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State House Memo: Want to compete with Massachusetts? Casinos aren’t the way to do it

Thursday, April 17, 2014

One argument casino-pushers keep repeating is that New Hampshire must remain competitive with Massachusetts. I have two questions about this argument: One, compete on what basis? And, two, why compete at all? I’m not slamming the Bay State or our own. I like our southern neighbor; I was born there and visit several times a year. Massachusetts, however, is different … 0

My Turn: Time to retire PSNH’s dirty coal plants

Sunday, April 13, 2014

A new report by the New Hampshire Public Utility Commission staff reaffirms that Public Service Company of New Hampshire’s coal-fired power plants are uneconomical and uncompetitive in New Hampshire’s electricity market. It’s clear that New Hampshire families can’t afford to continue supporting these dirty coal plants that pose a risk to our wallets and to our health. Similar to a report issued last … 8

Felice Belman: For kids, Gettysburg Address project is life-changing

Sunday, April 13, 2014

‘Four score and seven years ago . . .” Most of us recognize those six words as the opening to Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. But how many of us know the rest of it? How many of us truly know or remember what the words mean? How many of us have committed it to heart? My nephew Henry, for one. Earlier this month … 13

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Editorial: Ayotte standing in the way of real change with climate change

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Editorial: Ayotte standing in the way of real change with climate change

Monitor Board of Contributors: In praise of the CSA (with one caveat)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

I am heartily in favor of Community Supported Agriculture. If you’ve never belonged to a CSA, it’s basically making a commitment to your local farmer to buy what she or he grows, so the farmer has a dependable … 0

My Turn: The justice system isn’t perfect; a Contoocook murder case shows why

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Several years ago, on a hot July night, a little girl named Elizabeth Knapp was raped and murdered in Contoocook. Her mother’s live-in boyfriend, Richard Buchanan, was charged. As a public defender, I was assigned to represent him. Although Buchanan was charged with first-degree murder, I was very … 1

Mike Pride: So long to the ‘Monitor’s’ comeback kid

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Off and on for the last quarter century, Felice Belman has been a journalist for this newspaper. Mainly she has been an editor, and not just any editor, but as one former colleague put it, “a reporter’s dream editor.” Tomorrow is Belman’s last day at the paper. That … 25

State House Memo: I was inspired by my Republican seat-mate

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

On March 25, the New Hampshire House passed the Senate’s compromise on expanded Medicaid. Once this bill becomes law, 50,000 more New Hampshire citizens will be covered by health insurance. The bill from the Senate came to us as a bipartisan measure. In the House, it did not … 0

The first moments: Reliving the Boston Marathon bombing

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

On the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, Boston Globe reporters Scott Helman and Jenna Russell have published a book about the attack, the repercussions and the intense manhunt for the alleged bombers. What follows is an … 0

In Her Own Words: For some murders, death is the only appropriate penalty

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Amid the New Hampshire Senate’s deliberations on repealing the death penalty, it’s instructive to remember what was said 14 years ago. Back in 2000, the House and Senate both approved a repeal, but the measure was vetoed by then-Gov. Jeanne Shaheen. Here’s the text of Shaheen’s veto message: … 0

My Turn: Possum ridicule is part of a bigger problem

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

I’m not sure what the point of Elaine Kellerman’s letter in response to the Monitor’s recent editorial on possums was, but I found it offensive (“Possums are fer huntin’,” Monitor, April 7). It, and the online responses that followed both her letter and the editorial itself are indicative … 6

State House Memo: Casino bill will bring property tax relief

Monday, April 7, 2014

My wife and I paid $8,276 in property taxes on 3.5 acres in Wilmot. Our property is humble – no mountain views or lakefront. Why is our tax burden so high? We have our share of revenue challenges in Wilmot, but town officials have done everything possible to … 6

New Hampshire Views: State must reverse approval of Anthem network

Monday, April 7, 2014

It’s hard to admit you screwed up, that you got it wrong. So we understand the New Hampshire Insurance Department’s reluctance to admit wrongdoing in allowing Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield to exclude 10 of the state’s 26 acute-care hospitals from the insurer’s health care plans offered on … 10

Is ‘Sweeney Todd’ appropriate for high school kids?

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Down in Plaistow, the Timberlane School District is having a big, public debate about next spring’s student drama production. The students want to put on “Sweeney Todd,” but the superintendent is concerned that the material isn’t age-appropriate. What … 3