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U.S. currency in one hundred dollar denominations are displayed for illustration purposes, in Washington, Monday, March 31, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Don’t tell the Joneses, Part Four: Economic reality challenges liberals, conservatives

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Previous parts revealed that our market economy distributes its wealth so unequally that few can afford even a modest, middle-class standard of living without substantial help, that democracy requires a broad middle class, and, therefore, that our market democracy must intervene heavily in the market to assure this broad middle. Government interventions alter distributions by enterprises (wages and benefits) and …

Editorial: Budget shows political will still absent

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Last week, the House Finance Committee, along straight party lines, passed a portion of its adolescent attempt at crafting a state budget on to the full House, which quickly rejected a key component – the committee’s decision to cripple the state Department of Transportation with a budget cut that would require laying off 700 employees. The House also rejected the committee majority’s plan …

My Turn: There is logic behind concealed carry permits

Sunday, March 29, 2015

New Hampshire legislators will soon decide whether to repeal the requirement to have a permit before carrying a concealed handgun. This decision must be made with thoughtful consideration, for much is at stake. Supporters of such legislation are often the same people who argue that New Hampshire is a very safe state so we do not need, for example, expanded background checks that …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

Monitor Board of Contributors: Netanyahu to Israel and America: L’Etat, c’est moi

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Recent Israeli elections were hard fought, divisive and for many observers yielded unexpected results: overwhelming victory for Benjamin Netanyahu and overwhelming defeat to peace prospects between Palestinians and Israelis. Today, I want to thank Netanyahu for stating in …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Why fund the arts? It is who we are

Sunday, March 29, 2015

I’ve been here before. I know it. Things feel very familiar. But then, I am getting older and have been known to have moments of confusion. Like the other night while lying in bed – finally and comfortably warm under the blankets, eyes getting heavy, the book closed …

Katy Burns: State’s fourth-graders should exploit lawmakers’ guilt while they can

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Well, once again some of our legislators have found themselves in a national spotlight. And – also again – it is decidedly not for all the right reasons. I refer of course to the day that members of …

Letter: So much for transparency

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Last week was celebrated as Sunshine Week to reflect the need for government to be open and accountable. This newspaper did a great analysis of state and local responses to requests for information. This past week also was the second consecutive year that the Obama administration set a …

Hot Topic: Red-tailed hawk becomes symbol of the 2015 House

Saturday, March 28, 2015

A House debate over a bill that would have made the red-tailed hawk the state raptor took a bizarre turn recently when Rep. Warren Groen of Rochester offered his opinion of the proposed legislation: “It grasps them with …

Don’t tell the Joneses, Part Three: What is a fair wage? Democracy, capitalism differ

Saturday, March 28, 2015

In Part 2, we saw that markets distribute the wealth they produce so unequally that very few households can afford even a modest, middle-class standard of living without considerable help. Is this market outcome fair? Yes, according to market values. Wages are set when workers, seeking the highest …

Letter: College math

Friday, March 27, 2015

The usual attack on the president’s proposal for free community college that suggests that a student who doesn’t pay for college won’t value it when part or all of the tuition is subsidized contains faulty economics. While studying, that student is delaying working to put herself into a …

Letter: A simple solution

Friday, March 27, 2015

We are today an unhappy nation. Nothing seems to work as advertised. President Obama is blamed for all bad things at home and overseas. Congress is deadlocked. We have a national malaise. Republicans now believe that an immediate solution to all of America’s problems is to remove the …

Letter: War on poverty redefined

Friday, March 27, 2015

What’s going on in this country in general and our state in particular? The war against poverty has become the war against the poor. Nationally, Republicans in Congress are proposing to decrease the budget deficit by, among other things, cutting funding for food stamps, a successful program that …

Letter: Optional services?

Friday, March 27, 2015

Imagine being unable to get out of bed, shower or dress. These basic tasks are essential. So why is this support no longer being funded? Earlier this month, the House Finance Division III Committee voted to no longer fund “optional services” in the state Medicaid program. Unfortunately, this …