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My Turn: We can’t stop time from stealing our youth, but why do we let it take our compassion?

Thursday, March 5, 2015

ears ago, my sister-in-law taught third grade in a bad neighborhood. Many of the kids lived in poverty, some ran loose after school, a few had parents in jail. At one parent-teacher conference, the father of one student showed up and demanded to know when his kid was going to be taught some f-ing manners. I asked how she could tolerate people like this without getting angry or crying. She told me this: “I picture them as a 5-year-old.” What a simple and easy thing to forget. That, at 5, whether we are privileged or disadvantaged, rich or poor, loved or neglected we are probably, …

My Turn: Polarization in Bow? Selectmen set the tone

Thursday, March 5, 2015

I read with grim amusement Harry Judd’s column in the Feb. 27 Monitor Forum. Taken at face value, it’s hard to argue with what he has to say. After all, who can be opposed to civility and a unified community? Judd laments the “polarization” in Bow and says that unnamed people have been “slandered” and accused of lying in public meetings. In my …

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

For the third year in a row, the multimillion-dollar public safety building proposal is up for a vote at town meeting on Wednesday, March 11, at 7 p.m. at the high school auditorium. Last year the project was rejected, 425-257. It failed to attain a two-thirds vote in 2013 as well. This year the proposal is for $5,030,000 with $5 million of that …

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National view: Another brave voice silenced in Russia

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Boris Nemtsov was a courageous Russian politician who never gave up on the dream that the country could make the transition from dictatorship to liberal democracy. Once an elected governor and a deputy prime minister in the government of Boris Yeltsin, he stubbornly continued to speak out and …

My Turn: State must act to rein in university system spending

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The University System of New Hampshire recently made its biennial sales pitch to the Legislature seeking approval of its budget request. For fiscal years 2016 and 2017, USNH wants $205 million and threatened to raise tuition if it receives anything less. While the Legislature debates the merits of …

My Turn: First things first, it’s time to outlaw war

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Humanity has the look of a dying species: terrorism has invaded our collective body like a cancer, and we are closer to global catastrophe from environmental stress than ever before. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists tells us, “The …

My Turn: Gun debate stirs memories of the death of a musical hero

Saturday, February 28, 2015

For the same reason that Bob Dylan is celebrated and admired for “telling it like it is,” I appreciate what the administrative law judge Jonathan P. Baird says in his recent “My Turn” article (Monitor Forum, Feb. 4). Indeed, his is the only piece of its kind that …

My Turn: State is following a doomed blueprint

Saturday, February 28, 2015

During the 1980s and 1990s, New Hampshire’s population grew about 1 percent a year, as many younger, well-educated workers moved here. Now, population growth has slowed to a trickle. According to the 2010 census, New Hampshire now has the fourth-highest median age, after Maine, Vermont and West Virginia. …

My Turn: State needs more people like the two who helped me

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Longtime Upper Valley state representative Elizabeth Crory passed away this February at age 82. She was a tireless advocate for the underserved, a dedicated public servant and someone who touched the lives of many, including my own. Elizabeth and her husband, Fred, truly represented what’s best about New …

My Turn: It’s a great time for women of a certain age to release their inner athlete

Thursday, February 26, 2015

This freezing winter, as the birds swoop in for precious seeds at the feeders, I’m hell-bent on reinventing myself as “Sports Mom, Whatdyagot?” – or something like that. Here in America, we remain perpetually fascinated by professional sports. …

My Turn: Mutual respect fading in Bow

Thursday, February 26, 2015

I have lived in Bow for 26 years. During that time, I have served on a number of boards and commissions, volunteered in the schools and even pitched in as a volunteer coach for the recreation program. As in any organization, some of the people I have worked …

Monitor Board of Contributors: The lonely business of participation

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

I read Nick Reid’s article in the Monitor last week on SB2 with an odd feeling of vindicated sadness. Everything reported in the piece, from the pathetic deliberative session turnout, to the sense of frustration among moderators and …

First-in-the-Nation Memory: John McCain and priorities

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Ever since our daughter, Suzanne, was little, I have taken her to meet as many presidential candidates as possible. I don’t think the people of New Hampshire realize how lucky we are to have this opportunity. One of my favorite stories is the 2000 primary, where John McCain …