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My Turn: Stark was indeed a founder of this state

Monday, April 27, 2015

I have no horse selected yet in the presidential sweepstakes, but I disagree with a recent “fact check” (Monitor, April 11) giving Rand Paul a failing score for John Stark as a founder of our state. On April 19, 1775, the battles of Lexington and Concord set the course for violent revolution. Four days later, on April 23, Col. John Stark was chosen to lead the First New Hampshire Regiment …

Katy Burns: Beep, beep! New car coming through!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

If this is 2015, it’s time to visit the car store down the road. After all, it has been 12 years. And the old car – which we still call “the new car” – will soon need tires, again. So why not trade it in? Okay, that does sound a little flip. Truthfully, …

Roaring twenties: It’s a good idea to put a woman on the $20 bill, but can America cut through the politics and red tape

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Now I know how my suffragette foremothers felt about not being able to vote. I completely missed the online “Women on 20s” preliminary campaign to decide which important woman in U.S. history should replace President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. In case you missed it, too, there is a web campaign out …

National view: Battle for women’s hearts requires open minds

Saturday, April 11, 2015

My eyes were opened to gender inequality when I was 26. I’d decided I wanted to make a movie based on Isaac Bashevis Singer’s story of Yentl, a young woman who has to pretend she’s a man to …

My Turn: State must stand up to the gun lobby

Saturday, April 11, 2015

I am surprised by what is happening up in Concord. I am not political, and I never thought I’d be writing an article addressing a bill. However, I must admit that I am shocked and dismayed at what looks to me like a lack of common sense when …

My Turn: State has chance to lead way on children’s privacy

Saturday, April 11, 2015

A bill making its way through the state Legislature is reinforcing New Hampshire’s reputation as a state that goes out of its way to protect individual liberty, and will give voice to the fight for children, who are so often ignored by our political process. House Bill 520 …

My Turn: State’s ‘Tax Freedom Day’ is getting later and later

Saturday, April 11, 2015

New Hampshire’s real tax day isn’t April 15. It’s April 23. On that day, the state’s taxpayers have finally made enough money to pay their total tax burden for the year, according to the nonpartisan Tax Foundation. Starting the next day, you actually get to keep the money …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Iran – In relationship with the other

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Thursday, April 2, after months of negotiation, during which the Iranian nuclear program was essentially put on hold, Iran agreed to the framework of a negotiated settlement with the P5+1. The framework, upon which final agreement will be structured, defines Iran’s future permitted nuclear activity – that to …

My Turn: We must remember the Holocaust so it never happens again

Saturday, April 11, 2015

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau, symbolic of the end of the European Holocaust. The political philosopher Hannah Arendt said concerning the Nazi genocide of Jews, that human …

My Turn: Public meetings bill opens door to secrecy

Saturday, April 11, 2015

At the request of his hometown selectmen, Sen. Jeb Bradley has introduced Senate Bill 243, an amendment to the right-to-know law that allows a public body to meet in private to discuss a lawsuit that a town files against another party, or to consider any such lawsuit. He …

My Turn: Medicaid expansion also benefits taxpayers and municipalities

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Our New Hampshire legislators must decide whether to continue the New Hampshire Health Protection Program. The right answer is an obvious yes. This program helps low-wage workers, their employers, the state health care system, our local communities and economy. New Hampshire Legal Assistance is a statewide, nonprofit law …

Off Main: Voting for change

Friday, April 10, 2015

President Obama raised eyebrows last month when he appeared to endorse mandatory voting. At a Cleveland town hall meeting, he was asked how to fight the influence of money in politics. He suggested that requiring citizens to vote …

My Turn: Indiana law proves GOP is trying to roll back progress

Friday, April 10, 2015

As Indiana Gov. Mike Pence scrambled to minimize the damage from his state’s discriminatory Religious Freedom Restoration Act law, it became increasingly evident that so long as members of the Republican Party seek to win over the factions …