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national view: The ruble wrecker

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The drama playing out in Russia on Tuesday was not pretty. The ruble’s exchange rate has collapsed by some 50 percent against the dollar since mid-June, with an accelerating fall in recent days. A panicked attempt by the central bank at 1 a.m. Tuesday to stop the slide was a failure. Russia now faces a full-blown currency crisis. For President Vladimir Putin, the crisis is his own doing, a direct …

Board of Contributors: The perks of being a library director

Thursday, December 18, 2014

It all began with a message posted on the statewide library email list where we librarians share information, ask questions and generally tap into the hive mind of all the libraries in the state. The subject line was “The Perks of being a Library Director,” and it was posted by Vicki Varick, the …

My Turn: Tragedies and triumphs unfold each day in shelters

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Last shelter season, with Brian riding shotgun and myself at the wheel, we’d cruise through our frozen city searching behind stores and inside characterless concrete coves and caves. Our mission was always the same – looking for an errant shelter guest who may have passed out in the January air and didn’t make it to the church on time to check in for …

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My Turn: Homeless problem belongs to all of us

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

‘I never, ever thought I’d be here.” It’s a phrase I hear on almost a daily basis from people sitting before me, looking for somewhere to turn. Whether this is their first night facing homelessness or they’ve been homeless for years, no one really expects that this is …

My Turn: State has an opportunity to serve as a model for the nation

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The factors that lead an individual or family into homelessness are varied, complex and often interconnected. Structural factors such as the shortage of affordable housing and the lack of high-quality employment opportunities often intersect with individual factors such as interpersonal violence, trauma, addictive disorders and physical/mental illness to …

My Turn: There isn’t one kind of homeless person

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Homeless people come in all races and backgrounds; they are men, women and children. Some have chemical dependencies (drugs/alcohol), some have mental health issues, some have criminal backgrounds and some have had bad luck. I know of two …

My Turn: GOP missed mark with U.S.-Greece comparison

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The well-know axiom “learn from history” applies to everyone except politicians. The rhetoric around our deficit and the economic disaster in Greece several years ago provides a great example. Republicans made many dire predictions at the time about what would happen if we didn’t take drastic actions to …

My Turn: No health care system can solve the real problem

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

I appreciate Dr. James Fieseher’s effort to discuss what is wrong with American health care (Monitor Forum, Dec. 13). I suspect we agree on many points. However, I would rather not blame a system for not doing what it was not designed to do. Nor would I demonize …

Ray Duckler: With church doors closing, answers are needed

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Two months ago, the Rev. Carlos Jauhola-Straight of the South Congregational Church told the Monitor the harsh truth about the city’s two overnight winter shelters. A “Band-Aid,” the Reverend called them, meaning they were created as a temporary solution. In that same piece, Terry Blake, shelter director at …

Congressional roll call

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Voterama in Congress Here’s how New Hampshire’s members of Congress voted on major issues during the week ending Friday. House Government funding, Wall Street deregulation: Voting 219 for and 206 against, the House on Thursday passed a bipartisan bill (HR 83) to fund most government operations through Sept. …

My Turn: Sunapee expansion would set bad precedent for state

Sunday, December 14, 2014

In the early 1900s, Herbert Welsh, a summer resident of Sunapee, worked with the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests to protect Mount Sunapee when extensive logging threatened the mountain and its ancient forest. Welsh and his supporters thwarted the challenge and the Forest Society purchased …

Ray Duckler: No home, no help, no solutions

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Two months ago, the Rev. Carlos Jauhola-Straight of the South Congregational Church told the Monitor the harsh truth about the city’s two overnight winter shelters. A “Band-Aid,” the reverend called them, meaning they were created as a temporary …

Katy Burns: Ready, set, bake! It’s Christmas cookie time

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Yes, we’ve now documented – as if there’d been any doubt – that our government, in the name of the people of the United States, tortured people. We officially condoned acts that our same government – along with most of what we consider the civilized world – had …