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National View: Five myths about wildfires in America

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Northern California’s burning. Oregon’s ablaze. Three firefighters died in Washington last week while trying to keep flames from razing the entire town of Twisp. With weeks of fire season still to go, the federal government has already spent more than $800 million trying to extinguish blazes that promise to rival history’s worst in terms of size, destructiveness and cost. In other words: same sad stories, new year. This weekend, while …

On the issues: O’Malley says ‘we need to stop stumbling backwards’

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has, since announcing his presidential bid, outlined a series of specific policy goals he would pursue as president – on the environment, college affordability, the economy, substance abuse and more. Here are some of them: On wages: O’Malley supports raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour nationwide. …

Fran Wendelboe: The path ahead for the U.S. and Mexico on immigration

Saturday, August 29, 2015

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” – Emma Lazarus sonnet engraved on the Statue of Liberty My great grandparents on my mother’s side came …

Off Main: A public health issue we don’t think about

Friday, August 28, 2015

What if I told you that there was a public health problem in New Hampshire that had persisted for decades and killed more than 100 people most years? It’s true. The epidemic actually threatens more than 10,000 people …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Re-imagining Iran: Peace in a faraway land

Thursday, August 27, 2015

“Oh, I come from a land . . . From a faraway place . . . Where the caravan camels roam. Where they cut off your ear . . . If they don’t like your face . . …

National View: China should tread carefully

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Pentagon has laid down a fresh marker against China’s worrisome land reclamation effort in the South China Sea. In a congressionally mandated report published last week, the Defense Department outlined a strategy for maritime security in the Asia-Pacific that attempts to counter China’s provocative behavior. The real …

Monitor Board of Contributors: For firefighters and homeowners, a small flame can quickly grow into a life-changing event

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

(Editor’s note: Over the next few months in this ongoing series, you will learn about the call and paid firefighters who respond, the incidents they face and the towns they serve. Columns will also explore the issues faced …

My Turn: State wins with a budget veto override

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

On April 2, a good friend of mine lost her 21-year old son to a heroin overdose. A few days ago she sent me an email and asked that I look at her Facebook page. This is what …

My Turn: As a place that nurtures future leaders, St. Paul’s should be confronting misogyny in all its forms

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

“In New Hampshire, people who engage in sexual activity with children under the age of consent (age 16) can be convicted of sexual assault. . . . It does not matter whether the victim consented to or pursued …

My Turn: Clean Power Plan helps drive innovation

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

We’re likely to hear a lot more in the near future about the economic peril presented by the Clean Power Plan. Much of it will be nonsense. Tackling climate change has been an economic driver for businesses and investors throughout New England. Earlier in August, the Environmental Protection …

Our Turn: Women have miles to go for equality

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Today is Women’s Equality Day. On Aug. 26, 1920, the amendment guaranteeing the right to vote for women officially became part of the U.S. Constitution. The anniversary of this historic achievement is both an opportunity to celebrate the progress women have made so far and to focus on …

My Turn: So many students, so many cracks to fall through

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Although Richard Cohen does a wonderful job of pointing out the inadequacies of education for people identified with special needs (Monitor Forum, Aug. 19), he has left out a more insidious issue: those not identified who graduate from high school with minimal education. My son-in-law and daughter run …

Our Turn: Let the Democratic candidates debate

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

While the bulk of political reporting right now seems obsessed with the ups and downs of Donald Trump’s blather and hairdo, the substance of the critically important primary race among five Democrats goes forward pretty much under the radar. Little is said about the exchange of ideas that …