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My Turn: Main Street project exceeding expectations

Saturday, August 1, 2015

While I supported the Main Street project from the beginning, as it becomes a reality I am even more of a fan. I knew that most Main Street businesses would now be more accessible to people with walking difficulties. Wheelchair users would now be able to enjoy shopping and dining on Main Street – and spending their money here. Driving on Main Street would be less hazardous, with additional travel …

My Turn: Postal Service red ink was created by politicians

Saturday, August 1, 2015

A recent “My Turn” (Monitor Opinion, July 13) cast U.S. Postal Service problems somewhat oddly, seeking to blame the slowing of the mail in states with large rural populations, such as New Hampshire, on a focus on “metropolitan centers like San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and New York.” While it’s valid to point out the postal woes in small towns and rural areas, pitting …

My Turn: It’s time to end the ego ‘sport’ of trophy hunting

Saturday, August 1, 2015

This past week, much of the world has been outraged at the tragic death of a renowned lion named Cecil. I first learned of Cecil’s death shortly after it happened, being connected on social media to opposition pages regarding the controversial “sport” of trophy hunting. I have been active for years against this …

Monitor Board of Contributors: North has its own set of demons

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

It was encouraging to see the Confederate flag come down in South Carolina. It does represent a victory of sorts for anti-racists. That flag is and has long been a hateful symbol. You have to overlook so much to celebrate that flag. Still, the victory should not be …

My Turn: In New Hampshire, a new reality takes hold

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

When you look in the mirror, what do you see? I thought I knew what I saw starring back at me the last time I looked deep into my New Hampshire pupils and assessed what I believed to be true about the world. That was until this previously …

Off Main: In conversations about race, white America must learn to listen

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

“I do not know many Negroes who are eager to be ‘accepted’ by white people, still less to be loved by them; they, the blacks, simply don’t wish to be beaten over the head by the whites every …

My Turn: This time, narcissist Trump has gone too far

Monday, July 20, 2015

On Saturday, at an event in Iowa, Donald Trump belittled John McCain’s status as a war hero. “He’s not a war hero,” Trump said. “He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.” …

Growth fantasy: Tax cuts and small government

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Jeb Bush says that if he’s elected president he wants to get us to sustained gross domestic product growth of 4 percent a year. I’m highly skeptical, and I’m far from the only one. But there are some true believers, who think that if we just do the …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Transforming Iran: Is the third time a charm?

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Historically, the struggle for Iran has been between constitutionalists and authoritarian forces. Iran began to transform early in the 20th century, when the Persians fought against an Anglo-Russian agreement that divided Iran into a Russian zone and a …

Katy Burns: A triumph of diplomacy threatened by politics

Sunday, July 19, 2015

The proposed accord with Iran on its nuclear program is well worth serious consideration by our national political leaders. But already it’s clear it will not get it. Let’s backtrack with a bit of history. On November 7, …

My Turn: Downtown parking not good for cyclists

Sunday, July 19, 2015

The proposed fountain as a transformative element for downtown misses a more pressing need. With one-quarter of the project done, Concord has failed one of the most vulnerable users – the cyclist. With front-in angle parking, the shared lane is a dangerous place. Experienced cyclists use their alertness …

My Turn: With Greece crisis, Eurozone reaps what it has sown

Sunday, July 19, 2015

The austerity package imposed on Greece by Eurozone countries, led by Germany, is indeed harsh and intrusive. It is also doubtful that such measures will allow Greece to emerge from underneath its mountain of debt anytime soon. Yet …

Our Turn: Rath’s legacy marked by passion for her job

Saturday, July 18, 2015

It is often said that “the reward of a job well done is to have done it.” While this may be true, it is worth providing some praise from others for the job just completed by Dr. Christine Rath, the now retired superintendent of the Concord School District. …