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My Turn: Age 40 is the right time to begin annual breast exams

Friday, February 12, 2016

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force just confirmed that annual screening mammography beginning at age 40 saves the most lives. That should lead to a consensus that annual screening mammography begin at age 40 – and a short opinion column. But it did not lead to a consensus, and this is not a short column. The task force still recommends delaying screening until age 50 and then every other year …

My Turn: It’s time for state to ease local education burden

Friday, February 12, 2016

As communities around New Hampshire prepare to make important school funding decisions at town meetings this March, a familiar struggle is taking shape. The demands being placed on taxpayers to maintain high-quality education plays out with rising tension every year, as people worry about affordability. It is time for state lawmakers to alleviate that pressure. Take the recent discussions at the deliberative session …

My Turn: For Clinton, there are important lessons in defeat

Friday, February 12, 2016

Hillary Clinton’s concession speech was brilliant. The difference between that speech and the tone of the last few months was that she was looking forward. She did not talk about her experience. She did not say that she knew how things were done and could hit the ground running; she did not sound entitled. Instead, she looked forward. She was aspirational. She acknowledged …

My Turn: Bernie Sanders is not a plausible commander-in-chief

Sunday, January 31, 2016

We are headed for a national security election. After a year that brought us the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, last fall’s bloody killing spree in that same city and the San Bernardino attacks, 29 percent of Americans cite terrorism as their top concern, a number that has …

My Turn: Medicaid expansion makes fiscal sense

Saturday, January 30, 2016

As the 2016 New Hampshire Legislative session gets under way, one of the biggest decisions legislators will have to make is whether to reauthorize the successful New Hampshire Health Protection Plan. In 2014, I was one of six …

My Turn: Drug crisis is an ‘all hands on deck’ moment for New Hampshire

Saturday, January 30, 2016

As people and businesses across New Hampshire know painfully well, the heroin and opioid crisis is the most pressing public health and safety challenge facing our state. No matter how often we repeat the statistic, the fact that …

My Turn: With Clinton, we can continue what we started in 2009

Friday, January 29, 2016

When President Obama delivered his first inaugural address in 2009, he catalogued the challenges facing our country and tried to set expectations that it would take time to fully recover from the problems we confronted: “Today I say …

My Turn: The ascent of Christa McAuliffe

Friday, January 29, 2016

In the Jan. 28, 1986, Challenger shuttle accident, two technologies – aerospace and television – flexed their muscles and revealed their tragic flaws. The same powerful thrust of fuel and engines that promised to bring glory to NASA’s Teacher in Space Christa McAuliffe and the other members of …

My Turn: Why I am no longer a Republican

Friday, January 29, 2016

Most people form their political views in their teenage and young adult years. My parents were Republicans, and we lived in an affluent and generally Republican suburb of Philadelphia. I was 13 years old in 1956 and remember …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Climate change is the test that matters most

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Most people won’t actually remember what a real litmus test is. The term comes from chemistry, where litmus paper is used to measure the relative acidity or alkalinity of a liquid. Somehow, politicians altered the term as a …

My Turn: Facts, not emotion, guide bobcat hunt opposition

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is considering opening a trophy hunt on bobcats, and plans to allow trapping, hounding, baiting and hunting. I am vehemently opposed to this, and I hope that others will join me in opposing it on Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. in …

My Turn: Medicaid expansion flaws are glaring

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

This year, the state Legislature will decide the future of expanding the state’s Medicaid program to able-bodied adults under Obamacare. Medicaid expansion – passed in 2014 by a Legislature more sympathetic to Obamacare and growing government – expires later this year, and some of our elected officials are …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Let’s deliver a blow to the wealthy and powerful

Sunday, January 24, 2016

My regular readers know that as a general rule I try to avoid politics. I also tend to avoid religion, but when it comes up I try to be tolerant and respectful of all belief systems, drawing the line only when they preach hate or try to pass …