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Hot Topic: Opinions are still rolling in on Main Street

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Concord City Council will meet tonight to vote on the proposed Main Street project. If the $10.95 million plan is approved, the city will redesign and rebuild nine blocks of the downtown. But the votes haven’t been cast yet, and “Monitor” readers still have some last-minute lobbying to do. Spoiler alert: Not everybody is crazy about the colored lights. It’s all about access Main Street exists because of the … 1

Off Main: Explaining New Hampshire government to the uninitiated can be a daunting task

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

I was driving my brother back home from a restaurant last month and attempting to explain the New Hampshire political system. It’s a conversation I’ve had repeatedly over the last several years, sometimes with house guests from Kansas, sometimes with newcomers to the Granite State. It never goes very well. “We’re special,” I … 0

My Turn: A missing piece in Penacook

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Downtown Penacook is in the middle of the reconstruction of Village Street. Soon we will have a new look, with reconfigured traffic patterns and even a roundabout to improve the Washington Street/Village Street intersection. The Boudreau Square monument will be more accessible to pedestrians and our sidewalks will be smooth and solid. But something is missing. During the project, it was discovered that … 0

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My Turn: Atlantic City offers a skewed view of casinos

Friday, July 25, 2014

The debate about casino gambling has hit the silly point when this newspaper suggests following the lead of none other than Donald Trump (Monitor Opinion, July 20). As a matter of fact, it is way beyond silly to tell legislators to thumb their noses at $120 million in … 1

My Turn: Bury Northern Pass? Only if bury means kill

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Dear Bury Northern Pass advocates and friends: Way back when, I said and wrote that if we got sucked into the void of arguing the how and why of this horrendous project, we were done, finished, nada – killed by arguing about the minutia. For me, it’s always … 8

Monitor Board of Contributors: Know your biting bugs (and how to protect from them)!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Once again, the thick of bug season is upon us. It’s hardly a joke when they say the New Hampshire state bird is the mosquito! So I thought it was time for some practical advice on insects and … 3

My Turn: New Hampshire can and must do better for veterans

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

We all agree that the men and women who put their lives on the line for our country deserve to be treated with dignity and appreciation when they return home. Unfortunately, the recent VA scandal and high unemployment rates among young veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are … 21

My Turn: A questionable leap in prescription drug debate

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

It’s incredibly disappointing to read the conclusions drawn by New Hampshire lawmakers about drug abuse from relatively benign statistics on legitimate opiate and benzodiazepine prescriptions (Monitor front page, July 16). The illogical jumps from legitimate prescriptions, to drug abuse, to using heroin is alarming, to say the least. … 0

My Turn: Trouble is lurking for state’s online retailers

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Without congressional action, a key law that prevents state and local governments from imposing new taxes on internet access services will expire in November. For 16 years, the Internet Tax Freedom Act has prevented politicians nationwide from using the Web as a piggy bank and helped e-commerce thrive … 6

Monitor Board of Contributors: Truth and context were early casualties in Gaza conflict

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

As I walked around Main Street during Concord’s recent Market Days celebration, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry when I saw a handwritten protest message on a piece of cardboard at the booth of the Palestinian … 13

My Turn: Blueprint for a stronger economy

Sunday, July 20, 2014

In order to move New Hampshire’s economy forward, it’s not just about creating jobs. It’s about creating good jobs that allow families to reach and remain in the middle class. To keep and attract business opportunities, we can promote policies that bolster our job-training programs, support the infrastructure … 12

Katy Burns: Home is where the heart, headaches and subsidies are

Sunday, July 20, 2014

“The Chinese are coming, and they’d like to buy your house” – a headline in the “Washington Post” last week It seems that Chinese people are snapping up residential property around the world, particularly here in the good old U.S.A., not just for investment but for refuge. As … 0

My Turn: On energy, governors preparing to repeat mistakes of the past

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Recently, the New England States Committee on Electricity, which represents the six New England states and its governors on regional electricity issues, proposed an initiative that would socialize the cost of natural gas pipeline expansion as well as transmission lines associated with large-scale hydropower imports from Canada. The … 15