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BOARD OF CONTRIBUTORS: Once you start running, you won’t want to stop

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

For me, exercise has always been a means to an end. Pre-kids, my husband and I were very active. We lived in Boston and didn’t own a car, so we walked, inline skated or rode our bikes. After marriage and a move to New Hampshire, kids, work and life got in the way, and I just haven’t made exercise a … 0

My Turn: Why is Hassan criticizing bipartisan tax reforms?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

It’s puzzling to hear Gov. Maggie Hassan claim that recent changes in New Hampshire’s business tax code are causing problems with the state budget. Not only were the reforms of the past few years approved with overwhelming bipartisan support, they were fully accounted for in the budget. During last year’s budget debate, Senate Republicans insisted on revenue projections more conservative than the governor’s … 3

My Turn: America needs a firm, fair immigration policy

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Three elements characterize a functional immigration system: clarity, enforcement of the rule of law and fairness. Today in America, sadly, none of these three characteristics epitomize our immigration system. Even sadder still, perhaps, is the lack of will to tackle our challenges. President Obama, the one person who could lead an effort for reform and enforce our border security, appears much more interested … 5

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Board of Contributors: Running resources

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Smart phone apps There are tons of apps available for your smart phone. Many offer both free and paid versions, where the paid version gets you access to more features. Runkeeper and SportTrackLive are two that I am … 0

Editorial: Republicans should choose Havenstein

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Politicians and business executives love to tout their leadership skills – whether they have them or not. But the real leaders are easy to spot. When they talk about accomplishments, they talk about the team. On Sept. 9, New Hampshire Republicans and undeclared voters will choose the candidate … 3

Letter: Cynical politics

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The recent criticism of Kass Ardinger by Dan Feltes both in mailings and in a letter to the editor by his campaign manager are unfair and misstate Kass’s position on the issue of full-day kindergarten. I served on the school board with Kass for six years. Never once … 1

Letter: Feltes is a special person

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

As a fourth-generation member of my family to own and operate our business and a lifelong Concord resident, I am voting for Dan Feltes on Sept. 9 in the Democratic state Senate primary for District 15. Dan is a special person. In addition to his many professional accomplishments, … 0

Letter: Don’t follow the money

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

In the Aug. 21 edition of the Monitor, a total of 66 column inches was devoted to the upcoming Democratic primary, focusing on the candidates’ fundraising success or lack thereof, leading with an above-the-fold, right column header on A1, “Financially, Feltes has edge in race.” Honey, if these … 4

My Turn: On Women’s Equality Day, a call for equal pay

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Since Congress passed the Women’s Equality Day resolution and President Richard Nixon signed it in 1971, America has recognized “the continued fight for equal rights” each Aug. 26. In New Hampshire, every Aug. 26 looks and feels like the year before. Fall is just around the corner. It’s … 2

Editorial: Rick Perry is the Miley Cyrus of the Republican Party

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

If politicians are like rock stars, Rick Perry is Miley Cyrus. A year ago, the 21-year-old singer created controversy at MTV’s Video Music Awards when she used tongue and twerking to further chip away at her Hannah Montana … 0

Letter: French Revolution lessons

Monday, August 25, 2014

Jonathan P. Baird’s piece on torture (Monitor Forum, Aug. 14) was a courageous article, of which we need more these days. The police, the federal and executive wings of the government, our armies and especially intelligence agencies should not be allowed to so easily get away with the … 4

Letter: Shea-Porter for net neutrality

Monday, August 25, 2014

Thank you, Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, for your sustained support for net neutrality. This year, on the 25th anniversary of the birth of the internet, its inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee underscored the importance of this issue: “Unless we have an open, neutral internet we can rely on without worrying … 7

Letter: The perfect half day

Monday, August 25, 2014

Home cooking in our wood-paneled temporary home was oh so nice. A comfortable sleep enhanced by the sounds of loons. Again, waking up with the smell of bacon and eggs and fresh fruit for breakfast. My daughter then went off to continue her road trip to surprise her … 0