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My Turn: Compromise, not ideology, key to legislative success

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Politics is defined by conflict, government by compromise. This balance seems to be perpetually lost on Washington, where politicians are swept away in perceived mandates and partisan warfare. This is not what the people want. Quite frankly, it’s what they most dislike about politics, and now it is what they most dislike about their government. The voters in my North Country district, the most evenly divided political district in the …

Editorial: An American story for a popular doll

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

In 1899, economist Thorstein Veblen introduced the world to the term “conspicuous consumption” in his book The Theory of the Leisure Class. Veblen argued that there was a middle-class tendency to buy items not to meet needs but to serve solely as a display of wealth. What catchy phrase, we wonder, would Veblen have assigned to parents who spend small fortunes on American …

My Turn: Embrace the sight of those dirty dishes

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

With Thanksgiving almost here, I have been thinking of life and what I give thanks for. At 60, I have many memories to look back on; some fondly and others not so fondly. Our memories are our lives as we have lived. On the cusp of another holiday shopping frenzy and the hustle and bustle of our busy lives, we overlook some simple …

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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: Where’s the story?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

On Saturday, all the stores in Franklin were sold out of the Union Leader so I got the Monitor instead. I wanted to read more about MIT professor Jonathan Gruber. I read the paper from cover to cover but I didn’t find a single word. Must have been …

My Turn: State must pursue a sensible energy policy

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Dear Gov. Maggie Hassan: I was disappointed to read in the Monitor a few days back that the nominations of Amanda Merrill and Bob Odell to be on the Site Evaluation Committee (Monitor front page, Nov. 12). They both would have brought valuable perspective to the discussion, with …

My Turn: Some on the left see only the GOP they want to see

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Based on his opinion piece, “The GOP’s road to nowhere,” Jeff Eitreim appears to be a textbook case of why the partisan divide in this country is so wide (Sunday Monitor, Nov. 16). He seems so infused with his own sense of righteousness that he has lost the …

Editorial: O’Brien has a chance to rewrite his legacy

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Two years after losing his position as speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, Bill O’Brien is back. The Republicans have a majority in the chamber once again, and on Tuesday they elected the Mont Vernon representative …

Constitution Day: Schools need to provide safe, trusting place for kids

Thursday, November 20, 2014

In 1969, during the very first landmark student free speech case, Tinker v. Des Moines, the Supreme Court stated that “a student can express his/her opinion, even on controversial subjects, so long as doing so does not materially and substantially disrupt or interfere with the requirements of appropriate …

Constitution Day: Torture of cyberbullying is real and devastating

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Over 25 percent of teens and adolescents have been bullied reportedly through the internet or their cell phones. These statistics were obtained by the i-SAFE Foundation. More than a quarter of America’s teens report being harassed and humiliated …

My Turn: O’Brien is the best choice for speaker

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

During the 2011-12 term of the New Hampshire Legislature, I proudly served under Speaker William O’Brien as Resources, Recreation and Development Committee vice chairman and Republican whip, and as a House assistant majority whip. I support O’Brien’s candidacy for speaker. He did an excellent job during that term …

Letter: Amend the Constitution

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Thank you for publishing Arnie Arnesen’s plea for bipartisan cooperation (Monitor Forum, Nov. 15). I agree that our political atmosphere is toxic and the real power now is mostly covert. However, we need not despair: There are many volunteers from both camps working hard to detoxify our democracy. …

Letter: A single-payer solution

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

‘Let the Health Shopping Begin” (Monitor front page, Nov. 15) sounds like an ad for a pre-Thanksgiving sale. Whatever choice individuals make, there is one clear winner in the health market and that’s the health insurance industry. While we argue over the pros and cons of the Affordable …

Letter: Thanks and congratulations

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

I would like to thank the voters of Loudon and Canterbury for their support during the recent election for state representative, which initially ended in a tie and which George Saunderson won after a special recount. It was a great experience to get to know so many folks …