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Uruguay's President Jose Mujica attends a meeting during the China and CELAC Summit at the Itamaraty Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, July 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

My Turn: The people’s president

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

There is probably no more powerful political force on the planet today than cynicism. Nothing acts to prevent activism and positive social change more. Cynicism is the ultimate inaction producer. It is a bulwark of the status quo. The conventional wisdom is that regardless of political party, you cannot trust any politician. Politicians are like con men – they take you in and then they sell you out. Cynicism makes it hard to believe in any cause or collective effort toward any social justice objective. It promotes doubt in the sincerity and goodness of everybody. But then along comes someone like Jose Mujica, the president …

My Turn: Law enforcement has a true friend in Shaheen

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Here in New Hampshire, the men and women of our law enforcement community know how important it is to have strong champions for our state in Congress. And whether it’s supporting the right policies for our first responders or providing the resources we need to do our jobs, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has had our back throughout her entire career. That’s why the New …

My Turn: Millennials need to cast informed ballots

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

As a parent of a millennial, I see firsthand the struggles of this generation. Each year, hopeful graduates are exiting our institutions of higher learning, ready to face the real world for the first time with a dream of pursuing careers and their field of study. It is unfortunate that many will move back home with their parents, take countless interviews and compete …

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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: Secretary of state wants to make voting harder, and he’s wrong

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Last week, Secretary of State William Gardner made public comments that threaten the fundamental right to vote held by citizens who live in New Hampshire and call this state home. In his comments, the secretary suggested that only citizens who meet the legal definition of “resident” under state …

Sunday, October 5, 2014

My Turn: Bury the power lines, not the project

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Whenever I’ve been asked about my position on the Northern Pass project, I’ve always been supportive, and remain so. My hometown of Deerfield would benefit greatly, as the project would generate significant property tax revenue. I also believe in the free market. I don’t think our government should …

My Turn: Silence won’t save community colleges

Friday, October 3, 2014

Over the past few months, articles have appeared in the Monitor shining some light on decisions made by the Community College System of New Hampshire’s chancellor and board of trustees. As president of NHTI’s faculty forum, I have been quoted in many of these articles. Today, as a …

My Turn: Reflections of a former Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone

Friday, October 3, 2014

(This is Part One in a two-part series. Look for the conclusion in tomorrow’s Forum.) No one who lived through the well-documented “blood diamond war” in Sierra Leone has forgotten the terrifying sound of an approaching automatic weapon. …

My Turn: Garcia misguided on Social Security reform

Friday, October 3, 2014

Older adults, and those who care about them, need to think carefully before they vote in this year’s congressional elections. Marilinda Garcia, the Republican candidate in the 2nd District, has taken positions that pose a serious threat to Social Security. For example, in the Granite State Debates, Garcia …

My Turn: Deficit shouldn’t be a priority issue for voters

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Out canvassing recently, my wife and I have often heard from voters that a very important, even decisive, issue that will determine how they vote in November is the federal deficit. Though the deficit is important, it should no longer be the priority issue. The national public debt …

The (Political) Dating Game

Thursday, October 2, 2014

We’re certain you’ve asked yourself: What would happen if candidates used campaign rhetoric to make love connections with voters? We’ve asked ourselves the same thing (many, many times), and we’re pretty sure it would look something like this: Jeanne Shaheen Turn ons: All but 1 percent of what …

‘Monitor’ makes changes to online commenting policy

Thursday, October 2, 2014

For a century and a half, this newspaper has served as a public forum for issues of the day and for competing perspectives. The centerpiece of this forum is the space we devote each day to letters to the editor. More recently, this two-way communication has expanded to …

My Turn: 19th-century education model not what 21st-century students need

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

New Hampshire’s political and educational leaders are debating the role of the Common Core standards and the Smarter Balanced assessments. Manchester has requested a waiver from testing because Superintendent Debra Livingston and her teachers know that standardized testing actually hurts children; it does more harm than good to …