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Monitor Board of Contributors: Libertarian ideals may look great on paper, but in practice they erode freedom

Thursday, May 28, 2015

I have a question for the Libertarians out there: What exactly do you mean by harm? I was intrigued by material I read on the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire website that stated “as long as they are not harming anyone else, people have the right to do as they please.” This sounds great. In fact, it is the stuff of sibling-rivalry solutions that I have been teaching my kids …

My Turn: EPA must honor promise to diversify transportation fuels

Thursday, May 28, 2015

In 2008, my partners and I embarked on a new venture to build the largest biodiesel production facility in the Northeast. Like many of you, we were concerned about sending billions of U.S. dollars to the Middle East to buy oil and spending even more protecting our access to that foreign oil. In many cases, our own dollars were financing terrorism against us. …

My Turn: Ayotte bill is an insult to women

Thursday, May 28, 2015

As the largest reproductive health care provider and advocate in the region, Planned Parenthood Northern New England has always supported policies that expand women’s access to birth control, including making birth control available over the counter. Yet over-the-counter birth control should not come at the cost of women losing their insurance coverage, being forced to pay several hundred dollars more out of pocket …

My Turn: The racism game

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The obsessive Deflategate scandal aside, probably no story in the football offseason was more surprising than the trade of LeSean McCoy. The Philadelphia Eagles traded McCoy, a star running back, to the Buffalo Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonzo. …

National View: Weak U.S. strategy and the fall of Ramadi

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

It has been apparent for some time that the United States lacks a strategy to fulfill President Obama’s pledge to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State since it has no plan to root out the terrorists’ base in Syria. There was hope, though, that Obama’s half-measures might …

My Turn: Every county in the state needs a drug court

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The proposed House budget once again does not have a provision for increased funds for drug treatment. New Hampshire raises about $16.8 million in taxes and fees that are designed to be used for drug and alcohol treatment, prevention and education. Unfortunately, $13 million of it will be …

National View: Women didn’t fail test at Army Ranger School

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Last week, eight women washed out of the Army’s prestigious Ranger School after 11 others didn’t make it past the first cut, and none of them will earn the vaunted black and gold Ranger “tab.” Yet. And that’s actually a good thing. No, they didn’t get a chance …

Mike Marland, May 17, 2015

Saturday, May 16, 2015

My Turn: It’s important to read the fine print on Iran agreement

Saturday, May 16, 2015

In his recent “My Turn” column (Monitor Forum, May 6), William L. Chapman missed the mark on several key points regarding the parameters of the nuclear agreement currently being negotiated between Iran and the P5+1 member countries. The piece, which merely echoes the fact sheet released by the …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Sanders’s voice is important for the New Hampshire primary

Saturday, May 16, 2015

So Bernie Sanders has entered the race as a Democrat. This fills my heart with joy. Not because I necessarily think he would be the best president, but because having Sanders in the race will force a dialogue …

National View: Finally, a democratic socialist is running for president

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Sen. Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign is the first such effort by a democratic socialist since Norman Thomas waged the last of his six such campaigns on the Socialist Party ticket in 1948. It’s about time. Historically, the role of the two great American socialist standard-bearers Eugene Debs and …

Fran Wendelboe: The real abortion extremists

Saturday, May 16, 2015

The biggest divide between the Democrats and the conservative Republicans is quite possibly the issue of abortion. While there are pro-choice Republicans under the big tent of the GOP, for the most part they ignore each other until there is a pro-choice nominee of the party and some …

My Turn: Clinton will fight for women’s health care

Saturday, May 16, 2015

This past week was National Women’s Health Week, a nationwide initiative aiming to empower women to make their health a priority. It is a good time to reflect not just on the general things women should do to improve their health and well-being but for all of us …