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national view: The ruble wrecker

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The drama playing out in Russia on Tuesday was not pretty. The ruble’s exchange rate has collapsed by some 50 percent against the dollar since mid-June, with an accelerating fall in recent days. A panicked attempt by the central bank at 1 a.m. Tuesday to stop the slide was a failure. Russia now faces a full-blown currency crisis. For President Vladimir Putin, the crisis is his own doing, a direct …

Board of Contributors: The perks of being a library director

Thursday, December 18, 2014

It all began with a message posted on the statewide library email list where we librarians share information, ask questions and generally tap into the hive mind of all the libraries in the state. The subject line was “The Perks of being a Library Director,” and it was posted by Vicki Varick, the …

My Turn: Tragedies and triumphs unfold each day in shelters

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Last shelter season, with Brian riding shotgun and myself at the wheel, we’d cruise through our frozen city searching behind stores and inside characterless concrete coves and caves. Our mission was always the same – looking for an errant shelter guest who may have passed out in the January air and didn’t make it to the church on time to check in for …

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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: Time to rebel against big money in politics

Sunday, December 14, 2014

One month from now, a band of “Granny D walkers” will put on their boots in Dixville Notch and take to the road in a New Hampshire rebellion against big money in politics. One week later, walkers will join the N.H. Rebellion in Portsmouth, Nashua and Keene, taking …

Board of Contributors: There is no defense for torture

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Torture’s not new in America – naming it probably is, but the act isn’t. During our formative years, torture kept slaves in line. During Vietnam, our CIA-trained operatives used assassinations, rape, starvation and beatings – and electric shocks to the genitals of some Vietnamese communists – to glean …

Off Main: State of confusion

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Okay, New Hampshire. It’s time to make up your mind. What kind of state do you actually want to be? Frankly, I’m getting a little bit confused. Time and again, in instance after instance, you can’t decide whether …

My Turn: Here’s the problem with the U.S. health care system

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Despite having the best-trained doctors and best-equipped hospitals in the world, America has one of the worst health care systems. Approximately 82 percent of our population has health insurance of any kind, according to U.S. News and World Report. Only half of those have insurance that adequately covers …

My Turn: Lottery expansion plan would lower property taxes

Saturday, December 13, 2014

If you’re like me, this week’s property tax payment is putting something of a damper on the holiday spirit. High property taxes are the No. 1 complaint from our constituents, and our suggestion to get involved in school budgets is usually not a satisfying response. I’ve put in …

My Turn: Do kids really need those expensive, high-tech gadgets? No, they don’t.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

These words will probably come too late to influence anyone’s gift considerations, but the way gift-giving to our children and teens has evolved, I feel the need to give parents a bit of advice. There are many life …

My Turn: Noam Chomsky and the war against war

Thursday, December 11, 2014

For Americans of the 1960s generation, I can think of no intellectual who has been as important or influential as Noam Chomsky. For nearly 50 years, Chomsky has written voluminously on a wide array of political topics. I …

My Turn: It’s time to resolve the FairPoint strike

Thursday, December 11, 2014

If there’s one thing that the people of the North Country understand, it’s working hard. We don’t expect things to come easy. We don’t expect the world to come to our doorstep. We just expect that if we put forward our best work, we will get a fair …

Is this bad for me? ‘Monitor’ wants readers to take the place of researchers

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The world of information is cluttered with contradictory studies. One team of researchers says coffee is good for you, another says it will destroy your health. The same goes for alcohol (in moderation), eggs, bread, chocolate – the list goes on and on. Are vegetarians healthier than meat …

My Turn: Goodbye to the architect of my wonder years

Thursday, December 11, 2014

This past weekend, a lifelong resident of Concord named Richard Paveglio was buried. I wanted to mention Richard because of the wonderful memories I have of him and of growing up in Concord. I first met Richard in the Kimball Park area, where we went swimming and played …