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My Turn: Israeli-Palestinian conflict through Christian eyes

Saturday, September 20, 2014

I spent a lot of time this summer talking to people and thinking about the recent violence in Israel and Palestine. I have been trying to figure out what it is that a Christian pastor should think about the bombings and rhetoric over the summer. After all, this region is the setting of the majority of events depicted in the Bible, including the entire life of Jesus. There are people … 0

My Turn: Merrill arguing for more do-nothing politics

Saturday, September 20, 2014

We should consider a constitutional amendment to restore First Amendment freedoms to the proper balance. About six months ago, I attended a charitable event in Manchester and saw from across the room a tall, balding man holding court over a table full of fresh-faced associates. I approached him and asked, “Didn’t you used to be Steve Merrill?” He laughed and we exchanged pleasantries, … 0

My Turn: How a tax on the rich became a tax on the middle class

Saturday, September 20, 2014

New Hampshire’s Interest and Dividends Tax has strayed very far from its roots as a tax on the rich. The tax was created in 1923, at the end of the Progressive Era. In the 19th century, most taxes were property taxes. After the Civil War, as the industrial revolution transformed the economy, it became clear that an increasing amount of economic activity – … 0

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Letter: Feeding bellies and minds

Friday, September 19, 2014

We would like to express our appreciation to the Greater Laconia community for helping to make our first year of “Got Literacy” a success. Summer of 2013, we three retired teachers volunteered for the first time in the outstanding “Got Lunch, Laconia” program delivering lunches to deserving families. … 0

Letter: Just say no to Shaheen, Kuster and Shea-Porter

Friday, September 19, 2014

New Hampshire is well-known for its retail politics where the candidates are required to get out and listen to the people. All across the state, Republicans are holding one town meeting after another listening to the people and letting them know where they stand on the issues. While … 20

Letter: A difficult day made easier

Friday, September 19, 2014

Sept. 9 was one of the saddest days for me and my husband, as we had to put down our loving family dog, Zoe, due to kidney failure. It was very hard saying goodbye to Zoe after 12 years of being known and recognized by many in Boscawen … 1

Letter: Invitation to war

Friday, September 19, 2014

I’m overjoyed to announce that the Iraqi army is now accepting recruits without Iraqi citizenship. This means that all of the warmongering members Congress, the president, his cabinet, the State Department, the Pentagon talking heads, media pundits and generals can have their wish and go to war against … 1

Of roots and serendipity: A genealogical trip to Germany ended the only way it could

Friday, September 19, 2014

In the strictest sense of the word, “adventure” translates from a combination of Latin words for “what must happen” and “to arrive,” which makes perfect sense in recalling my recent family adventure to Germany. My father is first-generation … 1

My Turn: Modern education needs competition and choice

Friday, September 19, 2014

Years ago while cleaning the attic, I found a book published in 1897 titled Burke’s Conciliation with America. A relative, Henry Tilton Gorrell, had written his name and the date – 02/28/28 – inside the cover. Henry was 17 in 1928, likely a high school senior. The book … 4

My Turn: Look north, look east to see cost of climate change

Friday, September 19, 2014

Climate change is already financially affecting those who can least afford it in New Hampshire. Just ask this state’s North Country businesses that cater to our moose hunters. With several shorter winters over the last decade causing huge spikes in winter tick numbers, moose numbers are down some … 11

Editorial: Looking back and ahead at the same time

Friday, September 19, 2014

For half a century, beginning in the 1960s, the downtowns of most American cities, large and small, began to decline as their residents moved to the suburbs and shoppers abandoned Main Streets for malls. For Concord, 1961, the year the city’s grand train station was demolished, marks the … 0

Letter: A powerful story

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sincere thanks to Paul J. Shread Jr. for his “My Turn” article, “Battle Scars” (Sunday Monitor Forum, Sept. 14) and for sharing his dad’s powerful first-person account of the invasion of Peleliu. Both pieces are particularly poignant to me from a family history standpoint and provide a deeper … 0

Letter: Groups of three

Thursday, September 18, 2014

With the November elections coming soon, I’m reminded of some famous or not so famous trios in our nation’s history. There was: Richard Nixon, H.R. Haldeman and John Mitchell; George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld; and John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte. They will all … 0