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Letter: Always endangered

Sunday, February 1, 2015

In regard to the article headlined “State to consider bobcat season” (Monitor Local & State, Jan. 22), I felt compelled to write. With certain species of our state’s wildlife under siege from insect pests, trapping, baiting, road kills, habitat displacement due to over-development and the widening of our interstate highway systems, why on earth are we even having a discussion of opening up a bobcat season? It seems that the …

Letter: A social spot

Sunday, February 1, 2015

The Gilmanton Year-Round Library provides a central meeting place for a town widely spread out. Besides books and magazines, DVDs, computer use, and scheduled children’s and adult programs, the GYRL hosts many group meetings in comfortable community space. Some of the groups meeting regularly this year at the Year-Round Library have included a crafter’s group, a book club, a murder mystery group, home-schoolers, …

Letter: Undermining America

Sunday, February 1, 2015

While there is considerable criticism from the militant right about President Obama’s foreign policy, there are many of us who welcome a return to the “walk softly” part of Teddy Roosevelt’s famous quote. Roosevelt described his style of foreign policy as “the exercise of intelligent forethought and of decisive action sufficiently far in advance of any likely crisis.” It is reassuring that Obama, …

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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: Wrong about Ayotte

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Sen. Kelly Ayotte is with us and our moose on climate change. A letter in the Monitor on Monday about Sen. Ayotte being a climate denier couldn’t be more wrong. She voted five times last week saying that climate change is real. Yes, she voted five different times …

Letter: 11 million at risk

Sunday, February 1, 2015

The Social Security program was signed into law in 1935 under Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The program was altered in 1956 when Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower, a five-star general and one of our country’s greatest military commanders, signed into law the 1956 amendments to the Social …

Our Turn: State needs to make an investment in full-day kindergarten

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Most economists agree that investments in full-day kindergarten produce high long-term returns for our economy. Full-day kindergarten also reduces costs in elementary school by making sure children don’t fall behind and need extra help. Right now, local school districts providing kindergarten receive only half of the standard education …

Katy Burns: Beware foreign invaders!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

We have a lot of politicians lately who’ve worked themselves into a lather over the illegal immigrants who are ending up on our shores. While I don’t share their concerns, I’m almost awed by their single-minded focus on …

Board of Contributors: My memories of Saudi King Abdullah are of a kind and generous man

Sunday, February 1, 2015

I photographed Prince Abdullah ibn Abdul Aziz al-Saud several times in Saudi Arabia – long before he became king. In the early years that I used to travel to the kingdom, certainly before the assassination of King Faisal …

My Turn: Beyond bipartisanship: Full partners on common sense

Sunday, February 1, 2015

An idea is rapidly gaining force around the country, finding support across the political spectrum. Red states Arkansas, Alaska, South Dakota and Nebraska voted last November to join bright-blue cities like San Francisco and Oakland in its support. …

My Turn: And end double-dipping will fix the system

Sunday, February 1, 2015

A simple solution to help fund the New Hampshire Retirement System’s shortfall is eliminate the so called double-dipping once and for all. Any person who works for an employer who participates in the retirement system shall contribute, period. The formula wouldn’t have to change for full-time employees of …

Editorial: Feltes-Ames bill is about fair taxation

Sunday, February 1, 2015

It’s a thin gruel that feeds New Hampshire state government, which has structured itself so that the poor put a much larger share of their harvest into the pot than the rich, who escape taxation with the state’s blessing. Meanwhile, New Hampshire is chronically broke, too broke to …

Letter: Save the bobcats

Saturday, January 31, 2015

I was shocked to learn that Fish and Game is considering opening a trapping season on bobcats. The UNH study of these magnificent creatures is barely off the presses showing their numbers have increased in New Hampshire due to their protected status. Now that protection is in jeopardy. …

Letter: Let’s talk loopholes

Saturday, January 31, 2015

State Sen. Dan Feltes and state Rep. Richard Ames want to start a conversation about closing tax loopholes that primarily benefit the richest 1 percent of New Hampshire taxpayers at the expense of the rest of us. Credit them with creative thinking that has brought a fresh approach …