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My Turn: The many reasons Americans should be proud

Thursday, July 10, 2014

‘Recapturing the meaning of patriotism” seemed to be an appropriate title for the Monitor’s editorial on the Fourth of July. However, the editors chose to frame their discussion around the difference between what they termed as the “supernationalism” of two cable television pundits and true patriotism. The discussion was sparked by a talk show segment about a recent Pew Poll of 10,000 adults, where 44 percent of the respondents indicated … 0

My Turn: U.S. bears responsibility for growing refugee crisis

Thursday, July 10, 2014

I’ve been watching with sadness the angry mobs in Murrieta, Calif., preventing immigrant detainees, including children, from being housed by federal officials in Border Patrol detainee centers. Living up north here, it’s easy to view Latin America as another world, isolated from the United States. But the sad truth is that the U.S. … 0

Editorial: State should ban some types of fireworks

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Fourth of July fireworks are a tradition in New Hampshire – and so too, it seems, are injuries related to the use of reloadable mortar fireworks. With two incidents in the past three years, the town of Pelham has become the center of debate in the state over whether such fireworks – which are similar to those used in professional fireworks displays – … 0

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national view: Clear rules for clean water

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Lawmakers, mostly but not only Republicans, are seeking to undermine the twin foundations of Environmental Protection Agency authority: the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. In both cases, Congress should back off. The agency badly needs clearer rules on which bodies of water it has the … 0

Letter: Tobacco fight continues

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

With the recent death of baseball great Tony Gwynn at age 54 from cancer related to chewing tobacco, Bow High School graduates with celebratory cigars pictured in the New Hampshire Union Leader and Beverly lacrosse players with cigars on school property – let alone the continued exponential rise … 0

Letter: Vested interest in good roads

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Regarding Mr. Jay Meehan’s statement (Monitor letters, July 5) that “the increase in the gas tax . . . is completely unreasonable”: As a former moving-company man, he must be aware of the strong connection between gasoline taxes (paid by virtually everyone who drives a vehicle in this … 0

Letter: The lapdog press

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Independence Day is celebrated each year as a victory over tyrannical governance. Those who sacrificed their lives, fortune and sacred honor for freedom would be very disappointed with the free press today. The Founders expected the free press to be a watchdog guarding against oppressive governance. They would … 2

My Turn: Putting the ‘us’ in uterus

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

I’ve never been to Hobby Lobby, even though there is one just a few miles from me. It’s a conscious choice. If I had time for a hobby, it wouldn’t be crafting. However, I was born a girl … 14

My Turn: On war and the ultimate sacrifice

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

When word came that Brandon Garabrant of Greenfield, the grandson of a good friend, was killed in Afghanistan, shock and questions as to what war is all about surfaced immediately. So many aspects to consider: What is right? What is wrong? Should we simply conclude that, since the … 0

Editorial: Work of Five Rivers benefits all

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The coming of age of Five Rivers Conservation Trust, the land preservation organization that began life as the Concord Conservation Trust in 1998, is a milestone worth celebrating. The trust oversees conservation easements on land in Concord and 15 towns in the watersheds of the Blackwater, Warner, Merrimack, … 0

Letter: What the bleep was that?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Have I become that old and crotchety? Did you see what I saw on Good Morning America on July 4? GMA has one “artist” or another on their Friday morning show singing from Central Park. On Friday, they had Jason Derulo, basically because he has a new album … 0

Letter: Thanks to DOT workers

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A hearty thank you to the New Hampshire DOT workers who strive so hard to keep our roadsides mowed and free of litter. Our roadsides – especially those along the interstates – look great, and are appreciated by residents as well as tourists. In the same vein, shame … 0

Letter: Focus on solving problems

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Despite voting for Democrats, I remain a registered independent in New Hampshire. My problem with the Democrats is that they focus too much on the Koch brothers and not enough on what they stand for. They do almost as many attack ads as the Republicans. We need a … 5