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This image provided by NASA shows a night view of the Nile River winding up through the Egyptian desert toward the Mediterranean as seen from the International Space Station.

My Turn: First things first, it’s time to outlaw war

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Humanity has the look of a dying species: terrorism has invaded our collective body like a cancer, and we are closer to global catastrophe from environmental stress than ever before. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists tells us, “The window for action is closing rapidly.” While horrendous acts of terror continue to escalate, we are waging war on the planet as …

My Turn: Gun debate stirs memories of the death of a musical hero

Saturday, February 28, 2015

For the same reason that Bob Dylan is celebrated and admired for “telling it like it is,” I appreciate what the administrative law judge Jonathan P. Baird says in his recent “My Turn” article (Monitor Forum, Feb. 4). Indeed, his is the only piece of its kind that I can side with, and it also happens to be right up my alley. That …

My Turn: State is following a doomed blueprint

Saturday, February 28, 2015

During the 1980s and 1990s, New Hampshire’s population grew about 1 percent a year, as many younger, well-educated workers moved here. Now, population growth has slowed to a trickle. According to the 2010 census, New Hampshire now has the fourth-highest median age, after Maine, Vermont and West Virginia. But the “graying” of New Hampshire is not what you expect. Retirees are not pushing …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

My Turn: State needs more people like the two who helped me

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Longtime Upper Valley state representative Elizabeth Crory passed away this February at age 82. She was a tireless advocate for the underserved, a dedicated public servant and someone who touched the lives of many, including my own. Elizabeth and her husband, Fred, truly represented what’s best about New …

My Turn: It’s a great time for women of a certain age to release their inner athlete

Thursday, February 26, 2015

This freezing winter, as the birds swoop in for precious seeds at the feeders, I’m hell-bent on reinventing myself as “Sports Mom, Whatdyagot?” – or something like that. Here in America, we remain perpetually fascinated by professional sports. …

My Turn: Mutual respect fading in Bow

Thursday, February 26, 2015

I have lived in Bow for 26 years. During that time, I have served on a number of boards and commissions, volunteered in the schools and even pitched in as a volunteer coach for the recreation program. As in any organization, some of the people I have worked …

Monitor Board of Contributors: The lonely business of participation

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

I read Nick Reid’s article in the Monitor last week on SB2 with an odd feeling of vindicated sadness. Everything reported in the piece, from the pathetic deliberative session turnout, to the sense of frustration among moderators and …

First-in-the-Nation Memory: John McCain and priorities

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Ever since our daughter, Suzanne, was little, I have taken her to meet as many presidential candidates as possible. I don’t think the people of New Hampshire realize how lucky we are to have this opportunity. One of my favorite stories is the 2000 primary, where John McCain …

My Turn: It’s time to begin the conversation on fireworks

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

It is a tradition to celebrate our Independence Day on the Fourth of July with fireworks. It is a special holiday for our nation. When we moved here 35 years ago, the traditional Fourth of July celebrations were the norm. The holiday has always been special, but the …

My Turn: Just how low can the high court go?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Probably, if you are like me, you were surprised to learn that the U.S. Supreme Court had accepted another case about Obamacare. Wasn’t that settled before when the court ruled the law was constitutional? Isn’t this deja vu …

My Turn: Animal cruelty allegations shouldn’t usurp rights

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A bill before the New Hampshire Legislature, House Bill 624, would radically change the handling of criminal cases involving alleged animal cruelty by having the accused pay for the cost of care of animals before a trial occurs. While animal cruelty cases are difficult to handle and can …

My Turn: Public records belong to the people boards serve

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Many towns, cities and school districts, as well as the New Hampshire Municipal Association and the New Hampshire School Boards Association, support House Bill 646, allowing public bodies or agencies to charge more substantially for the costs of retrieval of public records under the state’s right-to-know law. RSA …

My Turn: What you won’t hear Biden say

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Vice President Joe Biden will be in Concord today, where he plans to tout the Obama administration’s economic record and agenda. Unfortunately for us, there’s not much to tout. Actually, Biden put it best. He declared last month …