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My Turn: Compromise, not ideology, key to legislative success

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Politics is defined by conflict, government by compromise. This balance seems to be perpetually lost on Washington, where politicians are swept away in perceived mandates and partisan warfare. This is not what the people want. Quite frankly, it’s what they most dislike about politics, and now it is what they most dislike about their government. The voters in my North Country district, the most evenly divided political district in the …

My Turn: Embrace the sight of those dirty dishes

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

With Thanksgiving almost here, I have been thinking of life and what I give thanks for. At 60, I have many memories to look back on; some fondly and others not so fondly. Our memories are our lives as we have lived. On the cusp of another holiday shopping frenzy and the hustle and bustle of our busy lives, we overlook some simple …

Mike Pride: In ‘Essays After Eighty,’ Donald Hall looks back at a remarkable life

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Donald Hall’s essay “Out the Window” appeared in the January 2012 New Yorker. The title did not lie. An old man stares out his window, sees what he sees and riffs on it, his mind moving amid farmhouse ghosts and on to his own slow demise. A hundred readers of “Out the Window” …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

My Turn: Concord’s CAT service celebrates 25 years

Friday, November 21, 2014

As the transportation mobility manager for the Community Action Program Belknap-Merrimack Counties, my job is to help you coordinate your mobility options and enable you to make better transportation decisions. Today, I would like to share an important milestone with you. Did you know that 2014 marks the …

My Turn: The decline of protest

Friday, November 21, 2014

The 2014 Pumpkin Festival in Keene got me thinking: What was that about? Why did a pumpkin festival become a riot scene? Was it really a riot to fight for the right to party, that most fundamental of all American rights? I was not in Keene to witness …

My Turn: Mayor needs more help addressing homelessness

Friday, November 21, 2014

Most of Concord’s citizens know of the two winter shelters run by the South Congregational Church and the First Congregational Church communities with volunteer help from people from all walks of life. They’ve done a great service to Greater Concord, but this is their last year. The shelters …

My Turn: State must pursue a sensible energy policy

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Dear Gov. Maggie Hassan: I was disappointed to read in the Monitor a few days back that the nominations of Amanda Merrill and Bob Odell to be on the Site Evaluation Committee (Monitor front page, Nov. 12). They both would have brought valuable perspective to the discussion, with …

My Turn: Some on the left see only the GOP they want to see

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Based on his opinion piece, “The GOP’s road to nowhere,” Jeff Eitreim appears to be a textbook case of why the partisan divide in this country is so wide (Sunday Monitor, Nov. 16). He seems so infused with his own sense of righteousness that he has lost the …

Constitution Day: Schools need to provide safe, trusting place for kids

Thursday, November 20, 2014

In 1969, during the very first landmark student free speech case, Tinker v. Des Moines, the Supreme Court stated that “a student can express his/her opinion, even on controversial subjects, so long as doing so does not materially and substantially disrupt or interfere with the requirements of appropriate …

Constitution Day: Torture of cyberbullying is real and devastating

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Over 25 percent of teens and adolescents have been bullied reportedly through the internet or their cell phones. These statistics were obtained by the i-SAFE Foundation. More than a quarter of America’s teens report being harassed and humiliated …

My Turn: O’Brien is the best choice for speaker

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

During the 2011-12 term of the New Hampshire Legislature, I proudly served under Speaker William O’Brien as Resources, Recreation and Development Committee vice chairman and Republican whip, and as a House assistant majority whip. I support O’Brien’s candidacy for speaker. He did an excellent job during that term …

My Turn: Life on the Sewalls Falls Bridge

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

It’s downright aggravating when it happens. And it’s happening more frequently. It really doesn’t bother me when I’m in Massachusetts because I expect it. But it galls me when it happens in New Hampshire. I am talking about …

My Turn: Sunapee expansion makes sense for region

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The snow will be falling soon, which means the economic engine of Mount Sunapee is about to crank into high gear. Local businesses like mine are busy in anticipation of the thousands of ski and outdoor enthusiasts who will visit this winter. Residents in this area do all …