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Letter: Chomsky deserves attention

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thanks for running the article about Noam Chomsky (Monitor Forum, Dec. 12). I am a Vietnam veteran, and it’s nice to see Chomsky getting attention here in Concord for his accurate assessment of not only the Vietnam war, but for his tireless advocating for the oppressed. He has always been quick to point out the wrongheaded policies of our government’s foreign relations. Thanks to Jonathan Baird for a nice portrait. …

Letter: The wrong 12 days

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Keith Testa and Tim Goodwin stated in their “Insiders” column on Friday that we can’t begin Christmas until Sunday, Dec. 14, because of the 12-day rule. I hate to burst their bubble, but the “12 days of Christmas” doesn’t refer to the 12 days before Christmas. It refers to the 12 days starting on Dec. 25 and ending on Epiphany. I supposed I …

Letter: Don’t forget about seniors

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Opening the Hopkinton tax bill was a shock this year. For fixed-income folks trying to live economically in condos, there is undue hardship. Seniors facing health issues often need to change living arrangements quickly. Many are one illness away from assisted living. Receiving a 40 percent increase over one tax cycle doesn’t allow for financial planning. Taxes make selling properties difficult without taking …

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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

national view: The ruble wrecker

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The drama playing out in Russia on Tuesday was not pretty. The ruble’s exchange rate has collapsed by some 50 percent against the dollar since mid-June, with an accelerating fall in recent days. A panicked attempt by the central bank at 1 a.m. Tuesday to stop the slide …

Board of Contributors: The perks of being a library director

Thursday, December 18, 2014

It all began with a message posted on the statewide library email list where we librarians share information, ask questions and generally tap into the hive mind of all the libraries in the state. The subject line was …

Editorial: New chapter begins for U.S., Cuba

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The 1962 Cuban missile crisis remains one of the most terrifying episodes in modern American history. It seemed then that it was only a matter of time before the United States and the Soviet Union would engage in the world’s first – and likely only – all-out nuclear …

My Turn: Tragedies and triumphs unfold each day in shelters

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Last shelter season, with Brian riding shotgun and myself at the wheel, we’d cruise through our frozen city searching behind stores and inside characterless concrete coves and caves. Our mission was always the same – looking for an errant shelter guest who may have passed out in the …

Letter: The world against Israel

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

In the history of modern warfare, no nation has gone to such lengths to avoid civilian casualties as Israel did in last summer’s Operation Protective Edge campaign – even while Hamas cells in Gaza fired missiles at civilian populations in Israel from hospitals and schools. Even so, in …

Letter: Morally offensive

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

It is morally misguided that the current debate over torture hinges on whether the practice yielded useful information. Torture is wrong and morally offensive. It was not outlawed by international treaties because it was ineffective; it was outlawed because signatories were morally offended by its practice. Slavery was …

My Turn: Homeless problem belongs to all of us

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

‘I never, ever thought I’d be here.” It’s a phrase I hear on almost a daily basis from people sitting before me, looking for somewhere to turn. Whether this is their first night facing homelessness or they’ve been homeless for years, no one really expects that this is …

My Turn: State has an opportunity to serve as a model for the nation

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The factors that lead an individual or family into homelessness are varied, complex and often interconnected. Structural factors such as the shortage of affordable housing and the lack of high-quality employment opportunities often intersect with individual factors such as interpersonal violence, trauma, addictive disorders and physical/mental illness to …

My Turn: There isn’t one kind of homeless person

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Homeless people come in all races and backgrounds; they are men, women and children. Some have chemical dependencies (drugs/alcohol), some have mental health issues, some have criminal backgrounds and some have had bad luck. I know of two …

My Turn: GOP missed mark with U.S.-Greece comparison

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The well-know axiom “learn from history” applies to everyone except politicians. The rhetoric around our deficit and the economic disaster in Greece several years ago provides a great example. Republicans made many dire predictions at the time about what would happen if we didn’t take drastic actions to …