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David Koch, Executive Vice President of Koch Industries, Inc., attends The Economic Club of New York, Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Monitor Board of Contributors: The Ballad of the Koch Boys

Friday, October 31, 2014

Now David Koch and Charlie Koch Decided they would go for broke To see just how much mischief they could do. “Let’s settle Democratic hash By dumping suitcases of cash That way we’ll make some red states out of blue” “Let’s round us up some idiots And make them look like patriots, To show these simpletons what we can do” …

My Turn: A senator should care deeply about the state

Friday, October 31, 2014

As the clock winds down toward Election Day, the TV ads and phone calls will have reached a fevered pitch. Yet many Granite Staters couldn’t care less about the mass advertising being directed their way. What they have been looking for – and might still be looking for – are answers to some …

Old-school politics: There was a time when I myself was a candidate for change

Thursday, October 30, 2014

(I was digging through some old school papers and came across this speech, which I gave when I ran for class president many years ago. I have to say, I think it holds up pretty well. – D.W.) Friends, classmates, neighbors: I would like to take this opportunity to tell you why I am seeking the office of fourth-grade class president. Many months …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

My Turn: Minimum wage increase nothing but a job killer

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The political push to raise the state minimum wage by 24 percent (and then allow it to increase annually without public debate) is a headline in search of a problem that would drive up costs for small business owners, reduce workers’ hours and lead to fewer jobs in …

My Turn: Time for Concord to conserve energy

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The recently announced, huge public utilities’ natural gas and electric rate increases have a lot of people unhappy. Many landlords have given their tenants notice of rent increases to help cover the costs of the new rates. Some rent increases are over $100 a month. These new utility …

My Turn: Where are all the Concord Republicans?

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Do we suffer from voter apathy in Concord (Monitor editorial, Sept. 15)? If so, the reason could be one-party rule. Concord has 16 elected representatives to the State House. All are Democrats. Only eight have contested elections this fall. Many serve year after year, usually with no opposition. …

Saturday, October 18, 2014

My Turn: Board must act now to save the Hopkinton Fair

Saturday, October 18, 2014

To the Hopkinton State Fair board of directors: I am appealing to you to take a careful look at yourselves and the makeup of the board. It is apparent to myself and others that you are in a …

My Turn: Invasive plants don’t have to be the enemy

Friday, October 17, 2014

Readers who wish for a broader understanding of invasive plants may want to read Timothy Scott’s book Invasive Plant Medicine, the Ecological Benefits and Healing Abilities of Invasives. The author, an acupuncturist and herbalist with a master’s degree in traditional Chinese medicine, details 24 of the most common …

My Turn: Scott Brown says he agrees with his wife 100% of the time. That’s not necessarily a good thing.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Even if we put politics aside, I have a whole other reason to oppose Scott Brown. It has to do with marriage – that venerable institution many of us know so well. A couple of weeks ago, I …

My Turn: Elder fraud is growing problem

Friday, October 17, 2014

Years ago, while serving as the state’s director of securities regulation, I was invited to become a trustee of the Investor Protection Trust, a national financial education organization located in Washington, D.C. The IPT promotes financial literacy and highlights investor fraud in America. Reviewing the data provided to …

My Turn: Blame game is clouding truth about data breaches

Thursday, October 16, 2014

With cybercrime looming as an ever-present threat, everyone involved in commerce has a vested interest in protecting our customer data. This includes credit and debit card companies, card-issuing financial institutions and retail outlets where cards are used every day. Unfortunately, cybersecurity risks exist at all stages of the …

Off Main: The gay marriage debate has reached its conclusion, but other battles remain

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I’m just going to go ahead and declare this one over. In a ruling that avoided making a ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court nevertheless managed to bring same-sex marriage rights to five states last week. If the jurisdiction …