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My Turn: Clinton is the candidate who can do the job best

Saturday, November 28, 2015

As we consider the best candidate for president in the upcoming election cycle, the question seems simple: Who can best do the job? Not so simple is to understand what the “job” is. In recent years, in terms of solving our most pressing problems, our country seems to be in political gridlock. You name it: immigration reform; election campaign financing; renewal of our roads, bridges and other infrastructure; climate change; …

My Turn: A clear choice on national security

Saturday, November 28, 2015

The first and most important responsibility of the U.S. president is to protect our national security interests around the world and defend the homeland. After years of reckless defense cuts and a failed lead-from-behind foreign policy from Barack Obama, the global challenges facing the next commander-in-chief will be profound. The stakes in this …

My Turn: On war, it’s time for the Democratic Party to evolve

Saturday, November 28, 2015

I will not vote for Hillary. Nor for Bernie, much as I would like to. The Democratic Party must evolve. It must speak to progressives who are tired of voting for moderate Republicans posing as Democrats. The Democratic Party must develop clearly progressive views on war, foreign policy, militarized cops, racism, poverty, poor education. It must expose the military-industrial-congressional complex. If the party …

My Turn: In Franklin, solar power is a significant bright spot

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Eight-and-a-half megawatts – enough energy to power approximately 1,000 homes – that’s our goal. That may not sound like a lot, but it would be a historic achievement for New Hampshire and a very big deal for the …

My Turn: Rejection of nominee was rejection of justice

Friday, November 13, 2015

A martyr is someone who is sacrificed or suffers greatly because of her beliefs. Chris Sununu and his two Republican co-conspirators on the Executive Council made attorney Dorothy Graham a martyr when they voted to reject her as a nominee to become a superior court judge. Graham has …

Monitor Board of Contributors: When it comes to time capsules, some objects travel into the future better than others

Friday, November 13, 2015

The 2015 time capsule is in the ground. Buried. Project done. There were challenges along the way, but for the most part helping to put together the 2015 time capsule has been a labor of love. Spending time …

My Turn: Clearing the air on the clean energy issue

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The New Hampshire Sierra Club’s opinion column in the Oct. 31 edition of the Monitor did a disservice to New Hampshire residents. It used out-of-date information to draw false conclusions, and in some cases simply twisted facts to create a story that’s been repeatedly debunked. There is little …

My Turn: Reporters should cover issues, not candidates

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

I must agree with Ben Carson and the Republicans who have complained about the campaign coverage and its focus on “gotcha” questions and personal histories. Candidates are also to blame, however, for running simply on platitudes and avoiding …

Off Main: Should we exist? A provocative philosophy argues that having children is immoral

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

What if the existence of the human race isn’t a good thing? What if, in fact, continuing our species is a moral wrong? That’s the provocative position of the line of philosophy that stretches back to Arthur Schopenhauer …

My Turn: Here are the facts about hydropower

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Hydro-Quebec strongly objects to the erroneous information published by the Sierra Club in its recent “My Turn” (Monitor Forum, Oct. 31). New Hampshire citizens have the right to know the facts about hydropower, not a list of misleading statements. Sierra Club misinterprets the results of several scientific studies …

Our Turn: We can repair our damaged democracy

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Rarely have we seen an issue in American politics that more unites the American people than fearsome opposition to big money in politics. Poll after poll affirms the pervasive sense that our electoral system is fundamentally flawed and democracy itself is on the rocks. From Bernin’ progressives to …

Monitor Board of Contributors: America, Indonesia and the hidden genocide

Sunday, November 8, 2015

If asked where genocide occurred in the 20th century, most politically informed people would answer Europe under the Nazis, Cambodia with the Khmer Rouge and possibly Rwanda. Some might mention the Armenian genocide or the mass murders in …

My Turn: At Concord Hospital, a healing revolution

Sunday, November 8, 2015

It was her chic sense of style that got my mother in trouble. An irrepressible fashionista at age 95, she chose her favorite Cuban heels to complete her outfit for a Sunday afternoon visit from a friend. As she showed her guest around the gardens outside her Heritage …