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My Turn: New Hampshire Retirement System is not broken

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

I opened my Monitor on Jan. 24 to find a front page article by Jonathan Van Fleet and an op-ed page piece by Bill Dermody of Bedford, both of which convey the thought that the New Hampshire Retirement System has to be “fixed,” an issue that has been worked on since way back in 1983. At that time, the Legislature sought to “borrow” $5 million from the corpus of the …

Before the hype: The ‘Monitor’ took a wait-and-see approach to the Blizzard of ’78

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

On Monday afternoon, the Monitor newsroom was buzzing with storm- related activity. Editors and reporters talked about angles to look for, calls to make, statistics to compile – all the information that readers expect to receive when a “historic storm” blows into the area. Although storms haven’t changed all that much over the …

national view: Cut emissions the cheaper, smarter way

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Whether Republican state leaders like it or not, the Environmental Protection Agency is going to require them to cut their states’ greenhouse-gas emissions. They can choose to do it the easy way or the hard way. One Virginia Republican is proposing they choose the easy way – and the smart way. Starting next year, the EPA will demand that every state’s power sector …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

Editorial: Drones take the sport out of hunting

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Hunting in a hilly, wooded state like New Hampshire can be difficult and frustrating. Each season, about one in five hunters bags a deer. The ones who tag out every year are the hunters who know their quarry and their weapon, put in the time pre-season to scout, …

Letter: A bad argument

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Americans For Prosperity hot air is behind the threat to pull New Hampshire out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. It was stunning to hear the AFP spokesman try to link RGGI to increased electric prices when the facts are clear that efficiency spending from funds paid by …

Letter: Don’t forget the arts!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Again, a Capitol Center for the Arts performance – “Pete Seeger; The Storm King” – is not noted in the Arts and Entertainment section of Thursday’s Monitor. Last week, I looked for an article on “A Centennial Salute to ‘Old Blue Eyes’ Frank Sinatra.” Nothing! Not even a …

Letter: Every life matters

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

New Hampshire Right to Life recently held its annual March For Life Rally. There were more than 400 people in attendance at our event, which culminated in a wonderful speaker presentation by Catherine Adair. As a past employee of Planned Parenthood in Boston, Adair shared her experiences of …

Letter: Numbers don’t lie

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Deflategate is full of hot air. The score at halftime was Patriots 14, Colts 7. It has been reported that halftime the NFL tested and inflated the balls to proper pressure. The score at the end of the game? Pats 45, Colts 7. If anything, the Pats were …

Editorial: Candidate Palin? Those days are over

Monday, January 26, 2015

Whether she knows it or not, Sarah Palin penned her own political obituary during the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines on Saturday. For 35 minutes, the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate – and perennial fundraising darling for the Republican Party – meandered from one …

My Turn: Don’t let New Hampshire be the next Kansas

Monday, January 26, 2015

We are entering the budget process in Concord, and now with the Republican Party controlling both the House and the Senate, there has been much talk about cutting taxes, limiting spending, allowing the Medicaid expansion law to sunset in 2016 and in general downsizing the role of state …

My Turn: Governor, please don’t raid dedicated funds

Monday, January 26, 2015

Dear Governor Hassan: I am sympathetic to the difficult decisions you and legislators must make in proposing a biennial budget for the state, but raiding statutorily dedicated funds should not be among the options you turn to for finding new general fund revenue. This practice allows lawmakers to …

MyTurn: This type of economics doesn’t work

Monday, January 26, 2015

Another legislative session, another round of bills to cut taxes to “stimulate” the economy and “grow” business. Currently there are bills from Sens. Jeb Bradley and Andy Sanborn to lower business taxes because they feel that they are …

Letter: Hunters should back ban

Monday, January 26, 2015

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is moving to ban the use of drones, live-action game cameras and smart rifles for the purpose of hunting. New England Backcountry Hunters and Anglers strongly supports this effort. The use of these technologies, which clearly violate the principles of fair …