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Opinion

Letter: Lots to do in Concord

Saturday, August 29, 2015

A recent Insider article jokingly suggested that there was “nothing to do” in Concord. Huh? That observation is just amazing to me, because nothing could be further from the truth. Concord has an inventory of historic and cultural amenities that rival any other community in this state. Couple this with outstanding outdoor opportunities for hiking, biking, skiing, skating, kayaking and fishing, many of these within eyeshot of downtown Concord. The …

Letter: An offensive suggestion

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Regarding “Waiting on a Muslim Francis” (Sunday Monitor Forum, Aug. 23): I would be outraged if I were a Muslim at the suggestion (and its implication) that somehow because the Muslim faith is lacking its own Christ-on-Earth figure in Pope Francis, it had better run out and get one. It is patronizing, silly and ho-hum simplistic, and might be why some Muslims are …

Monitor Board of Contributors: With the death of Julian Bond, justice loses one of its most thoughtful warriors

Saturday, August 29, 2015

When I think of Julian Bond, the first words that come to mind are grace, humor and wit. These are not the words you might expect for a battle-hardened, longtime civil rights activist. Bond died on Aug. 15 from complications of vascular disease. My initial awareness of Bond dates back to the mid-1960s, …

Letter: Renewable beauty

Sunday, August 23, 2015

We need to develop a broader definition of beauty. In past months, I have read about people complaining about how terrible windmills look. There are some neighborhoods in Concord where outside clotheslines are banned. Now there is news of a family saying that some nearby solar panels disrupt …

Letter: Give Iran deal a chance

Sunday, August 23, 2015

I must say I’m appalled at the opposition to the multinational nuclear accord recently negotiated with Iran – much of it, though not all, by congressional Republicans. With our experience of the past 10 years, why would anybody be inclined to trash, many without even reading, an agreement …

Letter: A true lifesaver

Sunday, August 23, 2015

I would like to show my gratitude and appreciation to the man who saved my life while I was having lunch with my granddaughters at the Tilt’n Diner on Aug. 13. While enjoying a wonderful lunch, I felt the food I was eating get stuck and I could …

Letter: Winant deserves better

Sunday, August 23, 2015

In the most recent attempt by activists to fill an open space, the John Winant Memorial Committee is going to place a statue of John Gilbert Winant on the State Library lawn (Monitor front page, Aug. 15). Unfortunately, the proposed statue does not begin to do justice to …

Katy Burns: Demeaning term, demeaning myths

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Now we have a debate about “anchor babies” in the GOP primary. It is shameful. And, of course, it has been initiated – like everything else in this political season – by Donald Trump. Let the inimitable Trump explain in his own unedited words: “Here’s what’s happened. A …

National View: Bond had long view of journey toward justice

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Combing through the many tributes that have appeared since Julian Bond’s death, I was struck by one photograph in particular. A young Julian is standing beside a seated Paul Robeson. The giant of a man – scholar, athlete, …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Waiting for a Muslim Francis

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Thoughtful people worldwide are caught up in an agonizing dilemma regarding the emergence, in the 21st century, of violence and terror perpetrated by fundamentalist Islamic sects, goaded by radical imams, and inspiring deranged or naive individuals to commit …

Editorial: Body cameras capture state’s staffing woes

Sunday, August 23, 2015

It’s become increasingly clear that every law enforcement officer should be equipped with a body camera and use it during interactions with the public. The cameras can provide crucial evidence that protects officer and suspected transgressor alike, and their use is credited with preventing escalation by moderating the …

My Turn: Wendelboe is being obtuse about the South

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Fran Wendelboe just doesn’t get it. Lest anybody is unsure of my message, Fran Wendelboe just doesn’t get it. Her column in the Aug. 16 Sunday Monitor is no more than a collection of misconceptions, conflation and false equivalencies. She pines for the Donna Reed Show days, before …

Katy Burns: An America built by birthright babies

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Recent news item: Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee sounded that theme in a campaign appearance in Des Moines, telling his audience, “We must vigilantly safeguard the life of the unborn, and, as soon it is no longer unborn, …