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Letter: So much for transparency

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Last week was celebrated as Sunshine Week to reflect the need for government to be open and accountable. This newspaper did a great analysis of state and local responses to requests for information. This past week also was the second consecutive year that the Obama administration set a record for censoring government files or denying access to them under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act. The Washington Post and the …

Hot Topic: Red-tailed hawk becomes symbol of the 2015 House

Saturday, March 28, 2015

A House debate over a bill that would have made the red-tailed hawk the state raptor took a bizarre turn recently when Rep. Warren Groen of Rochester offered his opinion of the proposed legislation: “It grasps them with its talons and then uses its razor-sharp beak to rip its victims to shreds, to …

Don’t tell the Joneses, Part Three: What is a fair wage? Democracy, capitalism differ

Saturday, March 28, 2015

In Part 2, we saw that markets distribute the wealth they produce so unequally that very few households can afford even a modest, middle-class standard of living without considerable help. Is this market outcome fair? Yes, according to market values. Wages are set when workers, seeking the highest wage they can negotiate, agree with employers, seeking to pay the lowest wage necessary to …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

Letter: Psychology of poverty

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

While it is said that Republicans voted down a minimum-wage increase because it would “hurt business” (Monitor front page, March 13), I imagine that Gov. Maggie Hassan might have said that not raising it would hurt people. Like ducks that have been lined up in advance, three separate …

My Turn: Lawmakers must remember their purpose

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

When lawmakers insulted and confused visiting fourth-graders at the State House this month, it was a painful and infuriating moment for many of us. First, as a father, my blood boiled. Then, as an elected official, I was mortified. But the feeling that took a few days to …

My Turn: When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called 50 years ago, I answered

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

In mid-March 50 years ago, I received a telegram from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference inviting me, a young pastor up in Lisbon, to walk in the March on Montgomery. After four …

Editorial: Make the downtown project fun

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Though the formal ground-breaking ceremony to mark the long-awaited reconstruction of Concord’s Main Street won’t occur until April 20, work on the project has already begun. Workers with Severino Trucking, the contracting firm hired to carry out the $10.69 million reconstruction of nine blocks of the downtown corridor, …

Letter: Keep the high court in mind

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

I see that Sen. Ted Cruz came to town to tell us that the sky is falling. Having been a voter since 1968, I have survived the presidencies of Nixon, Reagan and Bush II, so I suppose we’ll manage to continue this experiment in representative government – unless …

Letter: State of dysfunction

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Under current efforts of the New Hampshire House Finance Committee, New Hampshire will become a pariah in the nation, known as the state that: is most hostile to two-income families that happen to have children in need of child care; allows shut-in seniors to starve without Meals on …

Letter: Cuts are too deep

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

I support Gov. Hassan’s budget proposal and oppose the House Finance Committee’s proposal to cut funding for the Department of Transportation’s budget at a time when the state’s bridges and roads are in serious need of repair. This and the proposed cuts to Health and Human Services are …

Letter: Stop working against us

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Well, here we go again. The state cannot balance its budget without taking services away from our most needed facilities such as the Department of Safety, Veterans Home in Tilton, etc. Try reaching into your own pocket and see how long you can survive. It is about time …

Letter: A nonexistent problem

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

New Hampshire Senate Republicans recently voted against the repeal of an onerous election law designed by a previous Republican legislature to suppress voting rights. The defeated SB 207 was a common-sense repeal bill that would have kept in place the current photo ID law while protecting voters’ privacy. …

Letter: Prison reimagined

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

New Hampshire lawmakers have another chance to build a reasonably priced women’s prison. The reports that the new prison will be $10 million over budget gives them a chance to take another look at this issue. The first step would be to save some money and look for …