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Monitor Board of Contributors: America must address its race problem

Monday, June 29, 2015

What happened in Charleston, S.C., a week ago Wednesday has shocked the nation twice over. Not only were nine peace-loving, faithful people murdered, they were murdered in their sacred place of worship by a white supremacist posing as a Bible study participant. Many of us who experience white privilege had naively thought that we had become too civilized for this kind of vigilantism, this kind of repugnant disrespect for the …

My Turn: On casino gambling, hypocrisy is rampant

Sunday, June 28, 2015

As a state representative, I sit and listen to all the pros and cons about having a casino in the state regardless if it is one, two or more. I have heard the major excuse: the addiction to slot machines. I am a little confused by this. Doesn’t our state sell scratch tickets from $1 to $25? In fact, for a while, they …

My Turn: State should reauthorize expanded Medicaid now

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The health and wellness of more than 40,000 people throughout our great state will be negatively affected if the New Hampshire Health Protection Program is not reauthorized by the Legislature. Now is the right time for our elected officials to work together to include continued funding in this budget to provide access to health care for people whose income is $15,000 a year …

My Turn: In pipeline fight, lack of need is trump card

Saturday, June 20, 2015

I came away from my latest Kinder Morgan open house the other evening with a decidedly sinking feeling. One of the Kinder Morgan representatives answering questions was clearly intelligent and well-informed. His answers were thoughtful and complete. He was no liar, nor a con man. The conclusion I …

My Turn: Freedom of choice is the future of education

Saturday, June 20, 2015

The United States spends more per pupil on education than any other country in the world. But our public schools have failed our children. U.S. companies are dependent on foreign-educated programmers, engineers and gene splicers, while the “labor participation rate” of the U.S. population is only 63 percent. …

My Turn: Editorial defending scientist is hogwash

Friday, June 19, 2015

The Monitor’s gallantry in riding to Sir Tim Hunt’s defense is misplaced (Monitor editorial, June 17). First, the Nobel laureate was essentially calling for labs segregated by gender. Would you be so quick to defend a call for labs segregated by race? Second, “Cupid’s arrows,” your editorial writer …

My Turn: Social Security’s demise has been greatly exaggerated – but that doesn’t mean reforms aren’t warranted

Friday, June 19, 2015

In August, Social Security will celebrate its 80th birthday. I think it is fair to say the program has been solidly established for a long time now. Every month, 165 million workers make Social Security contributions and more …

Our Turn: Budget cuts raise your property taxes

Friday, June 19, 2015

What are you doing to reduce my property taxes? We hear this question a lot – as chairman of the Hopkinton School Board, as a former executive director of NEA New Hampshire and as state representatives. In New Hampshire, property taxes are the primary revenue source to pay …

Book excerpt: Christ and the Homosexual

Thursday, June 18, 2015

This is an excerpt from Robert W. Wood’s “Christ and the Homosexual.” Wood, who has lived in Concord for 30 years, published the book in 1960. The dedication reads: “To the lonely and rejected homosexuals who feel damned, …

My Turn: A moral obligation to protect our Earth

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Faith leaders from multiple traditions recently gathered in Concord to call upon their own communities as well as political leaders to meet one of the greatest moral challenges of our time: transforming our own behaviors and social policies to reduce the harm to our world due to human-caused …

Our Turn: Protecting New Hampshire’s pregnant workers from discrimination

Thursday, June 18, 2015

It’s stunning to think that in the year 2015, women are still facing discrimination at work for simply being pregnant. Yet, that is exactly the case. More women filed pregnancy discrimination charges in 2013 than in 1997, and statistics show that instances of pregnancy discrimination in the workplace …

How will it end? Seven scenarios for the apocalypse

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

There’s no shortage of potential ends to the world. Here are a few ways that life on our planet could be wiped out, both realistic and . . . a little less so. 1. CLIMATE CHANGE: It sounds …

Heads of state: What do the 2016 presidential contenders’ hairstyles say about them?

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

In South Carolina last week, HILLARY CLINTON commented on the trend of presidents going gray over their terms in office. “Now let me tell you, I’m aware, I may not be the youngest candidate in this race,” Clinton …