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Monitor Board of Contributors: The crime of poverty

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

In a new investigative report, the American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire found that circuit court judges in our state are jailing debtors who have no ability to pay fines or fees they owe. Instead of inquiring into whether they are “willfully” failing to pay, judges are locking poor people away. The practice is reminiscent of debtors’ prison, an institution with deep historical roots in America and England. Back …

My Turn: Now is the time for ‘No Labels’

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

In his recent op-ed (Monitor Forum, Oct. 2), my fellow Democrat and longtime friend, state Rep. Robert Backus (District 19), said he would not abandon his blue label to support No Labels, a group of which I am a proud member and which has a growing base of support in New Hampshire. While …

National View: Global climate movement is taking shape

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Republicans’ most potent argument against acting on climate change – that other nations won’t cut emissions, so U.S. efforts are useless – is crumbling. The European Union has had overlapping climate policies in place for years. China, the world’s largest emitter, continues to fill in details about how it will meet the landmark climate targets it announced a year ago. World negotiators are …

My Turn: Let’s find our way to the middle

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

What’s on my mind as I listen to what the candidates for their respective parties have to say is, I’m finding it near impossible to find one out of 20 or so who believes what I believe – this despite my view that the way I think about …

My Turn: How will capitalism adjust to the post-work society of robots and computers?

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Back around 1969, in either my first economics course or economic geology course, I got a copy of the Ten Pillars of Economic Wisdom by James Boyd, 1907, a part of the Jackling Lecture series. Here’s a brief …

My Turn: ‘Epidemic of violence’ blamed on Obama doesn’t exist

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Last week, letter writer Van Mosher made some incorrect assertions about the “epidemic of violence against our law enforcement” and also claimed that “murder rates are skyrocketing” (Monitor letters, Sept. 16). The so-called war on the police and claims that crime is rising are products of sensationalist journalism, …

My Turn: On vaccines, Trump’s rhetoric is reckless

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

At the recent CNN moderated debate among the Republican presidential candidates, pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson was asked whether he would ask Donald Trump to stop making the assertion that childhood vaccines cause autism. Trump followed with these gems: “You take this little beautiful baby, and you pump – …

National View: Soldiers used as guinea pigs, now denied care

Sunday, September 20, 2015

For decades, thousands of U.S. soldiers took the military up on an offer that was hard to refuse: a few days off from the drudgery of base life in exchange for letting scientists run them through a few safety tests. Those who accepted, however, were in for an …

My Turn: Overpopulation facts, not myths

Sunday, September 20, 2015

William Judd (Monitor letters, Sept. 8), after noting that “the populations of most first world countries are declining,” concludes that we don’t have “overpopulation” but “the opposite problem.” This myopic view is clearly wrong. The recent U.N. reports to which Judd refers in fact predict 9 to 14 …

Monitor Board of Contributors: In the heat of summer, I confront log after log because I must

Sunday, September 20, 2015

On a soft, warm, late-summer morning, I arise at 6 a.m. at our camp in Barrington to begin my labors while the day is yet reasonably cool. I am close to stacking up my 16th cord of firewood …

My Turn: A tale of two transmission lines

Sunday, September 20, 2015

I am not accustomed to praising our neighbors to the west. After all, those trusty Green Mountain Boys who captured Fort Ticonderoga during the Revolutionary War were really part of the New Hampshire militia, and everyone knows we’ve been playing better hockey and making better maple syrup ever …

My Turn: Budget is a fiscally responsible path forward

Sunday, September 20, 2015

From the start of the budget process, I was always focused on finding a way to work across party lines to pass a fiscally responsible, balanced budget – without a sales or income tax – that lives within …

My Turn: LWCF reauthorization crucial for the state

Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Land and Water Conservation Fund is our nation’s premier program for safeguarding natural, recreational and cultural and historic resources. Established 50 years ago and funded by a portion of the proceeds from offshore oil and gas drilling, it has played a critical role in enhancing the quality …