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Opinion

Letter: Guinta’s only choice

Friday, May 22, 2015

It’s now official! New Hampshire voters elected a bald-faced liar: Congressman Frank Guinta. Despite his numerous and constant protestations to the contrary, the Federal Election Commission found that Guinta violated campaign finance laws and lied when he gave all the various explanations these past five years as to where he got the $355,000 he lent his campaign in 2010. He has told nothing but lies since the issue was first …

Letter: Hopkinton tax madness

Friday, May 22, 2015

Perhaps I have been asleep for a few years, but the gist of the May 17 Sunday Monitor article about the Hopkinton tax rate appears to be that selectmen and the school board are forming a “group” to look at ways to prevent the rate from spiking in the future. Isn’t this precisely what they have been telling taxpayers each March at town …

Editorial: Dangerous living through chemistry

Friday, May 22, 2015

In 1935, Dow Chemical adopted an advertising slogan that became, in a variant form, a catchphrase used seriously and, by the 1960s, sarcastically: “Better Living Through Chemistry.” The chemical sciences have produced miracle drugs, synthetic fabrics, stronger glues, amazing materials and a host of other things that have indeed made life better. But in the wrong hands, chemical know-how can be used to …

My Turn: Corruption keeps young voters away from polls

Friday, May 22, 2015

I recently found myself speaking with an unsuspecting group of political pundits in Lebanon. A dozen teenagers and a hacky sack were passing the time after school near the steps of city hall as I came out of the building. I asked them a simple question: What do …

My Turn: On Memorial Day, I think most of all about 1st. Lt. Samuel T. Fuller

Friday, May 22, 2015

It was a hot summer day in August 1944. I was just shy of 5 years old. Tired of playing alone with no children my own age around, I was excited to see the young man in a …

My Turn: Remember the legacy of Harvey Milk, beware of GOP candidates

Friday, May 22, 2015

Today is Harvey Milk’s birthday, celebrated as Harvey Milk Day. For those of you not familiar with Milk’s legacy, he was the first openly gay elected official in California and one of the pioneers of the LGBT rights movement. His impassioned speeches and relentless determination to make our …

Letter: No state for bicyclists

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The League of American Cyclists just released its rankings of bike friendly states and New Hampshire is in the bottom half. While my hometown of Concord has passed a Complete Streets policy and received multiple awards for being bike friendly, much of the rest of New Hampshire is …

Letter: For the love of animals

Thursday, May 21, 2015

I would like to extend my personal thanks to all those fine folks who work with animals in any capacity in the state of New Hampshire. Those people who work in shelters, rescue operations, vets offices, etc., should be extremely proud of the work that they do, as …

My Turn: Why can’t Bush answer simple question on Iraq?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Jeb Bush had a rough time trying to answer a question that is a no-brainer for virtually everyone else in America these days. Over the course of a few days, the former Florida governor gave yes, “I don’t …

Off Main: In new ‘Mad Max’ film, some see nothing but a feminist conspiracy

Thursday, May 21, 2015

You may think you know what Mad Max is about. He’s a fictitious post-apocalyptic Australian road warrior, once played by Mel Gibson and now by Tom Hardy, destined to wander a blighted landscape and help those in need. …

Editorial: Not all violence is equal in America

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The facts were simple, if startling. Nine people shot dead. Eighteen in the hospital. Some 170 arrested. A brawl between rival motorcycle gangs, the Bandidos and the Cossacks, erupted in the parking lot of a Waco, Texas, restaurant on Sunday afternoon. And as officials try to figure out …

National View: The demilitarization of police

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The police protect the public. The military protects the republic. In an age of terrorism, their jobs necessarily overlap, especially in large cities. But some lines between police officers and soldiers ought to remain distinct, and President Obama took an essential step this week toward reining in the …

National View: Keep the line bright in Dodd-Frank

Thursday, May 21, 2015

It has been almost half a decade since the passage of the Dodd-Frank overhaul of financial regulation; how’s it working so far? On the upside, commercial banks are significantly safer than they were prior to the 2008 financial panic, with an average of $13 in capital for every …