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People watch a fireworks display during a light drizzle in Newark, N.J., Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Some New Jersey towns started their celebrations early with concerts and fireworks shows days before the Fourth of July holiday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

The pundits and pollsters assume it’s a done deal: America is Red States and Blue States, and never the twain shall meet. As “one nation, indivisible” we’ve had our chance and, frankly, we’ve blown it. Now it’s up to the big money interests to flood our airwaves with negative ads for 2016 and beyond. Gerrymandering has made most congressional districts …

My Turn: ‘Bad choices make good stories’ is a flawed narrative

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Last month, I took my recently graduated daughter to the mall to apply for summer jobs. Visiting one of her favorite shops, I saw a T-shirt with the following motto displayed in the window: “Bad Choices Make Good Stories.” Really? This has been the “go to” boutique for my daughter since before puberty; …

My Turn: O’Malley and the poetry of greater purpose

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Buses hydroplane through a torrential downpour; lightning streaks the green leafy expanses of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Just a day prior, I stood at the Baltimore airport and watched scenes of terrorist attacks on three continents: a beheading, a bombed mosque, a devastated resort. A new resourceful enemy rises from ashes of …

My Turn: Should New Hampshire be more like Texas?

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Heads turned sharply in Concord this week when New Hampshire Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley and House Speaker Shawn Jasper both shared a press release inviting local businesses to relocate from New Hampshire to Texas. It was sent out originally by the governor of Texas to New Hampshire …

My Turn: New Hampshire helped lead the way on same-sex marriage

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The freedom to marry is now the law of the land across our great nation. The feeling of hopeful anticipation that swept the country in advance of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling was familiar to many Granite Staters, …

My Turn: Budget ignores needs of rural communities

Thursday, June 25, 2015

​The priorities embraced by the 2016-17 budgets, recently passed by the New Hampshire House and Senate, seem notably inconsistent with the needs of the state from a public health and public policy perspective. It is difficult to understand the reductions in requested substance abuse service funds during our …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Constitutional interpretation and the evolution of arms

Thursday, June 25, 2015

This fall, we thought it would be fun and important to start teaching our 4-year-old son, Sam, about the American Revolution. We bought him a book called Sam the Minuteman. The book tells the story of a little …

My Turn: Budget is a result of money in politics

Thursday, June 25, 2015

There is little time left in the Great Biennial Budget Battle, and with the state falling back on a continuing resolution, things are getting only more contentious. In the past, legislators have eventually compromised on a budget that holds the line against either an income or sales tax, …

My Turn: Republican budget full of false promises

Thursday, June 25, 2015

We stand with Gov. Hassan in her decision to veto the fiscally irresponsible and unbalanced Republican budget, which we can only describe as a trail of false promises. You may have heard Republicans claim that their budget increases funding for critical priorities such as substance abuse treatment, mental …

My Turn: Energy costs, not taxes, are hurting businesses

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Let’s talk about a way to provide the ingredients for continued economic growth for New Hampshire. The current operating budget calls for a reduction in business taxes. However, the most significant problems for New Hampshire businesses are high energy costs and an insufficient supply of energy. Without looking …

My Turn: Election fraud, not voter fraud, is the real threat

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Part 1, Article 11 of the New Hampshire Constitution equates inhabitance with domicile for voting purposes. It does not equate inhabitance or domicile with residency. SB 179, approved by the Republican majority New Hampshire House and Senate, is yet another attempt to thwart the intention of the founders …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Those who shape American foreign policy should look to ‘Star Trek’ for inspiration

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

For those of you who somehow managed to miss that iconic science-fiction series Star Trek, in all its forms, the “Prime Directive” was a fundamental policy of non-interference. As the starship Enterprise boldly went (will go?) on its …

My Turn: Expanding the vote is the American way

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I may be one of the 1,777 voters James Adams questions in his “My Turn” piece (Monitor Forum, June 13). I performed my action in the hopes of challenging the Voter ID law. I will attempt to explain my position. First, there is a system in place to …