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National View: Multipronged effort needed to save bee colonies

Monday, May 25, 2015

A crucial agricultural workforce in the United States that produces some $15 billion worth of economic value every year, according to the Obama administration, has been struck by alarming losses recently, frightening advocates and demanding attention from Washington. Yes, the country’s bees are in trouble. President Obama has a plan to deal with the massive number of bee deaths. But this might be a problem that biotechnology will ultimately have …

National View: Bumper stickers tell story of an ailing democracy

Monday, May 25, 2015

The other day I spotted an arresting bumper sticker: “Don’t Blame Me, I Voted for the Other Guy.” Unlike so many similar decals, it bore no hint of which “other guy” was under discussion. Just blue words on a plain white background. The driver might have been a Republican angry at Barack Obama, but the sticker was so weathered that she might just …

Letter: A piece of history lost

Sunday, May 24, 2015

It’s the end of an era. Two hundred years of Pembroke Academy’s existence is drawing to a close, and with it the last vestige of a proud history. Who will be celebrating the bicentennial, when the school board itself has erased our connection to that history? As they claim, they have moved us, willingly or reluctantly, into the “new” millennium. It’s time for …

Letter: Get to know an EpiPen

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Do you know what an EpiPen is? Have you ever had to use one or know anyone who carries one? An EpiPen can save a life. It is an auto-injector for the emergency treatment of life-threatening allergic reactions. I have two grandchildren who carry EpiPens. One has a …

Letter: Guns and abortion

Sunday, May 24, 2015

I read Fran Wendelboe’s column (Sunday Monitor Forum, May 24) with interest and was struck by the parallels between what she calls the “real” extremists on the abortion issue and what I consider the extremists on the gun control issue. Has she considered encouraging a dialogue between the …

Letter: Skip the ‘Insiders’

Sunday, May 24, 2015

I have a suggestion for Chuck Annal to avoid annoyance and frustration resulting from reading the “Insiders” column (Monitor letters, May 18): Do what I do and don’t read it! Problem solved. I am a proud 1981 graduate of NHTI (and thank you Dr. Annal for an entertaining …

Letter: Tunnels to safety

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Instead of using money to revise the traffic lanes on Loudon Road, I suggest that we put pedestrian tunnels under the main thoroughfares in the vicinity of schools to protect students crossing them. It would also make for better traffic control. BERNARD H. ASH Concord …

Editorial: NFL shouldn’t profit from patriotism

Sunday, May 24, 2015

As if the NFL needed any more reasons to be embarrassed. After a year of botched investigations into player misconduct, along with questionable behavior from teams and those overseeing them, observers might be forgiven for thinking the well had run dry. But no, here comes a new round …

My Turn: Early childhood education helps communities prosper

Sunday, May 24, 2015

It’s no secret that there is now a surge of opiate use here in the Granite State, and with that, a growing presence of criminal activity, including violent crimes. As sheriff of Merrimack County, I know that New Hampshire law enforcement agencies are doing everything possible to rein …

Katy Burns: Beekeeping is just the tip of the iceberg for the beginning backyard farmer

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Beekeeping is apparently booming in Concord, according to a recent story by intrepid young Monitor reporter Iain Wilson. I say “intrepid” because many years and at least a few lives ago I was a young reporter who donned …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Arc of justice bends toward Palestine

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Since 2005, when Palestinian civil society issued a global call for a nonviolent campaign of Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions to be waged against Israel’s illegal occupation of its territories, the BDS movement has gradually emerged as an international …

Letter: Our crumbling infrastructure

Saturday, May 23, 2015

There was nothing we could do about gravity pulling down the Old Man of the Mountain, but our crumbling infrastructure is a different story. When I first came from Pennsylvania decades ago to attend college in New Hampshire, I marveled at the great roads and bridges. No more. …

Letter: Expansion resistance

Saturday, May 23, 2015

I attended the meeting at Sunapee on May 5. People were encouraged to have their say on the subject of expansion. I was concerned that the economically interested coalition would hold sway, but no. I was pleased to hear speaker after speaker, local residents and others, leaders of …