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Board of Contributors: Will my family ever be homeless? It’s impossible to say

Friday, January 30, 2015

On Tuesday, while the winter storm blew outside, our family was home – warm, protected and relaxed. If the snow wanted to fall, fine. If the wind wanted to blow, hey, have at it. If we got cold there was heat available with the slight twist of the thermostat. From our cocoon we could watch it all live out the …

My Turn: RGGI is a good investment for New Hampshire

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The New Hampshire House will soon be voting on a bill to repeal the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. We call on all of you to appreciate the benefits this program brings to our state and to contact your legislators asking them to vote against repeal. When Gov. John Lynch signed onto RGGI with nine other governors, it fell to the New Hampshire Legislature …

My Turn: Purchasing insurance across state lines doesn’t work and causes more problems than it can possibly solve

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

In American politics, ideology often supersedes reason. We don’t have to look any further than in the New Hampshire state Legislature. State Sen. Andy Sanborn, a Bedford Republican, is sponsoring a bill that would allow New Hampshire residents to purchase health insurance across state lines. He argues that giving New Hampshire citizens out-of-state …

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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

My Turn: Time to close capital gains loophole

Sunday, January 25, 2015

New Hampshire has a revenue problem. Simply put, the state doesn’t make enough money to pay its bills. While some lawmakers like to say we have a spending problem, we know that’s not just wrong, it’s disingenuous. And that’s because the way lawmakers “solved” the so-called spending problem …

Spending more on education works

Sunday, January 25, 2015

It’s become almost conventional wisdom that throwing more money at public education doesn’t produce results. But what if conventional wisdom is wrong? A new paper from economists C. Kirabo Jackson, Rucker Johnson and Claudia Persico suggests that it is. To disentangle correlation from causation, they look at periods …

My Turn: We need to look at our public retirement system

Saturday, January 24, 2015

It has been reported the speaker of the House is considering a committee to address the New Hampshire Retirement System. Thank you Mr. Speaker. Hopefully your Committee’s findings and recommendations will be acted on. The NHRS as established in 1967 is a defined-benefit program which pays the employees …

My Turn: Where’s my dad’s GOP?

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Grand Old Party was once just that, grand! It guided big programs, good programs through Congress. Founded in 1854 to abolished slavery, Republicans went on to give women the right to vote, pass the Civil Rights Act, expand Social Security, create the first national park and build …

My Turn: Patience, gratitude and a project well done

Saturday, January 24, 2015

I am not a patient person. I am the poster child for the “ imagine-do” approach to tasks at hand. So this is a story to offer some comfort and perhaps peace of mind to those of us …

NATIONAL VIEW: An expanded role in Asia

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The following editorial appeared in yesterday’s Washington Post: We’ve faulted President Obama for his less-than-full-throated support of free-trade agreements that enjoy the nominal backing of his administration. There was no such cause for complaint about his State of the Union address Tuesday night, however, in which he called …

My Turn: Money ball goes to D.C.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

I normally don’t feel compelled to comment on sports stories, but after reading “Scherzer, Nationals break the bank” (Monitor, Jan. 20) I feel compelled to do so. First, one of the story’s very ill conceived hooks was that now that Scherzer signed a lucrative new contract with the …

My Turn: Town hall-style meetings nice in theory, but too often become a circus

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Concord Monitor has espoused the notion that “town hall meetings” are important elements of New Hampshire political life, a premise with which few can argue. But there are “town hall meetings,” and then there are “shooting ducks …

My Turn: So ‘Real World: Peterborough’ was a hoax, but what other reality shows could we have?

Friday, January 23, 2015

Maybe you saw the spoof story circulating via Facebook a couple of weeks ago, poking fun at MTV’s The Real World at the expense of poor old Peterborough. The story, written so dryly that it was hard to …

My Turn: Roe at 42 – an unapologetically pro-abortion rights view

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Jan. 22 marks the 42nd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. It has to be one of the most controversial opinions ever released by the U.S. Supreme Court. As someone who is unapologetically pro-choice, I wanted to …