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My Turn: Reviewing the basics about Common Core and testing

Sunday, May 3, 2015

This may be a good time for me, as chairman of the New Hampshire State Board of Education, to review the fundamentals that underlie what the board and the department of education do in setting academic standards and doing the annual assessment of all New Hampshire students. The New Hampshire state board has set academic standards since the 1990s. The standards have always been a minimum, subject to adoption or …

Satire: Baltimore unrest coverage in a different world

Sunday, May 3, 2015

If what is happening in Baltimore happened in a foreign country, here is how Western media would cover it: International leaders expressed concern over the rising tide of racism and state violence in America, especially concerning the treatment of ethnic minorities in the country and the corruption in state security forces around the country when handling cases of police brutality. The latest crisis …

My Turn: Sunapee decision is a raw deal for the public

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Jeffrey Rose, commissioner of the Department of Resources and Economic Development, finally released his draft decision on Mount Sunapee Resort’s expansion proposal. Quite frankly, it wasn’t worth the wait. The draft approval is a losing proposition for the public. What’s so wrong about the decision? Nearly everything. Allowing this expansion runs contrary to the 100-year effort to protect a large mosaic of conservation …

My Turn: Memories of a memorial made of granite

Friday, May 1, 2015

I loved Ray Duckler’s front page story of accompanying the veterans to the World War II Memorial in Washington (Sunday Monitor front page, April 26), but I have one important fact to correct. Since this is the Granite State, Ray needs to know the memorial is made of …

‘Unbuttoning America: A Biography of Peyton Place’ explores the life and times of Gilmanton’s Grace Metalious

Thursday, April 30, 2015

(The following is an excerpt from “Unbuttoning America: A Biography of Peyton Place.” Cornell University Press is publishing the book, which will be released on May 15.) In the autumn of 1956, Mrs. John L. Harris sat down …

My Turn: Presidential candidates invited to sign ‘The Pledge’

Thursday, April 30, 2015

I would like to welcome all 2016 presidential candidates of both parties and those who are still considering running for president of the United States. New Hampshire hosts the first-in-the-nation primary, which will be celebrating its 100th anniversary …

My Turn: Export-Import Bank helps state’s businesses succeed

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The national campaign season has begun and attention is already focused on New Hampshire. Presidential hopefuls want to win the favor of our state, long viewed as a barometer of national sentiment. As the candidates make their way to New Hampshire, I want them to know that supporting …

My Turn: If Fiorina runs, she can count on my support

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

(Editor’s note: The following opinion piece, which was posted on concordmonitor.com on the afternoon of April 29, was later found to include verbatim passages from biographical background provided to Marilinda Garcia by Carly for America, a Super PAC …

Monitor Board of Contributors: A background in communications is helpful in deciphering the anti-Smarter Balanced message

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Common Core and Smarter Balanced testing are going to make my head explode. Changing curriculum is always hard. Parents don’t want to appear stupid in front of their children, but different does not equal wrong. Just because the new way students are being taught math or reading doesn’t …

My Turn: Clinton ready to fight for America

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

When I heard that Hillary Clinton was going to be in Concord, I was immediately excited. In 2008, I supported then-Sen. Barack Obama in the primary, and to be honest I wasn’t sure who I would support this …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Deconstructing memory and privilege: From Lake Van to Beirut

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

In the early 1970s, I went to eastern Turkey on an assignment to photograph historic Armenian sites, particularly the historic Armenian church of Aghtamar, situated on a small island in Lake Van. The ruins were what remained of the 10th-century Church of the Holy Cross and had been …

My Turn: A casino is the last thing the Concord area needs

Monday, April 27, 2015

The New Hampshire House is once again poised to vote on a bill to bring casino gambling to the state. This time, the bill calls for two casinos. One will undoubtedly be built at Salem’s former Rockingham Park race track. There is a strong possibility that the second …

My Turn: Stark was indeed a founder of this state

Monday, April 27, 2015

I have no horse selected yet in the presidential sweepstakes, but I disagree with a recent “fact check” (Monitor, April 11) giving Rand Paul a failing score for John Stark as a founder of our state. On April 19, 1775, the battles of Lexington and Concord set the …