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Hot Topic: Opinions are still rolling in on Main Street

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Concord City Council will meet tonight to vote on the proposed Main Street project. If the $10.95 million plan is approved, the city will redesign and rebuild nine blocks of the downtown. But the votes haven’t been cast yet, and “Monitor” readers still have some last-minute lobbying to do. Spoiler alert: Not everybody is crazy about the colored lights. It’s all about access Main Street exists because of the … 0

Off Main: Explaining New Hampshire government to the uninitiated can be a daunting task

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

I was driving my brother back home from a restaurant last month and attempting to explain the New Hampshire political system. It’s a conversation I’ve had repeatedly over the last several years, sometimes with house guests from Kansas, sometimes with newcomers to the Granite State. It never goes very well. “We’re special,” I … 0

My Turn: A missing piece in Penacook

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Downtown Penacook is in the middle of the reconstruction of Village Street. Soon we will have a new look, with reconfigured traffic patterns and even a roundabout to improve the Washington Street/Village Street intersection. The Boudreau Square monument will be more accessible to pedestrians and our sidewalks will be smooth and solid. But something is missing. During the project, it was discovered that … 0

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Should they really be freezing tuition for a few years if they have these serious budget issues??? Didn't the state university system...(full comment)

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These people are endorsing Feltes? Another reason to vote for Kass. Since the fire fighters union endorsed him also, I'd now vote...(full comment)

My Turn: We rarely endorse in primaries, but Feltes is a rare candidate

Mike Marland, July 19, 2014

Saturday, July 19, 2014


My Turn: Don’t fall into trap set by Free Staters

Saturday, July 19, 2014

We are well into the 2014 election season, and there’s a lot at stake. Not just control of the U.S. Senate, as newly minted New Hampshire resident Scott Brown ignores his GOP primary opponents in his rush to … 35

My Turn: Three ugly numbers behind Canadian hydropower push

Saturday, July 19, 2014

At the recent New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers conference in Bretton Woods, there was much talk of new transmission lines for additional imports of Canadian hydropower into New England. Indeed, financing these lines is the centerpiece of Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick’s pending energy bill and the … 3

My Turn: Squabbles between Republicans and Democrats miss the point

Thursday, July 17, 2014

After reading the letters about what Democrats and Republicans believe, it brought to mind the adage that a house divided against itself cannot stand. While citizens can be slow to react and the passage of time can bring on complacency, it seems to me that people have become … 4

My Turn: Nature is best viewed through eyes of a child

Thursday, July 17, 2014

If you’ve ever known a rambunctious 4½-year-old, you probably appreciate the importance of getting outdoors as soon as humanly possible when the weekend hits. That’s definitely the case for my husband and me with our son, Henry. So, my interest was piqued when the Five Rivers email came … 0

My Turn: Health coverage now viable option for many in New Hampshire

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Since July 1, many New Hampshire residents have a new health insurance option. The New Hampshire Health Protection Program will provide coverage to thousands of our neighbors, friends and family members. For many, peace of mind means getting coverage for preventive care such as regular check-ups. It also … 3

Sometimes the past catches up with you in a green ’55 Chevy

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Today your grandma would’ve been 96,” I said to my son Bill, who happened to be home for a visit July 3. “Are you sad?” he asked. “No,” I said, without really thinking about it one way or … 4

State House Memo: The questions voters should ask themselves

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

In September, we have a primary and in November, a general election. Our primaries will draw about 15 percent of our electorate, which is a shame because this is as important an election as the general, when candidates of each party are chosen, some of them incumbents, some … 2

My Turn: A primer on the carbon footprint

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The July 13 Sunday Monitor column on climate change by Ayn Whytemare painted the problem of man-induced global warming with broad strokes. One aspect that needs refinement is to explain what carbon is and how carbon dioxide effects our global temperatures. Most of us have seen the term … 54

Katy Burns: America’s ugly side is showing on the border

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Let’s make one thing clear: We Americans pride ourselves on our love of children. After all, our GIs in World War II famously carried chocolate bars for the ragged and hungry urchins haunting the ruined streets of Europe after that cataclysmic strife. It is a treasured image – … 32