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Editorial: On climate, Ayotte heads in right direction

Friday, January 30, 2015

Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire’s junior senator, has set an example that other Republicans would be well-served to follow. In repeated votes on the Senate floor last week, she reaffirmed her belief in man-made climate change, and by extension the importance of tending to our environment. Given the rabidly anti-science bias currently infecting her party, those votes are refreshing. We have the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline project to thank. As the …

Board of Contributors: Will my family ever be homeless? It’s impossible to say

Friday, January 30, 2015

On Tuesday, while the winter storm blew outside, our family was home – warm, protected and relaxed. If the snow wanted to fall, fine. If the wind wanted to blow, hey, have at it. If we got cold there was heat available with the slight twist of the thermostat. From our cocoon we …

My Turn: RGGI is a good investment for New Hampshire

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The New Hampshire House will soon be voting on a bill to repeal the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. We call on all of you to appreciate the benefits this program brings to our state and to contact your legislators asking them to vote against repeal. When Gov. John Lynch signed onto RGGI with nine other governors, it fell to the New Hampshire Legislature …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

Letter: On the anti-abortion rally

Sunday, January 25, 2015

About 400 persons, tots to the elderly, led by New Hampshire’s Catholic bishop and a Protestant minister, marched Saturday, Jan. 17, about two miles to and from the statehouse for a pro-life rally, spending almost two hours in 7-degree weather. Along the way they were confronted by a …

Letter: The dangers of Keystone XL

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Well, it’s official. The U.S. Senate is again debating the Keystone pipeline. But while the new Congress may have ushered in new voices, the facts remain the same. Approval of the Keystone XL pipeline would add 27.4 million metric tons of carbon pollution per year – a move …

Letter: Looking through the Koran

Sunday, January 25, 2015

This is in response to Darlene Olivo’s letter concerning my “screed against Muslims.” (Monitor, Jan. 17) If Ms. Olivo had known of my Sept. 4, 2007 letter, she would have found that I am basically in agreement with her that all religions have had their bad moments over …

Letter: Against Sunapee expansion

Sunday, January 25, 2015

I am opposed to the West Bowl expansion of the ski area at Mt. Sunapee State Park. Our state parks were created to “preserve, protect, and steward New Hampshire’s natural, recreational, and historic sites,” according to the Division of Parks and Recreation. While Mt. Sunapee State Park has …

Letter: Time to close Gitmo

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Many thanks for Calif. Rep. Jackie Speier’s well argued piece (“Time for U.S. to Close Guantanamo” Monitor, Jan. 19). Gitmo certainly does “run contrary to our values” – well, at least our espoused values. But there’s more to the story. It’s a shameful relic of not only the …

Letter: Stop the pipeline

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

I am concerned that many residents affected by the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline project in New Hampshire are unaware of the scope and depth of this undertaking. Not my water: First, most of the affected communities have only private wells for each household or business. Many of us …

My Turn: New Hampshire Retirement System is not broken

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

I opened my Monitor on Jan. 24 to find a front page article by Jonathan Van Fleet and an op-ed page piece by Bill Dermody of Bedford, both of which convey the thought that the New Hampshire Retirement System has to be “fixed,” an issue that has been …

Before the hype: The ‘Monitor’ took a wait-and-see approach to the Blizzard of ’78

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

On Monday afternoon, the Monitor newsroom was buzzing with storm- related activity. Editors and reporters talked about angles to look for, calls to make, statistics to compile – all the information that readers expect to receive when a …

national view: Cut emissions the cheaper, smarter way

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Whether Republican state leaders like it or not, the Environmental Protection Agency is going to require them to cut their states’ greenhouse-gas emissions. They can choose to do it the easy way or the hard way. One Virginia Republican is proposing they choose the easy way – and …

Editorial: Drones take the sport out of hunting

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Hunting in a hilly, wooded state like New Hampshire can be difficult and frustrating. Each season, about one in five hunters bags a deer. The ones who tag out every year are the hunters who know their quarry and their weapon, put in the time pre-season to scout, …