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My Turn: Dunbarton committee isn’t rushing project

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Regarding the article about Dunbarton selectman candidates Tom Groleau and Ted Vallieres (Monitor Local & State, Feb. 26): The Dunbarton Town Hall and Theatre Restoration Project Committee would like to assure the voting public that we have not “rushed” anything. We have exercised due diligence in bringing this project to the town for a vote, and we have never guaranteed that the entire project would be funded solely by donations …

National view: What Orwell said about ‘Mein Kampf’

Sunday, March 1, 2015

As the Washington Post’s Anthony Faiola reported this week, Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf is expected to be reissued in Germany for the first time since the end of World War II. Although widely available elsewhere in the world, the book – Hitler’s testament and what’s considered the founding text of Nazism – was …

My Turn: FairPoint agreement is a victory for all workers

Sunday, March 1, 2015

New Hampshire workers won big this past week. After months of intensive negotiations, more than 600 local employees reached a landmark agreement with FairPoint Communications, ending a 130-day strike. These workers have been standing together on the picket line every day since October – rain, snow or shine – and their determination has finally paid off. The members of the International Brotherhood of …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

My Turn: Politicizing franchise law hurts businesses

Monday, February 23, 2015

I am a New Hampshire small-business franchise owner. My company owns and operates four hotels in this state under franchise agreements that have served customers, workers and employers well for decades. Locally owned franchise businesses like mine are an important part of the American small-business success story. Franchising …

My Turn: Who else but Hillary can manage world’s problems?

Sunday, February 22, 2015

We see ads frequently reminding us that friends do not let friends drive drunk. And we are also devoted to the idea that friends should not ask friends to run for president. We are referring to all the …

And the Oscar for best Oscar category goes to . . . Best Feature Documentary

Sunday, February 22, 2015

I’ve never been a big fan of awards – especially industry awards. I like televised award shows even less, and there is no show I despise more than the Oscars. Maybe it’s the mind-numbing speeches or all of …

Katy Burns: As if the snow isn’t bad enough, we have politicians

Sunday, February 22, 2015

It is Thursday afternoon, and it is snowing. And more snow is cascading to earth as my husband diligently rakes the roof of the sunroom where I write. His legs are at eye level as he stands on …

My Turn: Penny wise and pound foolish, then penny foolish

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Energy conservation and energy independence both took a beating this week in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. First, the House voted to defund the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. RGGI is a cap-and-trade program (a concept introduced by the Reagan administration) in which all New England states and …

National view: Republican presidential candidates unite to ignore immigration in 2016

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Immigration is supposed to be a bitterly divisive topic for Republicans. Yet a very narrow range of opinion separates the party’s leading presidential candidates, which is unfortunate for the country. The last Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, opposed giving legal status to illegal immigrants. But most of the …

My Turn: Why is Social Security in trouble? Follow the money

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Entitlement? We would like someone to explain to us why we are referred to as entitled people. Yes, my husband and I are on Social Security and Medicare presently. This is after paying in by payroll deductions from our paychecks for 45 years and matched by our employers, …

My Turn: Gun law change is wrong for state

Saturday, February 21, 2015

If someone had told me six years ago that I’d be writing a newspaper piece about the finer points of New Hampshire state gun laws, I would not have believed them. I was never a particularly political person. But nothing shapes someone’s world view more than personal experiences …

My Turn: It’s time to clear a path toward STEM success

Saturday, February 21, 2015

If we, as a state, are going to get serious about preparing our students for 21st-century careers, then we need to begin by prioritizing STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and adding an “A” (arts), creating STEAM for our students today. In fact, the New Hampshire Scholars Initiative, …

My Turn: Senate votes prove conservation is bipartisan

Saturday, February 21, 2015

The conservation of our nation’s lands and waters is a concept that unites nearly all Americans – certainly those of us who like to hike, watch wildlife, fish and hunt. In our state, 90 percent of people asked …