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Opinion

My Turn: Pittsfield is working to help every student succeed

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

There was a time when many of Pittsfield’s students attended one of the lowest-achieving schools in the state, when students in Pittsfield were not engaged in a personalized learning environment, when Pittsfield’s high school was labeled a “dropout factory.” Those times have passed. In 2008, Pittsfield’s schools began a commitment to a student-centered learning environment, through a strong community effort; considerable retraining of administration, faculty and staff; and significant funding …

Editorial: Be prepared for natural destruction

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

For a century or more, the Suncook River in Epsom gave. It powered mills and provided recreation, electricity, scenery and trout. And then, on Mothers Day 2006, the river took – a new course, that is, and along with it small mountains of sand, toppled trees and a path that put dozens of homes in near-certain danger of flooding. To some, the solution …

Ray Duckler: A very dark problem on a very sunny day

Monday, August 3, 2015

‘Hi, Ray. How ya been?” That’s how the conversation started downtown, on a perfect Sunday afternoon, with an acquaintance whose name will remain hidden, for now. My friend, Kevin Clark, was working, playing his guitar at the entrance to Eagle Square, and I was sitting in what amounts to his office when the acquaintance stopped by. “I’m fine,” I said, as Clark’s amplified …

Letter: I stand with Planned Parenthood

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

In the wake of carefully edited, politically motivated videos, politicians of all stripes have tried to make Planned Parenthood a political football. But let’s not forget who may get lost in this political shuffle. In New Hampshire, it’s about 12,000 women. The funding for Planned Parenthood helps provide …

Letter: Real censorship

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Commenting on the bias-free language guide on a UNH webpage, Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley called the guide a form of “censorship” and said he wants the guide removed from the university’s website. If not, he said he would propose an amendment when the subject of university funding …

Letter: Label me American

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Just when I’d thought I seen it all in the guise of “political correctness,” along comes a UNH language guide with a warning to not use the word “American,” lest we offend a vague someone, somewhere. Guess what, UNH? I was born an American and served in the …

Letter: Meet the Johnstons

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

It is unfortunate that Rick Swanson was not given or did not take more space in his column on the Johnstons and Jonathan Daniels (Monitor Forum, July 31). As a result, he left out key elements that make the Johnstons’ story important. Doc Johnston was forced to pass …

Letter: The Trump trajectory

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

It was a picture-perfect autumn day in Warner when Democrats gathered to cheer on John Kerry as a presidential candidate. A number of the folks in the crowd were sporting pins that read, “Dated Dean, Married Kerry.” Much like Donald Trump today, Howard Dean had rushed to the …

My Turn: Preventive care at Planned Parenthood should continue

Monday, August 3, 2015

On Wednesday, I will vote to continue supporting access to low-cost birth control, cancer screenings and annual exams for New Hampshire women at our state’s five Planned Parenthood health centers and three other nonprofit centers across the state. …

Editorial: Journey ends, but inspiration remains

Monday, August 3, 2015

The story of Alan Barlow’s attempt to run from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean, a trek that ended prematurely in Wyoming last month, probably won’t end up as a best-seller or Hollywood blockbuster. But here in Barlow’s home city, the accomplishment is worthy of sustained applause. …

Letter: Mushroom madness

Monday, August 3, 2015

I find it very concerning that the Concord police could not handle a mushroom growing operation on Thorndike Street last month (Monitor front page, July 15). After all, hallucinogenic or magic mushrooms have been grown under cow paddies or in dark wells for well over 100 years. Albert …

Letter: Back-in parking makes sense

Monday, August 3, 2015

I’ve read with enthusiasm the recent letters to the editor, and the Monitor’s own opinion (Monitor editorial, July 29) supporting reverse-angle, back-in parking on Main Street. I had suggested this during the community meetings held before the approval of the Main Street project and was met with significant …

Letter: Back-in parking myths

Monday, August 3, 2015

In the last six years, during which records have been kept by the city of Concord, 100 bicycle-related crashes were recorded. Only two of those involved a car backing up. One of those two was a car backing out of a driveway and the other was described as …