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My Turn: It’s not easy to find truth about state’s energy situation

Saturday, November 22, 2014

These days, we’ve been hearing a great deal about two power projects: Northern Pass and the natural gas pipeline. We hear a lot of conflicting opinions about whether these projects are good or even necessary for New Hampshire and New England. Last January, the six New England governors announced a regional initiative to expand the energy infrastructure in New England. Northern Pass would transmit power from Hydro-Quebec through New Hampshire. …

My Turn: State needs a plan to fight against a killer

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the third leading cause of death in the United States, affects more than 24 million people nationwide, with many unaware they have it. As many as half of those affected – or 12 million – remain undiagnosed, living with the symptoms of COPD for years before talking to a health care provider. Here in New Hampshire, one in 15 …

My Turn: Local food should be part of happy holidays

Saturday, November 22, 2014

As our autumn leaves give way to the winter chill and the familiar scent of chimney smoke wafts through the air, families across New Hampshire know it’s time to once again gather around our tables to give thanks this holiday season – and to dine on delicious, holiday fare! Since taking office, I’ve …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

My Turn: Standardized poll times would boost turnout

Thursday, November 13, 2014

We hear during every election, “Get out the vote!” But as I stood in line with at least 20 other voters on Nov. 4 waiting for my poll in Portsmouth to open at 8 a.m., I wondered how many voters could not vote because of time constraints. My …

My Turn: Don’t let Sunapee go way of Okemo

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Eleven years ago, many Sunapee area locals fought tooth and nail to prevent the Mueller’s Okemo Corp. from expanding down the west side of Mount Sunapee, with plans to build trails, 250 condos and a base area in Goshen. Thanks to then-Gov. John Lynch, the plan was not …

My Turn: What voters need now is time to heal

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I just received my “Are you ready for Hillary?” donation request. My short answer is “no.” When will politicians realize that we need a break from politics? The perpetual campaign is akin to the endless war we are fighting. By permanently maintaining an adversarial stance, be it political …

My Turn: Where’s Pindell?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Another New Hampshire election cycle has ended. The ballots are counted and the outcome was more or less predictable. Except for one thing: Nobody expected WMUR.com Political Director James Pindell to disappear. It all started during the Oct. …

My Turn: 'Monitor' editorial arrogant and offensive

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

There is a prevalent elitist attitude that was expressed in portions of the editorial in the Nov. 7 Monitor. In an attempt to make sense of the midterm election, the editors included the following statement: “New Hampshire voters, we believe, tend to be better educated and more involved …

My Turn: Setting term limits is the key to building a better government

Sunday, November 9, 2014

How many times have you wanted to make a point and something happens at just the right time that does it for you? Today we have one of those moments that more or less makes my case. Remember when you were in grade school and, at about 10:30 …

Katy Burns: And we all laughed with him

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Ray Magliozzi, one of the two Tappet Brothers who were the originators and unlikely stars of Car Talk, one of NPR’s longest running and most popular shows, candidly admitted several times that he had no idea which of …

My Turn: In 1979, the Hopkinton Fair was something special

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Thirty-five years ago, I wrote a piece that was published on the front page of the Monitor (“The Fair,” Aug. 30, 1979, by Susan Andrews), much to the delight of my family and friends. After reading David W. Jones’s “My Turn” article headlined, “Board must act now to …

My Turn: No shortage of lessons after a year in the garden

Saturday, November 8, 2014

As a new resident of Concord without a lot of home green space, I decided to rent the smaller plot size in the Concord Community Garden. I had lived in Boston for the past seven years and could not dream of having a plot as big as the …

My Turn: Why are athletes held to a higher standard than judges?

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Ever since the Ray Rice domestic violence case exploded across the media, public attention to domestic violence has probably reached an all-time high. The video of Rice’s brutal assault on his then-fiancee opened a window into a world …