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My Turn: EPA Clean Power Plan will benefit the state’s outdoor industry

Friday, October 9, 2015

Last month, I traveled to Washington, D.C., to lobby support for the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, which sets standards to reduce carbon pollution from power plants by 32 percent (from 2005 standards) by 2030. The plan sets standards that offer each state the flexibility to achieve the carbon reductions on a case-by-case basis, while creating jobs and reducing energy costs. I went to Capitol Hill representing New Hampshire sportsmen among …

A strange beauty

Friday, October 9, 2015

Communities throughout New Hampshire have faced the same question: Where do you draw the line when it comes to preserving history? The latest manifestation of this dilemma is the Concord gasholder building. The interesting architectural artifact, built in 1888, is the last of its kind in the nation. But it’s in a sorry …

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

My Turn: The opioid abuse epidemic: How to fight back

Saturday, September 26, 2015

The epidemic of opioid abuse is taking a terrible toll across New Hampshire: Granite Staters are dying from drug overdoses at three times the rate of traffic fatalities; some teenagers are becoming addicted not only to cigarettes but also to heroin; syringes are often discarded in public parks …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Dearly Deported

Friday, September 25, 2015

In his platform and in his speeches, Donald Trump includes the idea of deporting the 11 million undocumented people in the United States. At a recent rally in Dallas, he described the undocumented immigrants as part of a …

My Turn: Sewalls Falls Bridge saga says much about mayor

Friday, September 25, 2015

On a Thursday night this past May, I received a voice mail and then a text message from Concord’s Mayor, Jim Bouley. “Need to meet with you asap. Do you have time first thing in the morning?” The subject was the Sewalls Falls Bridge – closed for safety …

National View: Getting tough on China and President Xi

Friday, September 25, 2015

For Chinese President Xi Jinping, the principal achievement of a summit meeting with President Obama may be the 21-gun salute he is due to receive on the White House lawn today. A greeting with full honors by the U.S. president is particularly important to the Chinese ruler at …

Monitor Board of Contributors: A lovely view of health care

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Last month, Dr. Robert S. Kiefner offered one of the better analyses of our health care system I’ve read in a while (Monitor Forum, Aug. 23). It got me thinking about what’s right and wrong in our current …

My Turn: Cutting business taxes improves competitiveness

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Summer is over and so is the budget standoff. Finally. It was always business tax reductions that divided the governor and legislative leaders. There is a philosophical divide: the governor proposed higher taxes on businesses, legislators fought for …

My Turn: Let’s find our way to the middle

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

What’s on my mind as I listen to what the candidates for their respective parties have to say is, I’m finding it near impossible to find one out of 20 or so who believes what I believe – this despite my view that the way I think about …

My Turn: How will capitalism adjust to the post-work society of robots and computers?

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Back around 1969, in either my first economics course or economic geology course, I got a copy of the Ten Pillars of Economic Wisdom by James Boyd, 1907, a part of the Jackling Lecture series. Here’s a brief …

My Turn: ‘Epidemic of violence’ blamed on Obama doesn’t exist

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Last week, letter writer Van Mosher made some incorrect assertions about the “epidemic of violence against our law enforcement” and also claimed that “murder rates are skyrocketing” (Monitor letters, Sept. 16). The so-called war on the police and claims that crime is rising are products of sensationalist journalism, …

My Turn: On vaccines, Trump’s rhetoric is reckless

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

At the recent CNN moderated debate among the Republican presidential candidates, pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson was asked whether he would ask Donald Trump to stop making the assertion that childhood vaccines cause autism. Trump followed with these gems: “You take this little beautiful baby, and you pump – …