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Letter: Twitter trail of deception

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Kerry L. Marsh, in her letter “Kuster Alternatives” (Monitor, April 15), states “Now, Forbes magazine’s independent survey shows that health insurance premiums are up 90 percent on the individual market here in New Hampshire because of Obamacare.” She apparently shares the opinion of Jennifer Horn, the chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party, that this proves Obamacare is “an unmitigated disaster” and that because Sen. Jeanne Shaheen supports the ACA, … 0

Letter: Remove your blinders

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

To my very right-wing leaning friends, President Obama was correct when he said, “If you want to change things, win an election.” The hard-line, ideological, chest-beating of my way or no way simply won’t win an election. You hold up the Constitution, fantastic. Follow it. Do what it takes to win an election. To my very left-wing leaning friends, please stop threatening those … 0

Letter: A curious sponsorship

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

So Citizens United, the prime force behind the lawsuit to have corporations treated as “people,” sponsors the summit in Manchester where everyone speaks about protecting individual freedoms. Really? SUSAN WHITBECK Pembroke … 1

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Letter: Kuster alternatives

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Letter: A curious sponsorship

Letter: Good one!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Monitor’s April 3 editorial, “Ayotte standing in the way of real change with climate change,” was excellent, absolutely excellent! I hope Sen. Kelly Ayotte hears how much shelter you have given her and steps out to speak on the need for climate legislation. JUDY WEISS Brookline, Mass. … 1

Editorial: Promise of state aid isn’t worth this gamble

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Did you hear the one about the free money from the state? That, in a nutshell, was our reaction to the latest gambit from the never-say-die casino gambling crowd: a new bill that includes a sweetener for cash-strapped communities and long-suffering property taxpayers. The legislation, which would authorize … 1

My Turn: Time to retire PSNH’s dirty coal plants

Sunday, April 13, 2014

A new report by the New Hampshire Public Utility Commission staff reaffirms that Public Service Company of New Hampshire’s coal-fired power plants are uneconomical and uncompetitive in New Hampshire’s electricity market. It’s clear that New Hampshire families can’t afford to continue supporting these dirty coal plants that pose … 8

Felice Belman: For kids, Gettysburg Address project is life-changing

Sunday, April 13, 2014

‘Four score and seven years ago . . .” Most of us recognize those six words as the opening to Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. But how many of us know the rest of it? How many of us truly know or remember what the words mean? How many … 13

Katy Burns: Let us all praise Lyndon Baines Johnson! Really.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

A number of years ago I had a drink with an old friend. We’d first met as very young reporters and hit it off immediately, sharing a fascination with politics as well as a great curiosity about people and life in general. Our conversation turned to the subject … 3

Monitor Board of Contributors: On Palm Sunday, a chance to reaffirm our common humanity

Sunday, April 13, 2014

After church the women gathered, weathered, stout, some stooped, bent from years working in fields, mills, factories. All present. Sitto (grandmother). Aunts. Cousins. Mummy and her sisters. Most wearing their Sunday best, all wrapped with large aprons, starched, crisp. Palm Sunday. Sitto had prepared the dough in advance. … 0

State House Memo: Pay equity isn’t exclusively women’s issue

Friday, April 11, 2014

Five decades have passed since President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act of 1963 in the hopes of ending the “unconscionable practice of paying female employees less wages than male employees for the same job.” Unfortunately, the practice still exists in the United States. In 2012, women earned … 0

State House Memo: ‘Tough on crime’ law is really the opposite

Friday, April 11, 2014

This year, the New Hampshire Legislature is again considering a proposal to raise the age from 17 to 18 for juveniles to be prosecuted as adults. HB 1624 will bring us in line with 40 other states that have raised the age. It will also help bring us … 1

Our Turn: Northern Pass ignores conservation commission

Friday, April 11, 2014

New Hampshire has a long tradition of supporting local conservation commissions. These commissions, authorized by state law and staffed by volunteers, have specific responsibilities to inventory and safeguard natural resources within their communities. Last July, the Easton Conservation Commission invited PSNH to a meeting to discuss members’ concerns … 5

My Turn: Teddy Roosevelt would be horrified

Friday, April 11, 2014

Here is a speech by a Republican president: “The absence of effective state, and, especially, national, restraint upon unfair money-getting has tended to create a small class of enormously wealthy and economically powerful men, whose chief object is to hold and increase their power.” The speech calls for … 10