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My Turn: Dunbarton committee isn’t rushing project

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Regarding the article about Dunbarton selectman candidates Tom Groleau and Ted Vallieres (Monitor Local & State, Feb. 26): The Dunbarton Town Hall and Theatre Restoration Project Committee would like to assure the voting public that we have not “rushed” anything. We have exercised due diligence in bringing this project to the town for a vote, and we have never guaranteed that the entire project would be funded solely by donations …

National view: What Orwell said about ‘Mein Kampf’

Sunday, March 1, 2015

As the Washington Post’s Anthony Faiola reported this week, Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf is expected to be reissued in Germany for the first time since the end of World War II. Although widely available elsewhere in the world, the book – Hitler’s testament and what’s considered the founding text of Nazism – was …

My Turn: FairPoint agreement is a victory for all workers

Sunday, March 1, 2015

New Hampshire workers won big this past week. After months of intensive negotiations, more than 600 local employees reached a landmark agreement with FairPoint Communications, ending a 130-day strike. These workers have been standing together on the picket line every day since October – rain, snow or shine – and their determination has finally paid off. The members of the International Brotherhood of …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

My Turn: Let’s not let the environment be a partisan issue

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

One notable result of the current antagonism between Republican Speaker Shawn Jasper and his nemesis, Bill O’Brien, is that Jasper’s House Republican majority leadership team – in an attempt to unify their party and assert control over the legislative agenda – is looking for political issues on which …

My Turn: Critics overlook the strengths of Common Core

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Barely five years old, the Common Core was produced through the joint efforts of the National Governors Association’s Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers. Both groups were concerned that our nation’s young people were arriving at college unprepared to succeed there, were …

Katy Burns: Good news and bad news

Saturday, February 14, 2015

‘Where will I get my news now?” That was the anguished wail last week from millions of Americans as one of the country’s most influential purveyors of news decided to step aside. Four days a week for the …

My Turn: Bills would do real damage to state’s forest industry

Saturday, February 14, 2015

In 2007, Gov. John Lynch signed into law the Renewable Portfolio Standard, a law that would assist the promotion of renewable sources of energy. All of this was attained with bipartisan understanding of our nation’s need to relieve our dependence on fossil fuels. Now, eight years later, this …

Board of Contributors: Kayla Mueller was martyred once, twice buried

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Kayla Mueller did, in her short 26 years of life, what Americans are called upon to do. She acted against injustice. Mueller acted in India on behalf of Tibetan refugees, in Palestine against colonization and occupation, in Israel …

‘The Bachelor’ and the problem with farm subsidies

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Farm subsidies have for decades disproportionately benefited richer Americans. Even if they live in posh Manhattan penthouses. Even if they’re, say, on hit television shows. Chris Soules, this season’s star of The Bachelor, for example, has raked in more than $370,000 in farm subsidies since he turned 19 …

Mike Marland, Feb. 15, 2015

Saturday, February 14, 2015

My Turn: On casino gambling, song remains the same

Saturday, February 14, 2015

In 1964, the state of New Hampshire created the New Hampshire Lottery. Ever since, there have been attempts at establishing casinos in New Hampshire despite the opposition of the state’s attorneys general, most law enforcement agencies and all recent New Hampshire governors but the current one. Sen. Lou …

My Turn: Just say no to a standalone capital gains tax

Saturday, February 14, 2015

There has been a recent campaign to build support for an income tax on “capital gains” in New Hampshire analogous to the interest and dividends tax. Some have even gone so far as to call capital gains a “tax loophole.” Others are pushing it as a way to …

My Turn: Raising minimum wage will not have desired result

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Regarding the plethora of bills for minimum wage adjustment: I would like the proponents of these bills to close their eyes and play a visualization game. Imagine the 14-year-old bagger at the grocery store making upward of $14 per hour, therefore every other employee getting the commensurate rate …