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My Turn: Best way to honor workers is by giving them a raise

Sunday, August 31, 2014

It used to be that you could support a family on a minimum-wage salary. Today, a minimum-wage worker has to make a choice every day: buy a gallon of milk for the kids or buy a gallon of gas to get to work. The current national minimum wage, frozen at $7.25 per hour since 2009, simply hasn’t kept up with inflation. As a matter of fact, its purchasing power has … 4

My Turn: State has made strides toward greater equality for women

Sunday, August 31, 2014

This week, our nation marked Women’s Equality Day, a commemoration of the day that women achieved the right to vote in America. It is appropriate to commemorate this idea annually, but it is essential to incorporate it into our daily lives. More than 90 years after achieving this milestone, the work of protecting and expanding the circle of equality in our state and … 1

Life after Darwin: A trip to the Galapagos reveals beauty – and the heavy footprint of man

Sunday, August 31, 2014

By WILL PARSON Monitor staff The Galápagos Islands have always conjured images in my mind of hordes of black marine iguanas diving for delicious green algae, blue-footed boobies flapping their feet at each other and giant tortoises stretching their necks to reach a meal. These glimpses, gathered from nature shows on television and … 0

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Katy Burns: Time and time again, Scott Brown elicits that empty feeling

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Scott Brown has a message for New Hampshire Republicans: You’re stupid! How else can one explain that virtually everything Brown says on the stump is a series of platitudes and vacuous rhetoric that fails to evince even a … 13

My Turn: Maybe Concord doesn’t need a middle school

Saturday, August 23, 2014

There is an ominous silence coming from the halls and corridors in the Dewey School. That is not good news. While a new academic school year is beginning and a fresh generation of students is entering new grades, the school board is quietly burnishing the plans for a … 7

My Turn: Habitat protection is last, best hope for cod

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Will we be the last generation to enjoy cod in New England? Since Colonial times, the Sacred Cod hanging in the Massachusetts State House has been a “historic and continuing symbol of the commonwealth.” This regional mascot reminds us that New England was built on a foundation of … 0

Saturday, August 23, 2014

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My Turn: Critics of online degrees start from a false premise

Thursday, August 21, 2014

In getting feedback on the possible merger of Southern New Hampshire University and the New Hampshire Institute of Art, I have been struck by the reactions to our online programs among some critics. Among the misconceptions has been the idea that we would try to impose online learning … 0

My Turn: Obama not to blame for rise of Islamic State

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Conjecture by Sen. John McCain and Hillary Clinton et al that President Obama is to blame for the Islamic State scourge because of his support (arms and airstrikes) of the Syrian resistance was lacking is wrong. Blame falls squarely on former Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki (a Shiite … 37

My Turn: There’s no substitute for the college experience

Thursday, August 21, 2014

There has been increasing criticism of traditional college education in the past decade or so. Much of the focus of such criticism has been focused on cost escalation and the irrelevance of college degrees to work readiness. As … 6

My Turn: Ardinger didn’t oppose full-day kindergarten

Thursday, August 21, 2014

I would like to clarify an issue concerning Kass Ardinger’s support for full-day kindergarten. I am compelled to write to correct misstatements made by Dan Feltes, Ardinger’s opponent in the state Senate primary race in District 15, who said Ardinger voted against full-day kindergarten. As a member of … 1

Monitor Board of Contributors: Start of school doesn’t have to mean the return of stress

Thursday, August 21, 2014

School is starting soon, which means the pleasurable and carefree days of summer are about to give way to the excitement and stress of starting school. Yes, for our children, teens and young adults, a new school year … 2

My Turn: An officer in Ferguson, Mo., shot Michael Brown, but the system killed him

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I have never known what it means to be afraid of the police. In the small New Hampshire town where I was raised (population 1,200), Chief M and his part-time deputies were our friends. If your dog went missing or your car broke down, the chief was the … 24