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Republican Gov. Sam Brownback answers a question during a debate with  his Democratic challenger, Paul Davis at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson earlier this month.

Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

Monday, September 22, 2014

With the general election season upon us, candidates for governor and the state Legislature will be making big promises. On the Republican side, in particular, they will pledge to overhaul New Hampshire government, making it more efficient and reducing burdens on job creators. While all options for saving money and boosting job growth should be on the table in our … 0

Letter: Hosmer has worked hard

Sunday, September 21, 2014

As a 75-year New Hampshire resident and longstanding registered Republican, I would like to acknowledge the hard work state Sen. Andrew Hosmer has done for the citizens of District 7. Andrew’s moderate, sensible, pragmatic approach to legislating has been a refreshing contrast to the ideological, narrow-minded view of extremists that are trying to gain a foothold on our party and state. Hosmer truly … 0

Letter: Spruce up the Gardens

Sunday, September 21, 2014

I have lived in Royal Gardens for a long time, and it’s been bought and sold twice since I’ve lived there. Now I hear from friends that the Gardens doesn’t allow flowers. What’s the point of calling the place the Concord Gardens without having any gardens? It’s bad enough hearing that the plans to update the Gardens with a community building didn’t happen. … 0

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37 percent of Americans think a free press is overrated

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Thirty-seven percent of Americans think the news media should be required to get government approval before reporting on national security issues. Let’s let that sink in for a minute. That finding is from an Annenberg Public Policy Center poll that found Americans generally know little about the structure … 0

My Turn: To deal with Islamic State, we have to deal with Assad

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Like most Americans, I was horrified by the barbaric acts committed by the Islamic State terrorists and taken aback by the media reports depicting them as some sort of unstoppable force. In June, they appeared to be 10 feet tall, but since then, they have shrunk appreciably. It … 0

Editorial: An epidemic finds its way into the light

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The video is gut-churning. Professional football player Ray Rice and his then-fiancee Janay Palmer enter an elevator in an Atlantic City casino. Rice stands in front of Palmer, and they exchange words. He hits her with a straight jab to the face and then backs up. She begins … 0

Letter: Dobson for District 32

Saturday, September 20, 2014

I have known Brian Dobson of Nottingham, a candidate for state representative in Rockingham County District 32, for a few years. Between his service to his country, his commitment to community and his knowledge of state issues, he would represent our towns well. Brian recently wrapped up a … 0

Letter: Honored and humbled

Saturday, September 20, 2014

I want to express my heartfelt thanks to you all for your dedication and support and for contributing your time and effort in our campaign. I was deeply moved by your expression of confidence, and I am honored and humbled that you had trust in me and stood … 0

Letter: It’s not about the ‘R’ or ‘D’

Saturday, September 20, 2014

In response to Katherine Murfey’s letter, “Ayotte Meets with Everybody” (Monitor letters, Sept. 15), the other point of view (not Murfey’s conservative one) is denigrated in her letter. She pays lip service to Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s “duty as a senator to meet with everyone she represents.” That’s the … 0

Letter: The season for eyesores

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Alas it is election season again and time for the ugly political signs to sprout, denigrating the beauty of our rural vistas. I remain amazed that we invite visitors to come to our state, especially in the fall, to enjoy the natural beauty our state has to offer … 0

Letter: Kuster has weak grip on foreign policy issues

Saturday, September 20, 2014

With new terror threats, is Rep. Annie Kuster up to the task? During President Obama’s speech to the nation about the dangerous consequences of leaving ISIS unchecked and the need to destroy the terrorist organization, he said that the American people needed Congress to vote to authorize some … 3

Letter: DOT to the rescue

Saturday, September 20, 2014

On Sept. 15, my wife’s car broke down on Route 3 south of the Bedford tolls. She had no sooner pulled over when a Department of Transportation employee pulled up behind her, got out and, after reassuring her he wasn’t a rapist or anything, made sure she was … 0

My Turn: Israeli-Palestinian conflict through Christian eyes

Saturday, September 20, 2014

I spent a lot of time this summer talking to people and thinking about the recent violence in Israel and Palestine. I have been trying to figure out what it is that a Christian pastor should think about the bombings and rhetoric over the summer. After all, this … 8