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Opinion

Mike Marland, July 4, 2015

Saturday, July 4, 2015

My Turn: We need to ‘shine a light on dark money’

Saturday, July 4, 2015

For the dreamers among us, every four years come new reasons for hope: Maybe This Time, Maybe This Guy, Maybe at Last. Then comes the election, and (sometimes) the honeymoon: the new guy rolls out his plans, reaffirms his promises; there are rumblings in the direction of change. The months pass – and …

My Turn: Boycott, divestment are our tools to combat the corrupt and unjust system of Palestinian occupation

Saturday, July 4, 2015

‘A Call for the United Church of Christ to Take Actions Toward a Just Peace in the Israeli - Palestine Conflict,” resolution passed by a 76 percent majority at the UCC General Synod on June 30. It includes a call for divestment from companies that profit from the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and the boycott of products produced in those territories. This …

LETTER: Fired up about Bernie

Thursday, July 2, 2015

While Clinton ships in a “few dozen” volunteers and out-of-state big wigs, hundreds of New Hampshire residents attend any Bernie Sanders event. People are sick of establishment politics, the Koch brothers and the decline of the middle class. The “Heat is on” (Sunday Monitor Local & State, June …

LETTER: Stand with Sanders

Thursday, July 2, 2015

For a number of very good reasons, many New Hampshire Democrats are joining with their fellow union brothers and sisters in the rapidly growing support for Sen. Bernie Sanders for president. Unlike other candidates in the race, he does not have to apologize for his Iraq war vote …

Editorial: Dangerous spot needs a warning sign

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Joy can become tragedy in an instant. Every day, there are news stories that prove this universal truth. Just last week, 10-year-old Javier Gonzalez of Concord was doing what 10-year-olds do during the summer – he was having fun in the water. It’s an easy scene to imagine: …

My Turn: ‘Bad choices make good stories’ is a flawed narrative

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Last month, I took my recently graduated daughter to the mall to apply for summer jobs. Visiting one of her favorite shops, I saw a T-shirt with the following motto displayed in the window: “Bad Choices Make Good …

My Turn: O’Malley and the poetry of greater purpose

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Buses hydroplane through a torrential downpour; lightning streaks the green leafy expanses of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Just a day prior, I stood at the Baltimore airport and watched scenes of terrorist attacks on three continents: a …

My Turn: Taxing the poor makes no sense

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Every progressive recipe for helping the poor starts with “first, raise taxes on working people. Then . . .” There is a logical fallacy here. As John Cleese’s Robin Hood says about the poor in the film Time Bandits: “Oh you must meet them. I’m sure you’ll like …

Editorial: Cell phone ban doesn’t go far enough

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

New Hampshire’s ban on hand-held use of a cell phone, GPS unit and other electronic devices became effective today. The law enforcement community promises that enforcement will be stringent and the fines are stinging: $100 for a first offense, $250 for a second and $500 for a three-time …

Editorial: Republicans cling to a budget myth

Monday, June 29, 2015

For Republicans, tax cuts are unicorns that, when they sip from stagnant economic waters, purify them and allow the flowers of free enterprise to bloom. A beautiful thought, but, like unicorns, the supply-side benefits of tax cuts are mythical. The governor and the Republican-led House and Senate are …

Monitor Board of Contributors: America must address its race problem

Monday, June 29, 2015

What happened in Charleston, S.C., a week ago Wednesday has shocked the nation twice over. Not only were nine peace-loving, faithful people murdered, they were murdered in their sacred place of worship by a white supremacist posing as a Bible study participant. Many of us who experience white …

Letter: Give steam a chance

Monday, June 29, 2015

I am writing to express my support for the city staying with Concord Steam rather than converting to natural gas. I have followed the issue, and I am also a longtime city taxpayer. If Concord Steam is truly able to upgrade its equipment, lower our cost as projected …