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Opinion

Editorial: Republicans cling to a budget myth

Monday, June 29, 2015

For Republicans, tax cuts are unicorns that, when they sip from stagnant economic waters, purify them and allow the flowers of free enterprise to bloom. A beautiful thought, but, like unicorns, the supply-side benefits of tax cuts are mythical. The governor and the Republican-led House and Senate are at an impasse over the budget for the next biennium. Gov. Hassan vetoed the budget because, among other things, it contains cuts …

Monitor Board of Contributors: America must address its race problem

Monday, June 29, 2015

What happened in Charleston, S.C., a week ago Wednesday has shocked the nation twice over. Not only were nine peace-loving, faithful people murdered, they were murdered in their sacred place of worship by a white supremacist posing as a Bible study participant. Many of us who experience white privilege had naively thought that we had become too civilized for this kind of vigilantism, …

Letter: Give steam a chance

Monday, June 29, 2015

I am writing to express my support for the city staying with Concord Steam rather than converting to natural gas. I have followed the issue, and I am also a longtime city taxpayer. If Concord Steam is truly able to upgrade its equipment, lower our cost as projected and purchase its raw material from renewable New Hampshire resources, then it would appear that …

Letter: Patriotism in action

Monday, June 29, 2015

On July 4, the N.H. Rebellion will be holding several walks to help rescue American democracy from the rising influence of big money. The big walk will be along the Seacoast. This is a fine opportunity to overcome the sad notions that government is merchandise for sale and …

Letter: No one like Hillary

Monday, June 29, 2015

I was invited and planned to attend the New Hampshire launch party for the Hillary Clinton New Hampshire campaign. I could not attend. This letter was written as the launch was taking place. I supported Clinton in the past and I support her now. There is no one …

Letter: A war on meth

Monday, June 29, 2015

To the good citizens of Pittsfield and Northwood: My family, like many others in our towns, has been infected with crystal meth and heroin. I’m not happy. I have started a no-meth campaign. Too many people throughout the history of our towns have given everything they could and …

Letter: Educate us, Eversource

Monday, June 29, 2015

Eversource would be wise to fully inform area citizens of what the proposed massive $70 million Seacoast Reliability Project will do for – and to – the communities (Madbury, Durham, Newington, Portsmouth) on which it will be imposed. I suggest that Eversource charter a bus or two and …

Letter: Clean air for our kids

Monday, June 29, 2015

I was interested to learn about the connection between disease risk and the time of the year one is born in Ana Swanson’s recent article (Monitor Nation & World, June 16). While we may not yet understand this fascinating phenomenon very well, we do understand how global warming …

Letter: Praise for the poet

Monday, June 29, 2015

I have been reading the works of Donald Hall for as many years as I care to remember. I greatly appreciate his poetry and essays. As a matter of fact and the reason I am writing this letter, I am presently reading his recent book of essays, Essays …

My Turn: On casino gambling, hypocrisy is rampant

Sunday, June 28, 2015

As a state representative, I sit and listen to all the pros and cons about having a casino in the state regardless if it is one, two or more. I have heard the major excuse: the addiction to slot machines. I am a little confused by this. Doesn’t …

My Turn: State should reauthorize expanded Medicaid now

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The health and wellness of more than 40,000 people throughout our great state will be negatively affected if the New Hampshire Health Protection Program is not reauthorized by the Legislature. Now is the right time for our elected officials to work together to include continued funding in this …

My Turn: As a business owner, I can't afford tax cut

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Our Republican-led Legislature has proposed a budget that includes tax cuts for my business. I should be thrilled with this. I am not. Don’t get me wrong. Any business owner, including me, welcomes tax breaks or other cost reductions that let us expand our business or improve profitability. …

Letter: Do your homework on tax cuts

Sunday, June 28, 2015

As a successful entrepreneur whose company has brought millions into New Hampshire for decades, I cringe at the rant for lower business taxes as a cure-all to increase jobs. Legislators who join this clamor have not done their homework: California has the highest business taxes in the nation …