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Letter: Fund kindergarten

Friday, February 27, 2015

I write in support of SB 228, co-sponsored by Sens. Dan Feltes, Nancy Stiles, David Watters and David Boutin. This bill is a bipartisan effort that provides full state funding support for those local school districts that choose to offer full-day kindergarten. It is vitally important that the children in our state do not start their education a step behind. This bill emphasizes how important early childhood education is to …

Letter: A misleading photo

Friday, February 27, 2015

Good heavens! Where on earth did you get the terrible photo that accompanied your vaccine article in the printed version of the Monitor (Sunday Monitor front page, Feb. 22)? How frightening it must have been to parents and children. No clinician in the country would aim a needle that long at a small child’s arm, and no routine vaccine contains 5 cc of …

Letter: A cartoon image

Friday, February 27, 2015

As a nurse who has given hundreds, likely thousands, of injections, I found your front page picture of a child receiving an injection to be preposterous (Sunday Monitor, Feb. 22). The syringe and needle are huge and the amount of “medicine” is way too much; it reminds me of a cartoon. Normally, I wouldn’t bother to respond to such a photo but it …

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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 hamster wheels

Sunday, February 22, 2015

I would like to respond to the editorial in the Feb. 15 edition of the Sunday Monitor regarding the multigenerational center that is proposed by the city of Concord. Of course, I take exception to the use of the terms “storage place for old people” and “waiting rooms …

Letter: Wrong about senior centers

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Feb. 15 Sunday Monitor editorial endorsing a multi-generational community center on the Heights included a description of senior centers as “waiting rooms and hamster wheels” for people on their way to a nursing home. Before pasting these witty metaphors in their album of bons mots, the editors …

Letter: Nine to remember

Sunday, February 22, 2015

In the event that readers would like to know the names of the nine members of the New Hampshire Senate who voted against constitutional citizen rights on Senate Bill 116 on Feb. 12, please allow me to provide the list of their names and districts they purport to …

My Turn: Who else but Hillary can manage world’s problems?

Sunday, February 22, 2015

We see ads frequently reminding us that friends do not let friends drive drunk. And we are also devoted to the idea that friends should not ask friends to run for president. We are referring to all the …

Editorial: Let the wild downshifting begin – again

Sunday, February 22, 2015

It’s budgeting time again. The cliches – “tough choices, hard-earned money, limited means, shared sacrifice, responsible budget, needs not wants” – drip from the lips of politicians of both parties and bore into the skull. The public is rendered insensate, only to awaken in shock with the arrival …

And the Oscar for best Oscar category goes to . . . Best Feature Documentary

Sunday, February 22, 2015

I’ve never been a big fan of awards – especially industry awards. I like televised award shows even less, and there is no show I despise more than the Oscars. Maybe it’s the mind-numbing speeches or all of …

Katy Burns: As if the snow isn’t bad enough, we have politicians

Sunday, February 22, 2015

It is Thursday afternoon, and it is snowing. And more snow is cascading to earth as my husband diligently rakes the roof of the sunroom where I write. His legs are at eye level as he stands on …

My Turn: Penny wise and pound foolish, then penny foolish

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Energy conservation and energy independence both took a beating this week in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. First, the House voted to defund the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. RGGI is a cap-and-trade program (a concept introduced by the Reagan administration) in which all New England states and …

National view: Republican presidential candidates unite to ignore immigration in 2016

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Immigration is supposed to be a bitterly divisive topic for Republicans. Yet a very narrow range of opinion separates the party’s leading presidential candidates, which is unfortunate for the country. The last Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, opposed giving legal status to illegal immigrants. But most of the …

Letter: Traveling with Maureen

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Maureen Adams’s article is brilliant (Monitor Forum, Feb. 13). It has all the marks of a true-life experience. Her first installment was full of wonder and excitement as one would expect of a first-year life in a foreign country. As she writes during the second year’s residence, the …