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My Turn: Follow the money and you find nukes

Friday, November 27, 2015

The 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, passed by Congress and recently signed by President Obama, includes in its 1,320 pages plans for an entire new generation of U.S. nuclear weapons. It’s a big – and expensive – step in the wrong direction. The NDAA establishes policy and spending guidelines for actual appropriations. It calls explicitly for the United States to redesign our nuclear weapons and “modernize or replace” the submarines, …

My Turn: Voters should be asking candidates how they intend to work with Congress

Thursday, November 26, 2015

As the presidential nominating contests pick up speed with just a couple months until the caucuses in Iowa and primary in New Hampshire, it seems appropriate to heed some lessons of our 28th president and encourage his would-be successors to consider his thoughts on how Congress and the president can most effectively work …

My Turn: No child should go hungry in America

Thursday, November 26, 2015

This Thanksgiving, my wife Katie and I were lucky to host both of our families at our home in Baltimore. Even with more than 40 friends and family members gathered at the table, no one left our table hungry. Sadly, for thousands of children across the country, that was not the case. Today …

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 It used out-of-date information to draw false conclusions, and in some cases simply twisted facts to create a story that’s been repeatedly debunked.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 …

Katy Burns: Kebabs and the French disconnection

Sunday, November 8, 2015

A symbol of a 21st-century clash of civilizations? Or just a tasty sandwich? One thing is clear. Robert Menard really, really, really doesn’t like kebabs. He’s telling the world how much he doesn’t like kebabs, and he’s determined …

My Turn: Legislation is needed now to address opioid epidemic

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Across our state, people are dying from the heroin and opioid crisis – at least 258 of our family, friends and neighbors already this year. Hundreds more have overdosed, their lives saved only by the quick action of …

Hot Topic: Retired state employees are feeling the pinch

Saturday, November 7, 2015

On Tuesday, the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee voted to raise premium contributions from 12.5 percent to 17.5 percent for state retirees under age 65. The committee previously voted to raise prescription drug co-pays and out-of-pocket maximums for all 12,000 state retirees. Here are some of the comments submitted …