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Uruguay's President Jose Mujica attends a meeting during the China and CELAC Summit at the Itamaraty Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, July 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

My Turn: The people’s president

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

There is probably no more powerful political force on the planet today than cynicism. Nothing acts to prevent activism and positive social change more. Cynicism is the ultimate inaction producer. It is a bulwark of the status quo. The conventional wisdom is that regardless of political party, you cannot trust any politician. Politicians are like con men – they take you in and then they sell you out. Cynicism makes it hard to believe in any cause or collective effort toward any social justice objective. It promotes doubt in the sincerity and goodness of everybody. But then along comes someone like Jose Mujica, the president …

My Turn: Law enforcement has a true friend in Shaheen

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Here in New Hampshire, the men and women of our law enforcement community know how important it is to have strong champions for our state in Congress. And whether it’s supporting the right policies for our first responders or providing the resources we need to do our jobs, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has had our back throughout her entire career. That’s why the New …

My Turn: Millennials need to cast informed ballots

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

As a parent of a millennial, I see firsthand the struggles of this generation. Each year, hopeful graduates are exiting our institutions of higher learning, ready to face the real world for the first time with a dream of pursuing careers and their field of study. It is unfortunate that many will move back home with their parents, take countless interviews and compete …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

My Turn: Election noise obscures truth about bipartisan budget

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Granite Staters know that balancing a budget – whether it’s our family’s budget or the state’s budget – requires making tough choices to protect our priorities while living within our means. That’s what we’ve worked to do at …

My Turn: A chance to create a welcoming community

Saturday, October 11, 2014

This year, Concord was awarded a grant by the Endowment for Health to develop a collaborative plan over the next three years to integrate our foreign-born newcomers. For this endeavor, nonprofit agencies, government officials and business representatives have come together to begin taking the lead in this planning …

My Turn: A successful journey through the minefield of addiction

Friday, October 10, 2014

My son, at 23, is lucky to be alive. Statistically, he is a member of a generation decimated by an opiate drug epidemic so far-reaching that in 2010 – the year he graduated high school – New Hampshire …

My Turn: Even on a quiet trail, peace of mind is hard to find

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

I picked up the cup. It is not something I would usually do, but this time felt a little different. Let me explain. The paper cup was about 150 feet or so in on the river trail between …

My Turn: Time is right for President Hillary

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

With our first-in-the-nation presidential primary about 16 months away, it seems there are plenty of potential candidates already coming to New Hampshire to test the waters, most on the Republican side. As a Democrat who cares deeply about the need for continued progressive leadership in Washington, I have …

My Turn: The lights shine in Durham

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Last Saturday evening, I ascended the stairs at the University of New Hampshire’s Cowell Stadium with my wife, my brother and several of my former teammates to bear witness to the first ever night game played at the stadium. With summer making perhaps its last stand that weekend, …

My Turn: Community college reforms are essential

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

We serve as chairman and vice chairman of the Community College System of New Hampshire board of trustees. While we would not choose to engage in a dialog with CCSNH employees through the press, we feel compelled to respond to a recent “My Turn” column by faculty member …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Destroy the invaders (with some help from the goats)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The leaves are changing colors, so you will find me sharpening my loppers, buying Roundup concentrate in bulk and practicing my evil scientist laugh: Bwaa-ha-ha! “But wait, aren’t you organic?” people ask me. Yes, my farm is certified …

My Turn: Young people are talking, but are politicians listening?

Sunday, October 5, 2014

New Hampshire has long been famous for its strong motto. No other state has a slogan quite like “live free or die” imbued into its culture. It speaks to the Granite State’s fiercely independent streak and long-standing tradition of open political debate. These factors are a large part …

Katy Burns: American traffic circles don’t have to be so square

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Pssst . . . Hey, wanna buy a roundabout? I thought not. We here in America, perhaps especially here in the good old Grouchy State, have not been notably welcoming to roundabouts. The snazzy new (to these parts) …