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Editorials


A ‘slush fund’ for defense spending

Congress generally has little trouble achieving broad agreement on defense spending. One reason is a well-established and, indeed, almost reflexive belief that throwing more money … Full story    
Updated 20 hours ago

Turns out, state’s colleges are not

When you search a database on a state-run website that shows salaries of state employees, you might expect to find the salaries of state employees. … Full story    
Updated yesterday

Looking back at the week in news

Wrong legislator issued  the apology to NH students Hats off to state Rep. Robert Cushing, of Hampton, who took the floor of the New Hampshire … Full story    
Updated 2 days ago

State, at last, on right road

Current New Hampshire law allows motorists to read emails and text messages and check in on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. They can also … Full story    
Published:  March 27, 2015

Nashua: Taking aim at panhandlers

It’s hard to go wrong proposing a piece of legislation that targets panhandlers who stand by the side of the road holding signs that ask … Full story    
Published:  March 26, 2015

Nashua students’ input was valuable

The city of Nashua can be proud of the group of Nashua High School students who have turned out over the last few weeks and … Full story    
Published:  March 25, 2015

Time to rethink favorite mantra?

Will the last person leaving New Hampshire please turn off the lights? Since 2010, The Granite State ranks 42nd in population growth at paltry .79 … Full story    
Published:  March 23, 2015

Representative deserves the bird

Anyone raised in New Hampshire grows up knowing three basic facts about the state: The purple lilac is the official state flower, the purple finch … Full story    
Published:  March 22, 2015

Looking back at the week in news

A reminder of war’s realities, from the diary of a young girl Had she lived, Anne Frank would be 85 now, with a story to … Full story    
Published:  March 21, 2015

Sunshine is more than just records

According to the Declaration of Independence, governments get their power “from the consent of the governed.” That’s the fundamental idea behind our republic, and it’s … Full story    
Published:  March 20, 2015

Bill would make law clearer

Nine Republican state senators have sponsored a bill – Senate Bill 205 – that would expressly include the office of the governor as a “public … Full story    
Published:  March 19, 2015

More committee access is needed

Since the current session of the Legislature began in early January, there have been almost weekly hearings at the Statehouse and the adjacent Legislative Office … Full story    
Published:  March 18, 2015

This will probably take a few minutes

In observance of Sunshine Week – when newspapers across the country examine government transparency – we recently went online to review meeting minutes of selected … Full story    
Published:  March 17, 2015

Give people a place to air transparency grievances

It’s an idea long past due, and one that would give the public a seat at the table when matters of government transparency are decided. … Full story    
Published:  March 16, 2015

Following the money in NH? Good luck with a bad system

New Hampshire’s campaign finance reporting system is a train wreck, with debris scattered all over the tracks. Little wonder that advocates for so-called right-to-work legislation … Full story    
Published:  March 15, 2015

Letter sends Iran a wrong message

One wonders how loud and angry the Republican response would have been if a petty clan Democratic senators had written an open letter to Soviet … Full story    
Published:  March 13, 2015

NH could use a good watchdog

It was a simple, painful, powerful question posed by the chairman of the New Hampshire Senate’s Health and Human Services Committee. “How did we fail … Full story    
Published:  March 12, 2015

Pedestrians, motorists not ‘Us vs. Them’

You can see them every day walking along the side of the road. In South Nashua, they may be coming from the store, headed home … Full story    
Published:  March 11, 2015

Sticking needles in the public’s eyes

Rep. David Woodbury, D-New Boston, says House Bill 646 “threads the needle between an individual’s right to free and full access to public records and … Full story    
Published:  March 10, 2015

Ban indoor tanning for youths under 18

Ban indoor tanning  for youths under 18 The Centers for Disease Control monitors youth behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence through its Risk … Full story    
Published:  March 7, 2015

Clinton emails are reflection of trust

For anyone inclined to support Hillary Rodham Clinton for president, the disclosure that she exclusively used a private email account to conduct government business when … Full story    
Published:  March 6, 2015

Tuesday’s political theater of absurd

It’s not uncommon for foreign leaders to address Congress. But when that foreign leader uses the House of Representatives to attack the president of the … Full story    
Published:  March 5, 2015

Sun appears setting on casino gambling

Alittle more than two years ago, Gov. Maggie Hassan made the licensing of a single destination resort casino in southeastern New Hampshire a crucial funding … Full story    
Published:  March 4, 2015

Nashua candidates in their ‘full glory’

One of the more fascinating cross-currents emerging in Nashua’s mayoral race is the drama being played out with regard to the creation and operation of … Full story    
Published:  March 3, 2015

An opportunity for wage compromise

The national minimum wage is about to go up, and it didn’t even take an act of Congress or the legislature to make it happen. … Full story    
Published:  March 2, 2015

Government standing up for Web users’ interests

Not much more than two decades ago, the Internet was inhabited by computer geeks who used “telnet” and “gopher” protocols to access remote computers with … Full story    
Published:  March 1, 2015

Looking back at the week in news

Alton gadfly gives free speech a bad name, but … Jeffrey Clay is the kind of guy who gives free speech a bad name. The … Full story    
Published:  February 28, 2015

Hunter safety: To be or don’t be

Don’t be that kid walking around with a double barrel 12-gauge shotgun plugged with mud. Don’t be that kid with that plugged muzzle climbing over … Full story    
Published:  February 27, 2015

WSJ: Keystone veto was an act of isolation

White House aides are whispering that President Barack Obama’s veto of the Keystone XL pipeline authorization bill signals a new phase of his presidency, and … Full story    
Published:  February 27, 2015

A big upgrade over a bad law

We have no problem with the notion that people who break the law should be required to forfeit the fruits of their unlawful activity. After … Full story    
Published:  February 26, 2015