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Editorial: Agree or not, we must respect the high court

Monday, July 6, 2015

The recent Supreme Court decisions preserving the Affordable Care Act and finding a constitutional right to same-sex marriage were welcomed by many. But for high-profile Republicans, including a clutch of those running for president, the court’s decisions were nothing less than state-sanctioned tyranny. The attacks began from the conservatives on the high court themselves. Justice John Roberts said of same-sex marriage: “The right . . . has no basis in …

My Turn: Founding Fathers to Donald Trump – ‘You’re fired!’

Monday, July 6, 2015

Every July 4, we remember that the Founding Fathers terminated King George because he restricted immigration. From the Declaration of Independence: “…He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.” Those tough, practical, self-made …

My Turn: On campaign finance, it’s time for citizen action

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Is Congress ever going to let us vote on a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United? Last September, the Democracy for All amendment died in a Senate filibuster. Despite the fact that a majority of senators supported it, a minority – including New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte – used a procedural roadblock to kill the amendment for the legislative session. Sen. Ayotte is …

My Turn: ‘Bad choices make good stories’ is a flawed narrative

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Last month, I took my recently graduated daughter to the mall to apply for summer jobs. Visiting one of her favorite shops, I saw a T-shirt with the following motto displayed in the window: “Bad Choices Make Good …

My Turn: O’Malley and the poetry of greater purpose

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Buses hydroplane through a torrential downpour; lightning streaks the green leafy expanses of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Just a day prior, I stood at the Baltimore airport and watched scenes of terrorist attacks on three continents: a …

My Turn: Taxing the poor makes no sense

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Every progressive recipe for helping the poor starts with “first, raise taxes on working people. Then . . .” There is a logical fallacy here. As John Cleese’s Robin Hood says about the poor in the film Time Bandits: “Oh you must meet them. I’m sure you’ll like …

Editorial: Cell phone ban doesn’t go far enough

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

New Hampshire’s ban on hand-held use of a cell phone, GPS unit and other electronic devices became effective today. The law enforcement community promises that enforcement will be stringent and the fines are stinging: $100 for a first offense, $250 for a second and $500 for a three-time …

Editorial: Republicans cling to a budget myth

Monday, June 29, 2015

For Republicans, tax cuts are unicorns that, when they sip from stagnant economic waters, purify them and allow the flowers of free enterprise to bloom. A beautiful thought, but, like unicorns, the supply-side benefits of tax cuts are mythical. The governor and the Republican-led House and Senate are …

Monitor Board of Contributors: America must address its race problem

Monday, June 29, 2015

What happened in Charleston, S.C., a week ago Wednesday has shocked the nation twice over. Not only were nine peace-loving, faithful people murdered, they were murdered in their sacred place of worship by a white supremacist posing as a Bible study participant. Many of us who experience white …

Letter: Give steam a chance

Monday, June 29, 2015

I am writing to express my support for the city staying with Concord Steam rather than converting to natural gas. I have followed the issue, and I am also a longtime city taxpayer. If Concord Steam is truly able to upgrade its equipment, lower our cost as projected …

Letter: Patriotism in action

Monday, June 29, 2015

On July 4, the N.H. Rebellion will be holding several walks to help rescue American democracy from the rising influence of big money. The big walk will be along the Seacoast. This is a fine opportunity to overcome the sad notions that government is merchandise for sale and …

Letter: No one like Hillary

Monday, June 29, 2015

I was invited and planned to attend the New Hampshire launch party for the Hillary Clinton New Hampshire campaign. I could not attend. This letter was written as the launch was taking place. I supported Clinton in the past and I support her now. There is no one …

Letter: A war on meth

Monday, June 29, 2015

To the good citizens of Pittsfield and Northwood: My family, like many others in our towns, has been infected with crystal meth and heroin. I’m not happy. I have started a no-meth campaign. Too many people throughout the history of our towns have given everything they could and …