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My Turn: State’s new way to assess student learning could reduce standardized testing

Saturday, October 25, 2014

We’ve been hearing a lot about testing in our schools. There were proposals in the last Legislature – unsuccessful in the end – to postpone the new Smarter Balanced annual assessment. Nashua teachers made news last winter saying that neither their schools nor their students were ready for the new Common Core test (though fears seemed to settle down after they tried the test last spring). And Manchester Mayor Gatsas …

My Turn: State can’t afford another O’Brien Legislature

Saturday, October 25, 2014

On Nov. 4, you have a clear, important choice to make. When you enter the voting booth on Election Day, your vote will decide whether our state continues to move in the right direction or gets pulled back into the past. We have faced this decision before. In 2012, New Hampshire decided to throw out the Bill O’Brien Republicans and their extreme agenda. …

My Turn: U.S. needs a strategy to combat Islamic State

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Last month, President Obama stood behind the podium in the White House briefing room and admitted to America – and the world – that he didn’t have a strategy to combat the threat from the terrorist group ISIS. This is the same President Obama who just a few months ago dismissed the terror …

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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

Katy Burns: In a foul mood? Could be the headlines you’re reading

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The headline on the cyberlink to an on-line Guardian story my sister sent me was startling. “News is bad for you – and giving up reading it will make you happier.” Well, that helps explain a few things! …

My Turn: Election noise obscures truth about bipartisan budget

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Granite Staters know that balancing a budget – whether it’s our family’s budget or the state’s budget – requires making tough choices to protect our priorities while living within our means. That’s what we’ve worked to do at …

My Turn: A chance to create a welcoming community

Saturday, October 11, 2014

This year, Concord was awarded a grant by the Endowment for Health to develop a collaborative plan over the next three years to integrate our foreign-born newcomers. For this endeavor, nonprofit agencies, government officials and business representatives have come together to begin taking the lead in this planning …

My Turn: A successful journey through the minefield of addiction

Friday, October 10, 2014

My son, at 23, is lucky to be alive. Statistically, he is a member of a generation decimated by an opiate drug epidemic so far-reaching that in 2010 – the year he graduated high school – New Hampshire …

My Turn: Even on a quiet trail, peace of mind is hard to find

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

I picked up the cup. It is not something I would usually do, but this time felt a little different. Let me explain. The paper cup was about 150 feet or so in on the river trail between …

My Turn: Time is right for President Hillary

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

With our first-in-the-nation presidential primary about 16 months away, it seems there are plenty of potential candidates already coming to New Hampshire to test the waters, most on the Republican side. As a Democrat who cares deeply about the need for continued progressive leadership in Washington, I have …

My Turn: The lights shine in Durham

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Last Saturday evening, I ascended the stairs at the University of New Hampshire’s Cowell Stadium with my wife, my brother and several of my former teammates to bear witness to the first ever night game played at the stadium. With summer making perhaps its last stand that weekend, …

My Turn: Community college reforms are essential

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

We serve as chairman and vice chairman of the Community College System of New Hampshire board of trustees. While we would not choose to engage in a dialog with CCSNH employees through the press, we feel compelled to respond to a recent “My Turn” column by faculty member …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Destroy the invaders (with some help from the goats)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The leaves are changing colors, so you will find me sharpening my loppers, buying Roundup concentrate in bulk and practicing my evil scientist laugh: Bwaa-ha-ha! “But wait, aren’t you organic?” people ask me. Yes, my farm is certified …

My Turn: Young people are talking, but are politicians listening?

Sunday, October 5, 2014

New Hampshire has long been famous for its strong motto. No other state has a slogan quite like “live free or die” imbued into its culture. It speaks to the Granite State’s fiercely independent streak and long-standing tradition of open political debate. These factors are a large part …