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My Turn: House must take a stand against big money

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

When I served in the New Hampshire House of Representatives in the 1980s, nobody gave much thought to money in politics. Few state representatives even bothered to raise money for their campaigns. State Senate races rarely cost more than a few thousand dollars. Our primary resource was time, which we had in equal measure and which we generally devoted to knocking on doors and talking with voters face-to-face. Even New …

Katy Burns: More guns, and we pay the price in blood

Saturday, October 10, 2015

I’m sorry, but last week’s story of the woman in a Detroit suburb who thought it perfectly acceptable to pull out her concealed handgun in a crowded Walmart parking lot and start blazing away at a fleeing shoplifter just snapped my last nerve. With much of the rest of the world, I ask: What the hell is wrong with Americans? Fortunately for the …

National View: Nobel choice highlights a rare ray of democracy

Saturday, October 10, 2015

This year’s Nobel Peace Prize was a surprise even to the recipients, a little-known group of activists who brokered a political transition in Tunisia. It was also an inspired choice. The Arab Spring has been so disappointing – in Egypt, in Libya, in Yemen – that Tunisia has been largely forgotten, making headlines …

Katy Burns: Pope Francis is no John XXIII

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Like most Americans, I got caught up in the grand spectacle of Pope Francis’s visit to this country. The crowds! The cheers! The endless smiles – from the pope, from the dignitaries who basked in his presence and …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Welcome sojourners to New Hampshire shores

Saturday, October 3, 2015

I wasn’t surprised Wednesday night when candidate Donald Trump, in keeping with his uncontainable narcissistic, xenophobic character, told an overflow crowd at Keene High School that if he became president he would send all Syrian refugees who had …

My Turn: Senate put N.H. on the right course

Saturday, October 3, 2015

The governor’s veto of the 2016/17 budget was successfully overridden on Sept. 16. I am especially pleased that we were able to come together, get this budget in place and continue to move our state in the right direction. Five years ago when I started my first term, …

Our Turn: Follow Clinton on progressive path forward

Saturday, October 3, 2015

For progressives like us, the 2004 presidential campaign is a vivid, if painful, memory. We fought tirelessly in New Hampshire to rally support for Howard Dean, a true progressive dedicated to the principles of social justice and economic equality. Despite our best efforts, we failed – and the …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Visit enough accident scenes and it will change the way you drive

Thursday, October 1, 2015

(Editor’s note: Over the next few months in this ongoing series, you will learn about the call and paid firefighters who respond, the incidents they face and the towns they serve. Columns will also explore the issues faced by the fire service in our state and the changing …

My Turn: Forget ‘No Labels’ – let’s turn the government blue

Thursday, October 1, 2015

With lots of hoopla, and a forest of road signs, the group calling itself “No Labels” is planning a major event on Oct. 12 here in Manchester at the Radisson and looking for a big turnout. Their goal …

National View: For presidents, Congress is just first hurdle

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Why shouldn’t Republican party actors choose Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina or Ben Carson as their nominee for president? That’s simple: They have the wrong talents for the job. You don’t need someone who is correct on policy as you see it (that’s easy to find). You want someone …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Place in Time – A walk down a country road leads to an unavoidable truth

Thursday, October 1, 2015

My dog is getting old. He can’t do the long treks we used to do, going up to Pawtuckaway and wandering the hills all day. He’s also getting blind, and hates walking in the woods, blundering into fallen …

My Turn: Hypocrisy clear when it comes to rule of law

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Republicans and others today rightly express concern about respect for our Constitution and the rule of law. I share those concerns whether it’s Obama’s immigration executive orders (already stayed by a federal judge) or those on the left …

My Turn: New Hampshire kids have a good reason to smile

Thursday, October 1, 2015

As our children go back to school, I am pleased to report that many of them will have opportunities to maintain their crucial oral health. I say that because New Hampshire’s school sealant program and efforts to prevent tooth decay in children continue to earn top marks from …