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Old-school politics: There was a time when I myself was a candidate for change

Thursday, October 30, 2014

(I was digging through some old school papers and came across this speech, which I gave when I ran for class president many years ago. I have to say, I think it holds up pretty well. – D.W.) Friends, classmates, neighbors: I would like to take this opportunity to tell you why I am seeking the office of fourth-grade class president. Many months ago, as third grade was coming to …

My Turn: THE LONG VIEW

Thursday, October 30, 2014

I’m having an out-of-body experience and, to be honest, taking the long view makes it hard to worry about what’s happening down there. If anyone is incubating Ebola today, I am not able to care. Republicans and Democrats are indiscernible, as are the hungry, the needy, the privileged and the poor. I am …

My Turn: Brown is the independent leader state needs

Thursday, October 30, 2014

I’ve had the great privilege to serve the people of New Hampshire in the General Court, state Senate and in the U.S. Congress. In fact, I served in the state Senate with Jeanne Shaheen, worked with her as governor and also in the U.S. Senate. I know her well, and I like her. …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

Hall-Kenyon Prize: When words make pictures

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Sharon Olds of Pittsfield will become the fifth recipient of the Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry tomorrow. Leading up to the event, Monitor Editor Emeritus Mike Pride is presenting and offering commentary on a selection of her poems. This is the third and …

My Turn: The Republican Party once led the charge to protect the environment. Why did that change?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I keep wondering: When was it that the Republican Party became the anti-environment party? It seems like today, it’s Republicans in Congress who lead all the assaults on the nation’s conservation and environmental laws. The list of attacks …

My Turn: Push for higher minimum wage ignores pitfalls

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Howard Moffett and I agree on the desirability of higher wages for New Hampshire workers, but his proposal to require employers to pay their workers more rates further analysis (Sunday Monitor Forum, Oct. 26). Howard is correct when he states that “advocates of a point of view can …

My Turn: Republicans will take a right turn to the past

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

This election seems to have less to do with the names actually on the ballot and the issues facing us, and more about voters expressing a deep sense of frustration with politics and insecurity with the state of the world. Facts and truth are no match for the …

My Turn: History hidden in the wood

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Sharon Olds of Pittsfield will become the fifth recipient of the Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry on Thursday. Leading up to the event, Monitor Editor Emeritus Mike Pride will present and offer commentary on a selection of her poems. This is the second …

My Turn: A sense of humor diagnosed

Monday, October 27, 2014

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Sharon Olds of Pittsfield will become the fifth recipient of the Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry on Thursday. Over the next three days, Monitor Editor Emeritus Mike Pride will present and offer commentary on three of her poems. Diagnosis By the time I …

My Turn: Legislation added protections for elderly

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Mark Connolly did an excellent job of explaining the ever-growing problem of elder financial exploitation (Monitor Forum, Oct. 17). On a national level, approximately $2.9 billion per year is stolen from seniors. And as the elder population continues to increase, this figure will only increase. In New Hampshire, …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Maybe it’s time for Democrats to teach Republicans a lesson by giving them what they want

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The road leading to my driveway is festooned with signage: Maggie Hassan, Carol Shea-Porter, Jeanne Shaheen and many others, some whom I know, some not, all who share some of my values – all more capable and thoughtful than candidates competing for the right to represent and protect …

My Turn: It’s too bad perspective isn’t contagious

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Despite vigorous fear-mongering by politicians like Scott Brown, Ebola hysteria in this country seemed to be lessening. Then, Thursday, a New York City doctor was diagnosed as infected with Ebola. It wasn’t altogether unexpected. The doctor had been …

My Turn: The case for raising the minimum wage

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Bruce Berke’s “My Turn” piece in last week’s Sunday Monitor arguing that a minimum wage increase would be “nothing but a job killer,” calls for a response. Bruce is a good personal friend, but on this issue we fundamentally disagree. Alone among New England states, New Hampshire has …