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My Turn: Portrait of a voting bloc

Friday, February 12, 2016

There is an element in our American society that hates education, despises expertise and trusts no one. They think a conspiracy exists behind every corner. To them, government at any level is rife with stupidity and waste. They know that they know better. They like simple solutions to complex matters. They like being able to speak their prejudice loudly, thinking if they bray long enough they will be right. They …

My Turn: Northern Pass interventions tell a compelling story

Friday, February 12, 2016

By the close of business on Feb. 5, more than 140 petitions to intervene in the Northern Pass docket had been emailed to the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee. All but a dozen came from those who oppose the project as currently configured (132 miles overhead), including New Hampshire property owners; small businesses and tourism groups; municipalities; NGO conservation, recreation and preservation organizations; …

Monitor Board of Contributors: There’s no better time to hit the woods to search for antlers

Friday, February 12, 2016

It’s shed-hunting season, and that means beautiful and fascinating treasures are awaiting those willing to venture into the snowy woods. The magnificent moose and white-tailed deer that grace New Hampshire’s forests are now shedding their antlers, as they do each winter. Searching for the antlers, or sheds, may seem like looking for the …

My Turn: City needs to explain Loudon Road logic

Friday, January 22, 2016

In response to Jack Shields’s Jan. 15 “My Turn” regarding the Loudon Road project, I would offer the following counterpoints: Shields asserts that in our everyday lives we regularly put our trust in professionals like doctors and lawyers. Why, then, he asks, don’t we place our trust in …

My Turn:

Friday, January 22, 2016

I urge the many women in our community to consider volunteering for the overnight shift at the Homeless Shelter at St. Peter’s, where there is a shortage. The Friends Program is spearheading this effort with funding from the city of Concord. I took a turn myself this last …

My Turn: As Republicans, we should focus on fixing things instead of blowing them up

Friday, January 22, 2016

When I was in junior high school, I agreed to play on a church basketball team. One night we played the top team, against which I had scored 19 points during our previous meeting. Apparently, that was frowned …

Our Turn: Nation can’t afford to ignore growing debt burden

Friday, January 22, 2016

An unwarranted sense of complacency about the federal debt has settled over Washington even though that figure is approaching $19 trillion. Compared to the size of our economy, the debt has not been this high since the end of the second world war. Ignoring the nation’s growing debt …

My Turn: Shadow of terror darkens state’s schools

Friday, January 22, 2016

Residents of the Granite State enjoy the sense of security that comes with knowing that they live in the fourth safest state in America and one of the top 10 states to raise kids. But recent threats targeting New Hampshire schools serve as a grim reminder that the …

My Turn: As I walk with cancer, I hope New Hampshire is a ready for a respectful discussion about ‘death with dignity’

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Life is full of many passages that we enter and pass through. Just as cats are said to have nine lives, I believe I have known as many – and perhaps more. My lives have included youth, family …

My Turn: Volunteers push for an end to governing under the influence

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

For most of the political operatives and reporters paying attention to the looming Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary, the focus is on the political horse race; when the dust settles, they will tell us about the winners and runners-up, and how that changes the political calculus …

My Turn: Nation is paying a heavy price for knee-jerk military spending

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

After Paris, San Bernardino and almost every terrorist attack, politicians and pundits clamor for the U.S. to do more militarily in the Middle East, spend more on national defense, and further restrict our liberties in the name of keeping us safe. But that is exactly what ISIS wants …

My Turn: U.S. should be eliminating, not modernizing, nuclear weapons

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The New Hampshire primary season is full of surprises. As a voter, I’ve asked 13 presidential candidates about nuclear weapons. Responses have been disappointing in general, and even candidates with good instincts don’t seem to know much. So as a progressive, I was astounded when some of the …

My Turn: Kasich will make us proud

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

I write in support of John Kasich in the 2016 Republican presidential primary. Although I have been involved in these contests since 1964, this is the first time I have written a piece like this. I do this now because I believe without reservation that John Kasich offers …