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Opinion

National View: Can Terry McAuliffe save Hillary Clinton?

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Does Hillary Clinton have a serious 2016 image problem? At a comparable stage in the 2000 presidential election cycle, the polls said George W. Bush would beat Al Gore in a landslide. On Election Day, roughly a year and a half later, the Texan lost the national popular vote but won the White House after a bitterly divided Supreme Court weeks later declared him the winner in Florida. So we …

100 things to do to know the real New Hampshire

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Last week, the Monitor published an editorial about a fascinating “things to do in New Hampshire” list created by retired state agriculture commissioner Steve Taylor in the mid-1990s. The goal was to let readers know that the list existed, and to update and add to it. As it turns out, Taylor never stopped …

Editorial: Planned Parenthood facts, fiction

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Rallies held across the nation on Tuesday, including one in front of the State House in Concord, called for the government to stop sending taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood. The pretext was a series of online videos purporting to show how the group handles donations of fetal tissue. But those demonstrations, and the furor about Planned Parenthood, are noise – static meant to …

Editorial: The road to safe bicycling in the city

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Last week, Monitor contributing writer Mel Graykin wrote of the joy of commuting to work by bicycle, but also of the dangers. There are now about a million bicycles on America’s roads, and 240 million cars and other motor vehicles. Many of those drivers look upon bicyclists with …

Letter: Where’s the CCSNH data?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

On Friday, Chairman Paul Holloway of the Community College System of New Hampshire wrote, among other things, that CCSNH was modernizing its “systems so that we can enhance the services and programs we offer students and compete effectively on the basis of cost and offerings” (Monitor Forum, July 24). …

Letter: Malarkey revisited

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

In his “My Turn” (Monitor Forum, July 18), Shawn McCormick characterized my earlier “My Turn” (Monitor Forum, July 15) as “malarkey.” Since I like that word, I want to defend it from such an inappropriate use. His criticisms were wrong right down the line. First, he misconstrued a …

Letter: Feltes’s latest gaffe

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

It would appear from Sen. Dan Feltes’s latest “My Turn” (Monitor Opinion, July 27) that he has overloaded on Hassan budgetary Kool-Aid. The budget Gov. Hassan vetoed contained a 75 percent increase in state funding to address the heroin epidemic and at the same time Hassan lost track …

Letter: No place for vigilantes

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

When mass shootings occur, there are feelings of grief for the victims and frustration over the inability to do anything about it. While the desire to do something constructive is laudable, the response of private citizens arming themselves and walking in front of recruiting stations poses some problems. …

Editorial: A baseball legend takes his place

Monday, July 27, 2015

It’s been a tough year for Boston’s boys of summer. Heading into Monday night’s game against the Chicago White Sox, the Red Sox were once again toiling in the basement of the American League East, 12 games behind the first-place New York Yankees and 8½ games out in …

My Turn: In food fight, ‘Big Meat’ is just one enemy

Monday, July 27, 2015

I was obviously one of the folks you were referring to in your Sunday editorial about vegans and meat-eaters (Monitor, July 26). Although I’m flattered, please allow me this chance to rebut. Here is a list of issues that I – like the animal rights crowd – find …

Letter: The adjunct mistake

Monday, July 27, 2015

Announcing layoffs of seven faculty members, Lakes Region Community College’s president stated “adjuncts are a dime a dozen.” His idea: Full-time faculty for adjuncts is an apples-to-apples trade. I was one of those seven full-time faculty who were laid off. Prior to that I’d been an adjunct faculty …

Letter: Hassan’s doing her job

Monday, July 27, 2015

I have read several pieces in the news where Republicans bemoan services that are receiving less funding due to the governor’s budget veto. Listing vital programs funded at current levels and placing the blame solely on the governor is neither productive nor accurate. Both sides agree that additional …

Letter: An amazing gift

Monday, July 27, 2015

Thank you, Christine Hamm, your wonderful cast and all the “backstage” volunteers who brought Thornton Wilder’s Our Town to Hopkinton. What an amazing 250th anniversary gift to our community. Bravo! EMILIE CHRISTIE BURACK Hopkinton …