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My Turn: Ayotte disingenuous on Marketplace Fairness Act

Thursday, July 31, 2014

In her recent “My Turn” column (Monitor, July 22), Sen. Kelly Ayotte suggests that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Sen. Dick Durbin are behind the Marketplace Fairness Act, which she goes on to describe as a burdensome tax collection grab from states across the country that will dramatically harm New Hampshire-based businesses that sell products online. After reading the article, I question whether Ayotte is actually familiar with the … 3

My Turn: Ardinger is a strong pro-choice candidate

Thursday, July 31, 2014

In discussing our endorsement of Kass Ardinger, the Concord Monitor referred to EMILY’s List as a group that promotes anti-abortion Democratic women. This description not only does not apply to Ardinger, but it does not apply to us. At EMILY’s List we’ve been working for nearly 30 years to elect more pro-choice Democratic women – women like Ardinger – to political offices up … 0

My Turn: Consider the source when trying to solve overload of child immigrants

Thursday, July 31, 2014

My heart has been going out to the thousands of children at our borders, and I feel inclined to ask that we step back a moment and realize that by asking that they be sent back to their countries, we are addressing the problem at the wrong end. There is an analogy used … 5

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My Turn: Consider the source when trying to solve overload of child immigrants

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My Turn: It’s time to take a hard look at climate hyperbole

Sometimes the past catches up with you in a green ’55 Chevy

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Today your grandma would’ve been 96,” I said to my son Bill, who happened to be home for a visit July 3. “Are you sad?” he asked. “No,” I said, without really thinking about it one way or … 4

State House Memo: The questions voters should ask themselves

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

In September, we have a primary and in November, a general election. Our primaries will draw about 15 percent of our electorate, which is a shame because this is as important an election as the general, when candidates of each party are chosen, some of them incumbents, some … 2

My Turn: A primer on the carbon footprint

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The July 13 Sunday Monitor column on climate change by Ayn Whytemare painted the problem of man-induced global warming with broad strokes. One aspect that needs refinement is to explain what carbon is and how carbon dioxide effects our global temperatures. Most of us have seen the term … 54

Katy Burns: America’s ugly side is showing on the border

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Let’s make one thing clear: We Americans pride ourselves on our love of children. After all, our GIs in World War II famously carried chocolate bars for the ragged and hungry urchins haunting the ruined streets of Europe after that cataclysmic strife. It is a treasured image – … 32

My Turn: We refuse to cast our fate to the wind

Sunday, July 13, 2014

When an industrial wind company representative comments about only seeing the same familiar faces at meetings of concerned citizens; when a corporate lawyer for an industrial wind company mentions personal lawsuits possibly being filed against individual town officials for supporting opinions of their constituents, is it time to … 0

My Turn: More than memories in the state’s outdoors

Sunday, July 13, 2014

It is the height of summer in New Hampshire, and many families and visitors are planning to get outdoors and enjoy the many vacation and recreation opportunities the state offers. While the Granite State’s woods and rivers help create memories for families, they also create jobs and economic … 0

Monitor Board of Contributors: Climate change for dummies

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Pet peeve of mine: Hearing someone mention “global warming” every time we experience warmer than average weather. Climate is the overall measure of how the earth’s systems interact and can include cooling. By the way, an unusually cold … 49

Monitor Board of Contributors: Eyeless in Gaza, Jerusalem, Hebron

Sunday, July 13, 2014

In response to the recent horrors ravaging the psyches of Palestinians and Israelis, Avraham Berg, once president of Israel’s Knesset, writes: “I have been silent for many days. I have no words to describe the local maelstrom and … 2

My Turn: Northern Pass continues down a dead-end road

Saturday, July 12, 2014

In January, we published a piece pointing out Northern Pass’s refusal to take seriously the objections of affected residents. We wrote that “this refusal dooms Northern Pass to travel a long, uncertain and potentially dead-end road. It dooms New Hampshire to protracted conflict over this issue, perhaps resulting … 6

My Turn: Vanity license plates are a judgment call

Saturday, July 12, 2014

As a lifelong New Hampshire resident and a person who has had his share of vanity tags over the years, I must chime in on this vanity plate situation. The New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union, in its challenge for David Montenegro at the state Supreme Court, has again … 8