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My Turn: House must take a stand against big money

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

When I served in the New Hampshire House of Representatives in the 1980s, nobody gave much thought to money in politics. Few state representatives even bothered to raise money for their campaigns. State Senate races rarely cost more than a few thousand dollars. Our primary resource was time, which we had in equal measure and which we generally devoted to knocking on doors and talking with voters face-to-face. Even New …

Katy Burns: More guns, and we pay the price in blood

Saturday, October 10, 2015

I’m sorry, but last week’s story of the woman in a Detroit suburb who thought it perfectly acceptable to pull out her concealed handgun in a crowded Walmart parking lot and start blazing away at a fleeing shoplifter just snapped my last nerve. With much of the rest of the world, I ask: What the hell is wrong with Americans? Fortunately for the …

National View: Nobel choice highlights a rare ray of democracy

Saturday, October 10, 2015

This year’s Nobel Peace Prize was a surprise even to the recipients, a little-known group of activists who brokered a political transition in Tunisia. It was also an inspired choice. The Arab Spring has been so disappointing – in Egypt, in Libya, in Yemen – that Tunisia has been largely forgotten, making headlines …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Dearly Deported

Friday, September 25, 2015

In his platform and in his speeches, Donald Trump includes the idea of deporting the 11 million undocumented people in the United States. At a recent rally in Dallas, he described the undocumented immigrants as part of a …

My Turn: Sewalls Falls Bridge saga says much about mayor

Friday, September 25, 2015

On a Thursday night this past May, I received a voice mail and then a text message from Concord’s Mayor, Jim Bouley. “Need to meet with you asap. Do you have time first thing in the morning?” The subject was the Sewalls Falls Bridge – closed for safety …

National View: Getting tough on China and President Xi

Friday, September 25, 2015

For Chinese President Xi Jinping, the principal achievement of a summit meeting with President Obama may be the 21-gun salute he is due to receive on the White House lawn today. A greeting with full honors by the U.S. president is particularly important to the Chinese ruler at …

Monitor Board of Contributors: A lovely view of health care

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Last month, Dr. Robert S. Kiefner offered one of the better analyses of our health care system I’ve read in a while (Monitor Forum, Aug. 23). It got me thinking about what’s right and wrong in our current …

My Turn: Cutting business taxes improves competitiveness

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Summer is over and so is the budget standoff. Finally. It was always business tax reductions that divided the governor and legislative leaders. There is a philosophical divide: the governor proposed higher taxes on businesses, legislators fought for …

My Turn: Let’s find our way to the middle

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

What’s on my mind as I listen to what the candidates for their respective parties have to say is, I’m finding it near impossible to find one out of 20 or so who believes what I believe – this despite my view that the way I think about …

My Turn: How will capitalism adjust to the post-work society of robots and computers?

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Back around 1969, in either my first economics course or economic geology course, I got a copy of the Ten Pillars of Economic Wisdom by James Boyd, 1907, a part of the Jackling Lecture series. Here’s a brief …

My Turn: ‘Epidemic of violence’ blamed on Obama doesn’t exist

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Last week, letter writer Van Mosher made some incorrect assertions about the “epidemic of violence against our law enforcement” and also claimed that “murder rates are skyrocketing” (Monitor letters, Sept. 16). The so-called war on the police and claims that crime is rising are products of sensationalist journalism, …

My Turn: On vaccines, Trump’s rhetoric is reckless

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

At the recent CNN moderated debate among the Republican presidential candidates, pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson was asked whether he would ask Donald Trump to stop making the assertion that childhood vaccines cause autism. Trump followed with these gems: “You take this little beautiful baby, and you pump – …

National View: Soldiers used as guinea pigs, now denied care

Sunday, September 20, 2015

For decades, thousands of U.S. soldiers took the military up on an offer that was hard to refuse: a few days off from the drudgery of base life in exchange for letting scientists run them through a few safety tests. Those who accepted, however, were in for an …