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Opinion

My Turn: Medicaid expansion key to treating mental illness, addiction

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The New Hampshire Health Protection Program, which now provides access to health care to more than 47,000 people in our state, will sunset later this year unless the Legislature enacts a bill to reauthorize it. The program is New Hampshire’s version of Medicaid expansion – a unique, Granite State solution to providing health care to all our citizens with a bridge to the private marketplace. NAMI-NH and the New Hampshire …

My Turn: New Hampshire isn’t first in the nation on raising wages

Saturday, February 6, 2016

New Hampshire has a proud tradition of being first. It’s tough to miss these days, while we’re in the midst of the first-in-the-nation presidential primary. Our intelligent, informed citizens provide the perfect place to scrutinize presidential candidates and help choose the next leader of the free world. But beyond our status as home of the first presidential primary, New Hampshire was the first …

My Turn: The age of pharmababble

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Here’s a little exercise even more challenging than Sudoku. Without help from Google, guess what each of the following drugs is for: Trulicity, Namzaric, Osphena, Belsomra, Invocana, Abreva, Prevagen, Vanda, Otezla, Brilinta, Tectidera, Neulasta, Humira, Myrbetriq, Jublia, Orencia, Breo Ellipo, Xeljanz, Novartis, Movantik. If Mad Men was set in the last 10 to …

Editorial: New bill, same attack on your right to know

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Last February in this space, the Monitor wrote in opposition to a bill sponsored by Rep. Pat Long, a Manchester Democrat, that would have allowed towns to charge for labor costs related to the retrieval of public records. The bill was scuttled, but with a new legislative session …

Letter: Speak up for bobcats

Monday, February 1, 2016

For anyone who is opposed to the proposed hunting and trapping season on bobcats, please let Fish and Game know of your opposition no later than Feb. 10. You can email comments@wildlife.nh.gov or mail your comments to Executive Director, NH Fish and Game Dept., 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, …

Letter: Facing death

Monday, February 1, 2016

I appreciated the thoughtful and poignant article by Jim Kinhan on “walking with cancer” (Monitor Forum, Jan. 21). His description of the possibilities for the end of life and his contrast between suicide and the individual’s choice of dying with dignity seemed to me to be valuable centers …

Letter: Jeb has vision to lead

Monday, February 1, 2016

This election represents an opportunity to regain our standing in the world after years of feckless leadership from Barack Obama. One candidate, Jeb Bush, has the leadership skills needed to help guide our country through mounting global threats. Gov. Bush has a foreign policy vision that will restore …

Letter: A breath of fresh air

Monday, February 1, 2016

A candidate like Bernie Sanders comes around once (maybe) in one’s lifetime. Bernie’s wave of popular support should not surprise anyone. Just like clean air, people can smell a clean political agenda and know intuitively that its proponent has the honesty, integrity and good judgment the country needs …

Letter: A solid choice

Monday, February 1, 2016

Thank you to the Monitor for the excellent endorsement of Hillary Clinton as the “best choice” to be the Democratic nominee for president, especially the following comment: “The plans Clinton has put forward . . . display her knowledge of the issues. They are not pie-in-the-sky but achievable” …

Letter: A road for everybody

Monday, February 1, 2016

There is no reason to shy away from putting Loudon Road on a diet. When the decision was made to revamp the road nearly two years ago, the vote was unanimous. And it’s obvious why: The proposed reconfiguration would be safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians with minimal …

Letter: Advice for Rubio

Monday, February 1, 2016

Not that his campaign has been exactly tearing up the statistics, but here’s one more way in which Marco Rubio disqualifies himself from consideration. In a TV commercial currently running, Rubio says: “America needs a real commander-in-chief.” Sorry, young Marco, America doesn’t have, never has had and never …

Letter: An unfair fee

Monday, February 1, 2016

I have read with some concern the articles regarding the proposed road usage fee legislation to augment the monies spent on our state’s highways and bridges. While not doubting the need for more funding due to increased costs and the decrease in motor fuel tax revenue resulting from …

National View: The truth about TARP

Sunday, January 31, 2016

No government initiative in recent history has been more controversial than the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, the $700 billion financial rescue fund Washington deployed in fall 2008. Though then-Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson declared it indispensable to prevent another …