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Off Main: When you lose a loved one, the holidays change forever

Friday, December 19, 2014

It’s been 3½ years. That’s the simplest way to say it, to think about it. On June 26, 2011, my mother died at the age of 58. It was an unexpected death. She had battled rheumatoid arthritis for many years, bravely trying drug after drug, gritting her teeth through the pain when they didn’t work. And most of the time …

My Turn: Let Congress serve as a model of what not to do

Friday, December 19, 2014

It is my hope, that with the New Year, we can endeavor to achieve a spirit of cooperation that will carry throughout the legislative session. We face very significant challenges as a state, and they will only be made more difficult if we don’t work together to solve them. Personal differences should be set aside and commonalities should be identified so that a …

My Turn: For good of the state, it’s time to get to work

Friday, December 19, 2014

Here in New Hampshire, we have long prided ourselves on having a truly representative government. We have the largest state legislature in the United States. It is truly a citizen legislature made up of young and old, with diverse backgrounds, beliefs and life experiences. With 400 house members, by its very design, we are meant to reflect the state we are all proud …

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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

Congressional roll call

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Voterama in Congress Here’s how New Hampshire’s members of Congress voted on major issues during the week ending Friday. House Government funding, Wall Street deregulation: Voting 219 for and 206 against, the House on Thursday passed a bipartisan bill (HR 83) to fund most government operations through Sept. …

My Turn: Sunapee expansion would set bad precedent for state

Sunday, December 14, 2014

In the early 1900s, Herbert Welsh, a summer resident of Sunapee, worked with the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests to protect Mount Sunapee when extensive logging threatened the mountain and its ancient forest. Welsh and his supporters thwarted the challenge and the Forest Society purchased …

Ray Duckler: No home, no help, no solutions

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Two months ago, the Rev. Carlos Jauhola-Straight of the South Congregational Church told the Monitor the harsh truth about the city’s two overnight winter shelters. A “Band-Aid,” the reverend called them, meaning they were created as a temporary …

Katy Burns: Ready, set, bake! It’s Christmas cookie time

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Yes, we’ve now documented – as if there’d been any doubt – that our government, in the name of the people of the United States, tortured people. We officially condoned acts that our same government – along with most of what we consider the civilized world – had …

My Turn: Time to rebel against big money in politics

Sunday, December 14, 2014

One month from now, a band of “Granny D walkers” will put on their boots in Dixville Notch and take to the road in a New Hampshire rebellion against big money in politics. One week later, walkers will join the N.H. Rebellion in Portsmouth, Nashua and Keene, taking …

Board of Contributors: There is no defense for torture

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Torture’s not new in America – naming it probably is, but the act isn’t. During our formative years, torture kept slaves in line. During Vietnam, our CIA-trained operatives used assassinations, rape, starvation and beatings – and electric shocks to the genitals of some Vietnamese communists – to glean …

Off Main: State of confusion

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Okay, New Hampshire. It’s time to make up your mind. What kind of state do you actually want to be? Frankly, I’m getting a little bit confused. Time and again, in instance after instance, you can’t decide whether …

My Turn: Here’s the problem with the U.S. health care system

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Despite having the best-trained doctors and best-equipped hospitals in the world, America has one of the worst health care systems. Approximately 82 percent of our population has health insurance of any kind, according to U.S. News and World Report. Only half of those have insurance that adequately covers …

My Turn: Lottery expansion plan would lower property taxes

Saturday, December 13, 2014

If you’re like me, this week’s property tax payment is putting something of a damper on the holiday spirit. High property taxes are the No. 1 complaint from our constituents, and our suggestion to get involved in school budgets is usually not a satisfying response. I’ve put in …

My Turn: Do kids really need those expensive, high-tech gadgets? No, they don’t.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

These words will probably come too late to influence anyone’s gift considerations, but the way gift-giving to our children and teens has evolved, I feel the need to give parents a bit of advice. There are many life …