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My Turn: Israeli-Palestinian conflict through Christian eyes

Saturday, September 20, 2014

I spent a lot of time this summer talking to people and thinking about the recent violence in Israel and Palestine. I have been trying to figure out what it is that a Christian pastor should think about the bombings and rhetoric over the summer. After all, this region is the setting of the majority of events depicted in the Bible, including the entire life of Jesus. There are people … 0

My Turn: Merrill arguing for more do-nothing politics

Saturday, September 20, 2014

We should consider a constitutional amendment to restore First Amendment freedoms to the proper balance. About six months ago, I attended a charitable event in Manchester and saw from across the room a tall, balding man holding court over a table full of fresh-faced associates. I approached him and asked, “Didn’t you used to be Steve Merrill?” He laughed and we exchanged pleasantries, … 0

My Turn: How a tax on the rich became a tax on the middle class

Saturday, September 20, 2014

New Hampshire’s Interest and Dividends Tax has strayed very far from its roots as a tax on the rich. The tax was created in 1923, at the end of the Progressive Era. In the 19th century, most taxes were property taxes. After the Civil War, as the industrial revolution transformed the economy, it became clear that an increasing amount of economic activity – … 0

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Of roots and serendipity: A genealogical trip to Germany ended the only way it could

Friday, September 19, 2014

In the strictest sense of the word, “adventure” translates from a combination of Latin words for “what must happen” and “to arrive,” which makes perfect sense in recalling my recent family adventure to Germany. My father is first-generation … 1

My Turn: Modern education needs competition and choice

Friday, September 19, 2014

Years ago while cleaning the attic, I found a book published in 1897 titled Burke’s Conciliation with America. A relative, Henry Tilton Gorrell, had written his name and the date – 02/28/28 – inside the cover. Henry was 17 in 1928, likely a high school senior. The book … 4

My Turn: Look north, look east to see cost of climate change

Friday, September 19, 2014

Climate change is already financially affecting those who can least afford it in New Hampshire. Just ask this state’s North Country businesses that cater to our moose hunters. With several shorter winters over the last decade causing huge spikes in winter tick numbers, moose numbers are down some … 11

My Turn: Why I’m voting against the Brown-Cruz-Paul agenda

Thursday, September 18, 2014

As a lifetime Republican, I felt obligated to give Scott Brown a chance when he declared his candidacy for New Hampshire’s Senate seat, even though he’s from Massachusetts. I had heard some of his speeches and watched some of his ads that portrayed him as a middle-of-the-road, bipartisan … 16

Monitor Board of Contributors: Deerfield Fair is the fairest of them all

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sure as ripening apples and pumpkins and the drag-footed return to school, summer is over and it’s fair season. Now, some fairs and festivals come early, taking advantage of the summer tourist season. Stratham and Canterbury hold their … 0

My Turn: Common Core critics are guided by the facts

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A recent Monitor editorial, “Myths guiding opposition on Common Core,” (Monitor Opinion, Aug. 22) expresses the same patronizing position other supporters have taken when addressing the opposition to Common Core. Since most of the opposition has come directly from parents and teachers, one has to ask, does the … 4

My Turn: When it comes to college debt, Democrats are failing

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Every month, like so many other young Americans, I brace myself for the inevitable pain of making my student loan payment. It represents nearly 50 percent of my take-home pay and as I look to accomplish other things, such as buying a home and starting a family, I … 6

My Turn: Senate Democrats vs. Founding Fathers

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

In the Granite State, open political discourse is a cherished right and our favorite indoor sport. It’s part of who we are. But it’s under threat by some who want to fundamentally alter the First Amendment of the … 11

My Turn: The Battle of Peleliu and the scars of war

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Seventy years ago, on Sept. 15, 1944, 6,000 young men of the 1st Marine Division landed on a tiny and still little-known island in the Pacific. The battle was expected to be over in a matter of days, … 1

My Turn: Fear is pushing America back to war

Sunday, September 14, 2014

It’s amazing how a couple of beheadings can upend American foreign policy. Maybe it would have been different if the vicious zealots who held journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff captive had simply lined them up against a … 29