Charles Arlinghaus, Union Leader
One committee chairman in the New Hampshire House admitted in a rare moment of candor that he intends to use schools as a political hostage in his grand negotiating scheme. This sort of cynical manipulation helps explain why average citizens have such contempt for politicians and their perverted sense of ethics. New Hampshire's charter school law has been in limbo for the better part of a year. The Attorney General's Office has told the state Board of Education that its interpretation of language passed last session prohibits the board from allowing any new schools to open. Oddly, the authors of that language intended precisely the opposite.