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Editorial: Long-term fix needed for highway fund

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Federal Highway Trust Fund, which pays for about $150 million worth of road repairs and transportation projects in New Hampshire each year, is slated to run out of money on Aug. 1. The fund, which is filled with a per-gallon tax on gasoline and diesel fuel that hasn’t increased since 1993, can’t keep up with the need to maintain America’s aged infrastructure. Today’s vehicles use less fuel and people … 0

Katy Burns: America’s ugly side is showing on the border

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Let’s make one thing clear: We Americans pride ourselves on our love of children. After all, our GIs in World War II famously carried chocolate bars for the ragged and hungry urchins haunting the ruined streets of Europe after that cataclysmic strife. It is a treasured image – that of a generous nation and people who above all treasure and protect society’s youngest … 4

My Turn: We refuse to cast our fate to the wind

Sunday, July 13, 2014

When an industrial wind company representative comments about only seeing the same familiar faces at meetings of concerned citizens; when a corporate lawyer for an industrial wind company mentions personal lawsuits possibly being filed against individual town officials for supporting opinions of their constituents, is it time to up the ante? When five towns vote “no” to Big Wind projects in their region, … 0

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My Turn: U.S. bears responsibility for growing refugee crisis

Thursday, July 10, 2014

I’ve been watching with sadness the angry mobs in Murrieta, Calif., preventing immigrant detainees, including children, from being housed by federal officials in Border Patrol detainee centers. Living up north here, it’s easy to view Latin America as … 2

Editorial: State should ban some types of fireworks

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Fourth of July fireworks are a tradition in New Hampshire – and so too, it seems, are injuries related to the use of reloadable mortar fireworks. With two incidents in the past three years, the town of Pelham has become the center of debate in the state over … 7

national view: Clear rules for clean water

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Lawmakers, mostly but not only Republicans, are seeking to undermine the twin foundations of Environmental Protection Agency authority: the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. In both cases, Congress should back off. The agency badly needs clearer rules on which bodies of water it has the … 1

Letter: Tobacco fight continues

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

With the recent death of baseball great Tony Gwynn at age 54 from cancer related to chewing tobacco, Bow High School graduates with celebratory cigars pictured in the New Hampshire Union Leader and Beverly lacrosse players with cigars on school property – let alone the continued exponential rise … 0

Letter: Vested interest in good roads

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Regarding Mr. Jay Meehan’s statement (Monitor letters, July 5) that “the increase in the gas tax . . . is completely unreasonable”: As a former moving-company man, he must be aware of the strong connection between gasoline taxes (paid by virtually everyone who drives a vehicle in this … 1

Letter: The lapdog press

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Independence Day is celebrated each year as a victory over tyrannical governance. Those who sacrificed their lives, fortune and sacred honor for freedom would be very disappointed with the free press today. The Founders expected the free press to be a watchdog guarding against oppressive governance. They would … 17

My Turn: Putting the ‘us’ in uterus

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

I’ve never been to Hobby Lobby, even though there is one just a few miles from me. It’s a conscious choice. If I had time for a hobby, it wouldn’t be crafting. However, I was born a girl … 44

My Turn: On war and the ultimate sacrifice

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

When word came that Brandon Garabrant of Greenfield, the grandson of a good friend, was killed in Afghanistan, shock and questions as to what war is all about surfaced immediately. So many aspects to consider: What is right? What is wrong? Should we simply conclude that, since the … 0

Editorial: Work of Five Rivers benefits all

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The coming of age of Five Rivers Conservation Trust, the land preservation organization that began life as the Concord Conservation Trust in 1998, is a milestone worth celebrating. The trust oversees conservation easements on land in Concord and 15 towns in the watersheds of the Blackwater, Warner, Merrimack, … 0

Letter: What the bleep was that?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Have I become that old and crotchety? Did you see what I saw on Good Morning America on July 4? GMA has one “artist” or another on their Friday morning show singing from Central Park. On Friday, they had Jason Derulo, basically because he has a new album … 0