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My Turn: FairPoint agreement is a victory for all workers

Sunday, March 1, 2015

New Hampshire workers won big this past week. After months of intensive negotiations, more than 600 local employees reached a landmark agreement with FairPoint Communications, ending a 130-day strike. These workers have been standing together on the picket line every day since October – rain, snow or shine – and their determination has finally paid off. The members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and Communications Workers of America …

My Turn: Why I will attend Netanyahu’s speech

Sunday, March 1, 2015

With Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel coming to Washington next week to address Congress, a growing number of Democrats in Congress have announced that they will boycott the speech. I, however, plan to attend. While I appreciate my colleagues’ concerns – and I agree with many of them – America’s friendship with the state of Israel transcends the manner in which the …

Katy Burns: The many faces of fictional politicians

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Goodbye, Leslie Knope, ever-optimistic Pawnee, Ind., civil servant and sometime politician. You truly, over seven seasons, demonstrated again and again your unflagging belief in the power of government to do good for the people who elected it. On Tuesday, you went out of our lives as you entered them, a good – if …

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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

And the Oscar for best Oscar category goes to . . . Best Feature Documentary

Sunday, February 22, 2015

I’ve never been a big fan of awards – especially industry awards. I like televised award shows even less, and there is no show I despise more than the Oscars. Maybe it’s the mind-numbing speeches or all of …

Katy Burns: As if the snow isn’t bad enough, we have politicians

Sunday, February 22, 2015

It is Thursday afternoon, and it is snowing. And more snow is cascading to earth as my husband diligently rakes the roof of the sunroom where I write. His legs are at eye level as he stands on …

My Turn: Penny wise and pound foolish, then penny foolish

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Energy conservation and energy independence both took a beating this week in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. First, the House voted to defund the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. RGGI is a cap-and-trade program (a concept introduced by the Reagan administration) in which all New England states and …

National view: Republican presidential candidates unite to ignore immigration in 2016

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Immigration is supposed to be a bitterly divisive topic for Republicans. Yet a very narrow range of opinion separates the party’s leading presidential candidates, which is unfortunate for the country. The last Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, opposed giving legal status to illegal immigrants. But most of the …

My Turn: Why is Social Security in trouble? Follow the money

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Entitlement? We would like someone to explain to us why we are referred to as entitled people. Yes, my husband and I are on Social Security and Medicare presently. This is after paying in by payroll deductions from our paychecks for 45 years and matched by our employers, …

My Turn: Gun law change is wrong for state

Saturday, February 21, 2015

If someone had told me six years ago that I’d be writing a newspaper piece about the finer points of New Hampshire state gun laws, I would not have believed them. I was never a particularly political person. But nothing shapes someone’s world view more than personal experiences …

My Turn: It’s time to clear a path toward STEM success

Saturday, February 21, 2015

If we, as a state, are going to get serious about preparing our students for 21st-century careers, then we need to begin by prioritizing STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and adding an “A” (arts), creating STEAM for our students today. In fact, the New Hampshire Scholars Initiative, …

My Turn: Senate votes prove conservation is bipartisan

Saturday, February 21, 2015

The conservation of our nation’s lands and waters is a concept that unites nearly all Americans – certainly those of us who like to hike, watch wildlife, fish and hunt. In our state, 90 percent of people asked …

My Turn: Democrats are looking for ways to raise your taxes

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Here’s the thing about loopholes. When a Democrat claims to have found a loophole in the tax code, hide your wallet. You can be sure they’ve just found another way to take your money. The last time we heard about closing loopholes was when then-Sen. Maggie Hassan pushed …

My Turn: New Hampshire is still best place for first primary

Thursday, February 19, 2015

I never thought I would see the day when the Monitor questioned the relevance or value of our first-in-the-nation primary (Sunday Monitor front page, Feb. 15). Having served with Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on the 2005 DNC Primary Calendar Commission referenced in your piece, I have heard all the …