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My Turn: Proposed Mount Sunapee expansion offers balance

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The time has come to move Mount Sunapee forward. The New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development has developed a draft proposal for consideration that achieves a balance between conservation and recreation. DRED Commissioner Jeff Rose’s amended plan clearly includes input from residents, outdoor enthusiasts, conservationists and local business owners. His proposed compromise allows for an expansion, but it requires the resort operators to transfer approximately 150 acres of …

My Turn: Time to stand up and save the land for the people

Saturday, April 25, 2015

As an avid skier who grew up on the slopes of Mount Sunapee, I find the draft decision from New Hampshire’s Department of Resources and Economic Development allowing the Mount Sunapee Resort to expand to the west to be unacceptable. I know there are many others who are also against the encroachment on our state park, and it is time to take a …

My Turn: Concord needs maintenance, not new projects

Saturday, April 25, 2015

It should not come as a surprise that the mayor, who recently spoke at a Concord Chamber of Commerce “State of the City” forum, told that audience about his disappointment that the state Legislature was about to renege on approving funds to begin the renovations to Loudon Road. He then went on to lament the current condition of three of our city-owned swimming …

My Turn: An abuse of power fueled by silence

Friday, April 17, 2015

On March 27, the Monitor printed a blurb on the state Senate-passed bill at the heart of the sale of Eversource’s power plants. The agreement slates Eversource to get almost $400 million for the Bow plant’s failed scrubber project. In 2006, PSNH gave it a promotional estimate of …

My Turn: Christie tackles entitlements and a leader is born

Friday, April 17, 2015

Author Adrian Rogers said: “When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work, because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work, because somebody else …

nATIONAL VIEW: The perfect veep

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Joe Biden says he’s still making up his mind about whether to run for president. As someone who urged him to pretend to run, I’ll say it: Well done, Joe, but it’s time to let it go now. This doesn’t mean Biden has to give up his political …

My Turn: Democrats’ political stunt hurts trafficking victims

Thursday, April 16, 2015

An April 8 Monitor op-ed (“Playing politics with human trafficking victims”) grossly mischaracterized Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s position on a bipartisan human trafficking bill currently before the Senate. As a longtime prosecutor and the state’s former attorney general, Sen. …

My Turn: Representation, not taxation, is the problem

Thursday, April 16, 2015

On Wednesday, I did what every responsible citizen does on April 15th: I paid my taxes. On Saturday, I’ll march in protest. I do not protest the idea of paying taxes to a government that represents the people. In fact, I consider it the mark of a civilized …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Remember the Holocaust, and be vigilant

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Maybe I am not the one to write this. There are others who could take it on, perhaps with more eloquence, more connection to the story. Me, I want to run away from the topic, let those others …

My Turn: There’s no fat left to trim out of budget

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Mel Graykin of the Monitor’s Board of Contributors wrote perceptively of the New Hampshire “budget circus” (Monitor Forum, April 8). She spoke the unspeakable in pointing out that our “best in the nation” state needs new taxes! Her conclusion, however, was that it was not likely to happen. …

My Turn: E-cigarettes pose threat to New Hampshire’s young lungs

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Oxford dictionary has designated the word vape, “to inhale and exhale the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device,” as the 2014 Word of the Year. E-cigarettes, also known as ENDS (electronic nicotine delivery systems) are battery-powered devices that heat up liquid mixtures of nicotine …

My Turn: Budget reveals a broken system

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The week of April first was House budget week in Concord. It started on Monday with a briefing for all House members on the major elements of the budget. Wednesday, members got to vote on that budget, and various amendments to modify it. This was a Republican budget, …

My Turn: A color-brave new world

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Let’s face it: America has a race problem. How’s this for a new approach: Let’s laugh our way to tackling it. We may have just the guy to prime us. Americans and South Africans alike were surprised when …