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My Turn: 19th-century education model not what 21st-century students need

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

New Hampshire’s political and educational leaders are debating the role of the Common Core standards and the Smarter Balanced assessments. Manchester has requested a waiver from testing because Superintendent Debra Livingston and her teachers know that standardized testing actually hurts children; it does more harm than good to their emotional, psychological and physical well-being. In the 21st century, can’t we do better? Can’t we come up with a new vision … 0

My Turn: Don’t give your support to palm oil industry

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Would you like to do something to help save endangered animal species and help preserve tropical forests and carbon-rich peat lands? It is as simple as refusing to purchase any product containing palm oil. Orangutans live only in the rain forests of Southeast Asia on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, mostly in Indonesia but also in the Malaysian states of Sabah and … 1

My Turn: Oil companies are important to all Americans

Sunday, September 28, 2014

In a recent “My Turn” article (Monitor Forum, Sept. 18), Rick Russman chastised Scott Brown for supporting the activities of the American oil industry. It is time to set the record straight about large and small oil companies in America. We need to reject the politicians and special interest groups who endorse and fund a smear campaign against our oil industry. There are … 33

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My Turn: It’s time to rescue the nation from the ‘dollarcrats’

Thursday, September 25, 2014

‘The accumulation of individual wealth seems to be greater than it has been since the downfall of the Roman Empire. The enterprises of the country are aggregating vast corporate combinations of unexampled capital, boldly marching, not for economic … 29

My Turn: Health care without the politics

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Many of the Republican political ads I’ve seen promise repeal of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. The promise of repeal is presented in such a way as to have people believe repealing the ACA is beneficial for … 12

My Turn: Time to take fresh look at nuclear recycling

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

It has been easy for people to forget in the decades since President Jimmy Carter banned the recycling of used fuel from nuclear power plants that it was a way to increase the production of emission-free energy, while extending uranium resources and reducing the amount of nuclear waste. … 2

My Turn: What do 1928 and 2014 have in common? Not much

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

When proponents of a tax scam supporting school “choice” must stretch as far as Ken Gorrell has in persuading voters, their arguments fail (Monitor Forum, Sept. 19). Let’s start with Gorrell’s “choice.” Our schools would improve, he claims, if we offered more. His argument: ∎ Gorrell’s relative, as a … 2

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 … 14

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 … 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 … 0

My Turn: Where’s the freedom in ‘Live free or die’?

Sunday, September 21, 2014

In a rousing speech to the congress Thursday, Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko brought the war hawks, an overwhelming majority in both houses, to their feet as he ended with a reference to New Hampshire’s state motto: Live free or die. That’s a catchy slogan, but it more often … 1

37 percent of Americans think a free press is overrated

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Thirty-seven percent of Americans think the news media should be required to get government approval before reporting on national security issues. Let’s let that sink in for a minute. That finding is from an Annenberg Public Policy Center poll that found Americans generally know little about the structure … 2

My Turn: To deal with Islamic State, we have to deal with Assad

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Like most Americans, I was horrified by the barbaric acts committed by the Islamic State terrorists and taken aback by the media reports depicting them as some sort of unstoppable force. In June, they appeared to be 10 feet tall, but since then, they have shrunk appreciably. It … 3