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The delicious and healthy walnut cannot be taken with thyroid medications because it can prevent absorption.

My Turn: What everybody should know about food and prescriptions

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Those of us on prescription medication worry about interactions with other medications we are on. Have you ever wondered about the food you eat and how it can interact with your prescription medication? Turns out there are a lot of medication/food interactions we should be aware of. Dairy foods, such as milk, ice cream and cheese, slow down or prevent …

My Turn: Why PSNH settlement makes sense for state

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Ask any New Hampshire resident or business person what’s the most significant challenge facing the state, and invariably the answer will be high electric rates. The long-term solution is greater supply of conventional energy, cost-effective renewables and energy efficiency. Unfortunately, there is no immediate silver bullet that will produce lower electricity prices, which means high bills for hard-working families and a threat to …

My Turn: Wilmot facility critics paint a false picture

Saturday, May 30, 2015

In response to Kimberly Swick Slover’s “My Turn” regarding a proposed Huckleberry Oil and Propane storage facility in Wilmot (Monitor Forum, May 23), I, as zoning board chairman and the owner of the proposed site, would like to address some misleading representations. First, there have been accusations made that procedures of the ZBA were not followed, but no details have been offered. The …

My Turn: For America, lessons of war remain elusive

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Such a poignant photograph in Friday’s Monitor Forum, showing St. Lo, a town in France, reduced to rubble after a battle during World War II. Tears flow down my cheeks for the writer of this piece, whose uncle died in that battle. More tears flow for all of …

National View: Nebraska’s deep-red leap

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

‘We’ve got the state out of the killing business today,” Nebraska state Sen. Ernie Chambers said last week, according to the Omaha World-Herald. His state would not be the first to live without the death penalty; it would be the 19th. It also would not be the first …

National View: Multipronged effort needed to save bee colonies

Monday, May 25, 2015

A crucial agricultural workforce in the United States that produces some $15 billion worth of economic value every year, according to the Obama administration, has been struck by alarming losses recently, frightening advocates and demanding attention from Washington. Yes, the country’s bees are in trouble. President Obama has …

National View: Bumper stickers tell story of an ailing democracy

Monday, May 25, 2015

The other day I spotted an arresting bumper sticker: “Don’t Blame Me, I Voted for the Other Guy.” Unlike so many similar decals, it bore no hint of which “other guy” was under discussion. Just blue words on a plain white background. The driver might have been a …

My Turn: Early childhood education helps communities prosper

Sunday, May 24, 2015

It’s no secret that there is now a surge of opiate use here in the Granite State, and with that, a growing presence of criminal activity, including violent crimes. As sheriff of Merrimack County, I know that New Hampshire law enforcement agencies are doing everything possible to rein …

Katy Burns: Beekeeping is just the tip of the iceberg for the beginning backyard farmer

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Beekeeping is apparently booming in Concord, according to a recent story by intrepid young Monitor reporter Iain Wilson. I say “intrepid” because many years and at least a few lives ago I was a young reporter who donned …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Arc of justice bends toward Palestine

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Since 2005, when Palestinian civil society issued a global call for a nonviolent campaign of Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions to be waged against Israel’s illegal occupation of its territories, the BDS movement has gradually emerged as an international …

My Turn: State should investigate Wilmot zoning board

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Wilmot residents passed a zoning ordinance that banned heavy industry – and specifically, the storage of flammable and explosive materials – at our town meeting in March 1968. The ban still stands, and yet our zoning board of adjustment granted a variance that allows Huckleberry Oil and Propane …

My Turn: Tuition cuts are killing state’s community colleges

Saturday, May 23, 2015

On May 13, Great Bay Community College eliminated 15 percent of its full-time faculty positions as well as two staff positions – only months after 12 staff positions were eliminated. Two of our sister colleges, White Mountains Community College in Berlin and Lakes Region Community College in Laconia, …

My Turn: Hassan should listen to millennials and back decriminalization

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Gov. Maggie Hassan has said she does not support a bill that would decriminalize possession of one-half ounce or less of marijuana. This is becoming a source of consternation for Granite Staters of all ages and across the …