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Letter: A new modest proposal

Monday, March 30, 2015

I read with interest the dire straits that New Hampshire is facing because of proposed cuts. Anyone who has to make those choices in the process of developing a public budget does not, in my opinion, do it in a thoughtless manner. It is apparent to me that the state is in serious trouble when it is willing to lose federal funding to meet the target of a balanced budget. …

Letter: A failure to lead

Monday, March 30, 2015

President Obama commissioned the Simpson-Bowles study to find ways to have the federal government put policies in place to create more 40-hour-per-week jobs with growth in wages and salaries. He could exercise leadership and work with the Congress to institute the policies, but instead has chosen to ignore the findings and preach a political ideology of division in our country. Middle- and lower-income …

Letter: The rules of decorum

Monday, March 30, 2015

As a long-serving town moderator, I would not allow the comments of Jeffrey Clay in a town meeting (Sunday Monitor Forum, March 22). Differing opinions and specific challenges to decisions and practices of the selectmen are always in order. But effective conduct of the public’s business also depends on the practice of respectful decorum by all. Robert’s Rules of Order is the prime …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

My Turn: There is logic behind concealed carry permits

Sunday, March 29, 2015

New Hampshire legislators will soon decide whether to repeal the requirement to have a permit before carrying a concealed handgun. This decision must be made with thoughtful consideration, for much is at stake. Supporters of such legislation are often the same people who argue that New Hampshire is …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Netanyahu to Israel and America: L’Etat, c’est moi

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Recent Israeli elections were hard fought, divisive and for many observers yielded unexpected results: overwhelming victory for Benjamin Netanyahu and overwhelming defeat to peace prospects between Palestinians and Israelis. Today, I want to thank Netanyahu for stating in …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Why fund the arts? It is who we are

Sunday, March 29, 2015

I’ve been here before. I know it. Things feel very familiar. But then, I am getting older and have been known to have moments of confusion. Like the other night while lying in bed – finally and comfortably warm under the blankets, eyes getting heavy, the book closed …

Katy Burns: State’s fourth-graders should exploit lawmakers’ guilt while they can

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Well, once again some of our legislators have found themselves in a national spotlight. And – also again – it is decidedly not for all the right reasons. I refer of course to the day that members of …

Letter: So much for transparency

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Last week was celebrated as Sunshine Week to reflect the need for government to be open and accountable. This newspaper did a great analysis of state and local responses to requests for information. This past week also was the second consecutive year that the Obama administration set a …

Hot Topic: Red-tailed hawk becomes symbol of the 2015 House

Saturday, March 28, 2015

A House debate over a bill that would have made the red-tailed hawk the state raptor took a bizarre turn recently when Rep. Warren Groen of Rochester offered his opinion of the proposed legislation: “It grasps them with …

Don’t tell the Joneses, Part Three: What is a fair wage? Democracy, capitalism differ

Saturday, March 28, 2015

In Part 2, we saw that markets distribute the wealth they produce so unequally that very few households can afford even a modest, middle-class standard of living without considerable help. Is this market outcome fair? Yes, according to market values. Wages are set when workers, seeking the highest …

Letter: College math

Friday, March 27, 2015

The usual attack on the president’s proposal for free community college that suggests that a student who doesn’t pay for college won’t value it when part or all of the tuition is subsidized contains faulty economics. While studying, that student is delaying working to put herself into a …

Letter: A simple solution

Friday, March 27, 2015

We are today an unhappy nation. Nothing seems to work as advertised. President Obama is blamed for all bad things at home and overseas. Congress is deadlocked. We have a national malaise. Republicans now believe that an immediate solution to all of America’s problems is to remove the …

Letter: War on poverty redefined

Friday, March 27, 2015

What’s going on in this country in general and our state in particular? The war against poverty has become the war against the poor. Nationally, Republicans in Congress are proposing to decrease the budget deficit by, among other things, cutting funding for food stamps, a successful program that …