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My Turn: Clinton health reforms would benefit millions

Sunday, October 4, 2015

President Obama’s signing of the Affordable Care Act marked a turning point in our nation’s history, allowing millions of Americans to receive medical treatment without fear of financial ruin. Indeed, in the five years since the law was enacted, more than 16 million previously uninsured Americans now have coverage, the price of health care has risen at the slowest rate in 50 years and overall health care quality has improved. …

My Turn: Substance abuse fight requires action, resolve

Sunday, October 4, 2015

A substance abuse epidemic is sweeping through our nation. Nearly 44,000 Americans – about 300 of them Granite Staters – die every year from drug overdoses. Overdose deaths from prescription drugs have not only quadrupled in the last 15 years, but communities in New Hampshire are increasingly facing the devastating consequences of rising …

My Turn: Statue of Liberty holds a special place in my immigrant heart

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Lately, the evening news, Pope Francis and even a Monitor haiku have been talking about me. On Sept. 9, Janet Splan of Andover said in a haiku at the top of the Forum page: “Hey, wake up AP! They’re refugees, not migrants! There’s a difference.” The haiku caught my eye since I’m a …

My Turn: The opioid abuse epidemic: How to fight back

Saturday, September 26, 2015

The epidemic of opioid abuse is taking a terrible toll across New Hampshire: Granite Staters are dying from drug overdoses at three times the rate of traffic fatalities; some teenagers are becoming addicted not only to cigarettes but also to heroin; syringes are often discarded in public parks …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Dearly Deported

Friday, September 25, 2015

In his platform and in his speeches, Donald Trump includes the idea of deporting the 11 million undocumented people in the United States. At a recent rally in Dallas, he described the undocumented immigrants as part of a …

My Turn: Sewalls Falls Bridge saga says much about mayor

Friday, September 25, 2015

On a Thursday night this past May, I received a voice mail and then a text message from Concord’s Mayor, Jim Bouley. “Need to meet with you asap. Do you have time first thing in the morning?” The subject was the Sewalls Falls Bridge – closed for safety …

National View: Getting tough on China and President Xi

Friday, September 25, 2015

For Chinese President Xi Jinping, the principal achievement of a summit meeting with President Obama may be the 21-gun salute he is due to receive on the White House lawn today. A greeting with full honors by the U.S. president is particularly important to the Chinese ruler at …

Monitor Board of Contributors: A lovely view of health care

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Last month, Dr. Robert S. Kiefner offered one of the better analyses of our health care system I’ve read in a while (Monitor Forum, Aug. 23). It got me thinking about what’s right and wrong in our current …

My Turn: Cutting business taxes improves competitiveness

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Summer is over and so is the budget standoff. Finally. It was always business tax reductions that divided the governor and legislative leaders. There is a philosophical divide: the governor proposed higher taxes on businesses, legislators fought for …

My Turn: Let’s find our way to the middle

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

What’s on my mind as I listen to what the candidates for their respective parties have to say is, I’m finding it near impossible to find one out of 20 or so who believes what I believe – this despite my view that the way I think about …

My Turn: How will capitalism adjust to the post-work society of robots and computers?

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Back around 1969, in either my first economics course or economic geology course, I got a copy of the Ten Pillars of Economic Wisdom by James Boyd, 1907, a part of the Jackling Lecture series. Here’s a brief …

My Turn: ‘Epidemic of violence’ blamed on Obama doesn’t exist

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Last week, letter writer Van Mosher made some incorrect assertions about the “epidemic of violence against our law enforcement” and also claimed that “murder rates are skyrocketing” (Monitor letters, Sept. 16). The so-called war on the police and claims that crime is rising are products of sensationalist journalism, …

My Turn: On vaccines, Trump’s rhetoric is reckless

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

At the recent CNN moderated debate among the Republican presidential candidates, pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson was asked whether he would ask Donald Trump to stop making the assertion that childhood vaccines cause autism. Trump followed with these gems: “You take this little beautiful baby, and you pump – …