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Opinion

My Turn: Medicaid expansion key to treating mental illness, addiction

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The New Hampshire Health Protection Program, which now provides access to health care to more than 47,000 people in our state, will sunset later this year unless the Legislature enacts a bill to reauthorize it. The program is New Hampshire’s version of Medicaid expansion – a unique, Granite State solution to providing health care to all our citizens with a bridge to the private marketplace. NAMI-NH and the New Hampshire …

My Turn: New Hampshire isn’t first in the nation on raising wages

Saturday, February 6, 2016

New Hampshire has a proud tradition of being first. It’s tough to miss these days, while we’re in the midst of the first-in-the-nation presidential primary. Our intelligent, informed citizens provide the perfect place to scrutinize presidential candidates and help choose the next leader of the free world. But beyond our status as home of the first presidential primary, New Hampshire was the first …

My Turn: The age of pharmababble

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Here’s a little exercise even more challenging than Sudoku. Without help from Google, guess what each of the following drugs is for: Trulicity, Namzaric, Osphena, Belsomra, Invocana, Abreva, Prevagen, Vanda, Otezla, Brilinta, Tectidera, Neulasta, Humira, Myrbetriq, Jublia, Orencia, Breo Ellipo, Xeljanz, Novartis, Movantik. If Mad Men was set in the last 10 to …

Letter: Bobcat harvest ill-advised

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Let me get this straight: The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is understaffed, underfunded and will once again soon need legislative assistance to secure general funding to stay in the business of managing the state’s game and non-game wildlife. The Fish and Game Commission’s response to this …

Letter: Still bashing Catholics

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Regarding the recent letter by John Kjellman (Monitor letters, Jan. 27) and the Monitor’s recent articles about the film Spotlight, the Catholic bashing by the press and others seems to never end. Obviously, sexual abuse of any young person by a member of clergy is despicable. But the …

Letter: Don’t blame celibacy

Saturday, February 6, 2016

This is in response to John Kjellman (Monitor letters, Jan. 27) regarding the Catholic sexual scandal. It is so easy to blame the scandal on the celibacy of the priest. What is the excuse of that married infamous coach who sexually abused many young boys? What is the …

Letter: The case for GMO labeling

Saturday, February 6, 2016

I was one of the more than 40 people who offered testimony at the Jan. 26 hearing on HB 1674, which calls for the labeling of foods containing genetically engineered ingredients. I strongly support HB 1674. I first learned about GMOs, genetically modified organisms, in 1993 when I …

Letter: Endless, expensive saga

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Convicted killer Michael Addison was back in the news last month because the U.S. Supreme Court denied the direct appeal of his death penalty conviction. Rather than marking the end of this case, it’s reported that the decision “opens the door for a lengthier and more expensive appeal …

Letter: Bernie fights for fairness

Friday, February 5, 2016

I support Bernie Sanders, not because I believe that Hillary Clinton is a bad candidate. In fact, she would do a good job of keeping the country on its current path. But we so urgently need a new paradigm, an accurate perspective, and that is what Bernie offers. …

Letter: Sanders is no amateur

Friday, February 5, 2016

Bernie Sanders is far more electable than Hillary Clinton. Matchup polls see him outperforming Clinton against GOP frontrunners by significant margins. He’s the only candidate addressing moderates’ and independents’ growing concerns about whom government is helping, hurting and why. Sanders isn’t a starry-eyed idealist or “amateur”; he’s been …

Letter: Sanders selling pipe dreams

Friday, February 5, 2016

No one, including Hillary, disagrees with all of the things that Bernie wants for this country. However, it is disingenuous, at best, for him to make these promises to lead young people along – promises he knows very well that he cannot keep. His solution? “We have to …

Letter: Supporting the hands-free law

Friday, February 5, 2016

I am a current resident of Hopkinton and, boy, what a way to start my day. Yes, I got pulled over by one of our town police officers, who believed I was using my cell phone, when in fact I was scratching the side of my face. Some …

My Turn: Sanders stood by LGBT community when it wasn’t so easy to do

Friday, February 5, 2016

On June 26, 2015, we made history when the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, overturned the Defense of Marriage Act signed by President Bill Clinton in Obergefell v. Hodges. We now live in a nation where gays and lesbians can marry the person they love. Although we …