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A jogger runs along a levee at sunset  in  New Orleans, La.,  Monday, Aug. 13, 2007. Officials called for a heat advisory due to  soaring temperatures and high humidity    (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

BOARD OF CONTRIBUTORS: Once you start running, you won’t want to stop

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

For me, exercise has always been a means to an end. Pre-kids, my husband and I were very active. We lived in Boston and didn’t own a car, so we walked, inline skated or rode our bikes. After marriage and a move to New Hampshire, kids, work and life got in the way, and I just haven’t made exercise a … 0

My Turn: Why is Hassan criticizing bipartisan tax reforms?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

It’s puzzling to hear Gov. Maggie Hassan claim that recent changes in New Hampshire’s business tax code are causing problems with the state budget. Not only were the reforms of the past few years approved with overwhelming bipartisan support, they were fully accounted for in the budget. During last year’s budget debate, Senate Republicans insisted on revenue projections more conservative than the governor’s … 13

My Turn: America needs a firm, fair immigration policy

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Three elements characterize a functional immigration system: clarity, enforcement of the rule of law and fairness. Today in America, sadly, none of these three characteristics epitomize our immigration system. Even sadder still, perhaps, is the lack of will to tackle our challenges. President Obama, the one person who could lead an effort for reform and enforce our border security, appears much more interested … 11

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Editorial: Lambert is the right choice for the GOP

Monitor Board of Contributors: Four ways to rethink teaching

Thursday, August 14, 2014

I recently visited my good friend Deborah Meier, the author of The Power of Their Ideas and In Schools We Trust, and the first public school educator ever to be awarded the MacArthur Fellowship. Now in her 80s, she is as sharp and as contrarian as ever, as … 0

My Turn: Follow women’s voices on the path to peace

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Aug. 26 is Women’s Equality Day, which this year celebrates the 94th anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. American women won this right in 1920 after a decades-long struggle that began in 1848 … 0

My Turn: Carbon emissions have us fishing on thin ice

Thursday, August 14, 2014

I have ice fished for more than 30 years. Growing up on the Seacoast, most winter weekends were spent ice fishing for smelt on Great Bay with my father. The months leading up to the start of smelt fishing season were filled with anticipation and excitement about what … 16

My Turn: Stigma a formidable foe in treating mental illness

Thursday, August 14, 2014

In many ways, Robin Williams was the whole package: a frenetic and energetic character able to make you giggle at the absurdity he was capable of, an established comedic actor who had so many memorable lines. I am drawn immediately to “Goooooooood morning, Vietnam! It’s 0600 hours. What … 0

My Turn: Robin Williams was sweet and thoughtful, even to non-VIPs

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I was saddened to hear of the suicide of Robin Williams. He was a gifted comedian and actor, and also, as my own experience showed me, a very sweet and thoughtful man. A number of years ago, my … 1

Monitor Board of Contributors: Old Home Days celebrations vary greatly, but the thought still counts

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

All through the state, the month of August sees communities celebrating “Old Home Day” with as many varying traditions as there are towns holding them. From barbecues to bed races, parades to pancake breakfasts, fireworks to fiddles – … 0

My Turn: NHTI working to use resources wisely

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Six weeks ago, I became president of NHTI, Concord’s Community College. I was and remain thrilled to have taken on this role, become a member of this community and to have joined New Hampshire’s system of exceptional community … 0

My Turn: Free Staters cherish freedom, Granite State

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

On July 19, the Monitor published a “My Turn” by Matt Murray of New Hampshire Labor News excoriating the Free State Project and quoting the essay by Jason Sorens that led to the formation of the FSP. The FSP does not usually respond to attacks, but now is … 41

My Turn: Paid family leave is a win for families, employers

Monday, August 11, 2014

In a recent article (Sunday Monitor Forum, June 29), U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez addressed the need for paid family leave to be available for all working families and mentioned a related New Hampshire study which the 2013 Legislature assigned to the Legislative Task Force on Work … 6

Off Main: Watching the spread of gay marriage from New Hampshire

Sunday, August 10, 2014

How much has changed, and how quickly. When our neighbor to the south, Massachusetts, became the first state in the country to make same-sex marriage legal a decade ago, it was difficult to know what to think. I … 1