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Editorial: Republicans cling to a budget myth

Monday, June 29, 2015

For Republicans, tax cuts are unicorns that, when they sip from stagnant economic waters, purify them and allow the flowers of free enterprise to bloom. A beautiful thought, but, like unicorns, the supply-side benefits of tax cuts are mythical. The governor and the Republican-led House and Senate are at an impasse over the budget for the next biennium. Gov. Hassan vetoed the budget because, among other things, it contains cuts …

Monitor Board of Contributors: America must address its race problem

Monday, June 29, 2015

What happened in Charleston, S.C., a week ago Wednesday has shocked the nation twice over. Not only were nine peace-loving, faithful people murdered, they were murdered in their sacred place of worship by a white supremacist posing as a Bible study participant. Many of us who experience white privilege had naively thought that we had become too civilized for this kind of vigilantism, …

Letter: Give steam a chance

Monday, June 29, 2015

I am writing to express my support for the city staying with Concord Steam rather than converting to natural gas. I have followed the issue, and I am also a longtime city taxpayer. If Concord Steam is truly able to upgrade its equipment, lower our cost as projected and purchase its raw material from renewable New Hampshire resources, then it would appear that …

Editorial: High court delivers dignity, joy in same-sex marriage decision

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Equality has won. Friday morning’s decision from the U.S. Supreme Court brought same-sex marriage to the entire United States. The 5-4 vote in Obergefell v. Hodges was long overdue, but gay and lesbian couples across the nation are …

Letter: Toward a better CCSNH

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Laura Morgan’s courageous column (Monitor Opinion, June 22) laid out in a succinct way the frustrations that faculty and staff throughout the Community College System of New Hampshire have been experiencing under the administration of Chancellor Ross Gittell and Chairman of the Board Paul Holloway. I don’t think …

Letter: Save this valuable resource

Saturday, June 27, 2015

My thanks to the Monitor for publishing professor Laura Morgan’s lengthy “My Turn” on the Community College System of New Hampshire in its entirety (Monitor Opinion, June 22). Our state’s community colleges are a valuable resource to the state and to the local communities that support them. While …

Letter: Investigate college system

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Professor Laura Morgan’s column (Monitor Opinion, June 22) regarding mismanagement of the community college system was truly an eye-opener that calls for more investigation. Colleges were experiencing enrollment declines when the chancellor and board of trustees took $2.5 million from what appears to be a reserve fund for …

Letter: Happy Market Days

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Our Main Street looks amazing – we are so proud of it! The renovation has been such a great experience. Severino workers and all their subcontractors have been so friendly and helpful to us and to our customers. The worksite is always accessible and tidy. Communication has been …

Letter: Questionable council conduct

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Dear Mayor Bouley: The June City Council meeting had some interesting theater that normally doesn’t take place at council meetings. First off, you have Councilor Allan Herschlag moving to amend rule 6A with language provided to him by former mayor Martin Gross. You would think he had foolishly …

Letter: Animals over people

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Once again, we’re being excoriated by Barbara Bonsignore about abusing animals (Monitor letters, June 22). She’s now expanded her horizons to include carriage horses, rodeos, etc. I’ve been a reader for almost 30 years and have seen countless Bonsignore diatribes about animal abuse of one sort or another, …

My Turn: Take responsibility for securing your data

Saturday, June 27, 2015

What if you left your daily weight loss journal open on your desk and after walking away from it, another person sat down and began reading about your late-night snacking habit – especially the embarrassing time you ate three pints of Cherry Garcia during the season finale of …

My Turn: Should New Hampshire be more like Texas?

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Heads turned sharply in Concord this week when New Hampshire Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley and House Speaker Shawn Jasper both shared a press release inviting local businesses to relocate from New Hampshire to Texas. It was sent out originally by the governor of Texas to New Hampshire …

My Turn: New Hampshire helped lead the way on same-sex marriage

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The freedom to marry is now the law of the land across our great nation. The feeling of hopeful anticipation that swept the country in advance of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling was familiar to many Granite Staters, …