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A two-door hatchback model of the Ford Pinto is shown in this 1976 photo. In 2004, "Forbes" named the Pinto one of the worst cars of all time.

Katy Burns: Beep, beep! New car coming through!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

If this is 2015, it’s time to visit the car store down the road. After all, it has been 12 years. And the old car – which we still call “the new car” – will soon need tires, again. So why not trade it in? Okay, that does sound a little flip. Truthfully, we just decided, finally, that perhaps it …

Roaring twenties: It’s a good idea to put a woman on the $20 bill, but can America cut through the politics and red tape

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Now I know how my suffragette foremothers felt about not being able to vote. I completely missed the online “Women on 20s” preliminary campaign to decide which important woman in U.S. history should replace President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. In case you missed it, too, there is a web campaign out …

My Turn: Don’t let large energy companies take over state

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Energy corporations are using their vast amounts of money to influence every aspect of energy siting projects in New Hampshire. Bias was first evident at the Department of Energy. PSNH, now Eversource, was allowed to choose the company to conduct the studies for “its” Northern Pass project (Normandeau Associates, earlier employed by PSNH). It continued with the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Remember the Holocaust, and be vigilant

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Maybe I am not the one to write this. There are others who could take it on, perhaps with more eloquence, more connection to the story. Me, I want to run away from the topic, let those others …

My Turn: There’s no fat left to trim out of budget

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Mel Graykin of the Monitor’s Board of Contributors wrote perceptively of the New Hampshire “budget circus” (Monitor Forum, April 8). She spoke the unspeakable in pointing out that our “best in the nation” state needs new taxes! Her conclusion, however, was that it was not likely to happen. …

My Turn: E-cigarettes pose threat to New Hampshire’s young lungs

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Oxford dictionary has designated the word vape, “to inhale and exhale the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device,” as the 2014 Word of the Year. E-cigarettes, also known as ENDS (electronic nicotine delivery systems) are battery-powered devices that heat up liquid mixtures of nicotine …

My Turn: Budget reveals a broken system

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The week of April first was House budget week in Concord. It started on Monday with a briefing for all House members on the major elements of the budget. Wednesday, members got to vote on that budget, and various amendments to modify it. This was a Republican budget, …

My Turn: A color-brave new world

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Let’s face it: America has a race problem. How’s this for a new approach: Let’s laugh our way to tackling it. We may have just the guy to prime us. Americans and South Africans alike were surprised when …

My Turn: Connecticut’s casinos serve as cautionary tale

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Casino proponents used to cite the spectacular success of Connecticut’s two casinos, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, as a prime argument for legalizing casinos in New Hampshire. It’s an argument you don’t hear anymore. And for good reason. Opened in the 1990s, Connecticut’s casinos got off to blistering starts. …

My Turn: Senate must restore sensibility, responsibility to state budget

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Speaking on the behalf of the union of the majority of state employees and many county and municipal public workers around the state, I can tell you that we want our state to be a safe place for everyone to live, work, and prosper. That means maintaining strong …

Of miracles and monsters: What price do we pay for scientific breakthroughs?

Saturday, April 11, 2015

If you thought America ran on Dunkin’ already, you will not believe what’s been happening in research laboratories around the globe. “DNA editing” of mice genes has led to a breakthrough that scientists say will allow for ground-breaking manipulation of human genetics. Ideally, the technology would be used …

My Turn: Running for president: Independents need not apply

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Politicians from both major parties have begun announcing their candidacy for the highest office in our country already this spring. And nowhere will this pageantry be more fully on display than in the Granite State. As our nation’s first primary state, New Hampshire has a front-row seat in …

National view: Battle for women’s hearts requires open minds

Saturday, April 11, 2015

My eyes were opened to gender inequality when I was 26. I’d decided I wanted to make a movie based on Isaac Bashevis Singer’s story of Yentl, a young woman who has to pretend she’s a man to …