Editorials

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 ...

Charlie Morgan truly made a difference

Today, we pay tribute to Rye resident Charlie Morgan, a chief warrant officer in the New Hampshire National Guard and a champion of civil rights for gay and lesbian Americans. Morgan died Sunday after a lengthy battle with breast cancer, leaving behind her wife, Karen, and 5-year-old ...

Hassan rolls the dice with her first budget

Gov. Maggie Hassan presented her much-anticipated, two-year budget to state lawmakers Thursday morning and, as expected, there is certainly no shortage of items to get some people riled up about. A 10.2 percent bump in spending from all revenue sources to $11.1 billion. A 7.1 percent rise in ...

A (still) divided State of the Union

It is said that President Thomas Jefferson broke with the precedent of delivering the annual State of the Union address to Congress in person, choosing instead to submit his written message to be read by a clerk to the joint legislative body. Given the predictable Republican response to ...

It’s been a taxing few days for Kuster, Caron

One of the major responsibilities of an elected official is to vote for projects or legislation that have the real potential to raise someone’s taxes on the federal, state, county or local levels. Inherent in that vote is an expectation that the individuals casting those votes will ...

NH marijuana bills face a more receptive audience

There is nothing new about New Hampshire lawmakers taking up legislation to either legalize or decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. But when the House and Senate take up similar legislation this year, it will be against a national backdrop of shifting attitudes – both in ...

Visions of spring hard to come by this winter

Before the Blizzard of ’13 took dead aim at New England, we were offered a glimpse of hope that spring really isn’t so across the horizon. The Red Sox loaded up a tractor-trailer truck and sent it on its way from Fenway Park to Fort Myers, Fla., where spring training is ...

Not all news good for women in the military

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s recent announcement that women now will be allowed to serve in direct combat roles was met with strong public praise and affirmation. It was an encouraging response that points to a further maturation of American mores. Increasingly, people are ...

Rwanda more than just this grim trial

Perhaps unfairly, Beatrice Munyenyezi has become the public face of the Rwandan genocide in recent months, at least to her neighbors in New Hampshire. Perhaps also unfairly, the Munyenyezi genocide trial has become the main thing – perhaps the only thing – many of us know ...

NH Fish and Game could use rescue of its own

The House Fish and Game and Marine Resources Committee heard testimony last month on a bill that would establish dedicated funding sources for search and rescue operations. We can only hope it gets a better reception from lawmakers than previous efforts over the years, which have saddled the ...

NH rail study ticket punched – at last

Let’s face it, expanding commuter rail service in New Hampshire would cost a lot a money – first to start and then to operate on an annual basis – even with generous financial assistance from the federal government. But it also could spur economic development, ...

Don’t weaken NH’s domestic violence laws

It has been nearly 40 years since Pennsylvania became the first state in the nation to establish a coalition against domestic violence and to enact legislation that specifically provided orders of protection for battered women. New Hampshire and other states would follow with similar ...