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A two-door hatchback model of the Ford Pinto is shown in this 1976 photo. In 2004, "Forbes" named the Pinto one of the worst cars of all time.

Katy Burns: Beep, beep! New car coming through!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

If this is 2015, it’s time to visit the car store down the road. After all, it has been 12 years. And the old car – which we still call “the new car” – will soon need tires, again. So why not trade it in? Okay, that does sound a little flip. Truthfully, we just decided, finally, that perhaps it …

Roaring twenties: It’s a good idea to put a woman on the $20 bill, but can America cut through the politics and red tape

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Now I know how my suffragette foremothers felt about not being able to vote. I completely missed the online “Women on 20s” preliminary campaign to decide which important woman in U.S. history should replace President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. In case you missed it, too, there is a web campaign out …

My Turn: Don’t let large energy companies take over state

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Energy corporations are using their vast amounts of money to influence every aspect of energy siting projects in New Hampshire. Bias was first evident at the Department of Energy. PSNH, now Eversource, was allowed to choose the company to conduct the studies for “its” Northern Pass project (Normandeau Associates, earlier employed by PSNH). It continued with the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee …

My Turn: A guide to Earth’s survival, and ours

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Today is Earth Day, but this holiday, like so many others that last for one day, has little effect on how we behave the rest of the year. Begun 45 years ago to call attention to the degradation of the planet, Earth Day has not prevented the tide …

My Turn: Fish and Game helps drive state economy

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Letter writer Chris McKee questions how New Hampshire Fish and Game will fund the construction of the Wild Goose boat ramp on Lake Sunapee (Monitor letters, April 14). He correctly states that Fish and Game is uniquely qualified to manage natural habitats and wildlife and outdoor recreational opportunities, …

My Turn: Governors should lead region to sustainable energy future

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

This week, the New England governors will meet in Connecticut to discuss potential solutions to one of our region’s most serious economic challenges: the high cost of electricity and energy. This is not a new threat, as the region has always been at the end of the traditional …

Quiz: How well do you know your home planet?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Today is Earth Day, an international celebration that has been held every year since 1970 to raise awareness about environmental protection. Sure you’ve lived here all of your life, but how well do you really know your home …

My Turn: Tourism promotion essential to state’s economy

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

When the House of Representatives voted to cut New Hampshire’s tourism marketing budget, lawmakers put at risk revenue from tourism, one of the cornerstones of the state’s economy and of the state’s tax base. Tourism is New Hampshire’s second-largest industry, generating more than $5 billion of economic activity …

My Turn: Resolution helps boost the voice of Bhutanese

Monday, April 20, 2015

By unanimous vote, the New Hampshire Senate recently passed a resolution honoring the contribution of Bhutanese refugees to the Granite State and encouraging efforts to resolve the humanitarian crisis in Bhutan.   We wish to thank the resolution’s sponsors, Sens. Dan Feltes, Jeb Bradley, Donna Soucy, Lou D’Allesandro and …

My Turn: Commercial real estate bill hurts buyers

Monday, April 20, 2015

There are many policy issues that consume our elected officials today, but considerable attention is paid to identifying ways to lessen the burden on businesses in order to spur economic growth in our state. Indeed, legislators are currently contemplating a change in law that would lower business taxes, …

Fran Wendelboe: Budget hysteria obscures the facts

Saturday, April 18, 2015

April 15 is the day Americans reflect on how much they pay in federal taxes and how that money is spent. On a state level, the pages of our state’s newspapers have had much commentary lamenting draconian cuts to the state budget and how it impacts lives. The …

Katy Burns: Campaign season isn’t what it used to be

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Oops! Scooby, the big black GMC van that is currently Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign-on-wheels, was going to pull in behind the community college building in Iowa while a small army of reporters and photographers was waiting out front. …

Hot Topic: Casinos remain a tough sell in New Hampshire

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Budget season means a return to the gambling debate. Here is a sample of what readers are saying: A plan for the gambling revenue Like the potholes that keep showing up each spring in our under-funded roads, lawmakers are once again dangling the prospect of gambling revenue as …