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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, the elder population is expected to double by 2025 and, as Connolly states, trends could result in one-third of our state, or …

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 interests. Yet, as I support Maggie Hassan, Shaheen, et al, I am unable to …

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 one of the many selfless individuals who volunteer to work with Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

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 …

My Turn: State’s new way to assess student learning could reduce standardized testing

Saturday, October 25, 2014

We’ve been hearing a lot about testing in our schools. There were proposals in the last Legislature – unsuccessful in the end – to postpone the new Smarter Balanced annual assessment. Nashua teachers made news last winter saying that neither their schools nor their students were ready for …

My Turn: State can’t afford another O’Brien Legislature

Saturday, October 25, 2014

On Nov. 4, you have a clear, important choice to make. When you enter the voting booth on Election Day, your vote will decide whether our state continues to move in the right direction or gets pulled back into the past. We have faced this decision before. In …

My Turn: U.S. needs a strategy to combat Islamic State

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Last month, President Obama stood behind the podium in the White House briefing room and admitted to America – and the world – that he didn’t have a strategy to combat the threat from the terrorist group ISIS. …

My Turn: For the state’s women, November choice is clear

Saturday, October 25, 2014

As a former Republican member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, former mayor of Concord and the current chairman of the nonpartisan NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire PAC, I know that women’s issues don’t always break along partisan …

My Turn: This is a season of celebration for Hindu Bhutanese

Friday, October 24, 2014

America has a heterogeneous society, with diverse cultures, people and traditions intertwined in a single strand. Our country respects and honors diversity, and holds freedom of religion as one of our highest values. People can practice, preserve and …

My Turn: There was a time when great craftsmanship was its own reward

Friday, October 24, 2014

We recently enjoyed a fall walk along the Merrimack River in Boscawen on a newly opened section of the Northern Rail Trail, following what was originally a Boston and Maine rail line. At one point, I stopped to …

My Turn: Brown offers little more than an artificial image

Friday, October 24, 2014

I remember with pleasure the 1996 Concord celebration when Jeanne Shaheen was first elected governor of New Hampshire, and admirers gathered at the Audi to celebrate her election. Many were happy again when she left the governorship after …

My Turn: Domestic violence victims harmed by Boutin’s vote

Friday, October 24, 2014

It is with great concern that I have learned that Republican state Sen. David Boutin has so blatantly run away from his vote against House Bill 1409, which if enacted into law would have expanded the law prohibiting …

My Turn: Vote for candidates who want to fix, not destroy

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Recent polls indicate that two-thirds of us are dissatisfied with Congress, and a poll this summer showed that only 16 percent of voters were satisfied with Congress. If we think the people we elect to represent us in Washington are doing such a terrible job, then maybe we …