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Opinion

My Turn: Bills pose a threat to public education

Friday, January 30, 2015

So many things are going right in New Hampshire public education right now. Our students score among the top in the country. Our educators have led the successful effort to set higher standards for our students and make the new lesson plans to match. Our schools have taken great strides in personalizing learning for every child, making mastery the goal rather than seat time. And, on the most important issue …

My Turn: Workers’ compensation panel’s findings are valid

Friday, January 30, 2015

When a powerful interest group supports a hasty change to our state laws, be wary. The New Hampshire Auto Dealers Association is feverishly pushing to scrap the findings of Gov. Maggie Hassan’s bipartisan Workers’ Compensation Commission. The NHADA is lobbying to rashly change laws designed to protect our workers, families and employers. Last month, the commission, which included the auto dealers’ representative, unanimously …

Letter: Drawing conclusions

Thursday, January 29, 2015

A belated response to Jeannine Aucoin’s letter “Role reversal” (Monitor letters, Jan. 16). To the question “What conclusions should one draw?” concerning the police killing of an unarmed white man in Salt Lake City: ∎ More whites are shot by police, also mainly white, than are blacks. (Department of Justice figures) In virtually all cases, the police are exonerated. ∎ For protests against a killing …

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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: No rolling stops

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Concord Monitor’s recent editorial position on the rolling stop law is anything but common sense. The Monitor contends that it should always be left up to the individual whether or not to actually stop at a stop sign. It is only necessary that the driver be “. …

Letter: Not a NIMBY

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Someone inferred that I am a NIMBY (not in my backyard) because I am opposed to the Kinder Morgan, NED gas pipeline project. Tell me you would not be a NIMBY if . . . the figurative “backyard” in NIMBY was your actual yard. Someone would clear-cut your …

Off Main: Cosby accusations follow a familiar path of celebrity and abuse

Sunday, January 25, 2015

They were both beloved entertainers, both icons in their own way. And both of their reputations were tarnished by lurid allegations of sexual abuse. But there are differences between Bill Cosby and British TV fixture Jimmy Savile. For …

Editorial: Cut to business taxes will only hurt business in NH

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Haven’t we already heard this story about the wondrous Republican perpetual motion machine? In this latest version, it’s the promise that cutting two of the state’s major sources of revenue, the business profits tax and business enterprise tax, will increase revenue. There’s no reason to believe that’s true …

Burns: Careful not to mix politics and poetry

Sunday, January 25, 2015

One of this country’s most noted independent bookstores is Politics and Prose, an eccentrically rambling operation that thrives in northwest Washington, D.C. Prose and politics are, in fact, inseparable in life. Not so much poetry and politics. And maybe that’s as it should be. At least if the …

My Turn: Time to close capital gains loophole

Sunday, January 25, 2015

New Hampshire has a revenue problem. Simply put, the state doesn’t make enough money to pay its bills. While some lawmakers like to say we have a spending problem, we know that’s not just wrong, it’s disingenuous. And that’s because the way lawmakers “solved” the so-called spending problem …

Spending more on education works

Sunday, January 25, 2015

It’s become almost conventional wisdom that throwing more money at public education doesn’t produce results. But what if conventional wisdom is wrong? A new paper from economists C. Kirabo Jackson, Rucker Johnson and Claudia Persico suggests that it is. To disentangle correlation from causation, they look at periods …

My Turn: We need to look at our public retirement system

Saturday, January 24, 2015

It has been reported the speaker of the House is considering a committee to address the New Hampshire Retirement System. Thank you Mr. Speaker. Hopefully your Committee’s findings and recommendations will be acted on. The NHRS as established in 1967 is a defined-benefit program which pays the employees …

My Turn: Where’s my dad’s GOP?

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Grand Old Party was once just that, grand! It guided big programs, good programs through Congress. Founded in 1854 to abolished slavery, Republicans went on to give women the right to vote, pass the Civil Rights Act, expand Social Security, create the first national park and build …

My Turn: Patience, gratitude and a project well done

Saturday, January 24, 2015

I am not a patient person. I am the poster child for the “ imagine-do” approach to tasks at hand. So this is a story to offer some comfort and perhaps peace of mind to those of us …