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My Turn: State should investigate Wilmot zoning board

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Wilmot residents passed a zoning ordinance that banned heavy industry – and specifically, the storage of flammable and explosive materials – at our town meeting in March 1968. The ban still stands, and yet our zoning board of adjustment granted a variance that allows Huckleberry Oil and Propane Co. to operate a 150,000-gallon fuel and propane storage facility in our town – without the knowledge of or input from town …

My Turn: Tuition cuts are killing state’s community colleges

Saturday, May 23, 2015

On May 13, Great Bay Community College eliminated 15 percent of its full-time faculty positions as well as two staff positions – only months after 12 staff positions were eliminated. Two of our sister colleges, White Mountains Community College in Berlin and Lakes Region Community College in Laconia, announced similar levels of layoffs during the same week. NHTI, recently commended by the Brookings …

My Turn: Hassan should listen to millennials and back decriminalization

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Gov. Maggie Hassan has said she does not support a bill that would decriminalize possession of one-half ounce or less of marijuana. This is becoming a source of consternation for Granite Staters of all ages and across the political spectrum, and it is especially confusing to younger voters who see our current marijuana …

Letter: Guinta’s only choice

Friday, May 22, 2015

It’s now official! New Hampshire voters elected a bald-faced liar: Congressman Frank Guinta. Despite his numerous and constant protestations to the contrary, the Federal Election Commission found that Guinta violated campaign finance laws and lied when he gave all the various explanations these past five years as to …

Letter: Hopkinton tax madness

Friday, May 22, 2015

Perhaps I have been asleep for a few years, but the gist of the May 17 Sunday Monitor article about the Hopkinton tax rate appears to be that selectmen and the school board are forming a “group” to look at ways to prevent the rate from spiking in …

Editorial: Dangerous living through chemistry

Friday, May 22, 2015

In 1935, Dow Chemical adopted an advertising slogan that became, in a variant form, a catchphrase used seriously and, by the 1960s, sarcastically: “Better Living Through Chemistry.” The chemical sciences have produced miracle drugs, synthetic fabrics, stronger glues, amazing materials and a host of other things that have …

My Turn: Corruption keeps young voters away from polls

Friday, May 22, 2015

I recently found myself speaking with an unsuspecting group of political pundits in Lebanon. A dozen teenagers and a hacky sack were passing the time after school near the steps of city hall as I came out of the building. I asked them a simple question: What do …

My Turn: On Memorial Day, I think most of all about 1st. Lt. Samuel T. Fuller

Friday, May 22, 2015

It was a hot summer day in August 1944. I was just shy of 5 years old. Tired of playing alone with no children my own age around, I was excited to see the young man in a …

My Turn: Remember the legacy of Harvey Milk, beware of GOP candidates

Friday, May 22, 2015

Today is Harvey Milk’s birthday, celebrated as Harvey Milk Day. For those of you not familiar with Milk’s legacy, he was the first openly gay elected official in California and one of the pioneers of the LGBT rights movement. His impassioned speeches and relentless determination to make our …

Letter: No state for bicyclists

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The League of American Cyclists just released its rankings of bike friendly states and New Hampshire is in the bottom half. While my hometown of Concord has passed a Complete Streets policy and received multiple awards for being bike friendly, much of the rest of New Hampshire is …

Letter: For the love of animals

Thursday, May 21, 2015

I would like to extend my personal thanks to all those fine folks who work with animals in any capacity in the state of New Hampshire. Those people who work in shelters, rescue operations, vets offices, etc., should be extremely proud of the work that they do, as …

My Turn: Why can’t Bush answer simple question on Iraq?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Jeb Bush had a rough time trying to answer a question that is a no-brainer for virtually everyone else in America these days. Over the course of a few days, the former Florida governor gave yes, “I don’t …

Off Main: In new ‘Mad Max’ film, some see nothing but a feminist conspiracy

Thursday, May 21, 2015

You may think you know what Mad Max is about. He’s a fictitious post-apocalyptic Australian road warrior, once played by Mel Gibson and now by Tom Hardy, destined to wander a blighted landscape and help those in need. …