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Ray Duckler: A very dark problem on a very sunny day

Monday, August 3, 2015

‘Hi, Ray. How ya been?” That’s how the conversation started downtown, on a perfect Sunday afternoon, with an acquaintance whose name will remain hidden, for now. My friend, Kevin Clark, was working, playing his guitar at the entrance to Eagle Square, and I was sitting in what amounts to his office when the acquaintance stopped by. “I’m fine,” I said, as Clark’s amplified acoustic strumming filled the warm air. “What’s …

My Turn: Preventive care at Planned Parenthood should continue

Monday, August 3, 2015

On Wednesday, I will vote to continue supporting access to low-cost birth control, cancer screenings and annual exams for New Hampshire women at our state’s five Planned Parenthood health centers and three other nonprofit centers across the state. I encourage my four colleagues on the state Executive Council to join me in voting …

My Turn: NHMS did take a stand on Confederate flag

Sunday, August 2, 2015

In response Jennifer Morris’s recent letter to the editor regarding Confederate flags during race weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (Monitor letters, July 25), we felt compelled to respond to some inaccuracies and perceptions. To clarify, at no time was there the sale of Confederate flags on speedway property or by any speedway vendors. The flags that you saw along Route 106 were …

My Turn: Council is ignoring the city’s drug problem

Friday, July 17, 2015

‘Thank you to the two officers who responded very quickly when our car and another family’s car were broken into on Friday night. The officers cared very much and offered many good suggestions on how to protect our accounts, monitor our credit and clean up the car. We …

You’re special (but not really): David Brooks is right – it’s time to reconsider the self-esteem experiment

Friday, July 17, 2015

In Demian, Hermann Hesse writes: “I wanted only to try to live in accord with the promptings which came from my true self. Why was that so very difficult?” This lament combines a pair of timeless questions: The …

Monitor Board of Contributors: United Church of Christ membership deserves better from leaders

Thursday, July 16, 2015

(Editor’s Note: Some of the passages in the following opinion piece were taken directly from statements put out by the Central Conference of American Rabbis, a professional organization to which the writer belongs.) Rev. John Buttrick’s “My Turn” column, “Church takes a stand against corruption” (Monitor Forum, July …

My Turn: Christie can be trusted to lead, solve problems

Thursday, July 16, 2015

As a lifelong law enforcement professional and the current sheriff of the third-largest county in New Hampshire, there are specific qualities I look for while assessing the extensive field of presidential candidates. I want a president who I can trust – someone who is willing to tell the …

National View: But what if Iran . . .

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The deal with Iran is finally done. Given the stakes, it should be scrutinized. It makes sense to reserve judgment and see how the administration explains all the clauses of the agreement and how they will be implemented. …

My Turn: Let’s adopt an income tax and end the budget melodrama for good

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Poor Budgette. Tied to the tracks. Politicos on either side stand on their platforms screaming back and forth, “We can’t pay the rent,” “We must pay the rent,” as we hiss or applaud. We know all the songs and lines of this melodrama, because it has been the …

My Turn: Vermont model offers Northern Pass alternative

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

It’s time for the out-of-state and out-of-country interests pushing the current Northern Pass proposal to bury the private transmission line along appropriately designated transportation corridors. A similar project in Vermont shows it can be done. The fast-track toward approval of the 154-mile New England Clean Power Link highlights …

My Turn: Fountain would transform downtown

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

I believe the proposed fountain at City Plaza will be one of the most transformative elements of the entire downtown improvement project. The fountain was included in the original downtown redesign but was eliminated with certain other amenities due in large part to limited funding. An ad hoc …

My Turn: Why I am running for president

Monday, July 13, 2015

I love America. In the small town I grew up in, our neighbor Claire Congdon was something of a legend. A veteran of both world wars, Mr. Congdon was a model of American patriotism. After serving his country, he came home and never stopped serving his community through …

My Turn: Ban on crude oil exports is outdated and crippling

Monday, July 13, 2015

One outdated trade restriction is expected to cost the New Hampshire economy up to $130 million per year by 2020, according to a report by ICF International and EnSys Energy. For other states – especially those that produce a large share of America’s energy – the impact could …