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My Turn: Northern Pass continues down a dead-end road

Saturday, July 12, 2014

In January, we published a piece pointing out Northern Pass’s refusal to take seriously the objections of affected residents. We wrote that “this refusal dooms Northern Pass to travel a long, uncertain and potentially dead-end road. It dooms New Hampshire to protracted conflict over this issue, perhaps resulting in much that is lost and nothing that is gained.” Now, half a year later, the Northern Pass bus is stalled near … 1

My Turn: Vanity license plates are a judgment call

Saturday, July 12, 2014

As a lifelong New Hampshire resident and a person who has had his share of vanity tags over the years, I must chime in on this vanity plate situation. The New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union, in its challenge for David Montenegro at the state Supreme Court, has again attempted to litigate something ridiculous and waste more of the taxpayers’ money and the court’s … 1

Mike Marland, July 12, 2014

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Birch and Finch talk Havenstein and birthers. … 0

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My Turn: Hobby Lobby ruling a threat to women’s health care

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Too many women across New Hampshire are facing a new threat to their health care: Their employers can now deny coverage for birth control. That’s the immediate impact of the Supreme Court decision a few days ago in … 10

Five myths about the Islamic State

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has changed its name more often than a rock band. The Sunni extremist group that has fought in Syria and plotted attacks in Saudi Arabia and Lebanon has now upped … 0

Americans falling out of love with shopping malls

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Last week, Slate published photos of empty, decaying shopping malls from a new book, Autopsy of America. The images are arresting, and the timing couldn’t be better. Abandoned malls are hot: The Dead Malls Enthusiasts Facebook group boasts almost 14,000 members; a Google search of “dead malls” produces … 3

Civil Rights Act marked turning point in history

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law. The comprehensive, landmark legislation outlawed, among many other things, racial segregation in public accommodations. Jim Crow, in both its more overt Southern and subtler Northern manifestations, was officially proscribed, although racial apartheid would continue in … 0

Colleges are slowly taking away your First Amendment rights

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Last Sept. 17 was a pretty bad day for the Constitution on our campuses. Robert Van Tuinen of Modesto Junior College in California was prevented from passing out copies of the Constitution outside of his college’s tiny “free speech zone.” Near Los Angeles, Citrus College student Vinny Sinapi-Riddle … 1

Mike Marland, July 5, 2014

Saturday, July 5, 2014

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My Turn: Havenstein is allowed to run, but he shouldn’t be

Saturday, July 5, 2014

I attended the New Hampshire Ballot Law Commission hearing on June 30 regarding Walt Havenstein’s eligibility to run for governor. The New Hampshire Constitution states that you cannot run for (or serve as) governor unless you have been … 12

My Turn: A unique take on women’s sexuality and abortion

Saturday, July 5, 2014

This summer, there’s a film offering a refreshing change from the regular blockbuster, action-movie fare – and it is challenging how the entertainment industry approaches a personal and complex topic. It marks an exciting major turning point in … 0

My Turn: In a welcoming community, poems tend to write themselves

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Maybe you should write a poem about the Fourth of July, you offered. I was sitting with this beautiful lady, sharing a glass of wine on her porch. We had just met this evening as I walked past … 0

My Turn: Murder-suicide took a toll on my family but didn’t destroy it

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

On June 26, 2001, my family experienced one of those most awful events, that, if we thought about it, would have said, “I could never get through it.” Over in the small town of Hillsboro, on a very … 1