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Opinion

Katy Burns: Tempest in an ivory tower teapot

Sunday, August 2, 2015

You can sure tell it’s the summer silly season when some major news organizations in this state – normally sober, serious places – focus their collective spotlight on the amazing discovery that people who are cooped up in ivory towers can sometimes be hilariously earnest and tone deaf. I speak, of course, of the University of New Hampshire’s unofficial Bias-Free Language Guide, which has become a local and internet sensation …

Mike Marland, Aug. 2, 2015

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Editorial: Tax-free status should be hard-won

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Last month in Indiana, a church devoted to smoking dope, the First Church of Cannabis, won tax-exempt status from the IRS. In 2010, the Church of the IV Majesties, a Satanist group, did the same. So why was the Church of the Sword, which holds its services in a brew pub on Fisherville Road in Concord, denied a property tax exemption by the …

Letter: Feltes’s latest gaffe

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

It would appear from Sen. Dan Feltes’s latest “My Turn” (Monitor Opinion, July 27) that he has overloaded on Hassan budgetary Kool-Aid. The budget Gov. Hassan vetoed contained a 75 percent increase in state funding to address the heroin epidemic and at the same time Hassan lost track …

Letter: No place for vigilantes

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

When mass shootings occur, there are feelings of grief for the victims and frustration over the inability to do anything about it. While the desire to do something constructive is laudable, the response of private citizens arming themselves and walking in front of recruiting stations poses some problems. …

Editorial: A baseball legend takes his place

Monday, July 27, 2015

It’s been a tough year for Boston’s boys of summer. Heading into Monday night’s game against the Chicago White Sox, the Red Sox were once again toiling in the basement of the American League East, 12 games behind the first-place New York Yankees and 8½ games out in …

My Turn: In food fight, ‘Big Meat’ is just one enemy

Monday, July 27, 2015

I was obviously one of the folks you were referring to in your Sunday editorial about vegans and meat-eaters (Monitor, July 26). Although I’m flattered, please allow me this chance to rebut. Here is a list of issues that I – like the animal rights crowd – find …

Letter: The adjunct mistake

Monday, July 27, 2015

Announcing layoffs of seven faculty members, Lakes Region Community College’s president stated “adjuncts are a dime a dozen.” His idea: Full-time faculty for adjuncts is an apples-to-apples trade. I was one of those seven full-time faculty who were laid off. Prior to that I’d been an adjunct faculty …

Letter: Hassan’s doing her job

Monday, July 27, 2015

I have read several pieces in the news where Republicans bemoan services that are receiving less funding due to the governor’s budget veto. Listing vital programs funded at current levels and placing the blame solely on the governor is neither productive nor accurate. Both sides agree that additional …

Letter: An amazing gift

Monday, July 27, 2015

Thank you, Christine Hamm, your wonderful cast and all the “backstage” volunteers who brought Thornton Wilder’s Our Town to Hopkinton. What an amazing 250th anniversary gift to our community. Bravo! EMILIE CHRISTIE BURACK Hopkinton …

Letter: Ayotte thinks long-term

Monday, July 27, 2015

I was impressed to see Sen. Kelly Ayotte make a strong pitch on a long-term transportation and infrastructure bill instead of another short-term patch. Kelly has never been afraid to tackle hard issues, and I’m glad we have a senator who continues to push her colleagues to do …

Letter: Ayotte is trying to keep us safe

Monday, July 27, 2015

Remember when nearly half the Senate signed a letter telling Iran we wouldn’t back down on sanctions no matter how much the Obama administration wanted to capitulate? Well, now all the hand-wringing and hyperbolic outrage that transpired seems pretty short-sighted. It looks like Kelly Ayotte and her colleagues …

My Turn: Hassan proposal is a reasonable compromise

Sunday, July 26, 2015

This past week, Gov. Hassan presented a compromise budget proposal that gives our Republican colleagues their top priority: business tax cuts. It is a fiscally responsible proposal, as those business tax cuts are actually paid for. Throughout the …