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Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz give his closing argument in the Steven Avery trial on March 14, 2007.

The Anatomy of ‘Making a Murderer’: Media changes the game in high-profile cases

Sunday, February 14, 2016

(The following is the second part in an occasional series about legal issues raised by the documentary “Making a Murderer.” Part one was published on Jan. 31.) ‘Murder is hot.” That was the observation of an NBC Dateline reporter as she tried to explain the media circus surrounding Steven Avery’s murder trial in the documentary Making a Murderer. The 10-part …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Beyonce’s black power

Sunday, February 14, 2016

It was loud, beautifully choreographed, insistent, flawlessly executed and a testament of faith, monochromatic, spelled out in Helvetica Bold – a font so clear, unequivocal and easy to read – an affirmation that no matter how many violent and oppressive acts are inflicted upon them, black people in America stand strong, un-submissive, not …

Katy Burns: Fun with old dead white guys

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Going a few rounds with a bunch of live wanna-be presidents sure didn’t turn out to be much fun. What a cranky bunch! So it is with pleasure that I recommend to my fellow Granite Staters that they now spend a little quality time – especially this weekend as we celebrate Presidents Day – with a whole lot of dead ones who are …

Letter: The Sanders revolution

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Katy Burns says America “doesn’t do revolutions any more.” But she doesn’t seem to understand what Sen. Sanders means by “a political revolution.” In fact, contrary to Burns’s assertion, we did have a political revolution during and following the Great Depression. The Roosevelt administration, backed by a powerful …

Letter: A dangerous writer

Sunday, February 14, 2016

After reading Ralph Nader’s “Too Many Secrets” article (Monitor Forum, Feb. 4), I’m convinced that Nader is still unsafe at any read. CHRIS PORTER Concord …

Letter: Let’s keep solar working

Saturday, February 13, 2016

In response to the editorial “State’s solar formula needs adjustments” (Monitor Opinion, Jan. 31): I am a solar worker and employer in New Hampshire and can attest through firsthand experience that full retail net metering is essential for allowing continued solar expansion and job growth in our state. …

Letter: Net metering isn’t a subsidy

Saturday, February 13, 2016

As New Hampshire’s largest local solar installer, we are proud to have seen our business grow by leaps and bounds as the cost of our product (solar panels) declined by over 75 percent in the last 10 years, a perfect antidote to two of our state’s most pressing …

Letter: Raise the minimum wage

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Because New Hampshire does not have a minimum wage, we are required to follow the federal minimum wage, a stipend of $7.25 an hour, which is below the poverty level for a family of two. An analysis by the Census Bureau found that roughly two-thirds of all low-wage …

My Turn: Age 40 is the right time to begin annual breast exams

Friday, February 12, 2016

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force just confirmed that annual screening mammography beginning at age 40 saves the most lives. That should lead to a consensus that annual screening mammography begin at age 40 – and a short opinion column. But it did not lead to a consensus, …

My Turn: It’s time for state to ease local education burden

Friday, February 12, 2016

As communities around New Hampshire prepare to make important school funding decisions at town meetings this March, a familiar struggle is taking shape. The demands being placed on taxpayers to maintain high-quality education plays out with rising tension every year, as people worry about affordability. It is time …

My Turn: For Clinton, there are important lessons in defeat

Friday, February 12, 2016

Hillary Clinton’s concession speech was brilliant. The difference between that speech and the tone of the last few months was that she was looking forward. She did not talk about her experience. She did not say that she knew how things were done and could hit the ground …

Letter: Heads in the sand

Friday, February 12, 2016

The Monitor recently published an article and a chart outlining the presidential candidates’ positions on climate change (Monitor front page, Jan. 31). There are many ways in which the Democratic and Republican candidates differ, but on this topic the two parties seem to be on different planets. In …

Letter: Lock up your pain pills

Friday, February 12, 2016

Addiction begins at home? The horrible and tragic statistics of addiction, overdose and death continue to mount and more recently are getting much-needed attention in media. How do good intelligent kids get on the road of hurting themselves and others with potent opiate drugs? Too many times it …