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Opinion

Letter: Fresh advice

Friday, April 24, 2015

It might have been useful to point out, as a preface to the Associated Press salmon article (Monitor Food, April 22), that all of the salmon discussed in this article comes from the Pacific Ocean and needs to be shipped across the country to New England before it can be cooked and served here. Maybe it would make more sense to feature articles on fresh fish and seafood from New …

Letter: Genocide denied

Friday, April 24, 2015

This year marks the centenary of the Armenian Genocide. On April 24, 1915, the Ottoman Turkish government ordered the execution of 250 leading Armenian dignitaries, poets, teachers and artists. Thus began the formal phase of the relocation and massacre of Armenians. This was a premeditated and systematic act of murder on a grand scale. Armenians were left without leadership, and in the chaos …

My Turn: Writer Eduardo Galeano, who died earlier this month, shined a light on the real Latin America

Friday, April 24, 2015

Possibly some readers will remember this incident from 2009. At the Summit of the Americas conference, President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and President Obama shook hands. Chavez also gave Obama a book. The book was Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries in the Pillage of a Continent. The author of that book …

Editorial: Military benefits in need of review

Friday, April 24, 2015

Recently, in these pages, an Air Force veteran warned of the unfairness and danger inherent in breaking faith with those who have served by cutting their benefits. Benefits to retirees, especially those who have served their nation in the military, their state or their city, are a promise …

My Turn: VA, community mental health partnership is vital

Friday, April 24, 2015

There is a wonderful charity called the Wounded Warrior Project that raises money for returning armed services men and women who are paying a price for serving our country. They have a phrase that sums up the sadness of a society that has difficulty in rising up to …

My Turn: Investing in recovery programs makes financial sense for state

Friday, April 24, 2015

The school was not able to accommodate Tyler’s disease, so administrators informed his family that he was not allowed to attend school, and that they would have to make other arrangements. Contributing to his disease were genetics, lack of basic needs related to growth and development, and environmental …

Letter: A plea for silence

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Spring, a time for flowers, baby birds and . . . fireworks? That might sound weird, but apparently some residents of Concord are huge fans of spring and summer fireworks. Starting in March, and usually lasting until the first snowfall, someone takes it upon themselves most nights to …

Letter: Swift repairs

Thursday, April 23, 2015

My thanks to General Services of Concord for its quick action in repairing a large, deep hole that opened up adjacent to a storm drain on the front of our property. I called last week and someone came out immediately and assessed the situation, which was a leaking …

Letter: History repeats itself

Thursday, April 23, 2015

This writer looks at President Obama’s obsession with an Iranian nuclear deal with horror and dismay. The similarities with Nazi Germany and 1938 are not to be ignored – a horrific regime with no regard for human rights of any kind and actions based on a fanatical ideology. …

My Turn: There’s no ‘I’ in IEP, but there is in ‘charter’

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Another year, another IEP meeting. Another wasted 45 minutes trying to salvage a student’s public school education by updating his ironically named “Individualized Education Program.” Perhaps “wasted” is too harsh. Maybe “futile” better describes a process where five well-meaning adults – two teachers, a special education specialist, the …

Off Main: A day at the races

Thursday, April 23, 2015

For two days in Nashua last week, the Crowne Plaza hotel was the heart of the Republican Party. Nearly 20 presidential hopefuls, declared and undeclared, gave speeches and cozied up to state GOP leaders. Reporters from across the …

Editorial: Mindfulness could be the secret of life

Thursday, April 23, 2015

On Sunday, Monitor reporter Casey McDermott introduced readers to Judson Brewer, the director of research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center on Mindfulness. Brewer spoke as part of a Concord Hospital Payson Center anticancer lifestyle program at the city auditorium, where he delivered a simple message: …

Letter: Pot or taxes

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

With Vermont entertaining pot legalization, New Hampshire lawmakers should look at the taxes pot would bring into the state coffers, while saving millions in state prison costs. With Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont all decriminalizing pot, people have to buy it somewhere. Either this or let’s have an income …