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My Turn: Why I’m voting against the Brown-Cruz-Paul agenda

Thursday, September 18, 2014

As a lifetime Republican, I felt obligated to give Scott Brown a chance when he declared his candidacy for New Hampshire’s Senate seat, even though he’s from Massachusetts. I had heard some of his speeches and watched some of his ads that portrayed him as a middle-of-the-road, bipartisan legislator, but once I took a look at his record and started paying attention to his campaign, it became clear to me … 1

Monitor Board of Contributors: Deerfield Fair is the fairest of them all

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sure as ripening apples and pumpkins and the drag-footed return to school, summer is over and it’s fair season. Now, some fairs and festivals come early, taking advantage of the summer tourist season. Stratham and Canterbury hold their fairs in July. And the Belknap County 4-H Fair was in August. But real tradition … 0

My Turn: Common Core critics are guided by the facts

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A recent Monitor editorial, “Myths guiding opposition on Common Core,” (Monitor Opinion, Aug. 22) expresses the same patronizing position other supporters have taken when addressing the opposition to Common Core. Since most of the opposition has come directly from parents and teachers, one has to ask, does the editorial staff believe they are stupid? The Huffington Post recently published an article titled “How … 3

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Monitor Board of Contributors: A rogue rooster serves as a reminder of what it means to be part of a community

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

It’s been a bit of a rough summer. Tragedy and chaos dominate the global news. As a collective human race, we have not shown ourselves behaving with compassion and good will. Wars, refugees, racial battles and horrifying beheadings … 1

My Turn: U.S. must confront and destroy Islamic State

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, provides an opportunity to remember those we lost that day. At the same time, we also must recognize that we still have more to do to secure … 12

My Turn: Coup in Thailand put military in power

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Americans by nature are not the most engaged when it comes to following world affairs. At times, earth-shattering events like the plane shot down in Ukraine, the push to block nuclear weapons in Iran or incidents in North Korea have a way of grabbing our attention. New Hampshire, … 0

My Turn: Watching the death of a bee; seeing existence stripped bare

Saturday, September 6, 2014

All summer I have watched as small piles of sawdust accumulated just beyond my back door. I didn’t know there were carpenter bumblebees until I got up close and personal with their handiwork: perfectly bored caverns in the … 2

My Turn: For Sen. Ayotte, a chance to be on the right side of history

Saturday, September 6, 2014

A century ago in 1914, the United States Senate voted, 35-34, to approve a constitutional amendment that would right a historical wrong denying half our population a voice in politics. A few months later, the measure died in the House. But the vote resounded. Five years later, as … 8

The dark edge of my faith

Saturday, September 6, 2014

I was first invited to a beheading in Saudi Arabia while working as a physician in Riyadh. It was 1999, and I was an attending intensive care specialist in an advanced medical system that valued my U.S. training. As we finished resuscitating a patient, a colleague casually said: … 0

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Poetry Corner: A tumultuous peace

Friday, September 5, 2014

We have had some magnificent storms this summer, and the oppressive heat and humidity of the day makes the gathering clouds a welcome sight. The small breaths that stir the air in whispers grow by degrees to clear our minds and souls of all that has accumulated in … 1

My Turn: Court decision a victory for parents, students, taxpayers

Friday, September 5, 2014

Last week’s unanimous New Hampshire Supreme Court decision to reject the challenge against an educational choice law is a victory for Granite State families and taxpayers generally. The law expands educational opportunity by granting tax credits to corporations worth 85 percent of their donations to nonprofit scholarship organizations. … 11

My Turn: Independent voice needed in Washington

Friday, September 5, 2014

Over the past five months, Gail and I have traveled to every corner of New Hampshire, listening and learning, meeting with you in your living rooms, businesses and on your main streets. We have heard first-hand about the issues that matter to you, including taxes and spending, the … 6