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My Turn: Public service is more than a way of life

Sunday, October 19, 2014

As I prepare for next month’s election and my third term representing Merrimack District 17 as a state representative, I am often asked by voters why I have chosen to spend the better part of my life trying to make a difference. “You can’t ever please everyone,” they say, adding, “and there are always people who want to tear someone down because they consider it sport.” I prefer to believe …

My Turn: The making of an arts community

Sunday, October 19, 2014

In proclaiming October 2014 as National Arts and Humanities Month, President Obama calls upon the people of America “to pay tribute to the tremendous power of the arts and humanities to bring us together and expose us to new ideas that make us think and feel. As we carry forward this proud tradition, …

My Turn: For speaker, let’s think outside the box

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Polling shows that New Hampshire voters have begun to focus on the upcoming election and that they are not happy with the leftward march on which the Democratic incumbents have taken our state and our country. The Republican tide is rising, and Democrats up and down the ticket are vulnerable. A sure sign of their vulnerability is their refusal to run on their …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

My Turn: Silence won’t save community colleges

Friday, October 3, 2014

Over the past few months, articles have appeared in the Monitor shining some light on decisions made by the Community College System of New Hampshire’s chancellor and board of trustees. As president of NHTI’s faculty forum, I have been quoted in many of these articles. Today, as a …

My Turn: Reflections of a former Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone

Friday, October 3, 2014

(This is Part One in a two-part series. Look for the conclusion in tomorrow’s Forum.) No one who lived through the well-documented “blood diamond war” in Sierra Leone has forgotten the terrifying sound of an approaching automatic weapon. …

My Turn: Garcia misguided on Social Security reform

Friday, October 3, 2014

Older adults, and those who care about them, need to think carefully before they vote in this year’s congressional elections. Marilinda Garcia, the Republican candidate in the 2nd District, has taken positions that pose a serious threat to Social Security. For example, in the Granite State Debates, Garcia …

My Turn: Deficit shouldn’t be a priority issue for voters

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Out canvassing recently, my wife and I have often heard from voters that a very important, even decisive, issue that will determine how they vote in November is the federal deficit. Though the deficit is important, it should no longer be the priority issue. The national public debt …

The (Political) Dating Game

Thursday, October 2, 2014

We’re certain you’ve asked yourself: What would happen if candidates used campaign rhetoric to make love connections with voters? We’ve asked ourselves the same thing (many, many times), and we’re pretty sure it would look something like this: Jeanne Shaheen Turn ons: All but 1 percent of what …

‘Monitor’ makes changes to online commenting policy

Thursday, October 2, 2014

For a century and a half, this newspaper has served as a public forum for issues of the day and for competing perspectives. The centerpiece of this forum is the space we devote each day to letters to the editor. More recently, this two-way communication has expanded to …

My Turn: 19th-century education model not what 21st-century students need

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

New Hampshire’s political and educational leaders are debating the role of the Common Core standards and the Smarter Balanced assessments. Manchester has requested a waiver from testing because Superintendent Debra Livingston and her teachers know that standardized testing actually hurts children; it does more harm than good to …

My Turn: Don’t give your support to palm oil industry

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Would you like to do something to help save endangered animal species and help preserve tropical forests and carbon-rich peat lands? It is as simple as refusing to purchase any product containing palm oil. Orangutans live only in the rain forests of Southeast Asia on the islands of …

My Turn: Oil companies are important to all Americans

Sunday, September 28, 2014

In a recent “My Turn” article (Monitor Forum, Sept. 18), Rick Russman chastised Scott Brown for supporting the activities of the American oil industry. It is time to set the record straight about large and small oil companies in America. We need to reject the politicians and special …

Katy Burns: When local school boards are taken over, embarrassment can soon follow

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The new conservative school board members in Colorado’s Jefferson County, just west of Denver and the state’s second-largest school district, were elected in a low-turnout election and now constitute a majority. And they had a few ideas about …