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My Turn: 19th-century education model not what 21st-century students need

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

New Hampshire’s political and educational leaders are debating the role of the Common Core standards and the Smarter Balanced assessments. Manchester has requested a waiver from testing because Superintendent Debra Livingston and her teachers know that standardized testing actually hurts children; it does more harm than good to their emotional, psychological and physical well-being. In the 21st century, can’t we do better? Can’t we come up with a new vision … 0

Editorial: Racism’s generational ripple effect

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

It might be possible to affect the future with a smile, a kindly look and the resolve to treat everyone, no matter what their color or creed, fairly as a fellow human being. Knowing that is important, because New Hampshire’s complexion is changing. Though the state’s minority population remains roughly 5 percent, minorities accounted for half of the state’s population gain between 2000 … 0

Mike Marland, Oct. 1, 2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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Letter: Leaving footprints

Several lead authors for the IPCC have repeatedly seen first hand politicization in climate science. Climate science is indisputably political. http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/ipcc_too_politicised_to_survive/ Climate researcher and...(full comment)

Letter: A fact is a fact

Letter: Send Dawson to Concord

Saturday, September 27, 2014

I attended a number of the Belknap County Convention meetings this past year and witnessed firsthand the lack of willingness to collaborate in solving problems demonstrated by some representatives now running for re-election. Their strict adherence to an ideology was more apparent than their responsibility to work with … 0

Letter: A rash decision

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Reading about the city’s decision to remove features and other enhancements made by area youth at the city skateboard park left me scratching my head. I imagine skateboarders – looking to innovate, being creatively inspired by others and longing for a challenge but without a place to call … 1

My Turn: Here’s hoping a true progressive challenges Clinton

Friday, September 26, 2014

For many people, it is a foregone conclusion that Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic Party presidential nominee in 2016. There is genuine excitement at the prospect of a woman president. Plus, Clinton’s unparalleled name recognition, her wide … 37

Poetry Corner: The girl in autumn

Friday, September 26, 2014

My house perches on the sidewalk that leads to school, and my mornings are filled with the lively chatter of elementary-size children who walk beneath my window. In the country, I awoke to trilling woodland birds and cawing crows, but now these piping voices greet my arrival to … 0

My Turn: U.S. has chance to help people of Bhutan

Friday, September 26, 2014

With the historic summit between India and the United States under way, I, as an exiled new American from Bhutan, would like to urge the Obama Administration to discuss with India the possible resolution of the protracted humanitarian … 0

TAKING THE (Bechdel) TEST

Friday, September 26, 2014

Have you heard about the Bechdel test? Developed a few years back by cartoonist and graphic novelist Alison Bechdel, it rates movies by the importance of female characters to the story. To pass the test, a movie must … 0

My Turn: Demanding buried lines threatens jobs

Friday, September 26, 2014

Sen. Kelly Ayotte recently toured the White Mountain National Forest and made the broad declaration that the entire Northern Pass project should be buried in New Hampshire. While that pronouncement drew cheers from ardent opponents of the needed energy transmission line, it should cause great concern for the … 6

My Turn: ‘Temporary’ is key word in debate about Northern Pass jobs

Friday, September 26, 2014

Another effort is under way to persuade us to accept the Northern Pass project. In weighing the arguments put forth to support the project, it is important to ask, “Who are the intended beneficiaries of this project?” I believe the answer to that question is easy. The intended … 8

Letter: The church’s hypocrisy

Friday, September 26, 2014

After 35 years, the Suncook Senior Center was told to vacate St. John the Baptist Church with only 38 days notice, as the church needed the space for religious education programs (Monitor front page, Aug. 22). Oh, the irony of that statement. What the church is teaching by … 0

Letter: Underplayed

Friday, September 26, 2014

Shame on the Monitor. The largest protest march on climate change. The single most important issue facing humanity and the world and you relegate it to the bottom corner of the Sept. 22 front page, beneath a NASCAR story. Concord had buses that included a contingent from Concord … 2