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My Turn: Maybe Concord doesn’t need a middle school

Saturday, August 23, 2014

There is an ominous silence coming from the halls and corridors in the Dewey School. That is not good news. While a new academic school year is beginning and a fresh generation of students is entering new grades, the school board is quietly burnishing the plans for a new middle school to replace the aging Rundlett Middle School. There will be the usual public meetings to placate those of us … 0

My Turn: Habitat protection is last, best hope for cod

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Will we be the last generation to enjoy cod in New England? Since Colonial times, the Sacred Cod hanging in the Massachusetts State House has been a “historic and continuing symbol of the commonwealth.” This regional mascot reminds us that New England was built on a foundation of fish. Without drastic intervention to save the cod (and the habitat they need to thrive) … 0

Saturday, August 23, 2014

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My Turn: Feltes has been fighting for community for years

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Like many, I was surprised by Sen. Sylvia Larsen’s retirement and immediately curious to learn more about the two Democrats running to succeed her. I did not know Dan Feltes at all but was impressed by his enthusiasm and forward-looking ideas for our state. I also could not … 0

My Turn: Parkinson’s doesn’t have to be the end to a happy life

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The media was doing okay with Robin Williams’s chronic clinical depression. Everyone has been providing the suicide hotline number and repeating the truth that depression can get better and life can feel good again. Now, there’s news of … 0

My Turn: In battle to save lives, a new program emerges

Saturday, August 16, 2014

After participating in New Hampshire’s first statewide Mental Health First Aid training held last month in Manchester, my mission over the next 12 months will be to train other New Hampshire citizens to identify and understand signs of mental illness and how to offer help. I see the … 0

My Turn: Torture is a crime, so why don’t we treat it like one

Friday, August 15, 2014

President Obama has now acknowledged America’s use of torture. “We tortured some folks. We did some things that were contrary to our values.” Obama went on to try and place the use of torture in context. Recalling the … 0

Monitor Board of Contributors: Four ways to rethink teaching

Thursday, August 14, 2014

I recently visited my good friend Deborah Meier, the author of The Power of Their Ideas and In Schools We Trust, and the first public school educator ever to be awarded the MacArthur Fellowship. Now in her 80s, she is as sharp and as contrarian as ever, as … 0

My Turn: Follow women’s voices on the path to peace

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Aug. 26 is Women’s Equality Day, which this year celebrates the 94th anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. American women won this right in 1920 after a decades-long struggle that began in 1848 … 0

My Turn: Carbon emissions have us fishing on thin ice

Thursday, August 14, 2014

I have ice fished for more than 30 years. Growing up on the Seacoast, most winter weekends were spent ice fishing for smelt on Great Bay with my father. The months leading up to the start of smelt fishing season were filled with anticipation and excitement about what … 15

My Turn: Stigma a formidable foe in treating mental illness

Thursday, August 14, 2014

In many ways, Robin Williams was the whole package: a frenetic and energetic character able to make you giggle at the absurdity he was capable of, an established comedic actor who had so many memorable lines. I am drawn immediately to “Goooooooood morning, Vietnam! It’s 0600 hours. What … 0

My Turn: Robin Williams was sweet and thoughtful, even to non-VIPs

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I was saddened to hear of the suicide of Robin Williams. He was a gifted comedian and actor, and also, as my own experience showed me, a very sweet and thoughtful man. A number of years ago, my … 1

Monitor Board of Contributors: Old Home Days celebrations vary greatly, but the thought still counts

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

All through the state, the month of August sees communities celebrating “Old Home Day” with as many varying traditions as there are towns holding them. From barbecues to bed races, parades to pancake breakfasts, fireworks to fiddles – … 0