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Opinion

Letter: Extremists?

Friday, May 29, 2015

With all due respect, I take issue with Fran Wendelboe’s column “The real abortion extremists” (Sunday Monitor Forum, May 16) in which she states pro-choice, Planned Parenthood supporters are the real extremists. I do not believe a fertilized egg is a person, definitely not a person deserving 14th Amendment rights, but rather a “blueprint.” About 60 percent of fertilized eggs do not implant to the uterine wall. Of those embryos …

Letter: Shaheen owes state explanation for TPP vote

Friday, May 29, 2015

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen voted this month with 13 other Democratic senators and 48 Republicans for cloture over the issue of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, thus paving the way for fast track authority for the president. In the opinion of many – Paul Krugman, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and the Gutenberg Project, for example – the TPP, a so-called trade pact, is actually more of an …

Editorial: In New Hampshire, power of church fades

Friday, May 29, 2015

Religion in the United States is in decline. That’s the inescapable conclusion one draws from a new study by the Pew Research Center. The center’s 2014 U.S. Religious Landscape Study documented several ways in which the country’s religious landscape is changing. The percentage of Americans calling themselves Christian dropped from 78.4 percent in 2007 to 70.6 percent last year. The percentage of those …

My Turn: Business tax changes require context and strategy

Friday, May 29, 2015

The budget is in play in the state Senate. Some legislators say lowering the state’s business profits tax as well as business enterprise tax should be part of the budget process, indicating doing so will result in increased jobs and thus revenues for the state. Lowering New Hampshire’s …

Off Main: If you want a profound listening experience, choose vinyl

Friday, May 29, 2015

I’m old enough to have bought and played vinyl records as a little kid. The ones I remember best featured excerpts from Disney soundtracks, Peanuts specials and Scooby-Doo episodes. They were picture discs, with cartoon images printed right …

My Turn: State lacks means to afford business tax cuts

Friday, May 29, 2015

Listen long enough in Concord and you’ll hear it. In discussions of New Hampshire’s budget, whether in committee rooms or in floor debates, not much time will pass before someone utters the refrain, “We must live within our means.” Legally, that’s undeniably true. New Hampshire, like every other …

National View: A beautiful game’s ugly side

Friday, May 29, 2015

Soccer is a game, a beautiful game – but it isn’t only a game. It is a global cultural obsession, and its quadrennial showcase, the World Cup, is one of the biggest entertainment spectacles on the planet. Hungry for prestige, revenue, tourism and construction projects, nations large and …

Editorial: Fewer city hall trips? Yes, please

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Every once in a while, someone says something that makes the mind stop in its tracks, so clear is the truth of the statement. This time it was a public official, Eddie Drouse, Concord’s director of information technology. “Who wants to stand in line anymore just to register …

Letter: Thank you, Sen. Little

Thursday, May 28, 2015

I was thrilled to read the news that efforts to repeal the buffer zone law protecting patients entering reproductive health centers failed in the New Hampshire Senate. Women should be able to access health care without judgment and harassment – yet that is exactly what they face with …

Letter: The real arrogance

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Arrogance – that is a serious word. We don’t need to worry a lot about climate change because climate scientists are too arrogant? Really?! What part of scientific consensus statements such as, “It is extremely likely that humans are the dominant cause of warming since the mid-20th century” …

Letter: Clean air for kids

Thursday, May 28, 2015

As a mother, I believe all children deserve the opportunity to grow up in a healthy environment free of pollution and harmful chemicals indoors and outdoors. Our air is getting cleaner and we have made some steps in the right direction, but maintaining clean air in New Hampshire …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Libertarian ideals may look great on paper, but in practice they erode freedom

Thursday, May 28, 2015

I have a question for the Libertarians out there: What exactly do you mean by harm? I was intrigued by material I read on the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire website that stated “as long as they are not harming anyone else, people have the right to do …

Editorial: Republicans set stage for indirect tax

Thursday, May 28, 2015

These are tense times for the millions of people, including 39,000-plus New Hampshire residents, who finally have health insurance thanks to federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. These patients are walking the wire over the chasm of uncertainty that is life without coverage. In New Hampshire, Republican …