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My Turn: Big Labor’s big gift

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas has come early this year for the country’s union bosses. The National Labor Relations Board just established a new rule that gives organizers at the SEIU, the AFL-CIO, and other unions their most wished-for gift: The personal e-mail addresses and home telephone numbers of employees in workplaces they want to organize. The move sacrifices employee rights for union power. Armed with the personal contact information of millions of employees, …

Mike Marland, Dec. 21, 2014

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Editorial: Ready for Jeb? Maybe, maybe not

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Jeb Bush wants to be president. The former Florida governor posted to his Facebook page last week that he’s seriously considering a run for the highest office in the land. Barring unforeseen developments, New Hampshire residents should look forward to meeting him in the next few months. Bush will be a welcome addition to the Republican side of the race. He supports both …

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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

My Turn: GOP missed mark with U.S.-Greece comparison

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The well-know axiom “learn from history” applies to everyone except politicians. The rhetoric around our deficit and the economic disaster in Greece several years ago provides a great example. Republicans made many dire predictions at the time about what would happen if we didn’t take drastic actions to …

Editorial: System broken for long-term unemployed

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Some of them can be found in Concord’s homeless population. Some are coal miners whose mines have closed and fishermen up and down New England’s coast whose livelihoods all but died with the collapse of cod stocks. Some are middle-aged victims of a layoff. Many lost jobs, often …

Letter: Two paths to change

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Dr. James Fieseher’s “My Turn” was one of the best analyses I’ve read about our health care “system” (Monitor Forum, Dec. 13). At bottom, it comes down to a simple truth that affects every major problem facing this country today, which is the economic power exercised by the …

Letter: Flawed logic

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

I found Hunter Carbee’s tone very patronizing (Monitor Forum, Dec. 10). Effects of forestry on wildlife cannot be summed up by the tired old axiom, “deer follow the ax.” Yes, well-planned timber harvesting has a place in the management of our public forests, but every timber cut will …

Letter: An intellectual hero

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Thank you for publishing Jonathan Baird’s “My Turn” article praising the life and work of Noam Chomsky (Monitor Forum, Dec. 12). I had the pleasure of studying Chomsky’s ground-breaking work in linguistics and philosophy while an undergraduate college student. His work inspired my political thinking and his “truth …

Letter: Learn from Malala

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Malala Yousafzai’s name should resonate through the halls of every school and institute of learning in the state. Malala suffered a near fatal gun shot because she courageously spoke out on the imperative right of every person to be educated. She spoke for all Pakistanis, young and old. …

Letter: A forest treasure

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

One hundred years ago, an ancient forest was saved from logging by a small group of concerned citizens who wanted to preserve it for future generations. With almost all other ancient forests long since logged, this was one of the very last vestiges of natural forest in New …

Letter: A call for warmth

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Two years ago, the Monitor published a letter from the Salvation Army McKenna House describing the need for warm boots and clothing. The outpouring from the Concord area was phenomenal and our closets were stocked for the last two years as a result of the community’s generosity. After …

Letter: Childish

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Why would Bill O’Brien and “friends” try so hard to make trouble for the legislators who care for the state of New Hampshire, not their own egos and agendas? Talk about poor losers – I guess someone took away their lollipops. SHEILA Di NAPOLI Concord …

My Turn: No health care system can solve the real problem

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

I appreciate Dr. James Fieseher’s effort to discuss what is wrong with American health care (Monitor Forum, Dec. 13). I suspect we agree on many points. However, I would rather not blame a system for not doing what it was not designed to do. Nor would I demonize …