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By pushing to defund Planned Parenthood, Sen. Kelly Ayotte is choosing politics over women's health care.

My Turn: Preventive care at Planned Parenthood should continue

Monday, August 3, 2015

On Wednesday, I will vote to continue supporting access to low-cost birth control, cancer screenings and annual exams for New Hampshire women at our state’s five Planned Parenthood health centers and three other nonprofit centers across the state. I encourage my four colleagues on the state Executive Council to join me in voting “yes” for one simple reason: because our …

My Turn: NHMS did take a stand on Confederate flag

Sunday, August 2, 2015

In response Jennifer Morris’s recent letter to the editor regarding Confederate flags during race weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (Monitor letters, July 25), we felt compelled to respond to some inaccuracies and perceptions. To clarify, at no time was there the sale of Confederate flags on speedway property or by any speedway vendors. The flags that you saw along Route 106 were …

National View: On big business, Clinton moves left of Sanders

Sunday, August 2, 2015

By any measure, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent and avowed democratic socialist, is running to Hillary Clinton’s left as they seek the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. Surprisingly, though, it’s Clinton who has been proposing to push U.S. big business in a more social direction. Sanders, to be sure, has long advanced positions more progressive than Clinton’s. Both view Obamacare as a step …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Holding enemies close, Iran most closely

Sunday, August 2, 2015

At Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, there’s an obligatory pass-fail, one-credit course, “Map of the World,” that covers “the evolution of the modern political map of each region and major nationalist, ethnic, boundary and territorial conflicts and tension areas.” Even if it takes a student four years, …

Katy Burns: Tempest in an ivory tower teapot

Sunday, August 2, 2015

You can sure tell it’s the summer silly season when some major news organizations in this state – normally sober, serious places – focus their collective spotlight on the amazing discovery that people who are cooped up in ivory towers can sometimes be hilariously earnest and tone deaf. …

Mike Marland, Aug. 2, 2015

Sunday, August 2, 2015

My Turn: Seventy years after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the world still flirts with nuclear annihilation

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Aug. 6 and 9 mark the 70th anniversaries of the American atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, respectively. These actions, which killed 200,000 civilians, were ostensibly to force Japan to unconditional surrender, but were almost certainly unnecessary given …

My Turn: Main Street project exceeding expectations

Saturday, August 1, 2015

While I supported the Main Street project from the beginning, as it becomes a reality I am even more of a fan. I knew that most Main Street businesses would now be more accessible to people with walking difficulties. Wheelchair users would now be able to enjoy shopping …

My Turn: Postal Service red ink was created by politicians

Saturday, August 1, 2015

A recent “My Turn” (Monitor Opinion, July 13) cast U.S. Postal Service problems somewhat oddly, seeking to blame the slowing of the mail in states with large rural populations, such as New Hampshire, on a focus on “metropolitan centers like San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and New York.” While …

My Turn: It’s time to end the ego ‘sport’ of trophy hunting

Saturday, August 1, 2015

This past week, much of the world has been outraged at the tragic death of a renowned lion named Cecil. I first learned of Cecil’s death shortly after it happened, being connected on social media to opposition pages …

My Turn: After more than 60 years, film still resonates

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Race and equality are among the top news stories today with headlines coming from Ferguson, Baltimore and Charleston, yet it is worth remembering that a small city in New Hampshire can have an affect on race relations. Sixty-six years ago, in 1949, a groundbreaking film examined the lives …

Monitor Board of Contributors: A man of the people

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Like almost everybody, I have been surprised by the surge of Sen. Bernie Sanders in the presidential race. At first I thought, given our proximity to Vermont, he might do well in New Hampshire. Then I thought he …

National View: Can Terry McAuliffe save Hillary Clinton?

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Does Hillary Clinton have a serious 2016 image problem? At a comparable stage in the 2000 presidential election cycle, the polls said George W. Bush would beat Al Gore in a landslide. On Election Day, roughly a year and a half later, the Texan lost the national popular …