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Letter: Welfare pays well

Monday, December 22, 2014

The Cato Institute has released an updated 2013 study showing that welfare benefits pay more than a minimum wage job in 33 states and the District of Columbia. Yet, even worse, welfare pays more than $15 per hour in 13 states. The study shows that welfare benefits have increased faster than minimum wage. Yup, it is now more profitable to sit at home than it is to earn an honest …

Letter: Follow the rules

Monday, December 22, 2014

It’s time for Rep. Bill O’Brien to face up to the fact that he cannot force people to vote the way he wants. Rep. Shawn Jasper won by the vote, now get to work on the business at hand and get over it. Abide by the rules. ROBERT BLODGETT Epsom …

Letter: Each story is unique

Monday, December 22, 2014

In his excellent column, Ray Duckler introduced us to that large segment of Concord’s homeless population that won’t or can’t be productive for a variety of reasons ranging from long-term injury to mental illness to addiction to attitude (Sunday Monitor Forum, Dec. 14). But he didn’t tell us about the ones who work hard and are productive. They could be the “working poor” …

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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

Board of Contributors: The perks of being a library director

Thursday, December 18, 2014

It all began with a message posted on the statewide library email list where we librarians share information, ask questions and generally tap into the hive mind of all the libraries in the state. The subject line was …

Editorial: New chapter begins for U.S., Cuba

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The 1962 Cuban missile crisis remains one of the most terrifying episodes in modern American history. It seemed then that it was only a matter of time before the United States and the Soviet Union would engage in the world’s first – and likely only – all-out nuclear …

My Turn: Tragedies and triumphs unfold each day in shelters

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Last shelter season, with Brian riding shotgun and myself at the wheel, we’d cruise through our frozen city searching behind stores and inside characterless concrete coves and caves. Our mission was always the same – looking for an errant shelter guest who may have passed out in the …

Letter: The world against Israel

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

In the history of modern warfare, no nation has gone to such lengths to avoid civilian casualties as Israel did in last summer’s Operation Protective Edge campaign – even while Hamas cells in Gaza fired missiles at civilian populations in Israel from hospitals and schools. Even so, in …

Letter: Morally offensive

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

It is morally misguided that the current debate over torture hinges on whether the practice yielded useful information. Torture is wrong and morally offensive. It was not outlawed by international treaties because it was ineffective; it was outlawed because signatories were morally offended by its practice. Slavery was …

My Turn: Homeless problem belongs to all of us

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

‘I never, ever thought I’d be here.” It’s a phrase I hear on almost a daily basis from people sitting before me, looking for somewhere to turn. Whether this is their first night facing homelessness or they’ve been homeless for years, no one really expects that this is …

My Turn: State has an opportunity to serve as a model for the nation

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The factors that lead an individual or family into homelessness are varied, complex and often interconnected. Structural factors such as the shortage of affordable housing and the lack of high-quality employment opportunities often intersect with individual factors such as interpersonal violence, trauma, addictive disorders and physical/mental illness to …

My Turn: There isn’t one kind of homeless person

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Homeless people come in all races and backgrounds; they are men, women and children. Some have chemical dependencies (drugs/alcohol), some have mental health issues, some have criminal backgrounds and some have had bad luck. I know of two …

My Turn: GOP missed mark with U.S.-Greece comparison

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The well-know axiom “learn from history” applies to everyone except politicians. The rhetoric around our deficit and the economic disaster in Greece several years ago provides a great example. Republicans made many dire predictions at the time about what would happen if we didn’t take drastic actions to …

Editorial: System broken for long-term unemployed

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Some of them can be found in Concord’s homeless population. Some are coal miners whose mines have closed and fishermen up and down New England’s coast whose livelihoods all but died with the collapse of cod stocks. Some are middle-aged victims of a layoff. Many lost jobs, often …