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Opinion

Monitor Board of Contributors: Libertarian ideals may look great on paper, but in practice they erode freedom

Thursday, May 28, 2015

I have a question for the Libertarians out there: What exactly do you mean by harm? I was intrigued by material I read on the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire website that stated “as long as they are not harming anyone else, people have the right to do as they please.” This sounds great. In fact, it is the stuff of sibling-rivalry solutions that I have been teaching my kids …

Editorial: Republicans set stage for indirect tax

Thursday, May 28, 2015

These are tense times for the millions of people, including 39,000-plus New Hampshire residents, who finally have health insurance thanks to federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. These patients are walking the wire over the chasm of uncertainty that is life without coverage. In New Hampshire, Republican lawmakers are twanging the wire by refusing to agree to renew the Medicaid expansion that …

My Turn: EPA must honor promise to diversify transportation fuels

Thursday, May 28, 2015

In 2008, my partners and I embarked on a new venture to build the largest biodiesel production facility in the Northeast. Like many of you, we were concerned about sending billions of U.S. dollars to the Middle East to buy oil and spending even more protecting our access to that foreign oil. In many cases, our own dollars were financing terrorism against us. …

Letter: Hopkinton tax madness

Friday, May 22, 2015

Perhaps I have been asleep for a few years, but the gist of the May 17 Sunday Monitor article about the Hopkinton tax rate appears to be that selectmen and the school board are forming a “group” to look at ways to prevent the rate from spiking in …

Editorial: Dangerous living through chemistry

Friday, May 22, 2015

In 1935, Dow Chemical adopted an advertising slogan that became, in a variant form, a catchphrase used seriously and, by the 1960s, sarcastically: “Better Living Through Chemistry.” The chemical sciences have produced miracle drugs, synthetic fabrics, stronger glues, amazing materials and a host of other things that have …

My Turn: Corruption keeps young voters away from polls

Friday, May 22, 2015

I recently found myself speaking with an unsuspecting group of political pundits in Lebanon. A dozen teenagers and a hacky sack were passing the time after school near the steps of city hall as I came out of the building. I asked them a simple question: What do …

My Turn: On Memorial Day, I think most of all about 1st. Lt. Samuel T. Fuller

Friday, May 22, 2015

It was a hot summer day in August 1944. I was just shy of 5 years old. Tired of playing alone with no children my own age around, I was excited to see the young man in a …

My Turn: Remember the legacy of Harvey Milk, beware of GOP candidates

Friday, May 22, 2015

Today is Harvey Milk’s birthday, celebrated as Harvey Milk Day. For those of you not familiar with Milk’s legacy, he was the first openly gay elected official in California and one of the pioneers of the LGBT rights movement. His impassioned speeches and relentless determination to make our …

Letter: No state for bicyclists

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The League of American Cyclists just released its rankings of bike friendly states and New Hampshire is in the bottom half. While my hometown of Concord has passed a Complete Streets policy and received multiple awards for being bike friendly, much of the rest of New Hampshire is …

Letter: For the love of animals

Thursday, May 21, 2015

I would like to extend my personal thanks to all those fine folks who work with animals in any capacity in the state of New Hampshire. Those people who work in shelters, rescue operations, vets offices, etc., should be extremely proud of the work that they do, as …

My Turn: Why can’t Bush answer simple question on Iraq?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Jeb Bush had a rough time trying to answer a question that is a no-brainer for virtually everyone else in America these days. Over the course of a few days, the former Florida governor gave yes, “I don’t …

Off Main: In new ‘Mad Max’ film, some see nothing but a feminist conspiracy

Thursday, May 21, 2015

You may think you know what Mad Max is about. He’s a fictitious post-apocalyptic Australian road warrior, once played by Mel Gibson and now by Tom Hardy, destined to wander a blighted landscape and help those in need. …

Editorial: Not all violence is equal in America

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The facts were simple, if startling. Nine people shot dead. Eighteen in the hospital. Some 170 arrested. A brawl between rival motorcycle gangs, the Bandidos and the Cossacks, erupted in the parking lot of a Waco, Texas, restaurant on Sunday afternoon. And as officials try to figure out …