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Monitor Board of Contributors: Memo to GOP: America is about Change

Sunday, July 5, 2015

This past week, outside an antique shop along New Hampshire’s Seacoast, I walked past a van festooned with stickers, one of which read, “We tried change. I want my country back,” a message generated in opposition, no doubt, to the “Hope and Change” promised by candidate Barack Obama in 2008 – promises President Obama has struggled to achieve in spite of unrelenting, unprecedented Republican opposition. Which America, I wondered, did the driver want back – what change did the driver oppose? Was she opposed to the Change that delivered the ObamaCare to millions of Americans, a promise finally secured by a majority of Supreme Court …

When wars had home fronts

Sunday, July 5, 2015

On this lovely Fourth of July weekend, ponder the fact that our country has been at war for nearly 15 years – since October 2001, when we sent troops into Afghanistan to attack those who had attacked the United States on Sept. 11. That is without parallel in American history. By the end …

My Turn: N.H. needs to lower business taxes to compete

Sunday, July 5, 2015

The New Hampshire Advantage used to be easier. No sales tax. No income tax. Rely on our neighboring states to do something uncompetitive. New Hampshire had always been able to make our state a competitive place to do business simply by avoiding the mistakes of those around us. But our friends and neighbors are catching on by actively lowering barriers to businesses, and …

Letter: Educate us, Eversource

Monday, June 29, 2015

Eversource would be wise to fully inform area citizens of what the proposed massive $70 million Seacoast Reliability Project will do for – and to – the communities (Madbury, Durham, Newington, Portsmouth) on which it will be imposed. I suggest that Eversource charter a bus or two and …

Letter: Clean air for our kids

Monday, June 29, 2015

I was interested to learn about the connection between disease risk and the time of the year one is born in Ana Swanson’s recent article (Monitor Nation & World, June 16). While we may not yet understand this fascinating phenomenon very well, we do understand how global warming …

Letter: Praise for the poet

Monday, June 29, 2015

I have been reading the works of Donald Hall for as many years as I care to remember. I greatly appreciate his poetry and essays. As a matter of fact and the reason I am writing this letter, I am presently reading his recent book of essays, Essays …

My Turn: On casino gambling, hypocrisy is rampant

Sunday, June 28, 2015

As a state representative, I sit and listen to all the pros and cons about having a casino in the state regardless if it is one, two or more. I have heard the major excuse: the addiction to slot machines. I am a little confused by this. Doesn’t …

My Turn: State should reauthorize expanded Medicaid now

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The health and wellness of more than 40,000 people throughout our great state will be negatively affected if the New Hampshire Health Protection Program is not reauthorized by the Legislature. Now is the right time for our elected officials to work together to include continued funding in this …

My Turn: As a business owner, I can't afford tax cut

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Our Republican-led Legislature has proposed a budget that includes tax cuts for my business. I should be thrilled with this. I am not. Don’t get me wrong. Any business owner, including me, welcomes tax breaks or other cost reductions that let us expand our business or improve profitability. …

Letter: Do your homework on tax cuts

Sunday, June 28, 2015

As a successful entrepreneur whose company has brought millions into New Hampshire for decades, I cringe at the rant for lower business taxes as a cure-all to increase jobs. Legislators who join this clamor have not done their homework: California has the highest business taxes in the nation …

Letter: Support for the veto

Sunday, June 28, 2015

It is wrong to cut taxes for corporations while not renewing the New Hampshire Health Protection Plan, potentially leaving thousands of people without health insurance. The Republican budget proposal does not move our state forward, and I support Gov. Hassan’s veto. BOB HOLLEMAN Hopkinton …

Letter: State employees deserve better

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Providing raises for state employees is important to everyone because: 1) The actions of the state set an example that impacts all of civil society within the state. 2) The state sells New Hampshire short when it fails to demonstrate a commitment to its people. 3) When the …

Letter: Roof and Trump

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Jeff Field made an important point that the media and public in general seem to be missing (Monitor letters, June 21). Field notes the similarity between Dylann Roof’s and Donald Trump’s language. Roof stated to the people he killed in South Carolina: “You rape our women, and you’re …