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Richard Boisvert and his wife Deborah Boisvert, go over a page in Deerfield's town warrant for 2011 on Saturday morning, Feb. 5, 2011, during the town's deliberative session.
(John Tully/Monitor Staff)

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 people trying to get the business of small towns done, to Tom Clow’s defense of the logic behind SB2, specifically that towns …

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 was running against George W. Bush. Suzanne was 5. McCain was at the State House. …

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 increase in the use of fireworks every year has been substantial. I am growing weary …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

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 …

My Turn: Those who oppose RGGI lack supporting data

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

On Jan. 22, I attended a hearing in the New Hampshire Legislature. The hearing’s focus was House Bill 208, which aims to withdraw New Hampshire from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. RGGI is a cooperative agreement among nine Northeastern states and Canadian provinces; the point of the initiative …

My Turn: Why is the state in such a rush to destroy evidence?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

More than half of all the states in the United States have passed legislation that mandates the automatic preservation of evidence upon conviction of a defendant. The laws vary depending on the state, in restricting both the time frames for retention of the evidence and for which crimes …

My Turn: Politicizing franchise law hurts businesses

Monday, February 23, 2015

I am a New Hampshire small-business franchise owner. My company owns and operates four hotels in this state under franchise agreements that have served customers, workers and employers well for decades. Locally owned franchise businesses like mine are an important part of the American small-business success story. Franchising …

My Turn: Who else but Hillary can manage world’s problems?

Sunday, February 22, 2015

We see ads frequently reminding us that friends do not let friends drive drunk. And we are also devoted to the idea that friends should not ask friends to run for president. We are referring to all the …

And the Oscar for best Oscar category goes to . . . Best Feature Documentary

Sunday, February 22, 2015

I’ve never been a big fan of awards – especially industry awards. I like televised award shows even less, and there is no show I despise more than the Oscars. Maybe it’s the mind-numbing speeches or all of …

Katy Burns: As if the snow isn’t bad enough, we have politicians

Sunday, February 22, 2015

It is Thursday afternoon, and it is snowing. And more snow is cascading to earth as my husband diligently rakes the roof of the sunroom where I write. His legs are at eye level as he stands on …