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Editorial: Recess isn’t just play time for children

Monday, September 22, 2014

School recess holds a special place in the heart of the American public school student. Long after time betrays the child and turns her into an adult, memories of those fleeting moments of freedom remain vibrant. What is sometimes lost in the recollection, however, is how many life lessons are learned on the playground. Lost, too, is an understanding of just how important recess is to a child’s development. Perhaps … 0

Letter: Why Big History matters

Monday, September 22, 2014

Thank you for your thoughtful editorial on the importance of “Big History” (Monitor Opinion, Sept. 16). For a long time, I have been part of the exciting movement to promote World History in the schools. In 2003, my wife and I worked with David Christian and other leaders of world history to develop a website called World History for Us All. That summer, … 0

Letter: An excellent job by the police

Monday, September 22, 2014

I would like to express my thanks to the Concord Police Department for the arrests in the recent home invasion and burglaries in Penacook. I think the Concord Police Department has done an excellent job, and we feel safer in our neighborhoods as a result of their work. Thank you. JACK SHIELDS Penacook … 0

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

Letter: Troop movements

Monday, September 22, 2014

In regards to Will Hopkins’s letter “Invitation to War” (Monitor letters, Sept. 19): Great suggestion, Will! I have another. If you want to go to war, Mr. President and Congress, the first-strike force needs to be made up of politicians and/or their spouses and children. How quick would … 0

Letter: Northern Pass will put New Hampshire to work

Monday, September 22, 2014

I drive more than two hours from my home in Dalton to work in Manchester because of an inability to find a good job in my profession in the North Country. I also have friends in Dalton who are without work or underpaid in jobs outside of their … 1

Letter: The GOP strategy

Monday, September 22, 2014

Republicans are using a two-prong strategy for the upcoming election. First, is the Carl Rove strategy of just keep lying and create enough confusion so people will accept lies as fact. The Republicans are still blaming Democrats for the debt they ran up during the Iraq war of … 0

Letter: A curious argument

Monday, September 22, 2014

Alexandra Smith’s analysis of the student loan debacle is disingenuous. She excoriates Democratic Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Elizabeth Warren for their proposal to allow students to refinance their loans at today’s lower rates. That bill passed the Senate, but the GOP leaders in the House refused to bring … 0

Letter: Pappas fights for efficiency

Monday, September 22, 2014

As a Republican, I tend to favor less government intrusion in the private sector, but there are clearly areas where government has a role. A case in point is transportation infrastructure. In his first term on the Executive Council, Chris Pappas has emphasized modernizing infrastructure and fixing roads … 0

Letter: A distortion of the facts

Monday, September 22, 2014

I would have expected more from Governor Stephen Merrill than the poppycock he wrote in his recent “My Turn” (Monitor Forum, Sept. 17). Senate Joint Resolution 19 would have had absolutely no affect on the First Amendment, it would have simply made clear that Congress has the constitutional … 0

Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

Monday, September 22, 2014

With the general election season upon us, candidates for governor and the state Legislature will be making big promises. On the Republican side, in particular, they will pledge to overhaul New Hampshire government, making it more efficient and … 3

Letter: Hosmer has worked hard

Sunday, September 21, 2014

As a 75-year New Hampshire resident and longstanding registered Republican, I would like to acknowledge the hard work state Sen. Andrew Hosmer has done for the citizens of District 7. Andrew’s moderate, sensible, pragmatic approach to legislating has been a refreshing contrast to the ideological, narrow-minded view of … 0

Letter: Spruce up the Gardens

Sunday, September 21, 2014

I have lived in Royal Gardens for a long time, and it’s been bought and sold twice since I’ve lived there. Now I hear from friends that the Gardens doesn’t allow flowers. What’s the point of calling the place the Concord Gardens without having any gardens? It’s bad … 0

Letter: A mile in her shoes

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The release of the violent and criminal Ray Rice video has unleashed a “not seen before” national conversation about domestic violence and sexual assault. Why? Because no longer can we say “I didn’t realize how bad this was” or “I thought this was a private issue between two … 0