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My Turn: It’s time to invest in state’s future with passenger rail

Saturday, December 20, 2014

According to a preliminary report recently released by the New Hampshire Department of Transportation and New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority, expanded passenger rail in New Hampshire could be the game changer the New Hampshire economy needs. The full report is expected next year, and we should expect plenty of political jousting over the cost and benefits of passenger rail service in central New Hampshire. For now, two real questions are …

My Turn: Earthly beings or soulless slaves

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Artificial intelligence describes computer systems that perform tasks that used to require human intelligence and perception but are now accomplished by software and robots. This has led to more unemployed Americans and significantly slowed our recovery from the Great Recession. Alarmingly, experts predict that this trend will not only escalate but become deeply …

My Turn: Why I voted against the ‘cromnibus’ funding bill

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Last week, Congress passed a 1,600-page funding bill, known as the “cromnibus,” which was packed with provisions that favored moneyed special interests over middle-class Americans. Although there were many good provisions in the bill, I voted against it because the bad clearly outweighed the good, and there was an alternative, a Continuing Resolution, …

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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: Some welcome attention to climate change

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

I was delighted recently to read that President Obama and China’s President Xi Jinping had agreed to targets for reducing global warming emissions. Most likely, the pressure exerted by Chinese citizens, who are tired of heavy pollution, and by the 400,000 people who marched in New York City …

My Turn: The real obesity issue

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Regarding the op-ed piece by Cass Sunstein in Monday’s Monitor: I read this essay with amusement which quickly turned to dismay. Mr. Sunstein has clearly missed the boat on the nature of obesity. Mandating that food service businesses post the calorie content of foods will have no impact …

Jeb Bush’s biggest hurdle – his own party

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, told the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council this week that if he runs for president in 2016, he’ll avoid courting Republican primary voters in ways that alienate the rest of the electorate, and he’s willing to risk losing the primaries in …

The worst week in Washington?

Sunday, December 7, 2014

For roughly the billionth time, we learned this past week that politics and social media are often (always?) a toxic combo. The latest chapter in the “How not to use social media” book, which will have roughly an …

Will China have more warships than us?

Sunday, December 7, 2014

By 2020, the Chinese navy will have more military vessels than its American counterpart, predicts a U.S. congressional commission on China. An annual report presented to Congress by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission projected that Beijing’s fleet could boast as many as 351 vessels in six …

My turn: Anguish over deaths of unarmed black men is rooted in history of disenfranchisement

Sunday, December 7, 2014

‘The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting,” Milan Kundera. 1967: World boxing champion Muhammad Ali was convicted on federal draft-evasion charges, then stripped of his title for refusing to serve in Vietnam. …

Katy Burns: Elegy for a tree

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The man who was answering the phone at Brochu’s nursery and garden center had a soothing voice and a sympathetic manner. We’d called because a third to as much as half of the weeping crabapple tree hugging the …

My Turn: A day will dawn when we embrace entanglement

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Maybe it’s because of my hippie past, but I have always been fascinated by the idea of “entanglement.” Entanglement is the theory that once two objects or particles have interacted with one another, they will be forever joined; …

My Turn: The misguided push to ban Sharia Law

Saturday, December 6, 2014

As the leader of a religious community with a wide range of political views, I am always cautious when speaking out on partisan issues. But sometimes, I must. Now is that time. On Sept. 20, the delegates of the New Hampshire Republican Party adopted a Platform of Republican …

Concord 250: Celebrating ourselves, and connecting along the way

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Recently the Concord City Council voted to appropriate $50,000 for Concord 250, the celebration of our 250th anniversary. There was one dissenting vote, which I found a bit surprising. But what really surprised me was how many people I talked to who either agreed that there should be …