaheen, although …

Borderline Scare Tactics

Thursday, October 30, 2014

During the past 14 years, under presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, the United States has sent more than 9,000 additional Border Patrol agents to the Southwest frontier, more than doubling the force there. It has built more than 600 miles of fencing; installed almost 12,000 underground sensors; and deployed scores of aircraft, drones and boats, to say nothing of an array …

Editorial: Hassan for Governor

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan is making the case that a vote for her Republican opponent, Walt Havenstein, is a vote to turn back the clock to the bad old days when Bill O’Brien, the once and would-be future speaker of the House, wreaked havoc on the state’s services and its economy. For his part, Havenstein, a former Marine and ex-CEO of a …

Editorial: Reject a Strong Mayor in Claremont

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Managing a city and managing a major league baseball team have at least one thing in common: There is always a legion of spectators convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that they could do the job better. In baseball, this second-guessing is largely confined to talk radio. In Claremont …

Editorial: Insuring Kids Pays Off

Monday, October 27, 2014

In what may be a hopelessly quixotic effort, supporters of the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program are trying to persuade Congress to renew its funding almost a year in advance — and in a lame-duck session. Nevertheless, lawmakers ought to heed that call. The program plugs a troubling …

Editorial: Single-Payer Slowdown?

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Scott Milne, the Republican candidate for governor of Vermont, has pronounced single-payer health care “dead for 2017.” This is not because Milne is convinced that he will unseat Gov. Peter Shumlin, chief architect and cheerleader for a universal-access, single-payer, government-funded system; in fact, the challenger is appropriately agnostic …

Editorial: Into the Fryer; A Hard Line at McDonald’s in Russia

Friday, October 24, 2014

In January 1990, when the dreary and declining Soviet Union under Mikhail Gorbachev was opening to the world, McDonald’s arrived as a symbol of American prosperity and freedom. Long lines of Russians, used to stores with empty shelves, were stunned by the cornucopia of burgers, fries, Cokes and …

Editorial: What the Pentagon Knows About Climate Change

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Americans love to be scared to death, as evidenced by the enduring popularity of horror movies and Halloween. The terror of the moment is the Ebola virus, which succeeded in the national consciousness the Islamic State, which took the place of Ukraine, which was preceded by Central American …

Editorial: The Girth of a Nation

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Economics is sometimes called the dismal science, but the study of weight loss is nearly as dreary. A recent story in this newspaper, however, seemed to offer a morsel of hope when its headline declared: “Study: Rapid Weight Loss Just as Good.” Or, just as good as the …

Editorial: Help Wanted in Hartford: Police Chief

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

It is hardly uncommon for public employee unions to express no confidence in management, but it’s a bit more unusual to do so when the rank and file don’t know exactly who they are working for. That’s apparently the case with Hartford’s police union, which expressed no confidence …

Editorial: Increase the Federal Gas Tax

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Whenever the price of oil spikes, it’s a sure bet that some U.S. politicians will propose another gas tax holiday. So now that oil has fallen below $85 a barrel, and with America’s highways and mass-transit systems starved for funding, is anyone in Washington sensibly calling for a …

Editorial: Ugly Talk in Politics

Sunday, October 19, 2014

New Hampshire Rep. Steve Vaillancourt, a Republican who represents Hillsborough County District 15, is not a handsome man. In photos he looks stocky, balding, a tad overweight, with a pug face and a tendency toward a bullfrog neck. His looks are fair game because Vaillancourt, one of the …

Editorial: Bark About the Park

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

We count ourselves among the most loyal and devoted friends of canis lupus familiaris, and we stand prepared to defend their rights. Even so, we readily concede that dogs, much like toddlers and teenagers, have their place. And that place may not be near crowds, antsy children, bouncing …