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My Turn: State’s new way to assess student learning could reduce standardized testing

Saturday, October 25, 2014

We’ve been hearing a lot about testing in our schools. There were proposals in the last Legislature – unsuccessful in the end – to postpone the new Smarter Balanced annual assessment. Nashua teachers made news last winter saying that neither their schools nor their students were ready for the new Common Core test (though fears seemed to settle down after they tried the test last spring). And Manchester Mayor Gatsas …

My Turn: State can’t afford another O’Brien Legislature

Saturday, October 25, 2014

On Nov. 4, you have a clear, important choice to make. When you enter the voting booth on Election Day, your vote will decide whether our state continues to move in the right direction or gets pulled back into the past. We have faced this decision before. In 2012, New Hampshire decided to throw out the Bill O’Brien Republicans and their extreme agenda. …

My Turn: U.S. needs a strategy to combat Islamic State

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Last month, President Obama stood behind the podium in the White House briefing room and admitted to America – and the world – that he didn’t have a strategy to combat the threat from the terrorist group ISIS. This is the same President Obama who just a few months ago dismissed the terror …

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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

My Turn: For the state’s women, November choice is clear

Saturday, October 25, 2014

As a former Republican member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, former mayor of Concord and the current chairman of the nonpartisan NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire PAC, I know that women’s issues don’t always break along partisan …

Letter: Shurtleff a tireless worker

Friday, October 24, 2014

I ask Merrimack District 11 residents to re-elect Steve Shurtleff as their state representative. Steve is always honest, thoughtful and helpful. He sincerely cares about our community. He is tirelessly devoted to making Penacook a better place. More than a board member of the Penacook’s village association, community …

Letter: Gallagher always listens

Friday, October 24, 2014

I would like to encourage those residing in Belknap District 4 (Sanbornton and Tilton) to vote for Brian Gallagher on Nov. 4. We will all be well represented by Brian when he is elected to the House of Representatives. It’s about time we had a representative who is …

Letter: Not the only one

Friday, October 24, 2014

Having worked for the Executive Council for 30-plus years, I enjoyed your article regarding the Executive Council and the accompanying quiz (Monitor Forum, Oct. 16). However, I must correct your answer to the question regarding how many states other than New Hampshire have the Governor and Executive Council …

Letter: Meet Tom Dawson

Friday, October 24, 2014

I have only one political sign in my yard this year, unlike other election years when I have had up to 10, and it’s for Tom Dawson, who is running for the state House of Representatives. It is hard to elevate your voice over the cacophony of an …

Letter: Choose Schamberg, Mello

Friday, October 24, 2014

I am urging Wilmot voters to vote for Tom Schamberg for re-election to the New Hampshire House, and for Carolyn Mello for state Senate. Tom has distinguished himself for his commitment to our communities by attending meetings of boards and commissions, and by his attendance record at the …

Letter: Moffett deserves re-election

Friday, October 24, 2014

To my Canterbury and Loudon friends and neighbors: Election Day is upon us and I urge you take seriously the need to vote. Your vote matters. In that regard, I would urge you to support and vote for Howard Moffett for state representative. He has represented us well …

Letter: Fennessy for school board

Friday, October 24, 2014

I write in strong support of Nathan Fennessy, a candidate for the Concord School Board in Wards 5, 6 and 7. Nathan supports full-day kindergarten because of the academic benefits to our youngest students and because an abbreviated school day places a burden on working families. He also …

Letter: Let climate guide you

Friday, October 24, 2014

Rob Werner has done a public service in outlining the reasons that voters “must weigh climate change choices” (Monitor Forum, Oct. 12). In the days since his column appeared, we have reports that August and September were the hottest months ever recorded (that is a worldwide average, even …

My Turn: This is a season of celebration for Hindu Bhutanese

Friday, October 24, 2014

America has a heterogeneous society, with diverse cultures, people and traditions intertwined in a single strand. Our country respects and honors diversity, and holds freedom of religion as one of our highest values. People can practice, preserve and …