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My Turn: State must pursue a sensible energy policy

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Dear Gov. Maggie Hassan: I was disappointed to read in the Monitor a few days back that the nominations of Amanda Merrill and Bob Odell to be on the Site Evaluation Committee (Monitor front page, Nov. 12). They both would have brought valuable perspective to the discussion, with Odell living in Lempster – the home of the state’s first wind farm – and Merrill on the coast, where she has …

My Turn: Some on the left see only the GOP they want to see

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Based on his opinion piece, “The GOP’s road to nowhere,” Jeff Eitreim appears to be a textbook case of why the partisan divide in this country is so wide (Sunday Monitor, Nov. 16). He seems so infused with his own sense of righteousness that he has lost the ability to see anything but evil in those who vote differently from himself. He claims …

Constitution Day: Schools need to provide safe, trusting place for kids

Thursday, November 20, 2014

In 1969, during the very first landmark student free speech case, Tinker v. Des Moines, the Supreme Court stated that “a student can express his/her opinion, even on controversial subjects, so long as doing so does not materially and substantially disrupt or interfere with the requirements of appropriate discipline in the operation of the school.” Although a cyberbullying case hasn’t yet become such …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

My Turn: Push for higher minimum wage ignores pitfalls

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Howard Moffett and I agree on the desirability of higher wages for New Hampshire workers, but his proposal to require employers to pay their workers more rates further analysis (Sunday Monitor Forum, Oct. 26). Howard is correct when he states that “advocates of a point of view can …

My Turn: Republicans will take a right turn to the past

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

This election seems to have less to do with the names actually on the ballot and the issues facing us, and more about voters expressing a deep sense of frustration with politics and insecurity with the state of the world. Facts and truth are no match for the …

My Turn: History hidden in the wood

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Sharon Olds of Pittsfield will become the fifth recipient of the Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry on Thursday. Leading up to the event, Monitor Editor Emeritus Mike Pride will present and offer commentary on a selection of her poems. This is the second …

My Turn: A sense of humor diagnosed

Monday, October 27, 2014

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Sharon Olds of Pittsfield will become the fifth recipient of the Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry on Thursday. Over the next three days, Monitor Editor Emeritus Mike Pride will present and offer commentary on three of her poems. Diagnosis By the time I …

My Turn: Legislation added protections for elderly

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Mark Connolly did an excellent job of explaining the ever-growing problem of elder financial exploitation (Monitor Forum, Oct. 17). On a national level, approximately $2.9 billion per year is stolen from seniors. And as the elder population continues to increase, this figure will only increase. In New Hampshire, …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Maybe it’s time for Democrats to teach Republicans a lesson by giving them what they want

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The road leading to my driveway is festooned with signage: Maggie Hassan, Carol Shea-Porter, Jeanne Shaheen and many others, some whom I know, some not, all who share some of my values – all more capable and thoughtful than candidates competing for the right to represent and protect …

My Turn: It’s too bad perspective isn’t contagious

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Despite vigorous fear-mongering by politicians like Scott Brown, Ebola hysteria in this country seemed to be lessening. Then, Thursday, a New York City doctor was diagnosed as infected with Ebola. It wasn’t altogether unexpected. The doctor had been …

My Turn: The case for raising the minimum wage

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Bruce Berke’s “My Turn” piece in last week’s Sunday Monitor arguing that a minimum wage increase would be “nothing but a job killer,” calls for a response. Bruce is a good personal friend, but on this issue we fundamentally disagree. Alone among New England states, New Hampshire has …

My Turn: State’s new way to assess student learning could reduce standardized testing

Saturday, October 25, 2014

We’ve been hearing a lot about testing in our schools. There were proposals in the last Legislature – unsuccessful in the end – to postpone the new Smarter Balanced annual assessment. Nashua teachers made news last winter saying that neither their schools nor their students were ready for …

My Turn: State can’t afford another O’Brien Legislature

Saturday, October 25, 2014

On Nov. 4, you have a clear, important choice to make. When you enter the voting booth on Election Day, your vote will decide whether our state continues to move in the right direction or gets pulled back into the past. We have faced this decision before. In …