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David Koch, Executive Vice President of Koch Industries, Inc., attends The Economic Club of New York, Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Monitor Board of Contributors: The Ballad of the Koch Boys

Friday, October 31, 2014

Now David Koch and Charlie Koch Decided they would go for broke To see just how much mischief they could do. “Let’s settle Democratic hash By dumping suitcases of cash That way we’ll make some red states out of blue” “Let’s round us up some idiots And make them look like patriots, To show these simpletons what we can do” …

My Turn: A senator should care deeply about the state

Friday, October 31, 2014

As the clock winds down toward Election Day, the TV ads and phone calls will have reached a fevered pitch. Yet many Granite Staters couldn’t care less about the mass advertising being directed their way. What they have been looking for – and might still be looking for – are answers to some …

Old-school politics: There was a time when I myself was a candidate for change

Thursday, October 30, 2014

(I was digging through some old school papers and came across this speech, which I gave when I ran for class president many years ago. I have to say, I think it holds up pretty well. – D.W.) Friends, classmates, neighbors: I would like to take this opportunity to tell you why I am seeking the office of fourth-grade class president. Many months …

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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: Vote for candidates who want to fix, not destroy

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Recent polls indicate that two-thirds of us are dissatisfied with Congress, and a poll this summer showed that only 16 percent of voters were satisfied with Congress. If we think the people we elect to represent us in Washington are doing such a terrible job, then maybe we …

My Turn: It’s time for independent review of CCSNH chancellor

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I read with interest the recent exchange between Laura Morgan, president of the faculty senate at NHTI (Monitor Forum, Oct. 3), and Paul Holloway, Community College System of New Hampshire board chairman, and Kathy Bogle Shields, the board’s vice chairman (Monitor Forum, Oct. 8). As someone who retired …

The world will never see another newspaper editor like Ben Bradlee

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

In the next few days you will hear real sadness from hundreds of people who work or used to work at the Washington Post. I would like to tell you why we all loved Ben Bradlee so much …

My Turn: The people’s president

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

There is probably no more powerful political force on the planet today than cynicism. Nothing acts to prevent activism and positive social change more. Cynicism is the ultimate inaction producer. It is a bulwark of the status quo. …

My Turn: Law enforcement has a true friend in Shaheen

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Here in New Hampshire, the men and women of our law enforcement community know how important it is to have strong champions for our state in Congress. And whether it’s supporting the right policies for our first responders or providing the resources we need to do our jobs, …

My Turn: Millennials need to cast informed ballots

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

As a parent of a millennial, I see firsthand the struggles of this generation. Each year, hopeful graduates are exiting our institutions of higher learning, ready to face the real world for the first time with a dream of pursuing careers and their field of study. It is …

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 …

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 …

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 …

My Turn: Concord needs a coordinated approach to the city’s homeless problem

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Imagine having three police officers show up at your home at 9 in the morning and politely but firmly announcing that you and your family have 24 hours to leave or you will be arrested for trespassing. Imagine …