Editorials

Civics bill not a bad idea for NH

New Hampshire senators this week will vote on a bill to mandate that every public high school student take a civics course before receiving his or her diploma. At a time our state and nation are experiencing vastly differing opinions on politics and the role of government, it is more ...

Trump can’t keep Pence in the dark

Several presidents have treated their vice presidents notoriously and sometimes irresponsibly badly. The late President Harry Truman knew all about that. When he took office upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, he had to be told about the atomic bomb. Roosevelt had kept him in the ...

Fraud claim puts integrity at stake

The Trump administration's easily disproved claims of rampant voter fraud in New Hampshire, repeated by the president and his associates this past week, remind us of a scandal that took place during President George W. Bush's second term. "In 2007, the Justice Department was upended ...

Officials must be held accountable

During President Richard M. Nixon’s nosedive from grace, it was referred to as the non-denial denial – that is, an inference that something may have happened, but the details have been lost in the fog of time. President Trump engaged in this the other day during his ...

Looking back at the week in news

NH Senate made right move passing victims' right bill The New Hampshire Senate issued a strong signal for victim's privacy rights this week with the passage of Senate Bill 9. Lawmakers say this measure protects sexual assault victims from having their consensual sexual history entered as ...

Pakistan remains a global threat

It may be that the most critical foreign relations problem facing President Donald Trump, at least in the short term, is not Russia or China. It is Pakistan, which for years has been enabling terrorist groups in Afghanistan and thus, the rest of the world. During testimony before the Senate ...

Trump’s fantasy of NH voter fraud

The issue of voter fraud keeps circulating around President Trump. And now New Hampshire, and its history of clean voting and electoral integrity, has been questioned by the most narcissistic individual to ever occupy the White House. The president, and later one of his senior advisers, ...

Trump’s election sparked activism

One silver lining for those who oppose the Trump presidency is that his election has stirred up the pot so much it has caused an explosion of anger, sort of a mini revolution that has gotten passive citizens to get off their butts, stand up and let their voices be heard. The massive protest ...

Sensible budget finds compromise

In his inaugural budget, Gov. Chris Sununu and his team crafted a proposal for the Legislature that struck a fine balance between touting New Hampshire's business advantages and funding the well-recognized priorities here. Last Thursday, Sununu pitched a realistic $12.1 billion budget that ...

Looking back at the week in news

Litchfield voters will soon face a fire station dilemma Local towns such as Litchfield have asked voters to approve the building of a new fire station for years. In Litchfield, the Fire Department says cramped bays can no longer hold all of its vehicles, there's no place to store the ...

Celebrating with good behavior

To those who are well beyond their prime partying years, one ritual in the celebration of a hometown championship has never really computed. Why do college-aged fans find it necessary to chuck beer cans through windows, start fights, set fires and tip over cars as they pour out of the bars ...

Enough with link to sports, politics

While it was impossible to ignore the improbable and historic Super Bowl comeback on Sunday night, the bigger battleground for far too many was in the Twitterverse instead of on the gridiron. The New England Patriots completed the most spectacular Super Bowl victory over the Atlanta Falcons ...

Fed will look to lighten its load

The Federal Reserve's first meeting of the new year, set for Tuesday and Wednesday, isn't likely to generate many fireworks or any great surprises. Almost no one expects another interest-rate increase, though there'll doubtless be more ahead down the road. What will be most interesting, ...

Don’t overshadow the opioid battle

The 2016 campaign season is over, but political stunts are timeless. There are some grandstanding efforts, however, that shouldn't need the extra attention to showcase or impress upon the public the seriousness of an issue. Last Friday, New Hampshire's two Democratic senators joined nearly ...

Travel ban’s optics are unAmerican

President Donald Trump's advocates are quick to defend his executive order on immigration by pointing out it is not a ban on Muslims, but merely a stiffer vetting of refugees from countries where Muslims are a majority. Trump's measure prohibits admittance of refugees to the U.S., as well as ...

Pats continue to dominate league

The sun came up, the sky is blue, President Donald Trump tweeted and the New England Patriots are heading to Houston to play in Super Bowl LI on Feb. 5. Between the yawns, we can't help but marvel at the fact that the Patriots are so good, and have been for so long, that every regular season ...

TGI ‘Smunday’ is worth reviewing

New Englanders have grown accustomed to Super Bowl hangovers - the emotional ones, if not the alcohol induced. After all, next Sunday will mark the seventh time in 16 years the Patriots will play in America's Biggest Game, also known as America's Biggest Advertising Vehicle, America's Most ...

Looking back at the week in news

Finding inspiration from New Hampshire's next generation Destination Imagination has been encouraging kids to think outside the box for more than three decades. Students choose from among seven categories called Challenges: Technical, Scientific, Structural, Fine Arts, Improvisational, ...

Celebrating our right to protest

Throughout the nation, millions of people in dozens of cities took to the streets Friday and Saturday, protesting the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States. A few thousand - out of a nation of 325 million - engaged in violent confrontations with police. It matters not ...

NH’s generous spirit refreshing

One in nine. Every year, the New Hampshire Food Bank reports one in nine Granite Staters are food insecure. Every year we hear that number includes more than 41,300 children. Fortunately, every year New Hampshire residents do something about it by reaching into their wallets and pantries each ...