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Hot Topic: Red-tailed hawk becomes symbol of the 2015 House

Saturday, March 28, 2015

A House debate over a bill that would have made the red-tailed hawk the state raptor took a bizarre turn recently when Rep. Warren Groen of Rochester offered his opinion of the proposed legislation: “It grasps them with its talons and then uses its razor-sharp beak to rip its victims to shreds, to basically tear it apart limb by limb, …

Don’t tell the Joneses, Part Three:

Saturday, March 28, 2015

In Part 2, we saw that markets distribute the wealth they produce so unequally that very few households can afford even a modest, middle-class standard of living without considerable help. Is this market outcome fair? Yes, according to market values. Wages are set when workers, seeking the highest wage they can negotiate, agree with employers, seeking to pay the lowest wage necessary to …

Letter: College math

Friday, March 27, 2015

The usual attack on the president’s proposal for free community college that suggests that a student who doesn’t pay for college won’t value it when part or all of the tuition is subsidized contains faulty economics. While studying, that student is delaying working to put herself into a better employment position. Going to school, even for free, incurs costs for the student. These …

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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: Privatize detention centers? Bad idea

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The budget proposal adopted by the House Finance Committee calls for big cuts in the budget of the Sununu Youth Services Center, the state’s residential detention center for juvenile offenders. It also mandates “the option for the Department …

Letter: Racing to the bottom

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

At a time when our roads and bridges are in very bad shape and people need help with health care, our House Finance Committee, chaired by Neal Kurk, recommends cuts to spending. The committee also cuts spending on veteran assistance. The cuts to the Department of Transportation will …

Letter: No excuses

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

To my fellow voters already fed up with the 2016 election: Don’t let any candidate get away with saying “I’m not a scientist” when discussing global warming. Most haven’t served in the military, yet we are choosing a commander in chief. Most have never started nor run a …

Letter: Bow lessons

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The good folks of Bow have set a new standard for surrounding communities to follow. After careful and reasoned consideration, they voted not to fund a new public safety building or renovate the existing public safety structure. In a stunning rebuke, the voters have sent a strong message …

Letter: An ‘F’ for animal tests

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

With more than 500 companies (and the list is constantly growing) manufacturing home and personal-care products without any testing on animals, it is amazing that many mainstream companies are still subjecting animals to tests that cause massive suffering. Many non-animal alternatives exist today that are faster, cheaper and …

Letter: The Minnesota story

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Last month, Carl Gibson of US Uncut wrote about Minnesota’s present Democratic governor, Mark Dayton, who inherited a $6.2 billion budget deficit and a 7 percent unemployment rate from the previous Republican governor. During his first four years as governor, Dayton, a millionaire in his own right, increased …

Letter: Wrong turn on roads

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The proposed reduction in the Department of Transportation budget is a bad idea. Before my retirement, much of the time I worked out of state, coming home on alternate Wednesdays or weekends, from Maine, Massachusetts or upstate New York. I came home no matter what the weather. I …

Letter: Unions and the middle class

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Gov. Scott Walker signed the so-called right-to-work legislation in the state of Wisconsin. As you know, he is also running for president. So what is the true purpose of right-to-work laws? It is a way to weaken unions by allowing any non-union worker in a unionized business to …

Letter: Iran letter wasn’t unique

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

No one who reads your paper regularly was surprised by your editorial position on the 47 senators’ letter to Iran (Monitor Opinion, March 11), nor by the dozens of letters you published faulting the letter. You published letters from former congressman Paul Hodes and former ambassador George Bruno …

Letter: Psychology of poverty

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

While it is said that Republicans voted down a minimum-wage increase because it would “hurt business” (Monitor front page, March 13), I imagine that Gov. Maggie Hassan might have said that not raising it would hurt people. Like ducks that have been lined up in advance, three separate …