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A jogger runs along a levee at sunset  in  New Orleans, La.,  Monday, Aug. 13, 2007. Officials called for a heat advisory due to  soaring temperatures and high humidity    (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

BOARD OF CONTRIBUTORS: Once you start running, you won’t want to stop

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

For me, exercise has always been a means to an end. Pre-kids, my husband and I were very active. We lived in Boston and didn’t own a car, so we walked, inline skated or rode our bikes. After marriage and a move to New Hampshire, kids, work and life got in the way, and I just haven’t made exercise a … 0

My Turn: Why is Hassan criticizing bipartisan tax reforms?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

It’s puzzling to hear Gov. Maggie Hassan claim that recent changes in New Hampshire’s business tax code are causing problems with the state budget. Not only were the reforms of the past few years approved with overwhelming bipartisan support, they were fully accounted for in the budget. During last year’s budget debate, Senate Republicans insisted on revenue projections more conservative than the governor’s … 13

My Turn: America needs a firm, fair immigration policy

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Three elements characterize a functional immigration system: clarity, enforcement of the rule of law and fairness. Today in America, sadly, none of these three characteristics epitomize our immigration system. Even sadder still, perhaps, is the lack of will to tackle our challenges. President Obama, the one person who could lead an effort for reform and enforce our border security, appears much more interested … 11

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Weighing in on the New Hampshire Supreme Court’s tax credit decision

Off Main: Primary chatter has picked up, but the prime contender looks pretty familiar

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

It was called the “Ready for Hillary” bus tour, but for those of us in Concord with memories of the 2008 presidential primary, it might well have been called the “Not Ready for Anyone Just Yet Bus Tour.” … 2

Many to blame for Ukraine, but not Obama

Sunday, August 3, 2014

The “illusion of retrospective determinism” is a somewhat pretentious sounding but nonetheless very important concept. Distilled down to its most basic level, it means that we should never assume that historical events needed to happen in a particular way. It might seem like World War I had to … 2

My Turn: Executive Council contract threshold should be raised

Sunday, August 3, 2014

New Hampshire’s Executive Council has a chance on Tuesday to cut government waste, improve efficiency, strengthen transparency and make it easier for local firms to do business with the state. But it isn’t a big state contract that we’ll be voting on to do all this. Sometimes, the … 2

Katy Burns: Havenstein’s New Hampshire no longer exists

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Walt Havenstein may well be a bona fide resident of New Hampshire, as the state’s Ballot Law Commission recently ruled. Although between 2007 and 2012 he lived and worked in Maryland, he maintained a legal residence here and … 4

My Turn: Hydro-Québec power is competitive, clean

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Hydro-Québec strongly objects to the erroneous information published by the Conservation Law Foundation in its July 19 letter to the Concord Monitor, signed by Christophe Courchesne. CLF claims that the generation and delivery of Hydro-Québec hydropower to the New England market will cost New England an additional $800 … 13

My Turn: Natural gas is critical piece of environmental policy

Sunday, August 3, 2014

A conviction that has guided President Obama’s energy policy since he took office is that solar and wind power, rather than natural gas, is the way to reduce U.S. greenhouse emissions. It’s a way of thinking that reflects his close bond with the environmental community, which shares his … 10

Climate change column stirs up a storm of reaction from readers

Sunday, August 3, 2014

On July 26, the Monitor published a column by Michael Sununu, a consultant with Sununu Enterprises, headlined “It’s time to take a hard look at climate hyperbole.” Not surprisingly, the Monitor received a number of responses from readers … 41

My Turn: Passion, experience set Ardinger apart

Sunday, August 3, 2014

During the years when I was Democratic leader in the House, and later when I was a member of Sen. Sylvia Larsen’s leadership team in the Senate, much of my time was spent searching for smart and effective citizens who could be persuaded or cajoled into running for … 0

My Turn: Lessons learned from an economic education

Saturday, August 2, 2014

I graduated in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in economics from a highly regarded liberal arts college. In reflecting upon this, I am astounded by the manner in which economic principles were taught. For example, students were instructed … 6

My Turn: Time to move forward on Keystone XL Pipeline

Saturday, August 2, 2014

We are truly at a crossroads for Keystone. The Keystone XL Pipeline that is. Most Americans know the story of the pipeline. The Keystone XL Pipeline Project is a proposed 1,179-mile, 36-inch-diameter crude oil pipeline, beginning in Hardisty, Alberta, Canada, and extending south to Steele City, Neb. This … 12