Editorials

Facebook today: Friend or foe?

Ask someone who loves Facebook, and you’ll often hear about connecting with friends and family, reconnecting with old friends and classmates, or even a story about reconnecting with an old flame. Ask someone who hates Facebook, and you’ll hear all about how founder and ...

Wright strategy was oh so wrong

Forgive us if we don’t feel like celebrating now that a disgraceful Republican proposal to interject race and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. into the 2012 presidential campaign has been denounced by the Mitt Romney campaign and the Wyoming-based billionaire who was said to be ...

Private prisons aren’t a lock yet

A proposal being mulled by New Hampshire officials to hand over the state’s prisons to private companies has been churning quietly along for several months. It began during the state’s biennial budgeting process in 2011, when the Department of Corrections’ ...

End of the line for Vaillancourt

Call it a circus. Call it a zoo. Call it a theater of the absurd. Those descriptions all seem to fall short of encapsulating what happened on the floor of the New Hampshire House of Representatives on Tuesday, when all semblance of decorum and civility evaporated in an appalling ...

Meeting minutes do-over fails public

There are certain times in life when do-overs – getting a second chance at getting something right – can be appropriate, especially when no one’s looking. The first hole on a golf course. Parallel parking. A project gone awry. And there are other times when ...

Let’s not dismiss cyberbully report

Based on the widespread publicity given to cyberbullying in recent years, one might have suspected the first statewide numbers to be released by the Department of Education would reflect an alarming national trend. After all, one study conducted as far back as 2006 by the Pew Research Center ...

Hiring principals skipped key step

Barring a mutiny of sorts Monday night, the Nashua Board of Education was poised to hire three new principals to fill vacancies at Amherst and Fairgrounds elementary schools and Pennichuck Middle School. Each candidate had the recommendation of Superintendent Mark Conrad and each received the ...

NFL suicide trend a cause for alarm

Generally lost in the tributes and tears following the suicide of retired NFL star Junior Seau was an alarming realization: His was the third fatal, self-inflicted gunshot wound by a retired pro football player in the last 15 months. Chicago Sun Times sports columnist Rick Telander pointed ...

Politics aside, president did the right thing

The two biggest questions reverberating in the political echoes of President Barack Obama’s decision to publicly embrace same-sex marriage are why now and how will if affect his re-election? Popular analysis concludes Vice President Joe Biden’s recent endorsement of such ...

For Claremont, little has changed

Fifteen years after the New Hampshire Supreme Court’s landmark Claremont ruling, you could forgive the plaintiffs for forgetting that they won. A comprehensive story by the Valley News of Lebanon, republished by the Concord Monitor on Sunday, demonstrates dramatically that the ...

WLC board adds insult to injury

What’s worse than a public body denying access to an investigator’s report that was paid for with taxpayer money? Hiring a lawyer to fight the release of that investigator’s report by spending even more of the taxpayers’ money. That’s the ...

Troubling signs in Lugar’s loss

Just what the Senate needs today – another member who believes compromise might as well be a four-letter word. Yet that became a real possibility Tuesday when tea party-backed Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock trounced six-term Sen. Richard Lugar in that state’s ...

No playing down O’Brien’s impact

To hear House Speaker Bill O’Brien tell it, he is but a foot soldier in a much bigger army intent on restoring New Hampshire to its original roots of limited government and personal responsibility. No more, no less. “I am here temporarily to work towards that ...

School tax credits don’t make grade

Legislative writers have gone to great lengths to make sure that adopting education tax credits to help send public school students to private schools would be constitutional. Constitutional? Perhaps. Good public policy. We don’t think so. So, if the House of Representatives (HB ...

Dream comes true for NFL aspirants

Kendall Reyes can relate to that old saying about good things coming to those who wait. The former Nashua High School North football player, who went on to star as a defensive tackle at the University of Connecticut, spent the first round of the National Football League draft last month ...

Public slighted by secret hiring

Look for puffs of white smoke to float above Brookline’s town hall in late May. That’s when the secret conclave of selectmen expect to choose a town administrator. Until then, the process remains off limits to town residents because, in the words of selectmen’s ...

What’s the rush for Emily’s List?

With all the money pumped into politics these days, Granite Staters have developed a sensitivity to outside interests trying to have their way with local issues and campaigns. Gun rights, right-to-work legislation and abortion are just some of the issues that regularly draw accusations of ...

Graying of NH colors our world

What happens when you combine an aging state with a slowdown in population growth? Trouble. That’s the short version of a new study by the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire, which examines how fertility, mortality and migration are contributing to population trends ...

Innovation award hits close to home

You don’t have to look too hard these days to be reminded that the U.S. education system doesn’t stack up well when compared to other developed countries in the world. In its most recent study, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development found that the United ...

Hudson, Latinos seek fresh start

The Hudson Board of Selectmen should be commended for hosting a special meeting with members of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs on Monday to dispel the notion that the community is not a welcoming place for Latinos. The meeting was prompted by some disparaging ...