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My Turn: Main Street project exceeding expectations

Saturday, August 1, 2015

While I supported the Main Street project from the beginning, as it becomes a reality I am even more of a fan. I knew that most Main Street businesses would now be more accessible to people with walking difficulties. Wheelchair users would now be able to enjoy shopping and dining on Main Street – and spending their money here. Driving on Main Street would be less hazardous, with additional travel …

My Turn: Postal Service red ink was created by politicians

Saturday, August 1, 2015

A recent “My Turn” (Monitor Opinion, July 13) cast U.S. Postal Service problems somewhat oddly, seeking to blame the slowing of the mail in states with large rural populations, such as New Hampshire, on a focus on “metropolitan centers like San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and New York.” While it’s valid to point out the postal woes in small towns and rural areas, pitting …

My Turn: It’s time to end the ego ‘sport’ of trophy hunting

Saturday, August 1, 2015

This past week, much of the world has been outraged at the tragic death of a renowned lion named Cecil. I first learned of Cecil’s death shortly after it happened, being connected on social media to opposition pages regarding the controversial “sport” of trophy hunting. I have been active for years against this …

My Turn: Property tax is more fair than income tax

Saturday, July 18, 2015

I feel the need to respond to Paul Levy’s “My Turn” piece (Monitor Forum, July 15) because of the amount of outright malarkey it contains, and because it seems to represent the talking points of the pro-income-taxers. Say what you will about property taxes, but they are the …

My Turn: Without choice, public education cannot improve

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Education isn’t a left versus right issue, or even a public versus private issue. It’s a choice versus no-choice issue. There have always been those on the libertarian wing of the “right” for school choice (Milton Friedman, for example). But there are prominent voices on the left, too. …

My Turn: Council is ignoring the city’s drug problem

Friday, July 17, 2015

‘Thank you to the two officers who responded very quickly when our car and another family’s car were broken into on Friday night. The officers cared very much and offered many good suggestions on how to protect our accounts, monitor our credit and clean up the car. We …

You’re special (but not really): David Brooks is right – it’s time to reconsider the self-esteem experiment

Friday, July 17, 2015

In Demian, Hermann Hesse writes: “I wanted only to try to live in accord with the promptings which came from my true self. Why was that so very difficult?” This lament combines a pair of timeless questions: The …

Monitor Board of Contributors: United Church of Christ membership deserves better from leaders

Thursday, July 16, 2015

(Editor’s Note: Some of the passages in the following opinion piece were taken directly from statements put out by the Central Conference of American Rabbis, a professional organization to which the writer belongs.) Rev. John Buttrick’s “My Turn” column, “Church takes a stand against corruption” (Monitor Forum, July …

My Turn: Christie can be trusted to lead, solve problems

Thursday, July 16, 2015

As a lifelong law enforcement professional and the current sheriff of the third-largest county in New Hampshire, there are specific qualities I look for while assessing the extensive field of presidential candidates. I want a president who I can trust – someone who is willing to tell the …

National View: But what if Iran . . .

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The deal with Iran is finally done. Given the stakes, it should be scrutinized. It makes sense to reserve judgment and see how the administration explains all the clauses of the agreement and how they will be implemented. …

My Turn: Let’s adopt an income tax and end the budget melodrama for good

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Poor Budgette. Tied to the tracks. Politicos on either side stand on their platforms screaming back and forth, “We can’t pay the rent,” “We must pay the rent,” as we hiss or applaud. We know all the songs and lines of this melodrama, because it has been the …

My Turn: Vermont model offers Northern Pass alternative

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

It’s time for the out-of-state and out-of-country interests pushing the current Northern Pass proposal to bury the private transmission line along appropriately designated transportation corridors. A similar project in Vermont shows it can be done. The fast-track toward approval of the 154-mile New England Clean Power Link highlights …

My Turn: Fountain would transform downtown

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

I believe the proposed fountain at City Plaza will be one of the most transformative elements of the entire downtown improvement project. The fountain was included in the original downtown redesign but was eliminated with certain other amenities due in large part to limited funding. An ad hoc …