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My Turn: Portrait of a voting bloc

Friday, February 12, 2016

There is an element in our American society that hates education, despises expertise and trusts no one. They think a conspiracy exists behind every corner. To them, government at any level is rife with stupidity and waste. They know that they know better. They like simple solutions to complex matters. They like being able to speak their prejudice loudly, thinking if they bray long enough they will be right. They …

My Turn: Northern Pass interventions tell a compelling story

Friday, February 12, 2016

By the close of business on Feb. 5, more than 140 petitions to intervene in the Northern Pass docket had been emailed to the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee. All but a dozen came from those who oppose the project as currently configured (132 miles overhead), including New Hampshire property owners; small businesses and tourism groups; municipalities; NGO conservation, recreation and preservation organizations; …

Monitor Board of Contributors: There’s no better time to hit the woods to search for antlers

Friday, February 12, 2016

It’s shed-hunting season, and that means beautiful and fascinating treasures are awaiting those willing to venture into the snowy woods. The magnificent moose and white-tailed deer that grace New Hampshire’s forests are now shedding their antlers, as they do each winter. Searching for the antlers, or sheds, may seem like looking for the …

My Turn: The future map of Concord’s roads

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

As an interested observer with 40-plus years of highway and traffic engineering experience, I would like to share some thoughts on what has been happening to traffic in Concord over its recent history. The Main Street project is Exhibit A. Simply put, if you don’t live, work or …

My Turn: Concord’s bicyclists demand too much

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

For far too long, a coalition of bicyclists has had a disproportional influence on public policy. For many years they enjoyed the attention and influence of a former city councilor who was and still is instrumental in advancing many of the agendas dear to the hearts of the …

My Turn: The real story of Muskie’s tears

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

I miss the New Hampshire primary as I snowbird in Florida and watch the cable television channels. I belong to a discussion list of Associated Press retirees, where reminiscences are frequent. Walter Mears, AP’s Pulitzer laureate who won …

My Turn: Seeking a balance of power in the energy revolution

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Decisions being made now for the creation and delivery of energy in New Hampshire will impact the quality of lives and our economy for many decades to come. We are experiencing a revolution. Change is coming in the form of ever more affordable and diverse sources of renewable …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Off the wall

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Central to the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump is the idea that, if elected, he is going to build an impenetrable wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to keep out illegal Mexican migrants. Not only that, he says he …

National View: The rise and fall of public campaign funding

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Sometimes, prosperity can be a sign of failure. Take the $292 million pot of taxpayer dollars that politicians are refusing to touch. For years after the public fund for presidential candidates was established in 1974, the biggest worry for its minders at the Federal Election Commission was whether …

Our Turn: Treat kindergarten like any other grade

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Kids enrolled in full-day kindergarten programs might be half as tall and don’t eat as much as 12th-graders, but are they worth only half as much? According to the law that defines the state’s financial support for education, the answer is yes. That needs to change. House Bill …

Mike Pride: The return of my father

Sunday, February 7, 2016

As a man of a certain age and generation, I’m not alone in realizing how much like my father I have become. We were opposites – opponents – during the 1960s. He rooted for Liston, Ali became my …

Our Turn: The truth about net metering

Sunday, February 7, 2016

It is time to set the record straight on net energy metering. The New Hampshire CleanTech Council and the Granite State Hydropower Association, which represents hundreds of businesses and thousands of employees across New Hampshire, want to explain what net metering is and why it is creating jobs …

My Turn: Kasich is best hope for a better future

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Another New Hampshire primary election season nears its end. Granite Staters have been treated (some would say subjected) to a race on the Republican side that is unique in my lifetime. Campaign styles have run the gamut from conventional to so over the top that it seemed we …