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My Turn: Atlantic City offers a skewed view of casinos

Friday, July 25, 2014

The debate about casino gambling has hit the silly point when this newspaper suggests following the lead of none other than Donald Trump (Monitor Opinion, July 20). As a matter of fact, it is way beyond silly to tell legislators to thumb their noses at $120 million in license fees alone, almost 2,000 badly needed construction jobs and thousands of permanent jobs. The alternative is what? The closing of Trump’s … 3

My Turn: Democrats clinging to Hobby Lobby myth

Friday, July 25, 2014

Democrats are facing stiff head winds as they head into this fall’s elections. They can’t win on the issues, so they’re trying to scare and confuse voters. We’re seeing that strategy play out right now in New Hampshire. Democrats are spreading myths that a recent Supreme Court decision protecting Americans’ religious freedom threatens women’s ability to access birth control. That’s ridiculous. And Granite … 2

History Buff 101: A syllabus for igniting your biographical fervor

Friday, July 25, 2014

It all started with Richard Nixon. Maybe it’s because I was born in 1972, right when things started to go south for our 37th president, or maybe it’s because I’m a journalist and few have done more for my profession than Tricky Dick. Whatever the reason, it’s safe to say that Nixon was … 1

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My Turn: New Hampshire can and must do better for veterans

My Turn: Foreign tourism got boost from Clinton

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Summer is finally here – the busiest travel season of the year, when tourists from all over the world flock to the United States, and particularly here in New Hampshire, to enjoy all that our great nation has … 1

My Turn: The many reasons Americans should be proud

Thursday, July 10, 2014

‘Recapturing the meaning of patriotism” seemed to be an appropriate title for the Monitor’s editorial on the Fourth of July. However, the editors chose to frame their discussion around the difference between what they termed as the “supernationalism” of two cable television pundits and true patriotism. The discussion … 6

My Turn: U.S. bears responsibility for growing refugee crisis

Thursday, July 10, 2014

I’ve been watching with sadness the angry mobs in Murrieta, Calif., preventing immigrant detainees, including children, from being housed by federal officials in Border Patrol detainee centers. Living up north here, it’s easy to view Latin America as … 2

national view: Clear rules for clean water

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Lawmakers, mostly but not only Republicans, are seeking to undermine the twin foundations of Environmental Protection Agency authority: the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. In both cases, Congress should back off. The agency badly needs clearer rules on which bodies of water it has the … 1

My Turn: Putting the ‘us’ in uterus

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

I’ve never been to Hobby Lobby, even though there is one just a few miles from me. It’s a conscious choice. If I had time for a hobby, it wouldn’t be crafting. However, I was born a girl … 57

My Turn: On war and the ultimate sacrifice

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

When word came that Brandon Garabrant of Greenfield, the grandson of a good friend, was killed in Afghanistan, shock and questions as to what war is all about surfaced immediately. So many aspects to consider: What is right? What is wrong? Should we simply conclude that, since the … 0

My Turn: Warmth and support in wake of tragedy

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

(Editor’s note: Todd Phelps is the son of Michael Phelps, 66, a former Concord High School teacher who was killed in a motorcycle accident in Allenstown on June 30.) This week my family and I have suffered one of the greatest tragedies of our lives, the death of … 0

My Turn: Hobby Lobby ruling a threat to women’s health care

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Too many women across New Hampshire are facing a new threat to their health care: Their employers can now deny coverage for birth control. That’s the immediate impact of the Supreme Court decision a few days ago in … 10

Five myths about the Islamic State

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has changed its name more often than a rock band. The Sunni extremist group that has fought in Syria and plotted attacks in Saudi Arabia and Lebanon has now upped … 0

Americans falling out of love with shopping malls

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Last week, Slate published photos of empty, decaying shopping malls from a new book, Autopsy of America. The images are arresting, and the timing couldn’t be better. Abandoned malls are hot: The Dead Malls Enthusiasts Facebook group boasts almost 14,000 members; a Google search of “dead malls” produces … 3