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My Turn: Why I’m voting against the Brown-Cruz-Paul agenda

Thursday, September 18, 2014

As a lifetime Republican, I felt obligated to give Scott Brown a chance when he declared his candidacy for New Hampshire’s Senate seat, even though he’s from Massachusetts. I had heard some of his speeches and watched some of his ads that portrayed him as a middle-of-the-road, bipartisan legislator, but once I took a look at his record and started paying attention to his campaign, it became clear to me … 0

Monitor Board of Contributors: Deerfield Fair is the fairest of them all

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sure as ripening apples and pumpkins and the drag-footed return to school, summer is over and it’s fair season. Now, some fairs and festivals come early, taking advantage of the summer tourist season. Stratham and Canterbury hold their fairs in July. And the Belknap County 4-H Fair was in August. But real tradition … 0

My Turn: Common Core critics are guided by the facts

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A recent Monitor editorial, “Myths guiding opposition on Common Core,” (Monitor Opinion, Aug. 22) expresses the same patronizing position other supporters have taken when addressing the opposition to Common Core. Since most of the opposition has come directly from parents and teachers, one has to ask, does the editorial staff believe they are stupid? The Huffington Post recently published an article titled “How … 0

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My Turn: Best way to honor workers is by giving them a raise

Sunday, August 31, 2014

It used to be that you could support a family on a minimum-wage salary. Today, a minimum-wage worker has to make a choice every day: buy a gallon of milk for the kids or buy a gallon of gas to get to work. The current national minimum wage, … 6

My Turn: State has made strides toward greater equality for women

Sunday, August 31, 2014

This week, our nation marked Women’s Equality Day, a commemoration of the day that women achieved the right to vote in America. It is appropriate to commemorate this idea annually, but it is essential to incorporate it into our daily lives. More than 90 years after achieving this … 1

Life after Darwin: A trip to the Galapagos reveals beauty – and the heavy footprint of man

Sunday, August 31, 2014

By WILL PARSON Monitor staff The Galápagos Islands have always conjured images in my mind of hordes of black marine iguanas diving for delicious green algae, blue-footed boobies flapping their feet at each other and giant tortoises stretching … 0

Katy Burns: Locked and loaded – and only 9 years old

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The image on the cell phone video is both searing and surreal. A little girl in a white shirt and pink shorts, her thick dark braid bouncing on her back, stands before a target with an Uzi – a fully automatic submachine gun – in her small hands. … 9

My Turn: Mount Sunapee plan deserves state’s support

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Mount Sunapee Resort has developed an exciting new proposal that will bring more visitors to the region, which will mean a significant boost for local businesses such as mine that support the tourism trade. This is an economic development plan that has already won overwhelming support from the … 3

My Turn: Foley stood apart from other journalists

Saturday, August 30, 2014

To say the world has become a crazy and dangerous place would be a big understatement. Nothing adds an exclamation point to that premise like the horrific execution of freelance photojournalist James Foley. After viewing the still photos of his death thanks in part to a post in … 1

Monitor Board of Contributors: Afghan bride’s story shaped by love, learning and courage

Saturday, August 30, 2014

‘Slowly, slowly, beautiful love.” On the polished parquet floor of Star’s function hall in Hamburg, Germany, a couple moved slowly in rhythm to the music of Afghan singer Bashir Hamdard, “Maida, Maida yar Zeba.” In front of family … 0

My Turn: We must seek new ways to improve veterans’ lives

Friday, August 29, 2014

His name is Jon Worrall, but everyone calls him Chief. He’s one of America’s best – a veteran of the Army, Navy and Air National Guard who courageously fought for our country in Vietnam and Iraq. When he returned home, he had traumatic brain injury, severe PTSD and … 0

BOARD OF CONTRIBUTORS: Once you start running, you won’t want to stop

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

For me, exercise has always been a means to an end. Pre-kids, my husband and I were very active. We lived in Boston and didn’t own a car, so we walked, inline skated or rode our bikes. After … 0

My Turn: Why is Hassan criticizing bipartisan tax reforms?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

It’s puzzling to hear Gov. Maggie Hassan claim that recent changes in New Hampshire’s business tax code are causing problems with the state budget. Not only were the reforms of the past few years approved with overwhelming bipartisan support, they were fully accounted for in the budget. During … 13