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Monitor Board of Contributors: Holding enemies close, Iran most closely

Sunday, August 2, 2015

At Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, there’s an obligatory pass-fail, one-credit course, “Map of the World,” that covers “the evolution of the modern political map of each region and major nationalist, ethnic, boundary and territorial conflicts and tension areas.” Even if it takes a student four years, no one graduates without passing “Map of the World.” The current debate (I use that term generously) over the nuclear agreement with …

Katy Burns: Tempest in an ivory tower teapot

Sunday, August 2, 2015

You can sure tell it’s the summer silly season when some major news organizations in this state – normally sober, serious places – focus their collective spotlight on the amazing discovery that people who are cooped up in ivory towers can sometimes be hilariously earnest and tone deaf. I speak, of course, of the University of New Hampshire’s unofficial Bias-Free Language Guide, which …

Mike Marland, Aug. 2, 2015

Sunday, August 2, 2015

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 …

My Turn: This time, narcissist Trump has gone too far

Monday, July 20, 2015

On Saturday, at an event in Iowa, Donald Trump belittled John McCain’s status as a war hero. “He’s not a war hero,” Trump said. “He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.” …

Growth fantasy: Tax cuts and small government

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Jeb Bush says that if he’s elected president he wants to get us to sustained gross domestic product growth of 4 percent a year. I’m highly skeptical, and I’m far from the only one. But there are some true believers, who think that if we just do the …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Transforming Iran: Is the third time a charm?

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Historically, the struggle for Iran has been between constitutionalists and authoritarian forces. Iran began to transform early in the 20th century, when the Persians fought against an Anglo-Russian agreement that divided Iran into a Russian zone and a …