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My Turn: Tourism promotion essential to state’s economy

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

When the House of Representatives voted to cut New Hampshire’s tourism marketing budget, lawmakers put at risk revenue from tourism, one of the cornerstones of the state’s economy and of the state’s tax base. Tourism is New Hampshire’s second-largest industry, generating more than $5 billion of economic activity per year in the state. In 2014, the tourism industry supported 68,000 jobs in New Hampshire. The number of visitors to the …

My Turn: Resolution helps boost the voice of Bhutanese

Monday, April 20, 2015

By unanimous vote, the New Hampshire Senate recently passed a resolution honoring the contribution of Bhutanese refugees to the Granite State and encouraging efforts to resolve the humanitarian crisis in Bhutan.   We wish to thank the resolution’s sponsors, Sens. Dan Feltes, Jeb Bradley, Donna Soucy, Lou D’Allesandro and David Watters, and Reps. Latha Mangipudi, Lee Oxenham and Patrick Long.  We hope the House follows the …

My Turn: Commercial real estate bill hurts buyers

Monday, April 20, 2015

There are many policy issues that consume our elected officials today, but considerable attention is paid to identifying ways to lessen the burden on businesses in order to spur economic growth in our state. Indeed, legislators are currently contemplating a change in law that would lower business taxes, and politicians routinely talk of the value of reducing regulations and fees that add to …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

Fran Wendelboe: Budget hysteria obscures the facts

Saturday, April 18, 2015

April 15 is the day Americans reflect on how much they pay in federal taxes and how that money is spent. On a state level, the pages of our state’s newspapers have had much commentary lamenting draconian cuts to the state budget and how it impacts lives. The …

Katy Burns: Campaign season isn’t what it used to be

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Oops! Scooby, the big black GMC van that is currently Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign-on-wheels, was going to pull in behind the community college building in Iowa while a small army of reporters and photographers was waiting out front. …

Hot Topic: Casinos remain a tough sell in New Hampshire

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Budget season means a return to the gambling debate. Here is a sample of what readers are saying: A plan for the gambling revenue Like the potholes that keep showing up each spring in our under-funded roads, lawmakers are once again dangling the prospect of gambling revenue as …

National view: Stop shaming people on the internet for grammar mistakes

Saturday, April 18, 2015

I am a writer, which is why it’s particularly embarrassing that I sometimes type the word “right” when I mean to type “write.” Shouldn’t I know better? Just yesterday, I typed “there” when I meant “their.” And I’ll even admit that I’ve committed the most mocked grammar error …

My Turn: Pentagon punishing its retired warriors

Saturday, April 18, 2015

An open letter to Congress: It appears our government is again trying to shift the burden of defense costs onto the shoulders of military retirees. For the past 40 or so years, Congress has repeatedly reneged on its long-standing promise to career servicemen and spouses to provide free …

My Turn: Senators’ refusal to protect kids’ health is unconscionable

Saturday, April 18, 2015

In the last month, there has been much discussion regarding legislation brought forth by fourth-graders that would have established an official state raptor. Anyone who reads a newspaper, watches TV, or subscribes to HBO knows by now that the state House of Representatives rejected that legislation for being …

My Turn: Policy change would create chaos at the polls

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Since the House vote on the state budget, significant attention has rightly been paid to decisions by the Republican majority to cut funding to social service programs, reduce scheduled payments to municipalities and raid dedicated funds to pay for operating expenses. What hasn’t received much attention is an …

My Turn: The death of German author Günter Grass this week is New Hampshire’s loss, too

Friday, April 17, 2015

When a person with a global reputation passes away, as did the German Nobel Prize winning author Günter Grass this week at age 87, carefully constructed accolades fill cyberspace and appear in print. So it is just now …

My Turn: An abuse of power fueled by silence

Friday, April 17, 2015

On March 27, the Monitor printed a blurb on the state Senate-passed bill at the heart of the sale of Eversource’s power plants. The agreement slates Eversource to get almost $400 million for the Bow plant’s failed scrubber project. In 2006, PSNH gave it a promotional estimate of …

My Turn: Christie tackles entitlements and a leader is born

Friday, April 17, 2015

Author Adrian Rogers said: “When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work, because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work, because somebody else …