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Editorial: Van Ostern, Pappas earned another term

Monday, October 20, 2014

If you’re looking for a high-profile job in politics, a seat on the Executive Council shouldn’t be high on your list. But as the group that approves or denies state contracts and gubernatorial appointments, the five-member board is crucial to making sure the state runs smoothly and efficiently. It’s not, nor has it ever been, the right place for politicians driven more by ideology than an earnest desire to serve …

Letter: Waiting for a retraction

Monday, October 20, 2014

I’m choosing to believe that Scott Brown is not racist. I assume that he’s not unintelligent. That leaves naivete – not a good quality for a senator. He suggested that “the Ebola crisis underscores the need to secure our borders.” One way to fuel prejudice and discrimination is to imply that certain groups of people pose serious danger and are potentially responsible for …

Letter: A worthy trio

Monday, October 20, 2014

On Nov. 4, the voters of Canterbury and Loudon have the chance to place an impressive trio in the next state Legislature: Rep. Howard Moffett (District 9), Rep. Lorrie Carey (District 26) and George Saunderson (District 9). These three candidates for state representative embody the spirit of cooperation that has helped heal the wounds inflicted on New Hampshire when the House was led …

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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

Letter: Dawson knows education

Monday, October 20, 2014

One of Laconia’s candidates for state representative has seen how vital education is to making our state strong and has a record of walking the walk, not just talking the talk. Tom Dawson’s mother was a lifelong teacher; his father a teacher and a principal. Tom earned a …

Letter: Lengthy service

Monday, October 20, 2014

I am really impressed by how long these candidates have served New Hampshire. Dianne Schuett, who is serving as the Pembroke-Chichester representative, was also clerk of a committee that eliminated 60 boards and commissions. Richard DeBold, a lifelong resident of New Hampshire, served 12 years as a Chichester …

Letter: Moffett the moderate

Monday, October 20, 2014

I urge all thoughtful voters to mark your ballot for Howard Moffett, candidate for re-election as a state representative. Howard is a moderate Democrat with the unique ability to hear all sides of an issue and has demonstrated collaboration in reaching across the aisle. His background as an …

My Turn: Public service is more than a way of life

Sunday, October 19, 2014

As I prepare for next month’s election and my third term representing Merrimack District 17 as a state representative, I am often asked by voters why I have chosen to spend the better part of my life trying to make a difference. “You can’t ever please everyone,” they …

Letter: The wrong choice

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Please vote against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. She is not a moderate. Shaheen has supported every radical left Obama/Reid policy. Obamacare was forced upon us in a dishonest, partisan manner. Shaheen said we could keep our doctor; not true. She voted for the nuclear option, changing our government for …

Letter: Border jumper

Sunday, October 19, 2014

There once was a senator named Scott Who lost his senatorial spot So he looked to his border to the North For a takeover to bring forth He waltzed on over the New Hampshire border To create a new senatorial order The funds flew in from far and …

Letter: A fresh perspective

Sunday, October 19, 2014

In this political atmosphere of negative (and sometimes dishonest) campaigning, it is difficult to become excited about a visit to the polling booth. However, during his first term as a New Hampshire representative, Howard Moffett (not Mike Moffett – we ask that you not confuse the two, as …

Letter: A responsive representative

Sunday, October 19, 2014

State Rep. Richard McNamara deserves the support of Monitor readers on election day. Here’s just one example of why I say this: Richard immediately stepped up to the plate to sponsor a bill (HB 1600) that streamlined government bureaucracy when I described a problem that I had with …

Letter: Fennessy is a problem-solver

Sunday, October 19, 2014

As a former resident of Concord’s South End and the spouse of a school district employee, I’m confident that in this year’s school board election, the best choice to represent Wards 5, 6, and 7 is Nathan Fennessy. Over the past two years, I’ve had the pleasure of …

Letter: I am a woman, too!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

At 71, retired and on a fixed income, I reflect about women’s responsibilities. During child-bearing years, I took responsibility and paid for my own birth control. Why now do women expect that it should be a covered medical benefit? And why has it become a political debate? However, …