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Editorial: Show a little love for the weatherman

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Being a meteorologist should mean never having to say you’re sorry, but don’t tell that to Gary Szatkowski. As the mighty Blizzard of 2015 became an emasculated target of ridicule in New York City, the New Jersey weatherman sent out a two-part mea culpa on Twitter. “My deepest apologies to many key decision makers and so many members of the general public,” he tweeted. “You made a lot of tough …

My Turn: Purchasing insurance across state lines doesn’t work and causes more problems than it can possibly solve

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

In American politics, ideology often supersedes reason. We don’t have to look any further than in the New Hampshire state Legislature. State Sen. Andy Sanborn, a Bedford Republican, is sponsoring a bill that would allow New Hampshire residents to purchase health insurance across state lines. He argues that giving New Hampshire citizens out-of-state …

My Turn: Nuclear power has place in state’s energy future

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New England is at a crossroads. One choice is to continue on the road now traveled, with natural gas for electricity production exceeding that of coal, hydro and nuclear power combined by 2018. Due to a shortage of gas-pipeline capacity, we are already experiencing high prices for home heating and electricity. And there has been a decline in air quality due to the …

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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

My Turn: Money ball goes to D.C.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

I normally don’t feel compelled to comment on sports stories, but after reading “Scherzer, Nationals break the bank” (Monitor, Jan. 20) I feel compelled to do so. First, one of the story’s very ill conceived hooks was that now that Scherzer signed a lucrative new contract with the …

Letter: Daniels’s continued legacy

Friday, January 23, 2015

Thank you to Ray Duckler for writing the article on Jonathan Daniels (Sunday Monitor, Jan. 18). What many people may not know is that the teenage girl whose life Jonathan saved, Ruby Sales, went on to attend the Episcopal Theological School in Massachusetts, which Daniels had attended. She …

Letter: A fair tax proposal

Friday, January 23, 2015

I am not a big fan of taxes. But I dislike unfairness even more. Therefore, I am following with interest legislation being sponsored by Sen. Dan Feltes and Rep. Richard Ames, both Democrats, that will close tax loopholes benefiting a small percentage of our citizens in favor of …

Letter: We appreciate the help

Friday, January 23, 2015

My family and I would like to say a big thank you to the Franklin police and fire departments for responding fast to the scene of an accident when our car slid on ice and hit a pole. Everyone was extremely sympathetic and understanding and handled the situation …

Letter: Support your library

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Gilmanton Year-Round Library provides a central meeting place for a town so widely spread out. Besides books and magazines, DVDs, computer use, scheduled children’s and adult programs, the GYRL hosts many group meetings in comfortable community space. Some of the groups meeting regularly this year at the …

Letter: RGGI leading the change

Friday, January 23, 2015

I am deeply concerned that RGGI is being put on the chopping block. Carbon is not going away. Climate change is not going away. Worldwide and across the country, the effects of climate change are manifesting daily. Since New Hampshire joined the RGGI in 2009, carbon emissions are …

My Turn: Town hall-style meetings nice in theory, but too often become a circus

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Concord Monitor has espoused the notion that “town hall meetings” are important elements of New Hampshire political life, a premise with which few can argue. But there are “town hall meetings,” and then there are “shooting ducks …

My Turn: So ‘Real World: Peterborough’ was a hoax, but what other reality shows could we have?

Friday, January 23, 2015

Maybe you saw the spoof story circulating via Facebook a couple of weeks ago, poking fun at MTV’s The Real World at the expense of poor old Peterborough. The story, written so dryly that it was hard to …

Editorial: Supreme Court can’t rest with marriage case

Thursday, January 22, 2015

It is heartening that the U.S. Supreme Court has taken a case that will allow it to finally decide whether same-sex marriage is a constitutional right. Its recent rulings on the subject suggest that the entire issue could …

Letters: Memories of Islam

Thursday, January 22, 2015

There seems to be confusion between Islam and terrorism. In West Africa, I lived a pleasant year with a Muslim family. The wife, Anna, cooked a mean pot of rice and cassava leaf, the kids were playful and inquisitive, and the father, Allieu, was an El Hadj, respected …