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A woman shares a picnic lunch through the U.S.-Mexico border fence with her husband  in Tijuana, Mexico, in this 2006 file photo. The couple, who had been married for six years, would meet every weekend while they worked on immigration papers.

Monitor Board of Contributors: Off the wall

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Central to the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump is the idea that, if elected, he is going to build an impenetrable wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to keep out illegal Mexican migrants. Not only that, he says he is going to make Mexico pay for it. Among the Republican presidential candidates, Trump is not alone on the wall idea. Ted …

National View: The rise and fall of public campaign funding

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Sometimes, prosperity can be a sign of failure. Take the $292 million pot of taxpayer dollars that politicians are refusing to touch. For years after the public fund for presidential candidates was established in 1974, the biggest worry for its minders at the Federal Election Commission was whether there would be enough money for all the candidates. Now, despite a sharp decline in …

Our Turn: Treat kindergarten like any other grade

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Kids enrolled in full-day kindergarten programs might be half as tall and don’t eat as much as 12th-graders, but are they worth only half as much? According to the law that defines the state’s financial support for education, the answer is yes. That needs to change. House Bill 1563 does not mandate full-day kindergarten. However, it would change the current adequate education law …

My Turn: Bernie Sanders is not a plausible commander-in-chief

Sunday, January 31, 2016

We are headed for a national security election. After a year that brought us the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, last fall’s bloody killing spree in that same city and the San Bernardino attacks, 29 percent of Americans cite terrorism as their top concern, a number that has …

My Turn: Medicaid expansion makes fiscal sense

Saturday, January 30, 2016

As the 2016 New Hampshire Legislative session gets under way, one of the biggest decisions legislators will have to make is whether to reauthorize the successful New Hampshire Health Protection Plan. In 2014, I was one of six …

My Turn: Drug crisis is an ‘all hands on deck’ moment for New Hampshire

Saturday, January 30, 2016

As people and businesses across New Hampshire know painfully well, the heroin and opioid crisis is the most pressing public health and safety challenge facing our state. No matter how often we repeat the statistic, the fact that …

My Turn: With Clinton, we can continue what we started in 2009

Friday, January 29, 2016

When President Obama delivered his first inaugural address in 2009, he catalogued the challenges facing our country and tried to set expectations that it would take time to fully recover from the problems we confronted: “Today I say …

My Turn: The ascent of Christa McAuliffe

Friday, January 29, 2016

In the Jan. 28, 1986, Challenger shuttle accident, two technologies – aerospace and television – flexed their muscles and revealed their tragic flaws. The same powerful thrust of fuel and engines that promised to bring glory to NASA’s Teacher in Space Christa McAuliffe and the other members of …

My Turn: Why I am no longer a Republican

Friday, January 29, 2016

Most people form their political views in their teenage and young adult years. My parents were Republicans, and we lived in an affluent and generally Republican suburb of Philadelphia. I was 13 years old in 1956 and remember …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Climate change is the test that matters most

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Most people won’t actually remember what a real litmus test is. The term comes from chemistry, where litmus paper is used to measure the relative acidity or alkalinity of a liquid. Somehow, politicians altered the term as a …

My Turn: Facts, not emotion, guide bobcat hunt opposition

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is considering opening a trophy hunt on bobcats, and plans to allow trapping, hounding, baiting and hunting. I am vehemently opposed to this, and I hope that others will join me in opposing it on Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. in …

My Turn: Medicaid expansion flaws are glaring

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

This year, the state Legislature will decide the future of expanding the state’s Medicaid program to able-bodied adults under Obamacare. Medicaid expansion – passed in 2014 by a Legislature more sympathetic to Obamacare and growing government – expires later this year, and some of our elected officials are …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Let’s deliver a blow to the wealthy and powerful

Sunday, January 24, 2016

My regular readers know that as a general rule I try to avoid politics. I also tend to avoid religion, but when it comes up I try to be tolerant and respectful of all belief systems, drawing the line only when they preach hate or try to pass …