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Letter: The world against Israel

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

In the history of modern warfare, no nation has gone to such lengths to avoid civilian casualties as Israel did in last summer’s Operation Protective Edge campaign – even while Hamas cells in Gaza fired missiles at civilian populations in Israel from hospitals and schools. Even so, in a report released Dec. 8, Amnesty International accused the Israel Defense Forces of committing several war crimes. The organization called for the …

Letter: Morally offensive

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

It is morally misguided that the current debate over torture hinges on whether the practice yielded useful information. Torture is wrong and morally offensive. It was not outlawed by international treaties because it was ineffective; it was outlawed because signatories were morally offended by its practice. Slavery was abolished, not because slave labor was unproductive, but because it was wrong. Violence against wives …

My Turn: Homeless problem belongs to all of us

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

‘I never, ever thought I’d be here.” It’s a phrase I hear on almost a daily basis from people sitting before me, looking for somewhere to turn. Whether this is their first night facing homelessness or they’ve been homeless for years, no one really expects that this is where they’ll end up. But here they are. Here we are.   I say “we” …

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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

Ray Duckler: No home, no help, no solutions

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Two months ago, the Rev. Carlos Jauhola-Straight of the South Congregational Church told the Monitor the harsh truth about the city’s two overnight winter shelters. A “Band-Aid,” the reverend called them, meaning they were created as a temporary …

Katy Burns: Ready, set, bake! It’s Christmas cookie time

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Yes, we’ve now documented – as if there’d been any doubt – that our government, in the name of the people of the United States, tortured people. We officially condoned acts that our same government – along with most of what we consider the civilized world – had …

My Turn: Time to rebel against big money in politics

Sunday, December 14, 2014

One month from now, a band of “Granny D walkers” will put on their boots in Dixville Notch and take to the road in a New Hampshire rebellion against big money in politics. One week later, walkers will join the N.H. Rebellion in Portsmouth, Nashua and Keene, taking …

Board of Contributors: There is no defense for torture

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Torture’s not new in America – naming it probably is, but the act isn’t. During our formative years, torture kept slaves in line. During Vietnam, our CIA-trained operatives used assassinations, rape, starvation and beatings – and electric shocks to the genitals of some Vietnamese communists – to glean …

Off Main: State of confusion

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Okay, New Hampshire. It’s time to make up your mind. What kind of state do you actually want to be? Frankly, I’m getting a little bit confused. Time and again, in instance after instance, you can’t decide whether …

Editorial: Those who support torture are not fit to lead

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on interrogation methods used by the CIA against terror suspects is deeply distressing. The information in the report shocks so profoundly, in fact, that it is tempting to resort to the comforting blandishments …

My Turn: Here’s the problem with the U.S. health care system

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Despite having the best-trained doctors and best-equipped hospitals in the world, America has one of the worst health care systems. Approximately 82 percent of our population has health insurance of any kind, according to U.S. News and World Report. Only half of those have insurance that adequately covers …

My Turn: Lottery expansion plan would lower property taxes

Saturday, December 13, 2014

If you’re like me, this week’s property tax payment is putting something of a damper on the holiday spirit. High property taxes are the No. 1 complaint from our constituents, and our suggestion to get involved in school budgets is usually not a satisfying response. I’ve put in …

My Turn: Do kids really need those expensive, high-tech gadgets? No, they don’t.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

These words will probably come too late to influence anyone’s gift considerations, but the way gift-giving to our children and teens has evolved, I feel the need to give parents a bit of advice. There are many life …

Letter: Capsule contents

Friday, December 12, 2014

Thank you for publishing my column about Concord 250 (Monitor Forum, Dec. 6). I should have clarified that the piece was mine alone and not from the Time Capsule Committee or the Concord Historical Society. I am proud to hold membership in both, but I did not consult …