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National View: Raise the legal age for purchasing tobacco to 21

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Public health in the U.S. has come a long way from the 1960s, when almost half of adults were still smoking. Today that rate is 14.9 percent. The problem is, that’s still far too high. Bolder steps to prevent and reduce tobacco addiction are needed – like the one Hawaii took last summer when it raised the legal age for tobacco purchases to 21. Hawaii became the first state to …

National View: Europe isn’t doomed to clash of civilizations

Sunday, November 29, 2015

The terrorist attacks on Paris earlier this month have given rise to an explosion of nasty prejudice. According to one survey, anti-Muslim hate crimes quickly spiked 300 percent in Britain – the vast majority of them directed against Muslim women and girls. The New York Times reports that the harshest effects of France’s state of emergency are felt by Muslims. The competitive rabble-rousing …

National View: Why Syria is to Turkey what Ukraine is to Russia

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Russian leaders have evidently been shocked by Turkey’s deliberate decision to shoot down one of their planes, which they say was motivated by Turkey’s alleged support for Islamic State and greed for the proceeds of smuggled terrorist oil. A simpler explanation is that Russia would have done the same. Here is the hypothetical: …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Black Friday, black coffee, dark skies and dark omens

Sunday, November 29, 2015

It’s Black Friday, it’s early morning and here in Exeter the skies are black, my cardamom-flavored coffee is black and so is my mood. Today is Black Friday. Today, the day after Thanksgiving, a day that’s long been my favorite national holiday because of its fusion of prayer, …

Katy Burns: Heartbeat of downtown keeps growing stronger

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Things will be great when you’re downtown No finer place for sure, downtown Everything’s waiting for you Maybe Intown Concord, the downtown booster group, should install loudspeakers on the spiffy new light poles on Main Street and start blasting out Petula Clark’s great song “Downtown” from 1964. After …

My Turn: The coming carbon sequestration boom

Sunday, November 29, 2015

As a professor emeritus of chemical engineering, I must seem on occasion like an absent-minded professor. But it can happen that something that caught my eye years ago keeps rushing back. Such was the case with an op-ed by two MIT professors – one a physicist, the other …

My Turn: New Hampshire can help those with Down syndrome help themselves

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Andrew Strzykalski, a sophomore at Timberlane High School in Plaistow, is a typical teenager. Andrew is a member of his school’s accomplished wrestling team, loves playing guitar and has earned a black belt in karate – and he just happens to have Down syndrome. Down syndrome is a …

My Turn: Clinton is the candidate who can do the job best

Saturday, November 28, 2015

As we consider the best candidate for president in the upcoming election cycle, the question seems simple: Who can best do the job? Not so simple is to understand what the “job” is. In recent years, in terms of solving our most pressing problems, our country seems to …

My Turn: A clear choice on national security

Saturday, November 28, 2015

The first and most important responsibility of the U.S. president is to protect our national security interests around the world and defend the homeland. After years of reckless defense cuts and a failed lead-from-behind foreign policy from Barack …

My Turn: On war, it’s time for the Democratic Party to evolve

Saturday, November 28, 2015

I will not vote for Hillary. Nor for Bernie, much as I would like to. The Democratic Party must evolve. It must speak to progressives who are tired of voting for moderate Republicans posing as Democrats. The Democratic Party must develop clearly progressive views on war, foreign policy, …

My Turn: Follow the money and you find nukes

Friday, November 27, 2015

The 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, passed by Congress and recently signed by President Obama, includes in its 1,320 pages plans for an entire new generation of U.S. nuclear weapons. It’s a big – and expensive – step in the wrong direction. The NDAA establishes policy and spending …

My Turn: Voters should be asking candidates how they intend to work with Congress

Thursday, November 26, 2015

As the presidential nominating contests pick up speed with just a couple months until the caucuses in Iowa and primary in New Hampshire, it seems appropriate to heed some lessons of our 28th president and encourage his would-be …

My Turn: No child should go hungry in America

Thursday, November 26, 2015

This Thanksgiving, my wife Katie and I were lucky to host both of our families at our home in Baltimore. Even with more than 40 friends and family members gathered at the table, no one left our table …