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My Turn: After more than 60 years, film still resonates

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Race and equality are among the top news stories today with headlines coming from Ferguson, Baltimore and Charleston, yet it is worth remembering that a small city in New Hampshire can have an affect on race relations. Sixty-six years ago, in 1949, a groundbreaking film examined the lives of Dr. Albert Johnston and his family, residents of Keene, who passed as white until their racial heritage was exposed in the …

Monitor Board of Contributors: A man of the people

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Like almost everybody, I have been surprised by the surge of Sen. Bernie Sanders in the presidential race. At first I thought, given our proximity to Vermont, he might do well in New Hampshire. Then I thought he might do well in Iowa. He has been drawing large crowds wherever he goes. That …

National View: Can Terry McAuliffe save Hillary Clinton?

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Does Hillary Clinton have a serious 2016 image problem? At a comparable stage in the 2000 presidential election cycle, the polls said George W. Bush would beat Al Gore in a landslide. On Election Day, roughly a year and a half later, the Texan lost the national popular vote but won the White House after a bitterly divided Supreme Court weeks later declared …

My Turn: Don’t let the summer sun become your enemy

Saturday, July 25, 2015

The wonderful warmth of summer: It is the time of year where we spend countless hours outside. It is also the time of year when we have increased sun exposure and can suffer the problems associated with it. We try to protect ourselves from the sun, but there …

My Turn: Let’s relieve college students of the burden of debt

Saturday, July 25, 2015

My father, Tom O’Malley, a World War II bombardier, went to college only because the far-seeing investment our country made in the GI Bill. America’s generosity allowed my dad to become a lawyer, start a family and raise …

My Turn: ACA ruling good news for state’s oral health

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court released its decision in the latest Affordable Care Act case, King v. Burwell, brought by opponents of President Obama’s health care reform law, and President Obama won. The Supreme Court ruled that eligibility for the Affordable Care Act’s health premium tax credit …

Monitor Board of Contributors: On a bicycle, you take a different road

Friday, July 24, 2015

This spring, I started riding a bicycle to work instead of driving. It’s not a long commute, only 3 miles or so. Takes me about 20 minutes or less, depending on whether I dawdle or really lean over …

My Turn: Budget fight is not the New Hampshire way

Friday, July 24, 2015

As a former member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives and a longtime member of the Finance Committee in the state Senate, I believe that it is time for the Legislature, both Democrats and Republicans, to get …

My Turn: CCSNH strategies not formulated on a whim

Friday, July 24, 2015

Community colleges are designed to offer an affordable choice for students who want a high-quality education and to advance in their education and careers without amassing crippling levels of debt. This requires a particular fiscal discipline, and ability to innovate, when it comes to priorities and use of …

My Turn: An open letter to Sen. Ayotte

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Dear Sen. Ayotte: I understand you’ve been invited to attend the New Hampshire National Security Action Summit scheduled to meet in Bedford on Saturday. Sponsored in part by the Center for Security Policy, the “summit” will host such …

Monitor Board of Contributors: North has its own set of demons

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

It was encouraging to see the Confederate flag come down in South Carolina. It does represent a victory of sorts for anti-racists. That flag is and has long been a hateful symbol. You have to overlook so much to celebrate that flag. Still, the victory should not be …

My Turn: In New Hampshire, a new reality takes hold

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

When you look in the mirror, what do you see? I thought I knew what I saw starring back at me the last time I looked deep into my New Hampshire pupils and assessed what I believed to be true about the world. That was until this previously …

Off Main: In conversations about race, white America must learn to listen

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

“I do not know many Negroes who are eager to be ‘accepted’ by white people, still less to be loved by them; they, the blacks, simply don’t wish to be beaten over the head by the whites every …