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National View: Raise the legal age for purchasing tobacco to 21

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Public health in the U.S. has come a long way from the 1960s, when almost half of adults were still smoking. Today that rate is 14.9 percent. The problem is, that’s still far too high. Bolder steps to prevent and reduce tobacco addiction are needed – like the one Hawaii took last summer when it raised the legal age for tobacco purchases to 21. Hawaii became the first state to …

National View: Europe isn’t doomed to clash of civilizations

Sunday, November 29, 2015

The terrorist attacks on Paris earlier this month have given rise to an explosion of nasty prejudice. According to one survey, anti-Muslim hate crimes quickly spiked 300 percent in Britain – the vast majority of them directed against Muslim women and girls. The New York Times reports that the harshest effects of France’s state of emergency are felt by Muslims. The competitive rabble-rousing …

National View: Why Syria is to Turkey what Ukraine is to Russia

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Russian leaders have evidently been shocked by Turkey’s deliberate decision to shoot down one of their planes, which they say was motivated by Turkey’s alleged support for Islamic State and greed for the proceeds of smuggled terrorist oil. A simpler explanation is that Russia would have done the same. Here is the hypothetical: …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Look at the world – look at history – and it’s easy to be thankful

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Sure, we will give thanks. After all, why else do we call it Thanksgiving? Many families will bow their heads in unison and give thanks to God for the bounty they are receiving – stuffed turkey and trimmings, …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Religion is irrelevant; it’s compassion that matters

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Every year, the Friends of the Library holds a pie sale right before Thanksgiving. Local folks bake tasty goodies – mostly pies, but also breads and rolls (and this year, biscotti). Proceeds from sales go to benefit the library. Every year, when I open the doors at 9 …

My Turn: We cannot allow fear to turn us into cowards

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

An open letter to Gov. Hassan: My name is Emily and five months ago I became a mom for the first time. When I look into the eyes of my daughter, I am so grateful that she will grow up here, in the United States. She will have …

My Turn: Drug War belongs in dustbin of history

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

We can’t solve a problem without knowing its origin. To solve America’s drug problem, we have to know the history of the drug war. The drug war did not start with Richard Nixon. It wasn’t a Republican idea, or a traditional idea. The drug war was launched before …

My Turn: To criticize hunting is to reject the traditional connection of humans to nature

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

I live here in Concord and worked at a downtown office (here and in Keene), and had my main office in Boston these past 40 years, so I’m very familiar with urban sensibilities. I understand completely how people …

My Turn: Why I am choosing to give thanks

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

If you sit and talk to just about anyone, no matter their political views, you get the feeling that the world is just an awful, terrible place. Depending on the person you are talking to, the world is awful for a different reason, but we seem to share …

My Turn: Reduce risk but respect Muslims

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Terrorists are doing what they do best: kill and terrorize. I understand that. The question I have is: Are we doing what we do best? Extremists are killing Christians, Jews and Muslims worldwide. Peaceful people are understandably afraid. European radicals responsible for the recent attacks in Paris were …

National View: Mali attack shows need for broader terror fight

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The attack and hostage-taking in Mali on Friday offer a grim reminder that terrorism is often rooted in local grievance. That’s why fighting it requires not just military action, but broader efforts to bolster the legitimacy and effectiveness of weak states under siege. Consider the string of events …

My Turn: O’Malley is new kind of leader the nation needs

Monday, November 23, 2015

Over the past several months, I have had the opportunity to hear Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley speak, have read many of the policy proposals put forward by their respective campaigns, and have watched the (too few) debates that have occurred. I am grateful that we …

My Turn: Remember freedom fries?

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Worldwide solidarity with France is very heartening following the catastrophic Nov. 13 terror attacks in Paris by an ISIS suicide squad. It’s especially reassuring that the United States is expressing widespread condolences and support, though not surprising considering the dire circumstances. Pulling together is a plus for human …