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Opinion

Letter: Ensuring a bright future

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Much has been written in this newspaper about leadership decisions at the Community College System of New Hampshire. Some question the administration’s priorities, claiming faculty are losing their jobs in place of online courses and questioning spending on technology and staffing. There have been tough economic times for colleges in recent years. Reflecting national trends, the rapid enrollment growth that occurred during the recession has abated, making it impossible to …

Letter: Words with ‘trump’

Thursday, July 30, 2015

My dictionary says a trumpeter swan “honks.” It also has interesting definitions for “trumpery,” “trump up,” “trumpet,” “trumpete,” “strumpet” and, last of all, “no trump.” PERSIS GOW Concord …

Letter: Iran give-aways

Thursday, July 30, 2015

And now finally it is revealed that “secret” agreements have been made as part of the Iran deal. Maybe the public would like to know what kind of give-away the Obama administration has agreed to now. However, it isn’t being reported in the “mainstream” news outlets. Curious. FYI to the American public: a treaty, or agreement by the United States without distinction as …

Letter: Crime and punishment

Thursday, July 30, 2015

When I read about the illegal dumping in Dunbarton, my first reaction, like many readers I guess, was “when they catch the jerks, shoot them or cut their hands off. Islamic law certainly should apply here.” Or how about the New Hampshire House passes a new law that …

Letter: Support Kate’s Law

Thursday, July 30, 2015

I just completed writing an email to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen begging her to support the proposed new law being called “Kate’s Law.” I hear opponents of this law making all kinds of arguments that seem good to them to oppose this proposed law, but I would ask, why …

Letter: Dangerous travels

Thursday, July 30, 2015

I enjoyed the article “A Different Road” by Mel Graykin (Monitor Forum, July 24). My husband and I enjoy riding our bicycles around Bow and Concord. Unfortunately, we are balancing our need for exercise and joy of biking with the worry about our safety. I feel many motorists …

Letter: A game voters can’t win

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Are politics trumping governance? There is a difference between governance and politics. One is a process for managing our government and its programs. The other is a public debate determining who will have the opportunity to govern. When politics gets into governance, we the people lose big time. …

Letter: Illogical taxation

Thursday, July 30, 2015

In a Sunday letter, Richard Foss aptly points out how New Hampshire’s reliance on real estate taxes burdens retirees attempting to keep their homes (Monitor letters, July 26). That disadvantage is exacerbated by another. Although citizens pay no tax on in-state salaries, retirees supplementing their Social Security with …

Letter: A thanks to all volunteers

Thursday, July 30, 2015

I feel a need to rebut Mel Graykin’s view of my “volunteer” job as a New Hampshire legislator (Monitor Forum, May 1). Regardless of our political views, we’re all in the House and Senate trying to make a little bit of a difference. Some have the ability to …

National View: Can Terry McAuliffe save Hillary Clinton?

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Does Hillary Clinton have a serious 2016 image problem? At a comparable stage in the 2000 presidential election cycle, the polls said George W. Bush would beat Al Gore in a landslide. On Election Day, roughly a year and a half later, the Texan lost the national popular …

100 things to do to know the real New Hampshire

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Last week, the Monitor published an editorial about a fascinating “things to do in New Hampshire” list created by retired state agriculture commissioner Steve Taylor in the mid-1990s. The goal was to let readers know that the list existed, and to update and add to it. As it …

Editorial: Planned Parenthood facts, fiction

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Rallies held across the nation on Tuesday, including one in front of the State House in Concord, called for the government to stop sending taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood. The pretext was a series of online videos purporting to show how the group handles donations of fetal tissue. …

Letter: Inaccurate information

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

In his recent letter regarding adjunct teachers at the community colleges, Rick Watrous presents information that is not accurate (Sunday Monitor letters, July 26). Adjunct faculty do not make up 80 percent of faculty at New Hampshire’s community colleges. System-wide, 57 percent of the courses are taught by …