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Off Main: When you lose a loved one, the holidays change forever

Friday, December 19, 2014

It’s been 3½ years. That’s the simplest way to say it, to think about it. On June 26, 2011, my mother died at the age of 58. It was an unexpected death. She had battled rheumatoid arthritis for many years, bravely trying drug after drug, gritting her teeth through the pain when they didn’t work. And most of the time …

My Turn: Let Congress serve as a model of what not to do

Friday, December 19, 2014

It is my hope, that with the New Year, we can endeavor to achieve a spirit of cooperation that will carry throughout the legislative session. We face very significant challenges as a state, and they will only be made more difficult if we don’t work together to solve them. Personal differences should be set aside and commonalities should be identified so that a …

Editorial: Tantrum is hurting GOP and the state

Friday, December 19, 2014

Can a party that can’t govern itself govern New Hampshire? Tuesday’s rump caucus of Republicans angered by the election of veteran Hudson Rep. Shawn Jasper as House speaker, and the official caucus held Wednesday by Majority Leader Rep. Jack Flanagan show a party divided into purists and pragmatists. The latter realize that to …

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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: Morally offensive

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

It is morally misguided that the current debate over torture hinges on whether the practice yielded useful information. Torture is wrong and morally offensive. It was not outlawed by international treaties because it was ineffective; it was outlawed because signatories were morally offended by its practice. Slavery was …

My Turn: Homeless problem belongs to all of us

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

‘I never, ever thought I’d be here.” It’s a phrase I hear on almost a daily basis from people sitting before me, looking for somewhere to turn. Whether this is their first night facing homelessness or they’ve been homeless for years, no one really expects that this is …

My Turn: State has an opportunity to serve as a model for the nation

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The factors that lead an individual or family into homelessness are varied, complex and often interconnected. Structural factors such as the shortage of affordable housing and the lack of high-quality employment opportunities often intersect with individual factors such as interpersonal violence, trauma, addictive disorders and physical/mental illness to …

My Turn: There isn’t one kind of homeless person

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Homeless people come in all races and backgrounds; they are men, women and children. Some have chemical dependencies (drugs/alcohol), some have mental health issues, some have criminal backgrounds and some have had bad luck. I know of two …

My Turn: GOP missed mark with U.S.-Greece comparison

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The well-know axiom “learn from history” applies to everyone except politicians. The rhetoric around our deficit and the economic disaster in Greece several years ago provides a great example. Republicans made many dire predictions at the time about what would happen if we didn’t take drastic actions to …

Editorial: System broken for long-term unemployed

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Some of them can be found in Concord’s homeless population. Some are coal miners whose mines have closed and fishermen up and down New England’s coast whose livelihoods all but died with the collapse of cod stocks. Some are middle-aged victims of a layoff. Many lost jobs, often …

Letter: Two paths to change

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Dr. James Fieseher’s “My Turn” was one of the best analyses I’ve read about our health care “system” (Monitor Forum, Dec. 13). At bottom, it comes down to a simple truth that affects every major problem facing this country today, which is the economic power exercised by the …

Letter: Flawed logic

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

I found Hunter Carbee’s tone very patronizing (Monitor Forum, Dec. 10). Effects of forestry on wildlife cannot be summed up by the tired old axiom, “deer follow the ax.” Yes, well-planned timber harvesting has a place in the management of our public forests, but every timber cut will …

Letter: An intellectual hero

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Thank you for publishing Jonathan Baird’s “My Turn” article praising the life and work of Noam Chomsky (Monitor Forum, Dec. 12). I had the pleasure of studying Chomsky’s ground-breaking work in linguistics and philosophy while an undergraduate college student. His work inspired my political thinking and his “truth …

Letter: Learn from Malala

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Malala Yousafzai’s name should resonate through the halls of every school and institute of learning in the state. Malala suffered a near fatal gun shot because she courageously spoke out on the imperative right of every person to be educated. She spoke for all Pakistanis, young and old. …