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Opinion

My Turn: Stark was indeed a founder of this state

Monday, April 27, 2015

I have no horse selected yet in the presidential sweepstakes, but I disagree with a recent “fact check” (Monitor, April 11) giving Rand Paul a failing score for John Stark as a founder of our state. On April 19, 1775, the battles of Lexington and Concord set the course for violent revolution. Four days later, on April 23, Col. John Stark was chosen to lead the First New Hampshire Regiment …

Letter: Recycling travesty

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Words cannot express my disappointed to hear that the recycled plastics are not actually being recycled but being dumped in the general trash hopper at the town of Boscawen transfer station. For years, the town of Boscawen has stressed the importance of recycling, which my family has practiced for years. We have expressed the importance of recycling to our children, as globally it …

Letter: Ayotte can lead on climate

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The 2016 federal budget process tells us a lot about our lawmakers’ priorities. Sen. Kelly Ayotte recently signaled her support for action on climate change by voting for the Sanders Amendment, which recognized that climate change is real and needs action now. The same cannot be said about her action on the EPA Clean Power Plan. The plan is a commonsense plan to …

Letter: Survey directions

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Dear Shaker Regional School Board members: I was happy to see the notice about a special meeting being held with regards to the culture survey requested by the community at our most recent school district meeting. I am pleased that the school board is taking action on this …

Katy Burns: Beep, beep! New car coming through!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

If this is 2015, it’s time to visit the car store down the road. After all, it has been 12 years. And the old car – which we still call “the new car” – will soon need tires, …

Roaring twenties: It’s a good idea to put a woman on the $20 bill, but can America cut through the politics and red tape

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Now I know how my suffragette foremothers felt about not being able to vote. I completely missed the online “Women on 20s” preliminary campaign to decide which important woman in U.S. history should replace President Andrew Jackson on …

My Turn: Don’t let large energy companies take over state

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Energy corporations are using their vast amounts of money to influence every aspect of energy siting projects in New Hampshire. Bias was first evident at the Department of Energy. PSNH, now Eversource, was allowed to choose the company to conduct the studies for “its” Northern Pass project (Normandeau …

Mike Marland, April 26, 2015

Saturday, April 25, 2015

My Turn: Be wary of Tax Freedom Day claims

Saturday, April 25, 2015

I get irked by articles like the one Andy Koenig wrote promoting Tax Freedom Day (Sunday Monitor Forum, April 12). TFD is a slick effort to pull the wool over our eyes by making us think that “roughly a third of your money doesn’t make it into your …

Editorial: Downtown must find its magic mix

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Renovating Concord’s Main Street is only the first step toward creating a truly thriving downtown in New Hampshire’s capital city. The city and its business owners must also take a long, hard look at the mix of retail offerings in the downtown core. What kind of shops and …

Letter: Greed and transmission lines

Saturday, April 25, 2015

On Thanksgiving Day 2010, we were informed through social media by way of our daughter that the Northern Pass transmission line was routed next to our house in Pembroke. That was the arrogant announcement of Northern Pass into our life and through our property. The line has since …

Letter: Hassan is ignoring the law

Saturday, April 25, 2015

I’d like to take this opportunity to respond to a letter to the editor by Paula Trombi of Meredith (Monitor letters, April 6). To set the record straight, the bottom line is this: Gov. Hassan is trying to raid nursing homes and home health care agency funds that …

Letter: Go vegan

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Spring is a season of rebirth and renewal. If you are searching for a healthier lifestyle, a vegan (total vegetarian) diet can help you to achieve that goal. Many of the debilitating diseases present in America today, such as osteoporosis, diabetes, many types of cancer, heart disease, etc., …