P/sunny
86°
P/sunny
Hi 86° | Lo 58°

Columns

The writer's family, including his great grandfather in the middle wearing a bowtie and his grandfather, in the back row to the right.

My Turn: The miracle of family planning

Thursday, September 3, 2015

My great grandfather had 10 children. I recall meeting several of them, my great aunts. They were caught up in the intense religious fervor of the Third Great Awakening that swept across America in the last half of the 19th century, and they had spent their lives saving souls in India. Large families were common back then, and they made …

My Turn: Labrie trial proves misperceptions about sexual assault persist

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Having worked to end sexual violence for decades, I’ve learned how important it is to respond when teachable moments arise. Last week, Owen Labrie was convicted of one felony and four misdemeanors following a rape trial that involved an underage schoolmate at St. Paul’s. He was acquitted of the most serious charge of sexual assault. The trial and outcome create an opportunity for …

My Turn: The path to Jonathan Daniels

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

‘What brought y’all down to Alabama?” the coffee seller on a Montgomery, Ala., street corner asked, as friendly as could be. We paused. It wasn’t so easy to explain to a welcoming Southerner that we were a group from New Hampshire traveling through her state to commemorate the murder 50 years ago of …

My Turn: Concord should have New Hampshire walk of fame

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Many visitors to Hollywood find the trip down the 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard that is the Hollywood Walk of Fame to be a memorable and exciting tourist adventure. Thousands of famous people are celebrated with large brass star plaques embedded into the sidewalk to honor the variety …

My Turn: Northern Pass offers a balanced solution

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A growing economy depends on having an ample supply of energy at a reasonable cost. As New Hampshire moves down the road toward a fully competitive energy market, the need for a sufficient and diverse energy supply is of utmost concern for our businesses, homeowners and anyone who …

National View: Five myths about wildfires in America

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Northern California’s burning. Oregon’s ablaze. Three firefighters died in Washington last week while trying to keep flames from razing the entire town of Twisp. With weeks of fire season still to go, the federal government has already spent more than $800 million trying to extinguish blazes that promise …

On the issues: O’Malley says ‘we need to stop stumbling backwards’

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has, since announcing his presidential bid, outlined a series of specific policy goals he would pursue as president – on the environment, college affordability, the economy, substance abuse and more. Here are some …

Fran Wendelboe: The path ahead for the U.S. and Mexico on immigration

Saturday, August 29, 2015

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” – Emma Lazarus …

Monitor Board of Contributors: It’s not their own Francis that Muslims need

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Eight centuries ago, Francis of Assisi traveled to Damietta hoping to negotiate a peaceful end to the Fifth Crusade. Francis crossed the Egyptian desert to meet Sultan Malik, commander of the Muslims. While Francis was respectfully received as …

To Our Readers: College questions? Ask ‘The College Guy’

Saturday, August 29, 2015

‘Any questions?” the perky admission counselor asks. An awkward silence fills the room, as the young adults quietly size up their competition, not wanting to reveal their shared sense of insecurity and confusion. Many of their parents sit by their side, wary of saying anything that might embarrass …

Our Turn: ‘Our Kids’ deserve a chance to succeed

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Over the past 25 years, our country has grown increasingly divided. Much is made of the growing political polarization but that’s not what we are addressing today. Instead, we are writing about the distinctly different opportunities for our kids to experience the American Dream. Both of us grew …

The August departure: All around, there are signs of a season in decline

Saturday, August 29, 2015

It’s late August. I know this time of year by heart, by the evening chill, by the setting of the sunflowers as they abandon hope and droop to the grave. Summer’s end means everything changes. Again. Weather and …

My Turn: Forrester column on budget crossed the line

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Whether Sen. Jeanie Forrester’s recent opinion piece (Monitor Forum, Aug. 26) was motivated by her continuing desire to do Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s political dirty work or by Sen. Forrester’s own political ambitions, the fact remains that her piece was as false as it was offensive. It is entirely …