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Opinion

Ed Board with Governor Maggie Hassan on March 7, 2014.

(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

Political prognosticators give us their takes on the top November races

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Anybody who follows politics knows that a lot can change in a month and a half, but that didn’t deter us from asking three of New Hampshire’s top political experts to share their thoughts on how things might play out on Election Day. Dante Scala, associate professor of political science at the University of New Hampshire, provided context for where … 0

Katy Burns: You can absolutely get there from here

Sunday, September 21, 2014

In an earlier life, years ago, my husband and I drove from our home in Cleveland to a charming small inn in Ogunquit, one of the many lovely little towns hugging the rugged southern Maine coast. The drive took us the better part of two days, including a night’s stay in Pennsylvania. There … 0

I’m the biggest ‘West Wing’ fan you’ll ever meet

Sunday, September 21, 2014

‘Are you a Wingnut?” Bradley Whitford asks me over lunch in Pasadena, Calif. Am I? I love The West Wing. Love it more than some people think is reasonable. I have, after all, donated a significant amount of money to charity in order to be sitting here, in this restaurant, having this conversation with this man. But I also want to be known … 0

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My Turn: Look north, look east to see cost of climate change

My Turn: Where’s the freedom in ‘Live free or die’?

Sunday, September 21, 2014

In a rousing speech to the congress Thursday, Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko brought the war hawks, an overwhelming majority in both houses, to their feet as he ended with a reference to New Hampshire’s state motto: Live free or die. That’s a catchy slogan, but it more often … 0

37 percent of Americans think a free press is overrated

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Thirty-seven percent of Americans think the news media should be required to get government approval before reporting on national security issues. Let’s let that sink in for a minute. That finding is from an Annenberg Public Policy Center poll that found Americans generally know little about the structure … 0

My Turn: To deal with Islamic State, we have to deal with Assad

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Like most Americans, I was horrified by the barbaric acts committed by the Islamic State terrorists and taken aback by the media reports depicting them as some sort of unstoppable force. In June, they appeared to be 10 feet tall, but since then, they have shrunk appreciably. It … 0

Editorial: An epidemic finds its way into the light

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The video is gut-churning. Professional football player Ray Rice and his then-fiancee Janay Palmer enter an elevator in an Atlantic City casino. Rice stands in front of Palmer, and they exchange words. He hits her with a straight jab to the face and then backs up. She begins … 0

Letter: Dobson for District 32

Saturday, September 20, 2014

I have known Brian Dobson of Nottingham, a candidate for state representative in Rockingham County District 32, for a few years. Between his service to his country, his commitment to community and his knowledge of state issues, he would represent our towns well. Brian recently wrapped up a … 0

Letter: Honored and humbled

Saturday, September 20, 2014

I want to express my heartfelt thanks to you all for your dedication and support and for contributing your time and effort in our campaign. I was deeply moved by your expression of confidence, and I am honored and humbled that you had trust in me and stood … 0

Letter: It’s not about the ‘R’ or ‘D’

Saturday, September 20, 2014

In response to Katherine Murfey’s letter, “Ayotte Meets with Everybody” (Monitor letters, Sept. 15), the other point of view (not Murfey’s conservative one) is denigrated in her letter. She pays lip service to Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s “duty as a senator to meet with everyone she represents.” That’s the … 0

Letter: The season for eyesores

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Alas it is election season again and time for the ugly political signs to sprout, denigrating the beauty of our rural vistas. I remain amazed that we invite visitors to come to our state, especially in the fall, to enjoy the natural beauty our state has to offer … 0

Letter: Kuster has weak grip on foreign policy issues

Saturday, September 20, 2014

With new terror threats, is Rep. Annie Kuster up to the task? During President Obama’s speech to the nation about the dangerous consequences of leaving ISIS unchecked and the need to destroy the terrorist organization, he said that the American people needed Congress to vote to authorize some … 3

Letter: DOT to the rescue

Saturday, September 20, 2014

On Sept. 15, my wife’s car broke down on Route 3 south of the Bedford tolls. She had no sooner pulled over when a Department of Transportation employee pulled up behind her, got out and, after reassuring her he wasn’t a rapist or anything, made sure she was … 0