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My Turn: State needs more people like the two who helped me

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Longtime Upper Valley state representative Elizabeth Crory passed away this February at age 82. She was a tireless advocate for the underserved, a dedicated public servant and someone who touched the lives of many, including my own. Elizabeth and her husband, Fred, truly represented what’s best about New Hampshire and public service. In 1978, I was a junior at Dartmouth College and also a state representative from my hometown of …

My Turn: It’s a great time for women of a certain age to release their inner athlete

Thursday, February 26, 2015

This freezing winter, as the birds swoop in for precious seeds at the feeders, I’m hell-bent on reinventing myself as “Sports Mom, Whatdyagot?” – or something like that. Here in America, we remain perpetually fascinated by professional sports. No matter, of course, that 2014 gave irrefutable evidence of global warming, innocent people are …

Editorial: Gathering storm isn’t hard to see

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The headlines are difficult to ignore as they pile up, day after day, on the Monitor’s front page: ∎ A homeless woman is found dead in her car in the Walmart parking lot. ∎ This February is on track to be the coldest in the past 80 years. ∎ Attempts to balance the state’s budget will likely lead to cuts in local aid. ∎ Electricity and heating …

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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

My Turn: It’s time to begin the conversation on fireworks

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

It is a tradition to celebrate our Independence Day on the Fourth of July with fireworks. It is a special holiday for our nation. When we moved here 35 years ago, the traditional Fourth of July celebrations were the norm. The holiday has always been special, but the …

Editorial: How would Reagan do in 2016 race?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

What if Ronald Reagan was not only still alive but in his political prime – and eyeing the highest office in the land? He would no doubt have visited New Hampshire a couple of times by now and …

Letter: Keep preserving history

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

As a town resident, I believe it is important that the town on Election Day, March 10, vote no on articles five and six. The voters of Gilmanton established two historic districts in order to preserve and safeguard the historic nature of the Meetinghouse and Corners areas. A …

Letter: Ready for Biden? Nope

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

My friend Rob Fried tries to make a case for Joe Biden’s candidacy for president (Monitor Forum, Feb. 19) but he vastly overstates some of the vice president’s qualifications, particularly when compared to other candidates who might be in the race. Biden can be articulate at times on …

My Turn: Just how low can the high court go?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Probably, if you are like me, you were surprised to learn that the U.S. Supreme Court had accepted another case about Obamacare. Wasn’t that settled before when the court ruled the law was constitutional? Isn’t this deja vu …

My Turn: Animal cruelty allegations shouldn’t usurp rights

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A bill before the New Hampshire Legislature, House Bill 624, would radically change the handling of criminal cases involving alleged animal cruelty by having the accused pay for the cost of care of animals before a trial occurs. While animal cruelty cases are difficult to handle and can …

My Turn: Public records belong to the people boards serve

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Many towns, cities and school districts, as well as the New Hampshire Municipal Association and the New Hampshire School Boards Association, support House Bill 646, allowing public bodies or agencies to charge more substantially for the costs of retrieval of public records under the state’s right-to-know law. RSA …

Editorial: Being a kid should be a dirty job

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

America’s fetish with cleanliness and tendency to overprotect children is endangering its youth. Getting down and dirty, within reason, won’t hurt a child and could even save his or her life. So skip vacuuming once in a while and save the hand sanitizers and anti-microbial dish and hand …

My Turn: What you won’t hear Biden say

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Vice President Joe Biden will be in Concord today, where he plans to tout the Obama administration’s economic record and agenda. Unfortunately for us, there’s not much to tout. Actually, Biden put it best. He declared last month …

Letter: The path of decline

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

‘Tis the season for budget hearings and town meetings, but as much as we hear about the power of the One Percent, it is our poorer citizens who have the real power. That’s because the so-called conservatives in Concord who get credit for keeping state taxes low have …