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My Turn: State should investigate Wilmot zoning board

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Wilmot residents passed a zoning ordinance that banned heavy industry – and specifically, the storage of flammable and explosive materials – at our town meeting in March 1968. The ban still stands, and yet our zoning board of adjustment granted a variance that allows Huckleberry Oil and Propane Co. to operate a 150,000-gallon fuel and propane storage facility in our town – without the knowledge of or input from town …

My Turn: Tuition cuts are killing state’s community colleges

Saturday, May 23, 2015

On May 13, Great Bay Community College eliminated 15 percent of its full-time faculty positions as well as two staff positions – only months after 12 staff positions were eliminated. Two of our sister colleges, White Mountains Community College in Berlin and Lakes Region Community College in Laconia, announced similar levels of layoffs during the same week. NHTI, recently commended by the Brookings …

My Turn: Hassan should listen to millennials and back decriminalization

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Gov. Maggie Hassan has said she does not support a bill that would decriminalize possession of one-half ounce or less of marijuana. This is becoming a source of consternation for Granite Staters of all ages and across the political spectrum, and it is especially confusing to younger voters who see our current marijuana …

My Turn: Every county in the state needs a drug court

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The proposed House budget once again does not have a provision for increased funds for drug treatment. New Hampshire raises about $16.8 million in taxes and fees that are designed to be used for drug and alcohol treatment, prevention and education. Unfortunately, $13 million of it will be …

National View: Women didn’t fail test at Army Ranger School

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Last week, eight women washed out of the Army’s prestigious Ranger School after 11 others didn’t make it past the first cut, and none of them will earn the vaunted black and gold Ranger “tab.” Yet. And that’s actually a good thing. No, they didn’t get a chance …

Mike Marland, May 17, 2015

Saturday, May 16, 2015

My Turn: It’s important to read the fine print on Iran agreement

Saturday, May 16, 2015

In his recent “My Turn” column (Monitor Forum, May 6), William L. Chapman missed the mark on several key points regarding the parameters of the nuclear agreement currently being negotiated between Iran and the P5+1 member countries. The piece, which merely echoes the fact sheet released by the …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Sanders’s voice is important for the New Hampshire primary

Saturday, May 16, 2015

So Bernie Sanders has entered the race as a Democrat. This fills my heart with joy. Not because I necessarily think he would be the best president, but because having Sanders in the race will force a dialogue …

National View: Finally, a democratic socialist is running for president

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Sen. Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign is the first such effort by a democratic socialist since Norman Thomas waged the last of his six such campaigns on the Socialist Party ticket in 1948. It’s about time. Historically, the role of the two great American socialist standard-bearers Eugene Debs and …

Fran Wendelboe: The real abortion extremists

Saturday, May 16, 2015

The biggest divide between the Democrats and the conservative Republicans is quite possibly the issue of abortion. While there are pro-choice Republicans under the big tent of the GOP, for the most part they ignore each other until there is a pro-choice nominee of the party and some …

My Turn: Clinton will fight for women’s health care

Saturday, May 16, 2015

This past week was National Women’s Health Week, a nationwide initiative aiming to empower women to make their health a priority. It is a good time to reflect not just on the general things women should do to improve their health and well-being but for all of us …

My Turn: Health Protection Program helping those with mental illness

Saturday, May 16, 2015

When New Hampshire made the decision to expand health care coverage to low-income, working families in 2014, it was estimated that the number of people who would enroll in the New Hampshire Health Protection Program might reach 50,000 over a five-year period. But today, only six months after …

My Turn: Dogs help reluctant readers start a new chapter

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Three dogs sat next to their handlers in the Weare Public Library’s Sawyer Room, awaiting the first three children to participate in the library’s Ruff Readers program. Bethany Fulton’s mother had enrolled her for a weekly 10-minute session …