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My Turn: State laws are clear regarding service animals

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Hey, Ralph Jimenez: Don’t get exasperated, get educated! In your harangue on airline preboarding “scams” (Monitor Forum, Jan. 21), you missed an opportunity to educate the public on laws that have been in effect for many years, as well as a change in New Hampshire law effective Jan. 1 regarding service animals. Jimenez alleges that people “use disability laws to travel with a precious pet.” On the contrary, disability laws …

My Turn: The real nature of karma

Saturday, January 31, 2015

While reading Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman recently, I had an epiphany that brought the notion of karma alive for me. The novel explores various alternative worlds Einstein might have dreamed about. In one scenario, a person is thrust back in time, without warning, to a particular event in his past. However, because …

My Turn: Budget woes call for bold solutions

Saturday, January 31, 2015

‘We don’t have a whole lot of options.” That was the statement from Nick Toumpas, the commissioner of Health and Human Services, after explaining the plan to shift $7 million of Medicaid funding away from state nursing homes. It is part of a series of moves to close down a $58 million budget hole at HHS. “We’re making a decision to kick out …

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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: Bills pose a threat to public education

Friday, January 30, 2015

So many things are going right in New Hampshire public education right now. Our students score among the top in the country. Our educators have led the successful effort to set higher standards for our students and make the new lesson plans to match. Our schools have taken …

My Turn: Workers’ compensation panel’s findings are valid

Friday, January 30, 2015

When a powerful interest group supports a hasty change to our state laws, be wary. The New Hampshire Auto Dealers Association is feverishly pushing to scrap the findings of Gov. Maggie Hassan’s bipartisan Workers’ Compensation Commission. The NHADA is lobbying to rashly change laws designed to protect our …

Board of Contributors: Will my family ever be homeless? It’s impossible to say

Friday, January 30, 2015

On Tuesday, while the winter storm blew outside, our family was home – warm, protected and relaxed. If the snow wanted to fall, fine. If the wind wanted to blow, hey, have at it. If we got cold …

My Turn: RGGI is a good investment for New Hampshire

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The New Hampshire House will soon be voting on a bill to repeal the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. We call on all of you to appreciate the benefits this program brings to our state and to contact your legislators asking them to vote against repeal. When Gov. John …

My Turn: Purchasing insurance across state lines doesn’t work and causes more problems than it can possibly solve

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

In American politics, ideology often supersedes reason. We don’t have to look any further than in the New Hampshire state Legislature. State Sen. Andy Sanborn, a Bedford Republican, is sponsoring a bill that would allow New Hampshire residents …

My Turn: Nuclear power has place in state’s energy future

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New England is at a crossroads. One choice is to continue on the road now traveled, with natural gas for electricity production exceeding that of coal, hydro and nuclear power combined by 2018. Due to a shortage of gas-pipeline capacity, we are already experiencing high prices for home …

My Turn: New Hampshire Retirement System is not broken

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

I opened my Monitor on Jan. 24 to find a front page article by Jonathan Van Fleet and an op-ed page piece by Bill Dermody of Bedford, both of which convey the thought that the New Hampshire Retirement System has to be “fixed,” an issue that has been …

Before the hype: The ‘Monitor’ took a wait-and-see approach to the Blizzard of ’78

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

On Monday afternoon, the Monitor newsroom was buzzing with storm- related activity. Editors and reporters talked about angles to look for, calls to make, statistics to compile – all the information that readers expect to receive when a …

national view: Cut emissions the cheaper, smarter way

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Whether Republican state leaders like it or not, the Environmental Protection Agency is going to require them to cut their states’ greenhouse-gas emissions. They can choose to do it the easy way or the hard way. One Virginia Republican is proposing they choose the easy way – and …

My Turn: Don’t let New Hampshire be the next Kansas

Monday, January 26, 2015

We are entering the budget process in Concord, and now with the Republican Party controlling both the House and the Senate, there has been much talk about cutting taxes, limiting spending, allowing the Medicaid expansion law to sunset in 2016 and in general downsizing the role of state …