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Monitor Board of Contributors: Memo to GOP: America is about Change

Sunday, July 5, 2015

This past week, outside an antique shop along New Hampshire’s Seacoast, I walked past a van festooned with stickers, one of which read, “We tried change. I want my country back,” a message generated in opposition, no doubt, to the “Hope and Change” promised by candidate Barack Obama in 2008 – promises President Obama has struggled to achieve in spite of unrelenting, unprecedented Republican opposition. Which America, I wondered, did the driver want back – what change did the driver oppose? Was she opposed to the Change that delivered the ObamaCare to millions of Americans, a promise finally secured by a majority of Supreme Court …

When wars had home fronts

Sunday, July 5, 2015

On this lovely Fourth of July weekend, ponder the fact that our country has been at war for nearly 15 years – since October 2001, when we sent troops into Afghanistan to attack those who had attacked the United States on Sept. 11. That is without parallel in American history. By the end …

My Turn: N.H. needs to lower business taxes to compete

Sunday, July 5, 2015

The New Hampshire Advantage used to be easier. No sales tax. No income tax. Rely on our neighboring states to do something uncompetitive. New Hampshire had always been able to make our state a competitive place to do business simply by avoiding the mistakes of those around us. But our friends and neighbors are catching on by actively lowering barriers to businesses, and …

National View: A new tool to fight housing discrimination

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Justice Anthony Kennedy continues to surprise. The swing justice wrote an important liberal opinion, holding Thursday for a 5-4 court that the Fair Housing Act prohibits not only intentional discrimination but also policy decisions that discriminate by having a disparate impact on minorities. The Reagan appointee occasionally shows …

My Turn: Take responsibility for securing your data

Saturday, June 27, 2015

What if you left your daily weight loss journal open on your desk and after walking away from it, another person sat down and began reading about your late-night snacking habit – especially the embarrassing time you ate three pints of Cherry Garcia during the season finale of …

My Turn: Should New Hampshire be more like Texas?

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Heads turned sharply in Concord this week when New Hampshire Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley and House Speaker Shawn Jasper both shared a press release inviting local businesses to relocate from New Hampshire to Texas. It was sent out originally by the governor of Texas to New Hampshire …

My Turn: New Hampshire helped lead the way on same-sex marriage

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The freedom to marry is now the law of the land across our great nation. The feeling of hopeful anticipation that swept the country in advance of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling was familiar to many Granite Staters, …

My Turn: Budget ignores needs of rural communities

Thursday, June 25, 2015

​The priorities embraced by the 2016-17 budgets, recently passed by the New Hampshire House and Senate, seem notably inconsistent with the needs of the state from a public health and public policy perspective. It is difficult to understand the reductions in requested substance abuse service funds during our …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Constitutional interpretation and the evolution of arms

Thursday, June 25, 2015

This fall, we thought it would be fun and important to start teaching our 4-year-old son, Sam, about the American Revolution. We bought him a book called Sam the Minuteman. The book tells the story of a little …

My Turn: Budget is a result of money in politics

Thursday, June 25, 2015

There is little time left in the Great Biennial Budget Battle, and with the state falling back on a continuing resolution, things are getting only more contentious. In the past, legislators have eventually compromised on a budget that holds the line against either an income or sales tax, …

My Turn: Republican budget full of false promises

Thursday, June 25, 2015

We stand with Gov. Hassan in her decision to veto the fiscally irresponsible and unbalanced Republican budget, which we can only describe as a trail of false promises. You may have heard Republicans claim that their budget increases funding for critical priorities such as substance abuse treatment, mental …

My Turn: Energy costs, not taxes, are hurting businesses

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Let’s talk about a way to provide the ingredients for continued economic growth for New Hampshire. The current operating budget calls for a reduction in business taxes. However, the most significant problems for New Hampshire businesses are high energy costs and an insufficient supply of energy. Without looking …

My Turn: Election fraud, not voter fraud, is the real threat

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Part 1, Article 11 of the New Hampshire Constitution equates inhabitance with domicile for voting purposes. It does not equate inhabitance or domicile with residency. SB 179, approved by the Republican majority New Hampshire House and Senate, is yet another attempt to thwart the intention of the founders …