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My Turn: State’s new way to assess student learning could reduce standardized testing

Saturday, October 25, 2014

We’ve been hearing a lot about testing in our schools. There were proposals in the last Legislature – unsuccessful in the end – to postpone the new Smarter Balanced annual assessment. Nashua teachers made news last winter saying that neither their schools nor their students were ready for the new Common Core test (though fears seemed to settle down after they tried the test last spring). And Manchester Mayor Gatsas …

My Turn: State can’t afford another O’Brien Legislature

Saturday, October 25, 2014

On Nov. 4, you have a clear, important choice to make. When you enter the voting booth on Election Day, your vote will decide whether our state continues to move in the right direction or gets pulled back into the past. We have faced this decision before. In 2012, New Hampshire decided to throw out the Bill O’Brien Republicans and their extreme agenda. …

My Turn: U.S. needs a strategy to combat Islamic State

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Last month, President Obama stood behind the podium in the White House briefing room and admitted to America – and the world – that he didn’t have a strategy to combat the threat from the terrorist group ISIS. This is the same President Obama who just a few months ago dismissed the terror …

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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: For the state’s women, November choice is clear

Saturday, October 25, 2014

As a former Republican member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, former mayor of Concord and the current chairman of the nonpartisan NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire PAC, I know that women’s issues don’t always break along partisan …

My Turn: This is a season of celebration for Hindu Bhutanese

Friday, October 24, 2014

America has a heterogeneous society, with diverse cultures, people and traditions intertwined in a single strand. Our country respects and honors diversity, and holds freedom of religion as one of our highest values. People can practice, preserve and …

My Turn: There was a time when great craftsmanship was its own reward

Friday, October 24, 2014

We recently enjoyed a fall walk along the Merrimack River in Boscawen on a newly opened section of the Northern Rail Trail, following what was originally a Boston and Maine rail line. At one point, I stopped to …

My Turn: Brown offers little more than an artificial image

Friday, October 24, 2014

I remember with pleasure the 1996 Concord celebration when Jeanne Shaheen was first elected governor of New Hampshire, and admirers gathered at the Audi to celebrate her election. Many were happy again when she left the governorship after …

My Turn: Domestic violence victims harmed by Boutin’s vote

Friday, October 24, 2014

It is with great concern that I have learned that Republican state Sen. David Boutin has so blatantly run away from his vote against House Bill 1409, which if enacted into law would have expanded the law prohibiting …

My Turn: Vote for candidates who want to fix, not destroy

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Recent polls indicate that two-thirds of us are dissatisfied with Congress, and a poll this summer showed that only 16 percent of voters were satisfied with Congress. If we think the people we elect to represent us in Washington are doing such a terrible job, then maybe we …

My Turn: It’s time for independent review of CCSNH chancellor

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I read with interest the recent exchange between Laura Morgan, president of the faculty senate at NHTI (Monitor Forum, Oct. 3), and Paul Holloway, Community College System of New Hampshire board chairman, and Kathy Bogle Shields, the board’s vice chairman (Monitor Forum, Oct. 8). As someone who retired …

The world will never see another newspaper editor like Ben Bradlee

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

In the next few days you will hear real sadness from hundreds of people who work or used to work at the Washington Post. I would like to tell you why we all loved Ben Bradlee so much …

My Turn: The people’s president

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

There is probably no more powerful political force on the planet today than cynicism. Nothing acts to prevent activism and positive social change more. Cynicism is the ultimate inaction producer. It is a bulwark of the status quo. …

My Turn: Law enforcement has a true friend in Shaheen

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Here in New Hampshire, the men and women of our law enforcement community know how important it is to have strong champions for our state in Congress. And whether it’s supporting the right policies for our first responders or providing the resources we need to do our jobs, …