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My Turn: On campaign finance, it’s time for citizen action

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Is Congress ever going to let us vote on a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United? Last September, the Democracy for All amendment died in a Senate filibuster. Despite the fact that a majority of senators supported it, a minority – including New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte – used a procedural roadblock to kill the amendment for the legislative session. Sen. Ayotte is not listening to her constituents on this …

Letter: 2nd Amendment is crystal clear

Sunday, July 5, 2015

In their editorial in the Concord Monitor dated June 26, “The Evolution of Arms,” Michael S. Lewis and Leah A. Plunkett posed the question: Isn’t it reasonable that our interpretation of the Second Amendment change as well? I believe the wording and intent of the phrase “The right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed” is crystal clear …

Letter: Sorry, Dustin, but Holt’s the man

Sunday, July 5, 2015

I greatly admire Dustin Pedroia, and I consider him to be the heart and soul of the Red Sox. That being said, if anyone is selected from the Red Sox for the American League All-Star team, it should be Brock Holt. Thus far, he has played all positions in the infield and outfield, some more than six times, and done as well as …

Letter: A gay rights pioneer

Sunday, July 5, 2015

On June 26, it was with great joy that we heard the U.S. Supreme Court ruling making same-sex marriage a right nationwide. Monitor columnist Ray Duckler paid homage to gay rights activist Rev. Robert Wood a week before the ruling (Monitor front page, June 18). It is fitting …

Letter: Bipartisan victories

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Recent Supreme Court decisions and the Confederate flag issue are not liberal victories as some have claimed. Heroes include conservative justices Anthony Kennedy and John Roberts and conservative South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. These three individuals showed courage and the willingness to rise above the partisan divide. Justices …

Letter: Fighting for N.H.? Really?

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, in announcing her bid for re-election, proudly announced that she did not “drink the water” in Washington, D.C. Perhaps not, but she has clearly been eating the cactus-flavored grits served up by senate colleagues and fellow Republicans John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of …

LETTER: Unsportsmanlike conduct

Sunday, July 5, 2015

As reported by the Concord Monitor, (“Rule banning chocolate in bear bait gets final approval,” June 19), the Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules passed rules last week banning the use of chocolate in bear bait – a policy I fully endorse. These rules came about as a …

LETTER: Betting on Bernie

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Inspired by his recent visit to Hillsboro, and by recent letters from other Monitor readers, we’re betting that Bernie Sanders, against all odds, will be the dark horse presidential candidate who will go on to be president in 2016. Bernie is the only candidate who speaks clearly, intelligently, …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Memo to GOP: America is about Change

Sunday, July 5, 2015

This past week, outside an antique shop along New Hampshire’s Seacoast, I walked past a van festooned with stickers, one of which read, “We tried change. I want my country back,” a message generated in opposition, no doubt, …

When wars had home fronts

Sunday, July 5, 2015

On this lovely Fourth of July weekend, ponder the fact that our country has been at war for nearly 15 years – since October 2001, when we sent troops into Afghanistan to attack those who had attacked the …

My Turn: N.H. needs to lower business taxes to compete

Sunday, July 5, 2015

The New Hampshire Advantage used to be easier. No sales tax. No income tax. Rely on our neighboring states to do something uncompetitive. New Hampshire had always been able to make our state a competitive place to do business simply by avoiding the mistakes of those around us. …

Off Main: Kansas has been locked in a battle over business taxes and budgeting. Sound familiar, N.H.?

Sunday, July 5, 2015

New Hampshire doesn’t have a budget. And that raises a simple question: Have our lawmakers been paying attention to the recent meltdown in Kansas? Republicans in the Legislature and Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan have clashed repeatedly over the …

Mike Marland, July 5, 2015

Sunday, July 5, 2015