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Opinion

Letter: Extremists?

Friday, May 29, 2015

With all due respect, I take issue with Fran Wendelboe’s column “The real abortion extremists” (Sunday Monitor Forum, May 16) in which she states pro-choice, Planned Parenthood supporters are the real extremists. I do not believe a fertilized egg is a person, definitely not a person deserving 14th Amendment rights, but rather a “blueprint.” About 60 percent of fertilized eggs do not implant to the uterine wall. Of those embryos …

Letter: Shaheen owes state explanation for TPP vote

Friday, May 29, 2015

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen voted this month with 13 other Democratic senators and 48 Republicans for cloture over the issue of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, thus paving the way for fast track authority for the president. In the opinion of many – Paul Krugman, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and the Gutenberg Project, for example – the TPP, a so-called trade pact, is actually more of an …

Editorial: In New Hampshire, power of church fades

Friday, May 29, 2015

Religion in the United States is in decline. That’s the inescapable conclusion one draws from a new study by the Pew Research Center. The center’s 2014 U.S. Religious Landscape Study documented several ways in which the country’s religious landscape is changing. The percentage of Americans calling themselves Christian dropped from 78.4 percent in 2007 to 70.6 percent last year. The percentage of those …

My Turn: EPA must honor promise to diversify transportation fuels

Thursday, May 28, 2015

In 2008, my partners and I embarked on a new venture to build the largest biodiesel production facility in the Northeast. Like many of you, we were concerned about sending billions of U.S. dollars to the Middle East to buy oil and spending even more protecting our access …

My Turn: Ayotte bill is an insult to women

Thursday, May 28, 2015

As the largest reproductive health care provider and advocate in the region, Planned Parenthood Northern New England has always supported policies that expand women’s access to birth control, including making birth control available over the counter. Yet over-the-counter birth control should not come at the cost of women …

Letter: From Concord to Cannes

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Concord native Chris Stinson spent the weekend in Cannes, France. Chris is a 1992 Concord High School graduate and has made a career in the independent film business. This year at the Cannes Film Festival, 19 films competed for the 2015 Palme d’Or, one of the most prestigious …

Letter: Same old Bush

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Jeb Bush’s attempt to differentiate himself from his father and brother is feeble and he admitted it when he said, “I’m a little different than my dad and my brother.” That’s the crux of the issue. He’s not different enough, and he would be just another incompetent Bush …

Letter: A special place

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Thank you for featuring the story about Live and Let Live Farm (Monitor front page, May 20). We attended the recent open house and adoption fair and now own the cutest 2-year-old female cross-breed dog. She was brought to the farm from Georgia, gave birth to two pups …

Letter: A disingenuous editorial

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Sounding like the irresponsible mayor of Baltimore, the Monitor editorial on May 21 seemed perplexed that biker violence gets a pass while the Baltimore violence gets condemned, while they both were supposedly making a point. What point were the bikers making? Use my parking space and I kill …

Editorial: For many Americans, it’s been a lifetime of war

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Here’s a disconcerting fact: If you turn 18 this year, the United States has been at war for 78.9 percent of your life. That’s according to a startling informational graphic assembled by the Washington Post . It breaks down, based on birth year, what percentage of a person’s …

This boy’s life: In his re-released memoir, Judson D. Hale of ‘Yankee’ revisits his formative years in New England

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The following is an excerpt from “The Education of a Yankee: An American Memoir” by Judson D. Hale. The book, which was originally published in 1987, has been updated and re-released. Hale will be at Gibson’s Bookstore in …

My Turn: Contraception bill is a win for women’s health

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

In the United States Senate, there is bipartisan agreement that contraceptives are safe, effective and play an important role in allowing women to prevent unwanted pregnancies and manage certain health conditions. Yet, despite the many positive benefits of contraceptives, barriers to access exist that can pose a challenge …

My Turn: For America, lessons of war remain elusive

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Such a poignant photograph in Friday’s Monitor Forum, showing St. Lo, a town in France, reduced to rubble after a battle during World War II. Tears flow down my cheeks for the writer of this piece, whose uncle died in that battle. More tears flow for all of …