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Don’t tell the Joneses, Part Four: Economic reality challenges liberals, conservatives

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Previous parts revealed that our market economy distributes its wealth so unequally that few can afford even a modest, middle-class standard of living without substantial help, that democracy requires a broad middle class, and, therefore, that our market democracy must intervene heavily in the market to assure this broad middle. Government interventions alter distributions by enterprises (wages and benefits) and redistribute income through taxation and spending – and they do …

My Turn: There is logic behind concealed carry permits

Sunday, March 29, 2015

New Hampshire legislators will soon decide whether to repeal the requirement to have a permit before carrying a concealed handgun. This decision must be made with thoughtful consideration, for much is at stake. Supporters of such legislation are often the same people who argue that New Hampshire is a very safe state so we do not need, for example, expanded background checks that …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Netanyahu to Israel and America: L’Etat, c’est moi

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Recent Israeli elections were hard fought, divisive and for many observers yielded unexpected results: overwhelming victory for Benjamin Netanyahu and overwhelming defeat to peace prospects between Palestinians and Israelis. Today, I want to thank Netanyahu for stating in public what many critics have long believed – that he’s no believer of a two-state …

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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

Monitor Board of Contributors: Why fund the arts? It is who we are

Sunday, March 29, 2015

I’ve been here before. I know it. Things feel very familiar. But then, I am getting older and have been known to have moments of confusion. Like the other night while lying in bed – finally and comfortably warm under the blankets, eyes getting heavy, the book closed …

Katy Burns: State’s fourth-graders should exploit lawmakers’ guilt while they can

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Well, once again some of our legislators have found themselves in a national spotlight. And – also again – it is decidedly not for all the right reasons. I refer of course to the day that members of …

Hot Topic: Red-tailed hawk becomes symbol of the 2015 House

Saturday, March 28, 2015

A House debate over a bill that would have made the red-tailed hawk the state raptor took a bizarre turn recently when Rep. Warren Groen of Rochester offered his opinion of the proposed legislation: “It grasps them with …

Don’t tell the Joneses, Part Three: What is a fair wage? Democracy, capitalism differ

Saturday, March 28, 2015

In Part 2, we saw that markets distribute the wealth they produce so unequally that very few households can afford even a modest, middle-class standard of living without considerable help. Is this market outcome fair? Yes, according to market values. Wages are set when workers, seeking the highest …

Don’t Tell the Joneses, Part Two: How does the market distribute wealth in America? Unevenly

Thursday, March 26, 2015

In Part 1, we caught up with the Joneses and found that they were pretty average, a bit stretched financially, but enjoying a middle-class standard of living by virtue of their earnings plus considerable help from government in the forms of mandated employer benefits and public services that …

Scouting the field: A spring mashup of baseball and politics

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spring is a time to evaluate baseball players. In early primary states, it’s also a time to assess the field of potential presidential candidates. So why not mash the two together? With that, here’s the Forum’s scouting reports on some of the possible players in the 2016 race. …

My Turn: Why let D.C. hold on to New Hampshire’s money?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

New Hampshire has historically seen a significantly smaller amount of your federal tax dollars returned in the form of services than we send to Washington, D.C. The right-wing Tax Foundation has conducted the most comprehensive and rigorous research in this field and found that this state has consistently …

Don’t Tell the Joneses, Part One: Meet Al and Betty, an all-American couple just trying to make ends meet

Thursday, March 26, 2015

I hadn’t kept up with the Joneses for a while so I checked in on them. I am happy to report they are doing pretty well, even if stretched a bit. Apparently, many of you also lost track of them, so they wanted me to share their current …

My Turn: Privatize detention centers? Bad idea

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The budget proposal adopted by the House Finance Committee calls for big cuts in the budget of the Sununu Youth Services Center, the state’s residential detention center for juvenile offenders. It also mandates “the option for the Department …

My Turn: Lawmakers must remember their purpose

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

When lawmakers insulted and confused visiting fourth-graders at the State House this month, it was a painful and infuriating moment for many of us. First, as a father, my blood boiled. Then, as an elected official, I was mortified. But the feeling that took a few days to …