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Julian Bond, shown here during a Civil Rights Summit in Austin, Texas, last year, died on Aug. 15.

Monitor Board of Contributors: With the death of Julian Bond, justice loses one of its most thoughtful warriors

Saturday, August 29, 2015

When I think of Julian Bond, the first words that come to mind are grace, humor and wit. These are not the words you might expect for a battle-hardened, longtime civil rights activist. Bond died on Aug. 15 from complications of vascular disease. My initial awareness of Bond dates back to the mid-1960s, when he became nationally famous. After passage …

My Turn: World must stand up to Putin the bully

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The maxim “History repeats itself” appears as true today as it was during any past century. No century has been able to complete itself without a major conflict. This cycle is most evident in Europe today, in deadly “Goliath versus David” warfare. With a population of just 45 million, Ukraine’s key threat is from Vladimir Putin, the outwardly calm ex-KGB official now leading …

My Turn: Planned Parenthood plays essential role in our medical community

Saturday, August 29, 2015

I have been dismayed in recent weeks to hear some of our elected leaders in New Hampshire and in Washington, D.C., distort the science and ignore the tremendous public health contributions of a valued health care provider in favor of extreme political rhetoric and false, medically unsound claims. As the former chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and a longtime …

My Turn: Things I wish I was told after my dementia diagnosis

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Statistically, 50 percent of American adults will develop dementia after 75, most likely Alzheimer’s. I want to share briefly with those who have it, or will, what was missing for me for at least a year and what would have made a major difference in coping with this …

My Turn: On climate change, we’ve reached a dead end

Saturday, August 22, 2015

For far too long and among far too many, climate change has been thought of as a fringe issue. We have been told that its most passionate champions are activists and environmentalists; that activism is the exception and not the rule; that climate change may change our landscapes …

Hot Topic: Letter about St. Paul’s ‘mistake’ stirs outrage

Friday, August 21, 2015

Several readers were critical of a letter to the editor from Hugh Williams Benziger, a Texas resident and relative of the founder of St. Paul’s School, which was published in the Monitor on Wednesday. Benziger argued that the school wouldn’t be dealing with a scandal involving rape allegations …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Republican candidates gather to talk about education, but cynicism rules the day

Friday, August 21, 2015

I pull into the store parking lot and over my children’s moans about back-to-school sales, I catch snippets of the radio announcement. “The 74 . . . presidential candidates . . . educational summit.” With a smile, I …

National View: Let women serve in elite military units

Friday, August 21, 2015

Today, two women will stand alongside 94 men – and thousands more in history – to receive their U.S. Army Ranger tabs. For the men, the new pins on their uniforms will represent an opportunity for future service. For the women, the first to graduate from Ranger School, …

Monitor Board of Contributors: There’s a gaping hole in the NFL’s concussion settlement – it’s called CTE

Thursday, August 20, 2015

With football returning, it is a good time to revisit developments in how the NFL is handling its Achilles heel – the matter of concussions and repetitive head trauma. Deflategate is a sideshow. The deeper and darker side …

My Turn: Facts absent in smear campaign against Ayotte

Thursday, August 20, 2015

I write in response to an opinion piece written by the vice president of public policy for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (Monitor Opinion, Aug. 18), which falsely claims that Republicans, including Sen. Kelly Ayotte, want to …

My Turn: Republicans to blame for impasse

Thursday, August 20, 2015

It is mid-August and the state of New Hampshire has no budget. This did not have to be. Gov. Hassan proposed, as she said in her veto statement on June 25, a “fiscally responsible, balanced budget that was transparent and honest about how we would support critical economic …

My Turn: New Hampshire must do a better job of helping special education students succeed

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Nineteen-year-old Taylor Edwards should be commended for her courage in speaking publicly about what Taylor described as being “pushed . . . out of school” by the Pittsfield School District. It is a common story in school districts …

My Turn: Government should stop impeding marijuana reform

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

There is a quiet revolution taking place across the United States to reform and modernize marijuana policy. For too long, the U.S. approach to marijuana has been part of the failed war on drugs – prohibition, prosecution and …