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This image provided by NASA shows a night view of the Nile River winding up through the Egyptian desert toward the Mediterranean as seen from the International Space Station.

My Turn: First things first, it’s time to outlaw war

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Humanity has the look of a dying species: terrorism has invaded our collective body like a cancer, and we are closer to global catastrophe from environmental stress than ever before. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists tells us, “The window for action is closing rapidly.” While horrendous acts of terror continue to escalate, we are waging war on the planet as …

My Turn: Gun debate stirs memories of the death of a musical hero

Saturday, February 28, 2015

For the same reason that Bob Dylan is celebrated and admired for “telling it like it is,” I appreciate what the administrative law judge Jonathan P. Baird says in his recent “My Turn” article (Monitor Forum, Feb. 4). Indeed, his is the only piece of its kind that I can side with, and it also happens to be right up my alley. That …

My Turn: State is following a doomed blueprint

Saturday, February 28, 2015

During the 1980s and 1990s, New Hampshire’s population grew about 1 percent a year, as many younger, well-educated workers moved here. Now, population growth has slowed to a trickle. According to the 2010 census, New Hampshire now has the fourth-highest median age, after Maine, Vermont and West Virginia. But the “graying” of New Hampshire is not what you expect. Retirees are not pushing …

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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: Fund kindergarten

Friday, February 27, 2015

I write in support of SB 228, co-sponsored by Sens. Dan Feltes, Nancy Stiles, David Watters and David Boutin. This bill is a bipartisan effort that provides full state funding support for those local school districts that choose to offer full-day kindergarten. It is vitally important that the …

Letter: A misleading photo

Friday, February 27, 2015

Good heavens! Where on earth did you get the terrible photo that accompanied your vaccine article in the printed version of the Monitor (Sunday Monitor front page, Feb. 22)? How frightening it must have been to parents and children. No clinician in the country would aim a needle …

Letter: A cartoon image

Friday, February 27, 2015

As a nurse who has given hundreds, likely thousands, of injections, I found your front page picture of a child receiving an injection to be preposterous (Sunday Monitor, Feb. 22). The syringe and needle are huge and the amount of “medicine” is way too much; it reminds me …

Letter: Learn from Walmart

Friday, February 27, 2015

Walmart recently raised its hourly wage paid to half a million workers. The investment is a business move that the company hopes will act to empower its workforce, create a more conducive place to shop and improve sales figures, which have declined or have seen no growth for …

My Turn: State needs more people like the two who helped me

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Longtime Upper Valley state representative Elizabeth Crory passed away this February at age 82. She was a tireless advocate for the underserved, a dedicated public servant and someone who touched the lives of many, including my own. Elizabeth and her husband, Fred, truly represented what’s best about New …

My Turn: It’s a great time for women of a certain age to release their inner athlete

Thursday, February 26, 2015

This freezing winter, as the birds swoop in for precious seeds at the feeders, I’m hell-bent on reinventing myself as “Sports Mom, Whatdyagot?” – or something like that. Here in America, we remain perpetually fascinated by professional sports. …

Editorial: Gathering storm isn’t hard to see

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The headlines are difficult to ignore as they pile up, day after day, on the Monitor’s front page: ∎ A homeless woman is found dead in her car in the Walmart parking lot. ∎ This February is on track to be the coldest in the past 80 years. ∎ Attempts to …

My Turn: Mutual respect fading in Bow

Thursday, February 26, 2015

I have lived in Bow for 26 years. During that time, I have served on a number of boards and commissions, volunteered in the schools and even pitched in as a volunteer coach for the recreation program. As in any organization, some of the people I have worked …

Letter: Toward a better school district

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The interviewing and hiring of the next Franklin school district superintendant is of significant importance to the entire community. In the past few years, some progress has been made but much remains to be done. The hiring process of a new superintendent with new candidates provides a great …

Letter: A misguided ban

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives recently proposed a ban on the common SS109/M855 green tip 5.56 mm ammunition popular in AR-15 style rifles. This popular round is slated to be banned by the ATF as it is said to be “armor penetrating” due to its …