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My Turn: 19th-century education model not what 21st-century students need

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

New Hampshire’s political and educational leaders are debating the role of the Common Core standards and the Smarter Balanced assessments. Manchester has requested a waiver from testing because Superintendent Debra Livingston and her teachers know that standardized testing actually hurts children; it does more harm than good to their emotional, psychological and physical well-being. In the 21st century, can’t we do better? Can’t we come up with a new vision … 2

My Turn: Don’t give your support to palm oil industry

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Would you like to do something to help save endangered animal species and help preserve tropical forests and carbon-rich peat lands? It is as simple as refusing to purchase any product containing palm oil. Orangutans live only in the rain forests of Southeast Asia on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, mostly in Indonesia but also in the Malaysian states of Sabah and … 1

My Turn: Oil companies are important to all Americans

Sunday, September 28, 2014

In a recent “My Turn” article (Monitor Forum, Sept. 18), Rick Russman chastised Scott Brown for supporting the activities of the American oil industry. It is time to set the record straight about large and small oil companies in America. We need to reject the politicians and special interest groups who endorse and fund a smear campaign against our oil industry. There are … 39

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My Turn: U.S. must confront and destroy Islamic State

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, provides an opportunity to remember those we lost that day. At the same time, we also must recognize that we still have more to do to secure … 12

My Turn: Coup in Thailand put military in power

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Americans by nature are not the most engaged when it comes to following world affairs. At times, earth-shattering events like the plane shot down in Ukraine, the push to block nuclear weapons in Iran or incidents in North Korea have a way of grabbing our attention. New Hampshire, … 0

My Turn: Watching the death of a bee; seeing existence stripped bare

Saturday, September 6, 2014

All summer I have watched as small piles of sawdust accumulated just beyond my back door. I didn’t know there were carpenter bumblebees until I got up close and personal with their handiwork: perfectly bored caverns in the … 2

My Turn: For Sen. Ayotte, a chance to be on the right side of history

Saturday, September 6, 2014

A century ago in 1914, the United States Senate voted, 35-34, to approve a constitutional amendment that would right a historical wrong denying half our population a voice in politics. A few months later, the measure died in the House. But the vote resounded. Five years later, as … 8

The dark edge of my faith

Saturday, September 6, 2014

I was first invited to a beheading in Saudi Arabia while working as a physician in Riyadh. It was 1999, and I was an attending intensive care specialist in an advanced medical system that valued my U.S. training. As we finished resuscitating a patient, a colleague casually said: … 0

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Poetry Corner: A tumultuous peace

Friday, September 5, 2014

We have had some magnificent storms this summer, and the oppressive heat and humidity of the day makes the gathering clouds a welcome sight. The small breaths that stir the air in whispers grow by degrees to clear our minds and souls of all that has accumulated in … 1

My Turn: Court decision a victory for parents, students, taxpayers

Friday, September 5, 2014

Last week’s unanimous New Hampshire Supreme Court decision to reject the challenge against an educational choice law is a victory for Granite State families and taxpayers generally. The law expands educational opportunity by granting tax credits to corporations worth 85 percent of their donations to nonprofit scholarship organizations. … 11

My Turn: Independent voice needed in Washington

Friday, September 5, 2014

Over the past five months, Gail and I have traveled to every corner of New Hampshire, listening and learning, meeting with you in your living rooms, businesses and on your main streets. We have heard first-hand about the issues that matter to you, including taxes and spending, the … 6

My Turn: Lessons from Lily

Friday, September 5, 2014

Tasting our homemade chocolate chip cookies on a cool March day on the deck of my older son’s home near Lake Tahoe, my granddaughter and I chat: “Where’s Poppa John, Grammy Candy?” “Back home in New Hampshire, Lily girl.” “You don’t live with him anymore?” “No, sweetie, we … 0