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Julian Bond, shown here during a Civil Rights Summit in Austin, Texas, last year, died on Aug. 15.

Monitor Board of Contributors: With the death of Julian Bond, justice loses one of its most thoughtful warriors

Saturday, August 29, 2015

When I think of Julian Bond, the first words that come to mind are grace, humor and wit. These are not the words you might expect for a battle-hardened, longtime civil rights activist. Bond died on Aug. 15 from complications of vascular disease. My initial awareness of Bond dates back to the mid-1960s, when he became nationally famous. After passage …

My Turn: World must stand up to Putin the bully

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The maxim “History repeats itself” appears as true today as it was during any past century. No century has been able to complete itself without a major conflict. This cycle is most evident in Europe today, in deadly “Goliath versus David” warfare. With a population of just 45 million, Ukraine’s key threat is from Vladimir Putin, the outwardly calm ex-KGB official now leading …

My Turn: Planned Parenthood plays essential role in our medical community

Saturday, August 29, 2015

I have been dismayed in recent weeks to hear some of our elected leaders in New Hampshire and in Washington, D.C., distort the science and ignore the tremendous public health contributions of a valued health care provider in favor of extreme political rhetoric and false, medically unsound claims. As the former chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and a longtime …

My Turn: N.H. stands with Planned Parenthood

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

New Hampshire has long been one of the most supportive states in the nation of a woman’s ability to make her own health care decisions. A poll released last week confirms that we still believe so, even as …

My Turn: Clinton understands need for true equality

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

On Aug. 18, we celebrate the 95th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. On this anniversary, I believe it is important to celebrate how far we have come as a nation and to acknowledge the work still left to …

National View: Why some cities don’t like tourists anymore

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Cities like Barcelona, Berlin, Lisbon and Hong Kong, which became major tourist destinations only in the last couple of decades, are starting to look for ways to keep visitors out. This isn’t about xenophobia: It’s a protest against …

Katy Burns: Donald Trump – threat or menace?

Saturday, August 15, 2015

I don’t know what’s scarier – Donald Trump or the extraordinary welcome he is getting from voters, from many fellow presidential candidates, from other members of the Republican Party, and even from Democrats (delighted at Trump’s ability to …

Fran Wendelboe: End the reign of the PC police

Saturday, August 15, 2015

How many ridiculous actions of “political correctness” will it take before Americans say enough is enough? It may already be welling up and spilling over. Donald Trump’s “mystery” appeal to so many people may be a strong indicator. He is not afraid to say what so many average …

Mike Marland, Aug. 16, 2015

Saturday, August 15, 2015

My Turn: Armed ‘protectors’ create anxiety, not comfort

Saturday, August 15, 2015

This week, I talked with two men carrying automatic rifles. They were standing in the parking lot outside of my chiropractor’s office on Loudon Road in Concord, across the street from the Goodwill store. These men, who are often on the sidewalk, loiter in the presence of children …

My Turn: The Bushes versus Mexico

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Gov. Jeb Bush’s recently revealed border-enforcement plan is just another Potemkin prop to show he is now tough on immigration. His plan calls for the use of greater technology and infrastructure resources on the border, greater domestic enforcement …

My Turn: With Iran deal, Obama shows courage of JFK

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Liberalism has taken a defensive stance for the past 35 years. Fueled by the Reagan revolution, the Democratic Party moved to the right during the Clinton administration and reached its apex with authorization for the use of force in Iraq by prominent Democrats. President Obama remained somewhat conservative …

National View: Robot age arriving sooner than we thought

Thursday, August 13, 2015

About 542 million years ago, something weird and profound happened on Earth. Quite abruptly, life went inventively crazy, proliferating from simple, rudimentary single-cell organisms into myriad multicellular forms. Evolution discovered the idea of more sophisticated and specialized cells, and most of the basic body plans we know today. …