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My Turn: Best way to honor workers is by giving them a raise

Sunday, August 31, 2014

It used to be that you could support a family on a minimum-wage salary. Today, a minimum-wage worker has to make a choice every day: buy a gallon of milk for the kids or buy a gallon of gas to get to work. The current national minimum wage, frozen at $7.25 per hour since 2009, simply hasn’t kept up with inflation. As a matter of fact, its purchasing power has … 3

My Turn: State has made strides toward greater equality for women

Sunday, August 31, 2014

This week, our nation marked Women’s Equality Day, a commemoration of the day that women achieved the right to vote in America. It is appropriate to commemorate this idea annually, but it is essential to incorporate it into our daily lives. More than 90 years after achieving this milestone, the work of protecting and expanding the circle of equality in our state and … 0

Life after Darwin: A trip to the Galapagos reveals beauty – and the heavy footprint of man

Sunday, August 31, 2014

By WILL PARSON Monitor staff The Galápagos Islands have always conjured images in my mind of hordes of black marine iguanas diving for delicious green algae, blue-footed boobies flapping their feet at each other and giant tortoises stretching their necks to reach a meal. These glimpses, gathered from nature shows on television and … 0

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My Turn: State officials must accept that sex offenders can change

Sunday, August 17, 2014

People change. This is an incontrovertible truth in life. Yet, this concept seems to be lacking in the wonderful state that has become my home – at least it’s MIA in the New Hampshire state prison system. (Fortunately, it hasn’t hit our schools yet.) The money to be … 15

My Turn: State House reporters are an endangered species

Sunday, August 17, 2014

In order to thrive, a pure democracy requires an educated and informed citizenry. In a representative democracy, an educated and informed citizenry is even more important. That is why, in addition to the three branches of government – legislative, executive and judicial – this nation has depended upon … 0

My Turn: Nature can help make sense of the world

Sunday, August 17, 2014

It was an interesting night. I watched the evening news and felt bad for the family of Robin Williams. Such a talented individual and such a tragic loss. My wife, Faith, was out for the night, so as I often do, I decided to sit on my boulder … 2

Katy Burns: Pam Smart murder case is revisited in a new HBO documentary

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Last month’s lurid murder trial over in Dover that seemed to transfix the WMUR news editors (if not the station’s long-suffering viewers) was really just incredibly sad, not memorable. On the other hand, the trial of O.J. Simpson … 8

My Turn: Feltes has been fighting for community for years

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Like many, I was surprised by Sen. Sylvia Larsen’s retirement and immediately curious to learn more about the two Democrats running to succeed her. I did not know Dan Feltes at all but was impressed by his enthusiasm and forward-looking ideas for our state. I also could not … 0

My Turn: Parkinson’s doesn’t have to be the end to a happy life

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The media was doing okay with Robin Williams’s chronic clinical depression. Everyone has been providing the suicide hotline number and repeating the truth that depression can get better and life can feel good again. Now, there’s news of … 0

My Turn: In battle to save lives, a new program emerges

Saturday, August 16, 2014

After participating in New Hampshire’s first statewide Mental Health First Aid training held last month in Manchester, my mission over the next 12 months will be to train other New Hampshire citizens to identify and understand signs of mental illness and how to offer help. I see the … 0

My Turn: Torture is a crime, so why don’t we treat it like one

Friday, August 15, 2014

President Obama has now acknowledged America’s use of torture. “We tortured some folks. We did some things that were contrary to our values.” Obama went on to try and place the use of torture in context. Recalling the … 0

Monitor Board of Contributors: Four ways to rethink teaching

Thursday, August 14, 2014

I recently visited my good friend Deborah Meier, the author of The Power of Their Ideas and In Schools We Trust, and the first public school educator ever to be awarded the MacArthur Fellowship. Now in her 80s, she is as sharp and as contrarian as ever, as … 0

My Turn: Follow women’s voices on the path to peace

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Aug. 26 is Women’s Equality Day, which this year celebrates the 94th anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. American women won this right in 1920 after a decades-long struggle that began in 1848 … 0