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Letter: Minutes show Ardinger didn’t support full-day kindergarten

Friday, August 22, 2014

A supporter, close friend and fellow school board member of Kass Ardinger claimed Kass did not vote to stop full-day kindergarten in Concord (Monitor Forum, Aug. 21). That is inaccurate. As the Monitor noted in its recent “on the issues” story on Aug. 17, when the Concord School Board considered full-day kindergarten, Ardinger did not support it at the time. Here are the original minutes, still viewable online, from the … 1

Letter: Feltes for full-day kindergarten

Friday, August 22, 2014

Dan Feltes’s unwavering support for full-day kindergarten is, more than any other issue, what compels me to strongly support his campaign. Every child and family in Hopkinton now has the opportunity for full-day public kindergarten and this is a tremendous boost to our community. The school board concluded that full-day kindergarten is a smart investment that helps establish a strong foundation for learning … 1

Letter: A bonus for hard work

Friday, August 22, 2014

I am a 20-year veteran teacher at Chichester Central School and could not ask for a better school to work in. I was out of town for the school board meeting, but I feel the Aug. 15 article on the Monitor’s front page did not properly portray the situation at our school. A stipend is, by definition, a fixed regular sum paid as … 1

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My Turn: Obama not to blame for rise of Islamic State

Letter: Don’t let Free Staters fool you

Friday, August 22, 2014

‘The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” On Aug. 12, the Monitor gave Free State President Carla Gericke space to write about her organization’s goals and objectives that most New Hampshire people would support (Monitor Forum, Aug. 12). But I read her “My Turn” piece as an effort … 3

My Turn: Critics of online degrees start from a false premise

Thursday, August 21, 2014

In getting feedback on the possible merger of Southern New Hampshire University and the New Hampshire Institute of Art, I have been struck by the reactions to our online programs among some critics. Among the misconceptions has been the idea that we would try to impose online learning … 0

Editorial: Myths guiding opposition on Common Core

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Common Core, the education reform plan created by the Council of Chief State School Officers and backed by the National Governors Association, once had the support of 45 states and the District of Columbia. The support was bipartisan. Nearly a score of Republican governors backed the plan as … 1

My Turn: Obama not to blame for rise of Islamic State

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Conjecture by Sen. John McCain and Hillary Clinton et al that President Obama is to blame for the Islamic State scourge because of his support (arms and airstrikes) of the Syrian resistance was lacking is wrong. Blame falls squarely on former Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki (a Shiite … 2

My Turn: There’s no substitute for the college experience

Thursday, August 21, 2014

There has been increasing criticism of traditional college education in the past decade or so. Much of the focus of such criticism has been focused on cost escalation and the irrelevance of college degrees to work readiness. As … 5

Letter: Don’t let polluters win

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Flash floods warnings across the state this week are coming on the heels of the fifth wettest July in history for the Granite State. But as crazy as the weather seems right now, extremes today could be the new normal for future generations tomorrow unless we rein in … 10

Letter: Path of homelessness

Thursday, August 21, 2014

On a recent Monday night, I got a call from my boyfriend about 10 p.m. He usually volunteers for St. Vincent de Paul’s Food Pantry on Monday and Tuesday nights, and a call from him is most times to say he’ll be home late. But not this Monday … 1

Letter: MS Walk was a big hit

Thursday, August 21, 2014

On behalf of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater New England Chapter, I would like to thank the following local businesses for their generous support of the Laconia MS Walk 2014: Annie’s Cafe & Catering, Laconia; Aroma Joe’s, Laconia; Coca Cola Bottling, Belmont; Country Kitchen, Belmont; Hannaford Supermarket, … 0

My Turn: Ardinger didn’t oppose full-day kindergarten

Thursday, August 21, 2014

I would like to clarify an issue concerning Kass Ardinger’s support for full-day kindergarten. I am compelled to write to correct misstatements made by Dan Feltes, Ardinger’s opponent in the state Senate primary race in District 15, who said Ardinger voted against full-day kindergarten. As a member of … 1

Editorial: Journalist’s death must be confronted

Thursday, August 21, 2014

New Hampshire native James Foley was executed this week, apparently by members of the Islamic State militant group. His killers used social media to spread video and images of their latest affront to humanity, and those whom the terrorists most hoped to terrorize did the rest of the … 1