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Opinion

Letter: CCSNH letter misleading

Monday, August 31, 2015

In response to my letter to the editor (Monitor letters, July 26), Community College System of New Hampshire board member Katharine Bogle Shields tries to defend the actions of the CCSNH leadership, but instead spreads misleading information – and provides yet another reason why an outside investigation of the CCSNH is needed, and why news organizations like the Monitor should probe into reports of mismanagement. She writes that “pay for …

Letter: Keep pressure on food co-op

Monday, August 31, 2015

Thank you to Megan Doyle and the Monitor for two excellent articles (Monitor front page, July 29 and Aug. 20) covering the ongoing investigation of general manager Paula Harris at the Concord Food Co-op. So far, these articles are the only detailed information made public to the membership. As a co-op member and former employee, I’m deeply concerned with the co-op’s board of …

Letter: Remembering Winant

Monday, August 31, 2015

As Social Security marks 80 years this August, I want to remember the incredible work by former New Hampshire Gov. John Winant on Social Security. Winant was the first head of Social Security Administration Board. Like many New Hampshire residents, Winant deeply believed in the value of Social Security and supported the program. Granite Staters understand that Social Security benefits our seniors, acts …

On the issues: O’Malley says ‘we need to stop stumbling backwards’

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has, since announcing his presidential bid, outlined a series of specific policy goals he would pursue as president – on the environment, college affordability, the economy, substance abuse and more. Here are some …

Fran Wendelboe: The path ahead for the U.S. and Mexico on immigration

Saturday, August 29, 2015

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” – Emma Lazarus …

Monitor Board of Contributors: It’s not their own Francis that Muslims need

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Eight centuries ago, Francis of Assisi traveled to Damietta hoping to negotiate a peaceful end to the Fifth Crusade. Francis crossed the Egyptian desert to meet Sultan Malik, commander of the Muslims. While Francis was respectfully received as …

To Our Readers: College questions? Ask ‘The College Guy’

Saturday, August 29, 2015

‘Any questions?” the perky admission counselor asks. An awkward silence fills the room, as the young adults quietly size up their competition, not wanting to reveal their shared sense of insecurity and confusion. Many of their parents sit by their side, wary of saying anything that might embarrass …

Our Turn: ‘Our Kids’ deserve a chance to succeed

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Over the past 25 years, our country has grown increasingly divided. Much is made of the growing political polarization but that’s not what we are addressing today. Instead, we are writing about the distinctly different opportunities for our kids to experience the American Dream. Both of us grew …

The August departure: All around, there are signs of a season in decline

Saturday, August 29, 2015

It’s late August. I know this time of year by heart, by the evening chill, by the setting of the sunflowers as they abandon hope and droop to the grave. Summer’s end means everything changes. Again. Weather and …

Editorial: A campaign for wider civil justice

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Many attorneys, no matter how long they’ve been practicing law, will tell you they still get butterflies when they enter a courtroom. Just imagine how a single mother seeking protection from an abusive boyfriend would feel under the same circumstances. Now imagine she is alone in the courtroom, …

My Turn: Forrester column on budget crossed the line

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Whether Sen. Jeanie Forrester’s recent opinion piece (Monitor Forum, Aug. 26) was motivated by her continuing desire to do Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s political dirty work or by Sen. Forrester’s own political ambitions, the fact remains that her piece was as false as it was offensive. It is entirely …

Mike Marland, Aug. 30, 2015

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Letter: Lots to do in Concord

Saturday, August 29, 2015

A recent Insider article jokingly suggested that there was “nothing to do” in Concord. Huh? That observation is just amazing to me, because nothing could be further from the truth. Concord has an inventory of historic and cultural amenities that rival any other community in this state. Couple …