Friday 04/17/2015
Drunken revelry, and worse, shouldn't be all the rage
Posted: April 17, 2015

This week we learned that FinnaRage TV, the online “entertainment” company whose business plan appears to be generating page visits by inciting college partiers to amp up — or dumb down — their behavior to make for more risqué online video footage, is planning a return to Keene this weekend.

Wednesday 04/15/2015
On Tax Day, a look at New Hampshire's budget battle
Posted: April 15, 2015

It seems somewhat fitting that April 15 — known as Tax Day for many — should come in the midst of the Granite State’s finagling over how much money the state will spend during the next two years, and therefore, how much we’ll all pay in taxes.

Tuesday 04/14/2015
Reputation of police taking a hit with shootings
Posted: April 14, 2015

Across the country, police are, if you’ll excuse the expression, under fire.

Sunday 04/12/2015
Monadnock board gets schooled on student behavior, effects of cuts
Posted: April 12, 2015

Tuesday night, the Monadnock Regional School Board heard some disturbing facts about the behavior of students in the district. Linda Kalloger, principal of the district’s middle/high school, put it bluntly: “We need help.” She pointed to recent budget cuts that left the Swanzey Center school with only one vice principal and down a guidance counselor.

Friday 04/10/2015
Names, not the issues that affect us most, drive voters to the polls
Posted: April 10, 2015

By and large, we felt last month’s town meeting — and school district meeting — process went well. Voters went about their jobs without undue rancor. Budgets were passed, capital purchases were agreed to, and residents in every Monadnock Region town on the planned route of the Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline did their best to thwart that project, which we won’t put a value judgment on, but which was certainly expected.

Thursday 04/09/2015
Monadnock Region is working the health rankings
Posted: April 09, 2015

When the latest County Health Rankings report was unveiled recently, the results for New Hampshire might have struck some locals as a downer.

Wednesday 04/08/2015
Bears don't deserve death by chocolate
Posted: April 08, 2015

The Granite State has a long and hallowed tradition of hunting. Although it’s not as popular as it once was, thousands still practice the art of stalking and killing wild animals.

Monday 04/06/2015
Spring truly begins today, for it's Opening Day
Posted: April 06, 2015

The light in the sky is staying longer, the snow is quickly disappearing and the mercury — in those thermometers that still carry that toxic substance — is rising.

Sunday 04/05/2015
It's time to plan, act, to deal with Vermont Yankee's closure
Posted: April 05, 2015

Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst is a useful, if underutilized, philosophy for dealing with economic unknowns, be they personal finances or large-scale economics.

Friday 04/03/2015
Congress should ignore attempts to protect fraternities
Posted: April 03, 2015

College Greek organizations are under fire and are firing back in the time-honored, all-American way: throwing money at Congress.

Thursday 04/02/2015
Report makes clear changes are needed in Keene State athletics
Posted: April 02, 2015

More than a year after Keene State College fired employee Gino Vallante amid allegations he had acted improperly with student-athletes, Keene State and the University System of New Hampshire last week released a five-part report totaling more than 500 pages, dealing with staff-athlete conduct and cases involving four specific system employees.

Wednesday 04/01/2015
Teenagers are driving to distraction
Posted: April 01, 2015

There was a time for all of us when driving seemed hard; when keeping focus enough to avoid pedestrians, bicyclists and road hazards felt like a strain, when keeping track of the gas, the brake, the clutch and the turn signals felt like a pop quiz; when every brake light, road sign and traffic light caused a small surge of adrenaline.

Tuesday 03/31/2015
House budget writers' priorities don't reflect state's reality
Posted: March 31, 2015

When members of the N.H. House file into the Statehouse Wednesday to vote on a state budget for 2016-17, we hope they will have heard — and will heed — the concerns of constituents who are unwilling to set the state back in education, ideology and health services.

Sunday 03/29/2015
Keene Pumpkin Festival's future is coming to a head
Posted: March 29, 2015

After a brief reprieve, the fate of the 2015 Keene Pumpkin Festival is back on the docket of the Keene City Council.

Friday 03/27/2015
Farmers market, city getting on the same page
Posted: March 27, 2015

The recent miscommunication between the city and the Farmers’ Market of Keene is unfortunate.

Thursday 03/26/2015
Sadly, a new indoor ice arena means saying goodbye to skating at The Barn
Posted: March 26, 2015

With the state high school ice hockey tournaments having ended, demand for ice time may have lessened. But it will soon pick up again, and this is a key turning point in the region for skaters.

Wednesday 03/25/2015
Businesses have a role in making the community better
Posted: March 25, 2015

One of the back-and-forth battles being waged in Concord during the past few legislative sessions has been over setting a state minimum wage.

Monday 03/23/2015
The budgetary feel in Concord is one of an extended winter
Posted: March 23, 2015

If the past two weeks are any indication, it’s going to be a long spring in Concord, with nary a thaw in the air. If the Granite State had its own prognosticating marmot — say, Penacook Phil — it would stay safe in its burrow, thereby indicating 14 more weeks of political winter.

Sunday 03/22/2015
Proposed Keene 'services hub' an interesting concept
Posted: March 22, 2015

Recently, an idea was floated to turn the former Keene Middle School on Washington Street into a hub for local social services. The concept would be to overhaul the 135,000-square-foot building in downtown Keene to house local shelters, The Community Kitchen, the state Health and Human Services office for the region, and other agencies offering education, job training, drug addiction help and more.

Friday 03/20/2015
A good bill falls victim to system failure
Posted: March 20, 2015

“My wish is that we hadn’t junked that bill up with abortion politics. Let’s just stand for the principle that we are all against slavery and keep the bill clean of extraneous provisions, and that applies to (Department of Homeland Security) appropriations, too.”

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