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Fran Wendelboe: Budget hysteria obscures the facts

Saturday, April 18, 2015

April 15 is the day Americans reflect on how much they pay in federal taxes and how that money is spent. On a state level, the pages of our state’s newspapers have had much commentary lamenting draconian cuts to the state budget and how it impacts lives. The answer for those feeling the state needs to spend more on services is usually an income tax, a sales tax or both. …

Katy Burns: Campaign season isn’t what it used to be

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Oops! Scooby, the big black GMC van that is currently Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign-on-wheels, was going to pull in behind the community college building in Iowa while a small army of reporters and photographers was waiting out front. In a literal display of pack journalism, the whole tribe of scribes broke into a …

Hot Topic: Casinos remain a tough sell in New Hampshire

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Budget season means a return to the gambling debate. Here is a sample of what readers are saying: A plan for the gambling revenue Like the potholes that keep showing up each spring in our under-funded roads, lawmakers are once again dangling the prospect of gambling revenue as a curative for our budgetary woes. But gambling revenue is fickle – it’s tough to …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

My Turn: State must act to protect kids from lead poisoning

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Each year, more than 1,000 Granite State children test positive for dangerous levels of lead in their blood. That’s at least 1,000 new cases of childhood lead poisoning in New Hampshire, year after year. And, because far too few children are being tested (only about one-third, according to …

My Turn: Crossing the aisle to help the state’s seniors

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

When I was elected to office, one of the bedrock promises I made was to our seniors – our parents, grandparents and great grandparents. Many New Hampshire seniors are part of the greatest generation, a group of individuals who inspired the core ideals we Granite Staters hold dear …

My Turn: Iran deal offers best path to peace

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Last week, the United States and world powers announced the framework of an agreement to keep Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. While there is much work left to do, there is no question that tough diplomacy and American leadership have frozen and rolled back Iran’s nuclear program …

My Turn: A key piece is missing from the state’s energy discussion

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

In March 2014, I noticed a statement in the New Hampshire business press by a prominent Concord bank executive who said our state needed more natural gas to fuel the industrial base. That was the first of numerous articles last year suggesting that we absolutely need a new …

My Turn: Playing politics with human trafficking victims

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

In 2007, I led the effort to establish a commission to study and make recommendations on addressing human trafficking in New Hampshire. From that commission’s work, many of New Hampshire’s current laws and protections for survivors of human …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Enough of this budget circus

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

I’ve been following the budget battles in Concord (and to a lesser extent in the individual towns) with incredulous fascination. Like most everyone else, I’ve just endured the painful ordeal of tax time. Nobody enjoys paying taxes, but …

My Turn: Problems? The Legislature should look within

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Not to keep this issue going indefinitely, but I’d like to respond to Christy Dolat Bartlett’s “My Turn” (Monitor Forum, April 1). If once a year a bill is proposed by children to get them interested in the legislative process, I don’t have a problem with that. Rather …

My Turn: Cutting lifelines is wrong way to craft a budget

Monday, April 6, 2015

The debate raging in Concord goes far beyond balancing the budget. The privilege of governing necessarily requires an appreciation of life’s fragility and a recognition that many survive thanks to lifelines that aren’t nearly as apparent as the overhead utility lines that bring light and warmth to the …

National view: Five views on the Iran nuclear framework

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Dennis Ross: Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Former special assistant to President Obama. No negotiations with the Iranians are easy. The difficulty in producing the framework understanding is a reminder that filling in the …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Salvific stories challenge, inspire, unite

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Last weekend Christians celebrated Palm Sunday, which was followed this week by Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, the beginning of Passover and today, Easter. Fifty days after the beginning of Passover, Jews will celebrate Shavu’oth, which they believe commemorates the day God revealed the Torah to prophet Moses at …