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People watch a fireworks display during a light drizzle in Newark, N.J., Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Some New Jersey towns started their celebrations early with concerts and fireworks shows days before the Fourth of July holiday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

The pundits and pollsters assume it’s a done deal: America is Red States and Blue States, and never the twain shall meet. As “one nation, indivisible” we’ve had our chance and, frankly, we’ve blown it. Now it’s up to the big money interests to flood our airwaves with negative ads for 2016 and beyond. Gerrymandering has made most congressional districts …

My Turn: ‘Bad choices make good stories’ is a flawed narrative

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Last month, I took my recently graduated daughter to the mall to apply for summer jobs. Visiting one of her favorite shops, I saw a T-shirt with the following motto displayed in the window: “Bad Choices Make Good Stories.” Really? This has been the “go to” boutique for my daughter since before puberty; …

My Turn: O’Malley and the poetry of greater purpose

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Buses hydroplane through a torrential downpour; lightning streaks the green leafy expanses of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Just a day prior, I stood at the Baltimore airport and watched scenes of terrorist attacks on three continents: a beheading, a bombed mosque, a devastated resort. A new resourceful enemy rises from ashes of …

My Turn: Taxing the poor makes no sense

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Every progressive recipe for helping the poor starts with “first, raise taxes on working people. Then . . .” There is a logical fallacy here. As John Cleese’s Robin Hood says about the poor in the film Time Bandits: “Oh you must meet them. I’m sure you’ll like …

Monitor Board of Contributors: America must address its race problem

Monday, June 29, 2015

What happened in Charleston, S.C., a week ago Wednesday has shocked the nation twice over. Not only were nine peace-loving, faithful people murdered, they were murdered in their sacred place of worship by a white supremacist posing as a Bible study participant. Many of us who experience white …

My Turn: On casino gambling, hypocrisy is rampant

Sunday, June 28, 2015

As a state representative, I sit and listen to all the pros and cons about having a casino in the state regardless if it is one, two or more. I have heard the major excuse: the addiction to slot machines. I am a little confused by this. Doesn’t …

My Turn: State should reauthorize expanded Medicaid now

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The health and wellness of more than 40,000 people throughout our great state will be negatively affected if the New Hampshire Health Protection Program is not reauthorized by the Legislature. Now is the right time for our elected officials to work together to include continued funding in this …

My Turn: As a business owner, I can't afford tax cut

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Our Republican-led Legislature has proposed a budget that includes tax cuts for my business. I should be thrilled with this. I am not. Don’t get me wrong. Any business owner, including me, welcomes tax breaks or other cost reductions that let us expand our business or improve profitability. …

Fran Wendelboe: Left is wrong about voting

Sunday, June 28, 2015

As I read Paul Twomey’s “My Turn” article (Monitor Forum, June 17), the tune “We all live in a yellow submarine” started playing in my head. La La Land and pie in the sky: “If only” America increased freedom through expanding voting rights. Twomey listed a litany of …

Katy Burns: A fantasy South

Sunday, June 28, 2015

In the days since an avowed young white racist who delighted in festooning himself with symbols of the Confederacy brutally executed nine African-Americans who had welcomed him to their Bible study group in a storied Charleston, S.C., church, …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Acts of racism, acts of terror, acts of grace

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Recently, driving toward Manchester on Route 101, I briefly trailed a New Hampshire-tagged red pickup (could it have been any other?) flying both American and Confederate flags. Although it’s an uncommon, though not unknown, sight in New Hampshire, …

National View: A new tool to fight housing discrimination

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Justice Anthony Kennedy continues to surprise. The swing justice wrote an important liberal opinion, holding Thursday for a 5-4 court that the Fair Housing Act prohibits not only intentional discrimination but also policy decisions that discriminate by having a disparate impact on minorities. The Reagan appointee occasionally shows …

My Turn: Take responsibility for securing your data

Saturday, June 27, 2015

What if you left your daily weight loss journal open on your desk and after walking away from it, another person sat down and began reading about your late-night snacking habit – especially the embarrassing time you ate three pints of Cherry Garcia during the season finale of …