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Opinion

Editorial: A baseball legend takes his place

Monday, July 27, 2015

It’s been a tough year for Boston’s boys of summer. Heading into Monday night’s game against the Chicago White Sox, the Red Sox were once again toiling in the basement of the American League East, 12 games behind the first-place New York Yankees and 8½ games out in the Wild Card race. For the Sox to turn things around this season, it would take a handful of minor miracles, not …

My Turn: In food fight, ‘Big Meat’ is just one enemy

Monday, July 27, 2015

I was obviously one of the folks you were referring to in your Sunday editorial about vegans and meat-eaters (Monitor, July 26). Although I’m flattered, please allow me this chance to rebut. Here is a list of issues that I – like the animal rights crowd – find morally offensive: factory farming, animal testing in the cosmetics industry, zoos, bullfighting, rodeos, whaling and …

Letter: The adjunct mistake

Monday, July 27, 2015

Announcing layoffs of seven faculty members, Lakes Region Community College’s president stated “adjuncts are a dime a dozen.” His idea: Full-time faculty for adjuncts is an apples-to-apples trade. I was one of those seven full-time faculty who were laid off. Prior to that I’d been an adjunct faculty member at another college. For 22 years I came, taught and left. Though I loved …

Letter: A failed war on drugs

Saturday, July 25, 2015

It’s time we started to listen to new theories on the heroin problem we are currently facing. We’ve been waging a war for 45 years that has failed miserably. We incarcerate more people than any other country in the world, including China. Switzerland, an extremely conservative country, has …

Letter: A document misread

Saturday, July 25, 2015

When I read the headline of Rabbi Robin Nafshi’s article (Monitor Forum, July 16, “United Church of Christ membership deserves better from leaders”) I, as a member of that denomination, was naturally interested. As I read her letter, I became even more interested, interested enough to read the …

My Turn: Don’t let the summer sun become your enemy

Saturday, July 25, 2015

The wonderful warmth of summer: It is the time of year where we spend countless hours outside. It is also the time of year when we have increased sun exposure and can suffer the problems associated with it. We try to protect ourselves from the sun, but there …

My Turn: Let’s relieve college students of the burden of debt

Saturday, July 25, 2015

My father, Tom O’Malley, a World War II bombardier, went to college only because the far-seeing investment our country made in the GI Bill. America’s generosity allowed my dad to become a lawyer, start a family and raise …

My Turn: ACA ruling good news for state’s oral health

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court released its decision in the latest Affordable Care Act case, King v. Burwell, brought by opponents of President Obama’s health care reform law, and President Obama won. The Supreme Court ruled that eligibility for the Affordable Care Act’s health premium tax credit …

Letter: What’s the story?

Friday, July 24, 2015

I was troubled to see the Monitor’s prominent placement of NASCAR on July 20. Contrast that with the below-the-fold placement given to the Confederate flag issue at the speedway. The placement of the two stories shows that the Monitor will place the economic engine that is the speedway …

Letter: Rabbi Nafshi doesn’t speak for me

Friday, July 24, 2015

As a congregant of Temple Beth Jacob, it pains me to publicly disagree with my spiritual leader. Nonetheless, I take strong exception to Rabbi Robin Nafshi’s assertion (Monitor Forum, July 16) that the United Church of Christ’s endorsement of boycotts against West Bank products constitutes an act of …

Letter: Too hot for dogs

Friday, July 24, 2015

The week of July 8 saw yet another dog left in a car with windows cracked on a hot day at the grocery store. Concord police were called and yet they never showed up. Sadly, police failed this dog that was in heat distress, and they also failed …

Letter: Candidate questionnaire

Friday, July 24, 2015

To get my vote, the candidates for political office would have to answer the following key questions: 1. Have you ever pushed a shopping cart through a supermarket on a Friday or Saturday night? 2. Have you ever stood in line at the motor vehicle office to renew …

Letter: On Hassan’s side

Friday, July 24, 2015

After reviewing the budget arguments, I find myself in agreement with Gov. Hassan. The budget sent to her was fiscally imprudent. It would have given more tax cuts to big corporations and added tens of millions to the state deficit (as was determined by an analysis by state’s …