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My Turn: Stark was indeed a founder of this state

Monday, April 27, 2015

I have no horse selected yet in the presidential sweepstakes, but I disagree with a recent “fact check” (Monitor, April 11) giving Rand Paul a failing score for John Stark as a founder of our state. On April 19, 1775, the battles of Lexington and Concord set the course for violent revolution. Four days later, on April 23, Col. John Stark was chosen to lead the First New Hampshire Regiment …

Katy Burns: Beep, beep! New car coming through!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

If this is 2015, it’s time to visit the car store down the road. After all, it has been 12 years. And the old car – which we still call “the new car” – will soon need tires, again. So why not trade it in? Okay, that does sound a little flip. Truthfully, …

Roaring twenties: It’s a good idea to put a woman on the $20 bill, but can America cut through the politics and red tape

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Now I know how my suffragette foremothers felt about not being able to vote. I completely missed the online “Women on 20s” preliminary campaign to decide which important woman in U.S. history should replace President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. In case you missed it, too, there is a web campaign out …

My Turn: Don’t let large energy companies take over state

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Energy corporations are using their vast amounts of money to influence every aspect of energy siting projects in New Hampshire. Bias was first evident at the Department of Energy. PSNH, now Eversource, was allowed to choose the company to conduct the studies for “its” Northern Pass project (Normandeau …

Mike Marland, April 26, 2015

Saturday, April 25, 2015

My Turn: Be wary of Tax Freedom Day claims

Saturday, April 25, 2015

I get irked by articles like the one Andy Koenig wrote promoting Tax Freedom Day (Sunday Monitor Forum, April 12). TFD is a slick effort to pull the wool over our eyes by making us think that “roughly a third of your money doesn’t make it into your …

My Turn: Proposed Mount Sunapee expansion offers balance

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The time has come to move Mount Sunapee forward. The New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development has developed a draft proposal for consideration that achieves a balance between conservation and recreation. DRED Commissioner Jeff Rose’s amended plan clearly includes input from residents, outdoor enthusiasts, conservationists and …

My Turn: Time to stand up and save the land for the people

Saturday, April 25, 2015

As an avid skier who grew up on the slopes of Mount Sunapee, I find the draft decision from New Hampshire’s Department of Resources and Economic Development allowing the Mount Sunapee Resort to expand to the west to be unacceptable. I know there are many others who are …

My Turn: Concord needs maintenance, not new projects

Saturday, April 25, 2015

It should not come as a surprise that the mayor, who recently spoke at a Concord Chamber of Commerce “State of the City” forum, told that audience about his disappointment that the state Legislature was about to renege on approving funds to begin the renovations to Loudon Road. …

My Turn: Writer Eduardo Galeano, who died earlier this month, shined a light on the real Latin America

Friday, April 24, 2015

Possibly some readers will remember this incident from 2009. At the Summit of the Americas conference, President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and President Obama shook hands. Chavez also gave Obama a book. The book was Open Veins of …

My Turn: VA, community mental health partnership is vital

Friday, April 24, 2015

There is a wonderful charity called the Wounded Warrior Project that raises money for returning armed services men and women who are paying a price for serving our country. They have a phrase that sums up the sadness of a society that has difficulty in rising up to …

My Turn: Investing in recovery programs makes financial sense for state

Friday, April 24, 2015

The school was not able to accommodate Tyler’s disease, so administrators informed his family that he was not allowed to attend school, and that they would have to make other arrangements. Contributing to his disease were genetics, lack of basic needs related to growth and development, and environmental …

My Turn: There’s no ‘I’ in IEP, but there is in ‘charter’

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Another year, another IEP meeting. Another wasted 45 minutes trying to salvage a student’s public school education by updating his ironically named “Individualized Education Program.” Perhaps “wasted” is too harsh. Maybe “futile” better describes a process where five well-meaning adults – two teachers, a special education specialist, the …