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National View: Five myths about wildfires in America

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Northern California’s burning. Oregon’s ablaze. Three firefighters died in Washington last week while trying to keep flames from razing the entire town of Twisp. With weeks of fire season still to go, the federal government has already spent more than $800 million trying to extinguish blazes that promise to rival history’s worst in terms of size, destructiveness and cost. In other words: same sad stories, new year. This weekend, while …

On the issues: O’Malley says ‘we need to stop stumbling backwards’

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has, since announcing his presidential bid, outlined a series of specific policy goals he would pursue as president – on the environment, college affordability, the economy, substance abuse and more. Here are some of them: On wages: O’Malley supports raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour nationwide. …

Fran Wendelboe: The path ahead for the U.S. and Mexico on immigration

Saturday, August 29, 2015

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” – Emma Lazarus sonnet engraved on the Statue of Liberty My great grandparents on my mother’s side came …

My Turn: On climate change, we’ve reached a dead end

Saturday, August 22, 2015

For far too long and among far too many, climate change has been thought of as a fringe issue. We have been told that its most passionate champions are activists and environmentalists; that activism is the exception and not the rule; that climate change may change our landscapes …

Hot Topic: Letter about St. Paul’s ‘mistake’ stirs outrage

Friday, August 21, 2015

Several readers were critical of a letter to the editor from Hugh Williams Benziger, a Texas resident and relative of the founder of St. Paul’s School, which was published in the Monitor on Wednesday. Benziger argued that the school wouldn’t be dealing with a scandal involving rape allegations …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Republican candidates gather to talk about education, but cynicism rules the day

Friday, August 21, 2015

I pull into the store parking lot and over my children’s moans about back-to-school sales, I catch snippets of the radio announcement. “The 74 . . . presidential candidates . . . educational summit.” With a smile, I …

National View: Let women serve in elite military units

Friday, August 21, 2015

Today, two women will stand alongside 94 men – and thousands more in history – to receive their U.S. Army Ranger tabs. For the men, the new pins on their uniforms will represent an opportunity for future service. For the women, the first to graduate from Ranger School, …

Monitor Board of Contributors: There’s a gaping hole in the NFL’s concussion settlement – it’s called CTE

Thursday, August 20, 2015

With football returning, it is a good time to revisit developments in how the NFL is handling its Achilles heel – the matter of concussions and repetitive head trauma. Deflategate is a sideshow. The deeper and darker side …

My Turn: Facts absent in smear campaign against Ayotte

Thursday, August 20, 2015

I write in response to an opinion piece written by the vice president of public policy for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (Monitor Opinion, Aug. 18), which falsely claims that Republicans, including Sen. Kelly Ayotte, want to …

My Turn: Republicans to blame for impasse

Thursday, August 20, 2015

It is mid-August and the state of New Hampshire has no budget. This did not have to be. Gov. Hassan proposed, as she said in her veto statement on June 25, a “fiscally responsible, balanced budget that was transparent and honest about how we would support critical economic …

My Turn: New Hampshire must do a better job of helping special education students succeed

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Nineteen-year-old Taylor Edwards should be commended for her courage in speaking publicly about what Taylor described as being “pushed . . . out of school” by the Pittsfield School District. It is a common story in school districts …

My Turn: Government should stop impeding marijuana reform

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

There is a quiet revolution taking place across the United States to reform and modernize marijuana policy. For too long, the U.S. approach to marijuana has been part of the failed war on drugs – prohibition, prosecution and …

My Turn: N.H. stands with Planned Parenthood

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

New Hampshire has long been one of the most supportive states in the nation of a woman’s ability to make her own health care decisions. A poll released last week confirms that we still believe so, even as …