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Hopkinton Firefighters battle an April brush fire.  Bob Libby is the photographer.

Monitor Board of Contributors: Fire fighters answer the call for community

Friday, July 3, 2015

I stand in my bedroom, soaking wet on an unusually dry Wednesday morning in April. It is only minutes after 6 a.m., and I have just stepped out of the shower. Wrapped in my towel, I am making failed attempts to pick out matching clothes as I prepare to head to my job as director of college counseling at Derryfield School. I am jolted out of my groggy, closet fumbling by the little black box perched on my dresser. The high-pitched tone breaks the silence followed by screeching static and then the dispatcher’s steady voice. “Fire Alarm to Hopkinton all units. Respond to the State …

My Turn: Recent oral health report overlooks great gains N.H. has made

Friday, July 3, 2015

A recent article citing a Pew Charitable Trusts-funded report by the Carsey School of Public Policy raises questions about the status of our state’s oral health system. However, the article overlooks the tremendous progress made over the past decade. For example, the article does not mention the fact that New Hampshire was recently named one of only five states in the nation to …

Friday, July 3, 2015

In the committee of conference process, where the Senate and House attempt to reconcile competing versions of a bill, compromise is the name of the game. That is why many refer to it as the committee of “compromise”, not the committee of conference. That didn’t happen on HB 208, even though Senate conferees made a number of compromise proposals to House conferees. HB …

My Turn: Election fraud, not voter fraud, is the real threat

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Part 1, Article 11 of the New Hampshire Constitution equates inhabitance with domicile for voting purposes. It does not equate inhabitance or domicile with residency. SB 179, approved by the Republican majority New Hampshire House and Senate, is yet another attempt to thwart the intention of the founders …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Those who shape American foreign policy should look to ‘Star Trek’ for inspiration

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

For those of you who somehow managed to miss that iconic science-fiction series Star Trek, in all its forms, the “Prime Directive” was a fundamental policy of non-interference. As the starship Enterprise boldly went (will go?) on its …

My Turn: Expanding the vote is the American way

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I may be one of the 1,777 voters James Adams questions in his “My Turn” piece (Monitor Forum, June 13). I performed my action in the hopes of challenging the Voter ID law. I will attempt to explain my position. First, there is a system in place to …

My Turn: When costs are downshifted, towns have to adjust

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Two of our state representatives, Mel Myler and David Luneau, recently wrote an article about taxes, education and the downshifting of costs (Monitor Forum, June 19). The article raised several good points, but there are a few statements that beg clarification. First, it is obvious to all that …

My Turn: South Carolina has a long history of violent racism

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

In the awful news department, the shootings of the nine black people in a church in Charleston, S.C., is hard to surpass. Like so many since the Charleston shootings happened, I have followed reactions of politicians and others. …

My Turn: Take down all of the global symbols of racism

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

In the most widely shown picture of Dylann Roof – the young man who is accused of taking the lives of nine black congregants of the Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C. – on the front of his jacket are two flags. They are the flags of apartheid …

National View: Few profiles in leadership from the GOP candidates

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

On Monday, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said the Confederate flag near the state capitol should be moved, reversing her earlier position and adding a high-profile voice to those calling for the flag’s removal. That ended the agony …

My Turn: Business tax relief shouldn’t factor into veto

Monday, June 22, 2015

New Hampshire’s House and Senate are poised to pass a new, two-year $11.35 billion state budget. It funds many initiatives important to businesses, like our community colleges and university system, which are working to graduate STEM-educated, workplace-ready young people; energy efficiency programs; workforce training; roads and bridges; travel …

My Turn: The real reasons behind community college layoffs

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The recent, unprecedented faculty and staff reductions – more than 60 so far – at multiple colleges within the Community College System of New Hampshire are not only cause for concern but a call for immediate action. Unfortunately, it is possible that this record loss of faculty and …

My Turn: ‘Permanent campaign’ is hurting the nation

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Washington, D.C.: It is broken and won’t be fixed soon! Did you get disgusted last fall when hundreds of attack ads appeared on TV? Both sides attacking each other, mostly with half-truths and some outright lies. Did you notice recently on WMUR an attack ad about Gov. Maggie …