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Letter: Ayotte took stand on climate

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Two thumbs up to Sen. Kelly Ayotte for joining Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Mark Kirk of Illinois, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina in acknowledging the reality of human-caused climate change in a Jan. 21 Senate vote. As a former Republican who was scorned by supposed political allies several years ago for recognizing the reality of human-caused climate change, I can’t help deriving a sense …

Letter: Easy on Vermont barbs

Sunday, January 25, 2015

I’d like to thank Paul Brogan for coming to my defense against the dyspeptic Katy Burns (Monitor, Jan. 21). I was only trying to suggest that efforts should be made toward regional primaries, and that a good way to start would be Vermont scheduling a primary the same day as New Hampshire. For the record, North Carolina feels the same way about the …

Letter: In defense of Vermont

Sunday, January 25, 2015

I loved Paul E. Brogan’s My Turn in response to Katy Burn’s slice, dice and diminish Vermont piece (Sunday Monitor, Jan. 18). His last statement couldn’t have hit any closer to a soul searching, (wo)man in the mirror moment. Bravo to Brogan! MAUREEN MEDEIROS Barnstead …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

Burns: Careful not to mix politics and poetry

Sunday, January 25, 2015

One of this country’s most noted independent bookstores is Politics and Prose, an eccentrically rambling operation that thrives in northwest Washington, D.C. Prose and politics are, in fact, inseparable in life. Not so much poetry and politics. And maybe that’s as it should be. At least if the …

My Turn: Time to close capital gains loophole

Sunday, January 25, 2015

New Hampshire has a revenue problem. Simply put, the state doesn’t make enough money to pay its bills. While some lawmakers like to say we have a spending problem, we know that’s not just wrong, it’s disingenuous. And that’s because the way lawmakers “solved” the so-called spending problem …

Spending more on education works

Sunday, January 25, 2015

It’s become almost conventional wisdom that throwing more money at public education doesn’t produce results. But what if conventional wisdom is wrong? A new paper from economists C. Kirabo Jackson, Rucker Johnson and Claudia Persico suggests that it is. To disentangle correlation from causation, they look at periods …

My Turn: We need to look at our public retirement system

Saturday, January 24, 2015

It has been reported the speaker of the House is considering a committee to address the New Hampshire Retirement System. Thank you Mr. Speaker. Hopefully your Committee’s findings and recommendations will be acted on. The NHRS as established in 1967 is a defined-benefit program which pays the employees …

My Turn: Where’s my dad’s GOP?

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Grand Old Party was once just that, grand! It guided big programs, good programs through Congress. Founded in 1854 to abolished slavery, Republicans went on to give women the right to vote, pass the Civil Rights Act, expand Social Security, create the first national park and build …

My Turn: Patience, gratitude and a project well done

Saturday, January 24, 2015

I am not a patient person. I am the poster child for the “ imagine-do” approach to tasks at hand. So this is a story to offer some comfort and perhaps peace of mind to those of us …

NATIONAL VIEW: An expanded role in Asia

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The following editorial appeared in yesterday’s Washington Post: We’ve faulted President Obama for his less-than-full-throated support of free-trade agreements that enjoy the nominal backing of his administration. There was no such cause for complaint about his State of the Union address Tuesday night, however, in which he called …

My Turn: Money ball goes to D.C.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

I normally don’t feel compelled to comment on sports stories, but after reading “Scherzer, Nationals break the bank” (Monitor, Jan. 20) I feel compelled to do so. First, one of the story’s very ill conceived hooks was that now that Scherzer signed a lucrative new contract with the …

Letter: Daniels’s continued legacy

Friday, January 23, 2015

Thank you to Ray Duckler for writing the article on Jonathan Daniels (Sunday Monitor, Jan. 18). What many people may not know is that the teenage girl whose life Jonathan saved, Ruby Sales, went on to attend the Episcopal Theological School in Massachusetts, which Daniels had attended. She …

Letter: A fair tax proposal

Friday, January 23, 2015

I am not a big fan of taxes. But I dislike unfairness even more. Therefore, I am following with interest legislation being sponsored by Sen. Dan Feltes and Rep. Richard Ames, both Democrats, that will close tax loopholes benefiting a small percentage of our citizens in favor of …