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Opinion

Letter: Subtle racism

Friday, July 3, 2015

One of the most powerful lines in President Obama’s eulogy in Charleston was this: “Maybe we now realize the way a racial bias can infect us even when we don’t realize it so that we’re guarding against not just racial slurs but we’re also guarding against the subtle impulse to call Johnny back for a job interview but not Jamal.” Affirmative action has always been ridiculed by many folks, but …

Letter: A hypocritical zealot

Friday, July 3, 2015

On the one hand, Jerry DeLemus advocates for a “draw Muhammad art contest” even if it insults the faith of Muslims. And yet, on the other hand, he would not allow any drawings he deems “indecent or crude” because, as a “born-again Christian,” he would find similar drawings of Jesus insulting. Thus, while saying he wants to “defend our constitutional rights” he seems …

Letter: A sad bunch

Friday, July 3, 2015

Here we go again, another GOP presidential primary season. Remember the words of former Celtics coach Rick Pitino: “Larry Bird isn’t walking through that door, fans. Kevin McHale isn’t walking through that door, and Robert Parish isn’t walking through that door.” It’s the same with the primary. Dwight Eisenhower isn’t walking through that door, folks. Nelson Rockefeller isn’t walking through that door, and …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Fire fighters answer the call for community

Friday, July 3, 2015

I stand in my bedroom, soaking wet on an unusually dry Wednesday morning in April. It is only minutes after 6 a.m., and I have just stepped out of the shower. Wrapped in my towel, I am making …

My Turn: Recent oral health report overlooks great gains N.H. has made

Friday, July 3, 2015

A recent article citing a Pew Charitable Trusts-funded report by the Carsey School of Public Policy raises questions about the status of our state’s oral health system. However, the article overlooks the tremendous progress made over the past decade. For example, the article does not mention the fact …

Friday, July 3, 2015

In the committee of conference process, where the Senate and House attempt to reconcile competing versions of a bill, compromise is the name of the game. That is why many refer to it as the committee of “compromise”, not the committee of conference. That didn’t happen on HB …

EDITORIAL: Trump learning difference between oval, executive office

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Donald Trump entered the crowded Republican primary field just weeks ago, and within minutes he began elbowing his way to the center of the room and laying his claim as the candidate most likely to say anything. In his trademark brash style, he targeted, among others, President Obama …

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

The pundits and pollsters assume it’s a done deal: America is Red States and Blue States, and never the twain shall meet. As “one nation, indivisible” we’ve had our chance and, frankly, we’ve blown it. Now it’s up …

LETTER: To spank or not to spank

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The high court in Massachusetts ruled that spanking is permissible, but that doesn’t mean spanking is wise. While it’s important to recognize the good intentions of parents who spank their children – most genuinely want to teach their children to behave properly – it’s just as important to …

LETTER: Bad budget for the people

Thursday, July 2, 2015

An open letter to my constituents in Chichester and Pembroke: You need to know what the state budget that was passed by the House and Senate in Concord on June 24 will cost you. According to New Hampshire Public Radio, the additional costs that will be downshifted to …

LETTER: Fired up about Bernie

Thursday, July 2, 2015

While Clinton ships in a “few dozen” volunteers and out-of-state big wigs, hundreds of New Hampshire residents attend any Bernie Sanders event. People are sick of establishment politics, the Koch brothers and the decline of the middle class. The “Heat is on” (Sunday Monitor Local & State, June …

LETTER: Stand with Sanders

Thursday, July 2, 2015

For a number of very good reasons, many New Hampshire Democrats are joining with their fellow union brothers and sisters in the rapidly growing support for Sen. Bernie Sanders for president. Unlike other candidates in the race, he does not have to apologize for his Iraq war vote …

Editorial: Dangerous spot needs a warning sign

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Joy can become tragedy in an instant. Every day, there are news stories that prove this universal truth. Just last week, 10-year-old Javier Gonzalez of Concord was doing what 10-year-olds do during the summer – he was having fun in the water. It’s an easy scene to imagine: …