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Julian Bond, shown here during a Civil Rights Summit in Austin, Texas, last year, died on Aug. 15.

Monitor Board of Contributors: With the death of Julian Bond, justice loses one of its most thoughtful warriors

Saturday, August 29, 2015

When I think of Julian Bond, the first words that come to mind are grace, humor and wit. These are not the words you might expect for a battle-hardened, longtime civil rights activist. Bond died on Aug. 15 from complications of vascular disease. My initial awareness of Bond dates back to the mid-1960s, when he became nationally famous. After passage …

My Turn: World must stand up to Putin the bully

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The maxim “History repeats itself” appears as true today as it was during any past century. No century has been able to complete itself without a major conflict. This cycle is most evident in Europe today, in deadly “Goliath versus David” warfare. With a population of just 45 million, Ukraine’s key threat is from Vladimir Putin, the outwardly calm ex-KGB official now leading …

My Turn: Planned Parenthood plays essential role in our medical community

Saturday, August 29, 2015

I have been dismayed in recent weeks to hear some of our elected leaders in New Hampshire and in Washington, D.C., distort the science and ignore the tremendous public health contributions of a valued health care provider in favor of extreme political rhetoric and false, medically unsound claims. As the former chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and a longtime …

Letter: Bird sounds of long ago

Thursday, August 27, 2015

I would add to Steve Taylor’s No. 49 on his list of “Things to do in New Hampshire” (Monitor Forum, July 30), which was to “observe a purple finch.” I would tell you to tell your grandchildren how at dusk the many nighthawks that used to fly around …

Letter: An obligation to protect

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Rev. John Buttrick was given a privileged place on the front of the Forum section on Aug. 16. One would have expected some light to be shed by his essay on the use of guns by civilians on the streets of Concord. What we got was obfuscation. …

Letter: Toplessness and equality

Thursday, August 27, 2015

I found this to be a curious juxtaposition. Many wrote in to express their indignation with the position taken by Hugh Williams Benziger, and I feel rightly so. Simply removing women students from the St. Paul’s School campus will not change male students’ attitudes toward women. However, these …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Re-imagining Iran: Peace in a faraway land

Thursday, August 27, 2015

“Oh, I come from a land . . . From a faraway place . . . Where the caravan camels roam. Where they cut off your ear . . . If they don’t like your face . . …

Editorial: Garden thieves are indiscriminate

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Concord is fortunate to have two community gardens, both large and both on state land. One, primarily for low-income residents, is on Fort Eddy Road and known as Sycamore Field, a giant sycamore tree being its defining landmark. The other is just off Clinton Street on a rutted …

National View: China should tread carefully

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Pentagon has laid down a fresh marker against China’s worrisome land reclamation effort in the South China Sea. In a congressionally mandated report published last week, the Defense Department outlined a strategy for maritime security in the Asia-Pacific that attempts to counter China’s provocative behavior. The real …

Monitor Board of Contributors: For firefighters and homeowners, a small flame can quickly grow into a life-changing event

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

(Editor’s note: Over the next few months in this ongoing series, you will learn about the call and paid firefighters who respond, the incidents they face and the towns they serve. Columns will also explore the issues faced …

My Turn: State wins with a budget veto override

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

On April 2, a good friend of mine lost her 21-year old son to a heroin overdose. A few days ago she sent me an email and asked that I look at her Facebook page. This is what …

My Turn: As a place that nurtures future leaders, St. Paul’s should be confronting misogyny in all its forms

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

“In New Hampshire, people who engage in sexual activity with children under the age of consent (age 16) can be convicted of sexual assault. . . . It does not matter whether the victim consented to or pursued …

My Turn: Clean Power Plan helps drive innovation

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

We’re likely to hear a lot more in the near future about the economic peril presented by the Clean Power Plan. Much of it will be nonsense. Tackling climate change has been an economic driver for businesses and investors throughout New England. Earlier in August, the Environmental Protection …