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U.S. currency in one hundred dollar denominations are displayed for illustration purposes, in Washington, Monday, March 31, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Don’t tell the Joneses, Part Four: Economic reality challenges liberals, conservatives

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Previous parts revealed that our market economy distributes its wealth so unequally that few can afford even a modest, middle-class standard of living without substantial help, that democracy requires a broad middle class, and, therefore, that our market democracy must intervene heavily in the market to assure this broad middle. Government interventions alter distributions by enterprises (wages and benefits) and …

My Turn: There is logic behind concealed carry permits

Sunday, March 29, 2015

New Hampshire legislators will soon decide whether to repeal the requirement to have a permit before carrying a concealed handgun. This decision must be made with thoughtful consideration, for much is at stake. Supporters of such legislation are often the same people who argue that New Hampshire is a very safe state so we do not need, for example, expanded background checks that …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Netanyahu to Israel and America: L’Etat, c’est moi

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Recent Israeli elections were hard fought, divisive and for many observers yielded unexpected results: overwhelming victory for Benjamin Netanyahu and overwhelming defeat to peace prospects between Palestinians and Israelis. Today, I want to thank Netanyahu for stating in public what many critics have long believed – that he’s no believer of a two-state …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

My Turn: A Middle East free of nuclear weapons is best path

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

International law and common sense allow for the right of self-defense by all countries using whatever means they choose, including nuclear weapons. No country has the right to insist that another country not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons. In fact, many countries currently claim that right, for …

My Turn: As an industry, college system is a force in New Hampshire

Monday, March 16, 2015

There is an industry in New Hampshire that employs nearly 18,000 people, and is responsible for salaries and wages totaling more than a billion dollars in local spending. It also generates nearly $300 million in research and development. The industry, which is critical to the overall prosperity of …

My Turn: State must fight back against Citizens United ruling

Monday, March 16, 2015

Open government is not owned by anyone but the people. When a citizen in my district chooses to speak his or her mind, that person can walk through the doors of the State House without being stopped or questioned and can walk directly into my office. My door …

My Turn: Public would be better served by open debate on climate change

Sunday, March 15, 2015

On at least two occasions in recent months, the Monitor chose to publish cartoons depicting the GOP elephant wreaking havoc on the environment and in denial of climate change. I suppose the Republican National Committee invites this kind of criticism by not having a stated position on the …

My Turn: Medicaid expansion must continue

Sunday, March 15, 2015

When the New Hampshire Legislature passed the Medicaid expansion in 2014, there was one noteworthy wrinkle. The very creative Medicaid expansion plan had a sunset provision that meant it must be reauthorized by our new Legislature. That reauthorization, as part of the general budget discussion, is now under …

My Turn: Hard work doesn’t make Clinton fit for presidency

Sunday, March 15, 2015

A majority of Americans are troubled by the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, which ruled that the funding of political campaigns is an exercise of free speech and cannot be restricted. It permits those few Americans with extraordinary wealth, such as Sheldon Adelson, the Koch brothers and …

My Turn: State’s citizens deserve more efficient government

Sunday, March 15, 2015

New Hampshire is the “Live Free or Die” state by word and action. Yet the small state government that the Founding Fathers envisioned and that we embrace still has grown to be a large, complex institution with thousands of employees, nearly $6 billion in annual expenditures and hundreds …

Monitor Board of Contributors: ‘Space for negotiation and understanding’

Sunday, March 15, 2015

For months, home and abroad, we’ve been challenged. We’ve been challenged to sort our way between competing narratives – all struggling for attention on this crowded planet. From Gaza, Ferguson, Paris and Iraq, from junk mail sent to Iran’s supreme leader to email servers in Chappaqua, we’re bombarded …

Katy Burns: Uncivil rights

Sunday, March 15, 2015

‘There will never be a n----- at SAE . . . you can hang him from a tree, but he’ll never sign with me; there will never be a n----- at SAE.” The formally dressed young white men …

My Turn: Here’s what you should know about some visiting Republicans

Saturday, March 14, 2015

There’s no denying New Hampshire occupies a unique position in the electoral process, and this weekend, several of the potential Republican candidates for president in 2016 are visiting the state, hoping to introduce themselves to New Hampshire voters. …