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Off Main: When you lose a loved one, the holidays change forever

Friday, December 19, 2014

It’s been 3½ years. That’s the simplest way to say it, to think about it. On June 26, 2011, my mother died at the age of 58. It was an unexpected death. She had battled rheumatoid arthritis for many years, bravely trying drug after drug, gritting her teeth through the pain when they didn’t work. And most of the time …

My Turn: Let Congress serve as a model of what not to do

Friday, December 19, 2014

It is my hope, that with the New Year, we can endeavor to achieve a spirit of cooperation that will carry throughout the legislative session. We face very significant challenges as a state, and they will only be made more difficult if we don’t work together to solve them. Personal differences should be set aside and commonalities should be identified so that a …

My Turn: For good of the state, it’s time to get to work

Friday, December 19, 2014

Here in New Hampshire, we have long prided ourselves on having a truly representative government. We have the largest state legislature in the United States. It is truly a citizen legislature made up of young and old, with diverse backgrounds, beliefs and life experiences. With 400 house members, by its very design, we are meant to reflect the state we are all proud …

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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: 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 …

My Turn: Some welcome attention to climate change

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

I was delighted recently to read that President Obama and China’s President Xi Jinping had agreed to targets for reducing global warming emissions. Most likely, the pressure exerted by Chinese citizens, who are tired of heavy pollution, and by the 400,000 people who marched in New York City …

My Turn: The real obesity issue

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Regarding the op-ed piece by Cass Sunstein in Monday’s Monitor: I read this essay with amusement which quickly turned to dismay. Mr. Sunstein has clearly missed the boat on the nature of obesity. Mandating that food service businesses post the calorie content of foods will have no impact …

Jeb Bush’s biggest hurdle – his own party

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, told the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council this week that if he runs for president in 2016, he’ll avoid courting Republican primary voters in ways that alienate the rest of the electorate, and he’s willing to risk losing the primaries in …