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Ed Board with Governor Maggie Hassan on March 7, 2014.

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Political prognosticators give us their takes on the top November races

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Anybody who follows politics knows that a lot can change in a month and a half, but that didn’t deter us from asking three of New Hampshire’s top political experts to share their thoughts on how things might play out on Election Day. Dante Scala, associate professor of political science at the University of New Hampshire, provided context for where … 6

Katy Burns: You can absolutely get there from here

Sunday, September 21, 2014

In an earlier life, years ago, my husband and I drove from our home in Cleveland to a charming small inn in Ogunquit, one of the many lovely little towns hugging the rugged southern Maine coast. The drive took us the better part of two days, including a night’s stay in Pennsylvania. There … 2

I’m the biggest ‘West Wing’ fan you’ll ever meet

Sunday, September 21, 2014

‘Are you a Wingnut?” Bradley Whitford asks me over lunch in Pasadena, Calif. Am I? I love The West Wing. Love it more than some people think is reasonable. I have, after all, donated a significant amount of money to charity in order to be sitting here, in this restaurant, having this conversation with this man. But I also want to be known … 0

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Monitor Board of Contributors: Deerfield Fair is the fairest of them all

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sure as ripening apples and pumpkins and the drag-footed return to school, summer is over and it’s fair season. Now, some fairs and festivals come early, taking advantage of the summer tourist season. Stratham and Canterbury hold their … 0

My Turn: Common Core critics are guided by the facts

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A recent Monitor editorial, “Myths guiding opposition on Common Core,” (Monitor Opinion, Aug. 22) expresses the same patronizing position other supporters have taken when addressing the opposition to Common Core. Since most of the opposition has come directly from parents and teachers, one has to ask, does the … 4

My Turn: When it comes to college debt, Democrats are failing

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Every month, like so many other young Americans, I brace myself for the inevitable pain of making my student loan payment. It represents nearly 50 percent of my take-home pay and as I look to accomplish other things, such as buying a home and starting a family, I … 6

My Turn: Senate Democrats vs. Founding Fathers

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

In the Granite State, open political discourse is a cherished right and our favorite indoor sport. It’s part of who we are. But it’s under threat by some who want to fundamentally alter the First Amendment of the … 15

My Turn: The Battle of Peleliu and the scars of war

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Seventy years ago, on Sept. 15, 1944, 6,000 young men of the 1st Marine Division landed on a tiny and still little-known island in the Pacific. The battle was expected to be over in a matter of days, … 1

My Turn: Fear is pushing America back to war

Sunday, September 14, 2014

It’s amazing how a couple of beheadings can upend American foreign policy. Maybe it would have been different if the vicious zealots who held journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff captive had simply lined them up against a … 31

My Turn: The invasion of Peleliu: A first-person account

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Peleliu, in the Palau Islands, midway between the Marianas and the Philippines. Today, this sounds like a romantic vacation spot on a travel brochure. In September of 1944, the United States First Marine Division engaged in a little-known, … 0

Hot Topic: Local voices rise against poultry plant

Friday, September 12, 2014

On Sept. 4, Craig Fournier and Omar Khudari, the owners of Fournier Foods, met with about 50 residents at the East Concord Community Center to discuss their plans to build a poultry processing plant on Locke Road. The company will appear before the Concord Planning Board for a … 2

Poetry Corner: Moving the ocean

Friday, September 12, 2014

A day at the seashore often presents memorable scenes and happenings, which make a day especially pleasant and enjoyable. Children engrossed in play, in sand and wave, building and rebuilding castles and gullies. They are secure in their endeavors, unmindful of the ever-constant pull of the mighty and … 0

My Turn: Court still has not decided the voucher question

Friday, September 12, 2014

Before the misunderstanding spreads too far, it is important to point out what the recent New Hampshire Supreme Court decision actually said about the constitutionality of the voucher tax credit law: Nothing. The voucher tax credit program, passed by the 2012 Bill O’Brien legislature over the veto of … 1