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Opinion

Editorial: Failure marks path of a scandal

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The rape trial of St. Paul’s School student Owen Labrie is a story of failure. A young man in possession of an elite prep school education and an acceptance letter from Harvard fails to conquer his misogynistic sexual impulses. A young girl mature and independent enough to live away from home fails to ask herself the right questions about an older, popular boy’s attention. One of the nation’s most respected …

Letter: CCSNH letter misleading

Monday, August 31, 2015

In response to my letter to the editor (Monitor letters, July 26), Community College System of New Hampshire board member Katharine Bogle Shields tries to defend the actions of the CCSNH leadership, but instead spreads misleading information – and provides yet another reason why an outside investigation of the CCSNH is needed, and why news organizations like the Monitor should probe into reports …

Letter: Keep pressure on food co-op

Monday, August 31, 2015

Thank you to Megan Doyle and the Monitor for two excellent articles (Monitor front page, July 29 and Aug. 20) covering the ongoing investigation of general manager Paula Harris at the Concord Food Co-op. So far, these articles are the only detailed information made public to the membership. As a co-op member and former employee, I’m deeply concerned with the co-op’s board of …

Letter: Pronunciation key

Friday, August 28, 2015

One would think the talking heads who parachute into New Hampshire to cover the presidential circus and the St. Paul’s rape trial would learn how to pronounce the name of our capital, Concord. It is KON-curd (New Englandly Kawn-kidd), not Kon-CORD. ADOLPHE BERNOTAS Concord …

My Turn: Dover’s adequacy funding lawsuit is just greed

Friday, August 28, 2015

The city of Dover’s filing of a lawsuit against the state of New Hampshire over adequacy funding is one of the most egregious acts greed and selfishness I have ever witnessed. This is true because Dover is undoubtedly one of the wealthiest cities in our state, and it …

Editorial: It’s time for a tax on carbon

Friday, August 28, 2015

There are thousands of potential sinkholes in New Hampshire like the one that closed Interstate 93 in Concord earlier this month. More than a third of the 4,600 miles of roads maintained by the state are officially in “poor” shape. Nearly half the state’s bridges are on the …

Off Main: A public health issue we don’t think about

Friday, August 28, 2015

What if I told you that there was a public health problem in New Hampshire that had persisted for decades and killed more than 100 people most years? It’s true. The epidemic actually threatens more than 10,000 people …

Letter: Kenney should know better

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Executive Councilors Chris Sununu and David Wheeler have taken some heat recently for their votes to stop New Hampshire’s payment to Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. Their critics are right on. But let us not forget that Councilor Joseph Kenney, representing District 1, also voted against the …

Letter: Bird sounds of long ago

Thursday, August 27, 2015

I would add to Steve Taylor’s No. 49 on his list of “Things to do in New Hampshire” (Monitor Forum, July 30), which was to “observe a purple finch.” I would tell you to tell your grandchildren how at dusk the many nighthawks that used to fly around …

Letter: An obligation to protect

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Rev. John Buttrick was given a privileged place on the front of the Forum section on Aug. 16. One would have expected some light to be shed by his essay on the use of guns by civilians on the streets of Concord. What we got was obfuscation. …

Letter: Toplessness and equality

Thursday, August 27, 2015

I found this to be a curious juxtaposition. Many wrote in to express their indignation with the position taken by Hugh Williams Benziger, and I feel rightly so. Simply removing women students from the St. Paul’s School campus will not change male students’ attitudes toward women. However, these …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Re-imagining Iran: Peace in a faraway land

Thursday, August 27, 2015

“Oh, I come from a land . . . From a faraway place . . . Where the caravan camels roam. Where they cut off your ear . . . If they don’t like your face . . …

Editorial: Garden thieves are indiscriminate

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Concord is fortunate to have two community gardens, both large and both on state land. One, primarily for low-income residents, is on Fort Eddy Road and known as Sycamore Field, a giant sycamore tree being its defining landmark. The other is just off Clinton Street on a rutted …