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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 Borneo and Sumatra, mostly in Indonesia but also in the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak. As these animals’ homes are being … 0

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 interest groups who endorse and fund a smear campaign against our oil industry. There are … 22

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 what should be taught – and how. In a proposal for curriculum reform, one board … 14

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My Turn: The Battle of Peleliu and the scars of war

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Seventy years ago, on Sept. 15, 1944, 6,000 young men of the 1st Marine Division landed on a tiny and still little-known island in the Pacific. The battle was expected to be over in a matter of days, … 1

My Turn: Fear is pushing America back to war

Sunday, September 14, 2014

It’s amazing how a couple of beheadings can upend American foreign policy. Maybe it would have been different if the vicious zealots who held journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff captive had simply lined them up against a … 31

My Turn: The invasion of Peleliu: A first-person account

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Peleliu, in the Palau Islands, midway between the Marianas and the Philippines. Today, this sounds like a romantic vacation spot on a travel brochure. In September of 1944, the United States First Marine Division engaged in a little-known, … 0

Hot Topic: Local voices rise against poultry plant

Friday, September 12, 2014

On Sept. 4, Craig Fournier and Omar Khudari, the owners of Fournier Foods, met with about 50 residents at the East Concord Community Center to discuss their plans to build a poultry processing plant on Locke Road. The company will appear before the Concord Planning Board for a … 2

Poetry Corner: Moving the ocean

Friday, September 12, 2014

A day at the seashore often presents memorable scenes and happenings, which make a day especially pleasant and enjoyable. Children engrossed in play, in sand and wave, building and rebuilding castles and gullies. They are secure in their endeavors, unmindful of the ever-constant pull of the mighty and … 0

My Turn: Court still has not decided the voucher question

Friday, September 12, 2014

Before the misunderstanding spreads too far, it is important to point out what the recent New Hampshire Supreme Court decision actually said about the constitutionality of the voucher tax credit law: Nothing. The voucher tax credit program, passed by the 2012 Bill O’Brien legislature over the veto of … 1

Monitor Board of Contributors: Nation has once again ignored the path to peace

Thursday, September 11, 2014

In 1993, a white American, anti-apartheid activist named Amy Biehl encountered and was murdered by young black men in South Africa. Her story, recounted in the documentary Long Day’s Journey into Night, was particularly tragic as she was … 19

My Turn: Smart’s family: Column full of inaccuracies

Thursday, September 11, 2014

I take exception to the many inaccuracies in Katy Burns’s column regarding a new HBO documentary about Pamela Smart (Sunday Monitor Forum, Aug. 17). In lieu of checking facts, Burns simply cannibalizes the inaccuracies of other reporters. In … 10

Monitor Board of Contributors: A rogue rooster serves as a reminder of what it means to be part of a community

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

It’s been a bit of a rough summer. Tragedy and chaos dominate the global news. As a collective human race, we have not shown ourselves behaving with compassion and good will. Wars, refugees, racial battles and horrifying beheadings … 1

My Turn: U.S. must confront and destroy Islamic State

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, provides an opportunity to remember those we lost that day. At the same time, we also must recognize that we still have more to do to secure … 12