Editorials

Guess who went out to dinner? (Finally)

So this is what it has come down to: A U.S. president speaking on the phone or having dinner with lawmakers of the opposing party is a news story – not just any news story, but a BIG news story. “President woos GOP to seek broad deal,” trumpeted ...

NH House stands tall with gas tax vote

When we urged New Hampshire lawmakers last month to resist the “knee-jerk reaction” to reject a hike in the gas tax simply on the grounds that it would raise taxes, we knew it was a tall order. After all, in today’s highly polarized political climate, raising ...

NH slavery bill serves up chance for a do-over

This year marks the 150-year anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, President Abraham Lincoln’s historic declaration of Jan. 1, 1863, that all people held as slaves in the Confederate states shall be “forever free.” Yet the passage of time has done little ...

Portsmouth Shipyard has friends in high places

Perhaps lost in the sequestermania that has consumed Congress in recent weeks was a piece of news out of Capitol Hill that could bode well for New Hampshire. Late last month, it was announced that New Hampshire’s two senators had been named to key subcommittee posts within the ...

BAE’s Rose the right choice to head DRED

Like her predecessor, Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan wasted little time in demonstrating that party affiliation is not the be-all and end-all when seeking individuals to fill key posts in her administration. Otherwise, she wouldn’t have nominated Jeff Rose, of Goffstown, to be the ...

NH casino demands a long-term view

The battle over bringing a “high-end” casino to southern New Hampshire as a means to balance Gov. Maggie Hassan’s $11 billion biennial budget intensified last week with the release of a report that concluded, “the regulatory and social costs of expanded ...

Maine gun permit info should remain public

The Maine Legislature went into a panic last week after word got out that the Bangor Daily News was seeking the names of concealed firearms permit holders in the state. Instead of trusting this well-respected daily paper to do the right thing with the public information it was seeking, and ...

On sequester, Congress does what it does best: Nothing

Once upon a time, the mere mention of the word “sequestration” seemed enough to send shivers down the spines of our elected leaders. House Speaker John Boehner pledged that he was going “to do everything I can do to ensure that we don’t go ...

Time to clamp down on ‘double-dipping’ in NH

There are few things that prompt greater citizen outrage toward public sector employees than “double-dipping,” the practice of collecting a state-funded pension while also earning a second government paycheck working part time. The practice is perfectly legal. New ...

Koop set surgeon general standard

C. Everett Koop, who died at his Hanover home Monday at age 96, is remembered as the most outspoken and influential surgeon general in U.S. history. An evangelical Christian and ardent opponent of abortion, Koop was selected in 1981 by President Ronald Reagan to be the nation’s top ...

Wrestling falls to bottom line

Long before the Olympic Games became a cash cow for American television – and, for that matter, the International Olympic Committee itself – they stood as a beacon of world unity through sportsmanship, even when nations fouled them with selfish political intentions. During ...

Medical marijuana law in NH’s interest

Only the hardest of hearts would not have been moved by the emotional testimony offered at the Statehouse last week in support of legislation legalizing medical use of marijuana. Bound to his wheelchair, 66-pound, 27-year-old Clayton Holton, of Rochester, mustered his strength to tell the ...

Classrooms are not the Wild West

It would be a morbidly abhorrent consequence of the gruesome murders of 20 elementary school kids and six educators in Newtown, Conn., if New Hampshire decided that the cornerstone of its school safety strategy should be arming school employees with weapons. The pure stench of this twisted ...

NH should lead higher education reform

Gov. Maggie Hassan last week pledged to restore 90 percent of the funding cuts the state’s university system suffered in the last round of biennial budgeting. But New Hampshire college students and their families won’t likely feel the budgetary relief any time ...

Who says gas tax hike would be bad for economy?

One of the more perplexing arguments against increasing New Hampshire’s gasoline tax is that doing so would be bad for the economy. In fact, the opposite is true. As evidence, consider the recent consequences when the Sarah Long Bridge connecting Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine, ...

Two takeaways in mayor’s State of City address

State of the City speeches rarely contain much real “news,” since by definition they tend to rehash the accomplishments of the past year followed by a preview of the next one. That formula generally holds true no matter who happens to occupy the corner office. But Mayor ...

Nashua charter change? No; BPW meeting change? Yes

Nine months from now, when Nashua residents go to the polls to vote in the 2013 municipal election, they could be asked to amend the city charter to determine what time an elected body should start its meetings. We hope that won’t be necessary. Not because we disagree with the ...

Pull back the curtain on NH Liquor Commission

New Hampshire wants to insulate the Liquor Commission from political meddling so the future of the state’s booze business is determined by prudence, not patronage. In the quest for independence, however, the Legislature must not lose sight of the fact that, in the end, the ...

Keep social media passwords private in NH

Should your boss be able to ask for your personal passwords? According to two bills under consideration in the New Hampshire Legislature, the answer is no – and we agree. Last week, the House Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Committee held a hearing on two similar bills ...

Newspaper carriers braved the blizzard, too

A week ago, as we all know, the New England region was whacked by a nor’easter, dumping 12 to 24 inches of snow across this area; even more elsewhere. We, from New Hampshire and New England, view ourselves as a resilient tribe, but we forget at times the hardship such a storm poses ...