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Hot Topic: Opinions are still rolling in on Main Street

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Concord City Council will meet tonight to vote on the proposed Main Street project. If the $10.95 million plan is approved, the city will redesign and rebuild nine blocks of the downtown. But the votes haven’t been cast yet, and “Monitor” readers still have some last-minute lobbying to do. Spoiler alert: Not everybody is crazy about the colored lights. It’s all about access Main Street exists because of the … 1

Off Main: Explaining New Hampshire government to the uninitiated can be a daunting task

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

I was driving my brother back home from a restaurant last month and attempting to explain the New Hampshire political system. It’s a conversation I’ve had repeatedly over the last several years, sometimes with house guests from Kansas, sometimes with newcomers to the Granite State. It never goes very well. “We’re special,” I … 0

My Turn: A missing piece in Penacook

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Downtown Penacook is in the middle of the reconstruction of Village Street. Soon we will have a new look, with reconfigured traffic patterns and even a roundabout to improve the Washington Street/Village Street intersection. The Boudreau Square monument will be more accessible to pedestrians and our sidewalks will be smooth and solid. But something is missing. During the project, it was discovered that … 0

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My Turn: Foreign tourism got boost from Clinton

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Summer is finally here – the busiest travel season of the year, when tourists from all over the world flock to the United States, and particularly here in New Hampshire, to enjoy all that our great nation has … 1

My Turn: The many reasons Americans should be proud

Thursday, July 10, 2014

‘Recapturing the meaning of patriotism” seemed to be an appropriate title for the Monitor’s editorial on the Fourth of July. However, the editors chose to frame their discussion around the difference between what they termed as the “supernationalism” of two cable television pundits and true patriotism. The discussion … 6

My Turn: U.S. bears responsibility for growing refugee crisis

Thursday, July 10, 2014

I’ve been watching with sadness the angry mobs in Murrieta, Calif., preventing immigrant detainees, including children, from being housed by federal officials in Border Patrol detainee centers. Living up north here, it’s easy to view Latin America as … 2

national view: Clear rules for clean water

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Lawmakers, mostly but not only Republicans, are seeking to undermine the twin foundations of Environmental Protection Agency authority: the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. In both cases, Congress should back off. The agency badly needs clearer rules on which bodies of water it has the … 1

My Turn: Putting the ‘us’ in uterus

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

I’ve never been to Hobby Lobby, even though there is one just a few miles from me. It’s a conscious choice. If I had time for a hobby, it wouldn’t be crafting. However, I was born a girl … 57

My Turn: On war and the ultimate sacrifice

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

When word came that Brandon Garabrant of Greenfield, the grandson of a good friend, was killed in Afghanistan, shock and questions as to what war is all about surfaced immediately. So many aspects to consider: What is right? What is wrong? Should we simply conclude that, since the … 0

My Turn: Warmth and support in wake of tragedy

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

(Editor’s note: Todd Phelps is the son of Michael Phelps, 66, a former Concord High School teacher who was killed in a motorcycle accident in Allenstown on June 30.) This week my family and I have suffered one of the greatest tragedies of our lives, the death of … 0

My Turn: Hobby Lobby ruling a threat to women’s health care

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Too many women across New Hampshire are facing a new threat to their health care: Their employers can now deny coverage for birth control. That’s the immediate impact of the Supreme Court decision a few days ago in … 10

Five myths about the Islamic State

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has changed its name more often than a rock band. The Sunni extremist group that has fought in Syria and plotted attacks in Saudi Arabia and Lebanon has now upped … 0

Americans falling out of love with shopping malls

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Last week, Slate published photos of empty, decaying shopping malls from a new book, Autopsy of America. The images are arresting, and the timing couldn’t be better. Abandoned malls are hot: The Dead Malls Enthusiasts Facebook group boasts almost 14,000 members; a Google search of “dead malls” produces … 3