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My Turn: Legislation added protections for elderly

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Mark Connolly did an excellent job of explaining the ever-growing problem of elder financial exploitation (Monitor Forum, Oct. 17). On a national level, approximately $2.9 billion per year is stolen from seniors. And as the elder population continues to increase, this figure will only increase. In New Hampshire, the elder population is expected to double by 2025 and, as Connolly states, trends could result in one-third of our state, or …

Editorial: Dangerous message on city buses

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Vaccines have saved millions of people from scourges like smallpox, tuberculosis and yellow fever. They’ve nearly wiped out polio and protected people against influenza or made the infection, if contracted, less dangerous. They prevent death from tetanus, and if used in time, from rabies. They’ve made childhood diseases like measles, mumps, whooping cough and diphtheria rare. With luck, one or more of the …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Maybe it’s time for Democrats to teach Republicans a lesson by giving them what they want

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The road leading to my driveway is festooned with signage: Maggie Hassan, Carol Shea-Porter, Jeanne Shaheen and many others, some whom I know, some not, all who share some of my values – all more capable and thoughtful than candidates competing for the right to represent and protect my interests. Yet, as I support Maggie Hassan, Shaheen, et al, I am unable to …

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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

My Turn: It’s too bad perspective isn’t contagious

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Despite vigorous fear-mongering by politicians like Scott Brown, Ebola hysteria in this country seemed to be lessening. Then, Thursday, a New York City doctor was diagnosed as infected with Ebola. It wasn’t altogether unexpected. The doctor had been …

My Turn: The case for raising the minimum wage

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Bruce Berke’s “My Turn” piece in last week’s Sunday Monitor arguing that a minimum wage increase would be “nothing but a job killer,” calls for a response. Bruce is a good personal friend, but on this issue we fundamentally disagree. Alone among New England states, New Hampshire has …

Letter: Re-elect Ratzki and Karrick

Saturday, October 25, 2014

I live in Danbury, and I am very glad that Mario Ratzki (Merrimack District 1) and David Karrick (Merrimack District 25) have been our members of the New Hampshire House of Representatives for the past two years. Even though Danbury is the smallest town in their respective districts, …

Letter: Fraher cares

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Please vote for Nancy Brison Fraher for state Senate in District 17. I have known Nancy for many, many years. She is a retired school teacher who truly cares about her community. She will work to make New Hampshire colleges affordable. She will listen to what your thoughts …

Letter: Walt has the goods

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Walt Havenstein should be our next governor of New Hampshire. He has New Hampshire’s problems first on his agenda of what is best for us and our country. The United States has gigantic problems that seem to get worse everyday. Walt is a strong leader, and his knowledge …

Letter: Vote for Luneau

Saturday, October 25, 2014

We support David Luneau, an independent, for the state House of Representatives representing Hopkinton and Concord Ward 5. Having known David since he was a senior in Hopkinton High School when we transported him and our daughter to ski racing meets throughout New Hampshire, we are aware of …

Letter: Saunderson and Moffett will serve District 9 well

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Nov. 4 is fast approaching, the date for the important election of members of Merrimack County District 9 (Canterbury and Loudon) to the state House of Representatives. We will be casting our ballot for George Saunderson to join Howard Moffett, who is running for his second term. Moffett …

My Turn: State’s new way to assess student learning could reduce standardized testing

Saturday, October 25, 2014

We’ve been hearing a lot about testing in our schools. There were proposals in the last Legislature – unsuccessful in the end – to postpone the new Smarter Balanced annual assessment. Nashua teachers made news last winter saying that neither their schools nor their students were ready for …

My Turn: State can’t afford another O’Brien Legislature

Saturday, October 25, 2014

On Nov. 4, you have a clear, important choice to make. When you enter the voting booth on Election Day, your vote will decide whether our state continues to move in the right direction or gets pulled back into the past. We have faced this decision before. In …

My Turn: U.S. needs a strategy to combat Islamic State

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Last month, President Obama stood behind the podium in the White House briefing room and admitted to America – and the world – that he didn’t have a strategy to combat the threat from the terrorist group ISIS. …