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My Turn: Public service is more than a way of life

Sunday, October 19, 2014

As I prepare for next month’s election and my third term representing Merrimack District 17 as a state representative, I am often asked by voters why I have chosen to spend the better part of my life trying to make a difference. “You can’t ever please everyone,” they say, adding, “and there are always people who want to tear someone down because they consider it sport.” I prefer to believe …

My Turn: The making of an arts community

Sunday, October 19, 2014

In proclaiming October 2014 as National Arts and Humanities Month, President Obama calls upon the people of America “to pay tribute to the tremendous power of the arts and humanities to bring us together and expose us to new ideas that make us think and feel. As we carry forward this proud tradition, …

My Turn: For speaker, let’s think outside the box

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Polling shows that New Hampshire voters have begun to focus on the upcoming election and that they are not happy with the leftward march on which the Democratic incumbents have taken our state and our country. The Republican tide is rising, and Democrats up and down the ticket are vulnerable. A sure sign of their vulnerability is their refusal to run on their …

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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: Even on a quiet trail, peace of mind is hard to find

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

I picked up the cup. It is not something I would usually do, but this time felt a little different. Let me explain. The paper cup was about 150 feet or so in on the river trail between …

My Turn: Time is right for President Hillary

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

With our first-in-the-nation presidential primary about 16 months away, it seems there are plenty of potential candidates already coming to New Hampshire to test the waters, most on the Republican side. As a Democrat who cares deeply about the need for continued progressive leadership in Washington, I have …

My Turn: The lights shine in Durham

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Last Saturday evening, I ascended the stairs at the University of New Hampshire’s Cowell Stadium with my wife, my brother and several of my former teammates to bear witness to the first ever night game played at the stadium. With summer making perhaps its last stand that weekend, …

My Turn: Community college reforms are essential

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

We serve as chairman and vice chairman of the Community College System of New Hampshire board of trustees. While we would not choose to engage in a dialog with CCSNH employees through the press, we feel compelled to respond to a recent “My Turn” column by faculty member …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Destroy the invaders (with some help from the goats)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The leaves are changing colors, so you will find me sharpening my loppers, buying Roundup concentrate in bulk and practicing my evil scientist laugh: Bwaa-ha-ha! “But wait, aren’t you organic?” people ask me. Yes, my farm is certified …

My Turn: Young people are talking, but are politicians listening?

Sunday, October 5, 2014

New Hampshire has long been famous for its strong motto. No other state has a slogan quite like “live free or die” imbued into its culture. It speaks to the Granite State’s fiercely independent streak and long-standing tradition of open political debate. These factors are a large part …

Katy Burns: American traffic circles don’t have to be so square

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Pssst . . . Hey, wanna buy a roundabout? I thought not. We here in America, perhaps especially here in the good old Grouchy State, have not been notably welcoming to roundabouts. The snazzy new (to these parts) …

My Turn: Secretary of state wants to make voting harder, and he’s wrong

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Last week, Secretary of State William Gardner made public comments that threaten the fundamental right to vote held by citizens who live in New Hampshire and call this state home. In his comments, the secretary suggested that only citizens who meet the legal definition of “resident” under state …

Sunday, October 5, 2014

My Turn: Bury the power lines, not the project

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Whenever I’ve been asked about my position on the Northern Pass project, I’ve always been supportive, and remain so. My hometown of Deerfield would benefit greatly, as the project would generate significant property tax revenue. I also believe in the free market. I don’t think our government should …