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Opinion

Letter: Spirit of Sunapee

Monday, May 25, 2015

A few years have passed since I stood with a couple hundred fellow New Hampshire citizens in the Sherburne Gymnasium in Sunapee. The occasion was the presentation by Rob Thomson, then director of the Department of Resources and Economic Development, of the Muellers’ proposal to lease Mount Sunapee State Park. At the session, the Muellers said, “We’re not developers, we’re skiers!” This gathering was touted as an opportunity for the …

Letter: Behind the Ayotte ad

Monday, May 25, 2015

As I read through the Monitor recently, I saw a Kelly Ayotte full-page ad pretending to be a bipartisan announcement. Here was a smiling picture of Kelly, with the headline “Bipartisanship is breaking out on Capitol Hill!” I was given a telephone number to call Ayotte and ask her to support these so-called “bipartisan” initiatives. Big on the list was somehow fixing Medicare, …

Letter: Invest in mental health

Monday, May 25, 2015

Have you ever noticed that whenever someone becomes a victim of suicide, the world around them seems to stop? Only then does everyone realize how important mental health is, because 90 percent of people who are victims of suicide have a diagnosable and treatable mental illness. It is about time that people start acting upon these realizations. Most people seem to be unaware …

My Turn: Early childhood education helps communities prosper

Sunday, May 24, 2015

It’s no secret that there is now a surge of opiate use here in the Granite State, and with that, a growing presence of criminal activity, including violent crimes. As sheriff of Merrimack County, I know that New Hampshire law enforcement agencies are doing everything possible to rein …

Katy Burns: Beekeeping is just the tip of the iceberg for the beginning backyard farmer

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Beekeeping is apparently booming in Concord, according to a recent story by intrepid young Monitor reporter Iain Wilson. I say “intrepid” because many years and at least a few lives ago I was a young reporter who donned …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Arc of justice bends toward Palestine

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Since 2005, when Palestinian civil society issued a global call for a nonviolent campaign of Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions to be waged against Israel’s illegal occupation of its territories, the BDS movement has gradually emerged as an international …

Letter: Our crumbling infrastructure

Saturday, May 23, 2015

There was nothing we could do about gravity pulling down the Old Man of the Mountain, but our crumbling infrastructure is a different story. When I first came from Pennsylvania decades ago to attend college in New Hampshire, I marveled at the great roads and bridges. No more. …

Letter: Expansion resistance

Saturday, May 23, 2015

I attended the meeting at Sunapee on May 5. People were encouraged to have their say on the subject of expansion. I was concerned that the economically interested coalition would hold sway, but no. I was pleased to hear speaker after speaker, local residents and others, leaders of …

My Turn: State should investigate Wilmot zoning board

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Wilmot residents passed a zoning ordinance that banned heavy industry – and specifically, the storage of flammable and explosive materials – at our town meeting in March 1968. The ban still stands, and yet our zoning board of adjustment granted a variance that allows Huckleberry Oil and Propane …

My Turn: Tuition cuts are killing state’s community colleges

Saturday, May 23, 2015

On May 13, Great Bay Community College eliminated 15 percent of its full-time faculty positions as well as two staff positions – only months after 12 staff positions were eliminated. Two of our sister colleges, White Mountains Community College in Berlin and Lakes Region Community College in Laconia, …

My Turn: Hassan should listen to millennials and back decriminalization

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Gov. Maggie Hassan has said she does not support a bill that would decriminalize possession of one-half ounce or less of marijuana. This is becoming a source of consternation for Granite Staters of all ages and across the …

Letter: Guinta’s only choice

Friday, May 22, 2015

It’s now official! New Hampshire voters elected a bald-faced liar: Congressman Frank Guinta. Despite his numerous and constant protestations to the contrary, the Federal Election Commission found that Guinta violated campaign finance laws and lied when he gave all the various explanations these past five years as to …

Letter: Hopkinton tax madness

Friday, May 22, 2015

Perhaps I have been asleep for a few years, but the gist of the May 17 Sunday Monitor article about the Hopkinton tax rate appears to be that selectmen and the school board are forming a “group” to look at ways to prevent the rate from spiking in …