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My Turn: It’s time to invest in state’s future with passenger rail

Saturday, December 20, 2014

According to a preliminary report recently released by the New Hampshire Department of Transportation and New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority, expanded passenger rail in New Hampshire could be the game changer the New Hampshire economy needs. The full report is expected next year, and we should expect plenty of political jousting over the cost and benefits of passenger rail service in central New Hampshire. For now, two real questions are …

My Turn: Earthly beings or soulless slaves

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Artificial intelligence describes computer systems that perform tasks that used to require human intelligence and perception but are now accomplished by software and robots. This has led to more unemployed Americans and significantly slowed our recovery from the Great Recession. Alarmingly, experts predict that this trend will not only escalate but become deeply …

My Turn: Why I voted against the ‘cromnibus’ funding bill

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Last week, Congress passed a 1,600-page funding bill, known as the “cromnibus,” which was packed with provisions that favored moneyed special interests over middle-class Americans. Although there were many good provisions in the bill, I voted against it because the bad clearly outweighed the good, and there was an alternative, a Continuing Resolution, …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

My Turn: Here’s the problem with the U.S. health care system

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Despite having the best-trained doctors and best-equipped hospitals in the world, America has one of the worst health care systems. Approximately 82 percent of our population has health insurance of any kind, according to U.S. News and World Report. Only half of those have insurance that adequately covers …

My Turn: Lottery expansion plan would lower property taxes

Saturday, December 13, 2014

If you’re like me, this week’s property tax payment is putting something of a damper on the holiday spirit. High property taxes are the No. 1 complaint from our constituents, and our suggestion to get involved in school budgets is usually not a satisfying response. I’ve put in …

My Turn: Do kids really need those expensive, high-tech gadgets? No, they don’t.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

These words will probably come too late to influence anyone’s gift considerations, but the way gift-giving to our children and teens has evolved, I feel the need to give parents a bit of advice. There are many life …

My Turn: Noam Chomsky and the war against war

Thursday, December 11, 2014

For Americans of the 1960s generation, I can think of no intellectual who has been as important or influential as Noam Chomsky. For nearly 50 years, Chomsky has written voluminously on a wide array of political topics. I …

My Turn: It’s time to resolve the FairPoint strike

Thursday, December 11, 2014

If there’s one thing that the people of the North Country understand, it’s working hard. We don’t expect things to come easy. We don’t expect the world to come to our doorstep. We just expect that if we put forward our best work, we will get a fair …

Is this bad for me? ‘Monitor’ wants readers to take the place of researchers

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The world of information is cluttered with contradictory studies. One team of researchers says coffee is good for you, another says it will destroy your health. The same goes for alcohol (in moderation), eggs, bread, chocolate – the list goes on and on. Are vegetarians healthier than meat …

My Turn: Goodbye to the architect of my wonder years

Thursday, December 11, 2014

This past weekend, a lifelong resident of Concord named Richard Paveglio was buried. I wanted to mention Richard because of the wonderful memories I have of him and of growing up in Concord. I first met Richard in the Kimball Park area, where we went swimming and played …

My Turn: Timber harvesting is part of a healthy state park

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

I read Chris Hardee’s “My Turn” article on Pisgah State Park with great interest (Monitor Forum, Dec. 3). I respect his passionate feelings about Pisgah State Park. As a native of New Hampshire, I, too, am passionate about our forests of New Hampshire; so much so that I …

My Turn: With a little patience, feral cats can be trained

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

With regard to the recent unfortunate and sad issue of the feral mother cat and kittens (Monitor Opinion, Dec. 4), the SPCA had to use its own discretion as to whether it could handle the animals enough to even evaluate them, and while I find the result disappointing …

My Turn: New Hampshire has a chance to forge a new, and better, brand of politics

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

So often, great turning points in history are only apparent in hindsight. Looking back, we can see that the world was ripe for a change, waiting only for a catalyzing event that eventually came. Launch a Sputnik, sign …