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My Turn: NHMS did take a stand on Confederate flag

Sunday, August 2, 2015

In response Jennifer Morris’s recent letter to the editor regarding Confederate flags during race weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (Monitor letters, July 25), we felt compelled to respond to some inaccuracies and perceptions. To clarify, at no time was there the sale of Confederate flags on speedway property or by any speedway vendors. The flags that you saw along Route 106 were sold off NHMS property by private vendors …

National View: On big business, Clinton moves left of Sanders

Sunday, August 2, 2015

By any measure, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent and avowed democratic socialist, is running to Hillary Clinton’s left as they seek the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. Surprisingly, though, it’s Clinton who has been proposing to push U.S. big business in a more social direction. Sanders, to be sure, has long advanced positions more progressive than Clinton’s. Both view Obamacare as a step …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Holding enemies close, Iran most closely

Sunday, August 2, 2015

At Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, there’s an obligatory pass-fail, one-credit course, “Map of the World,” that covers “the evolution of the modern political map of each region and major nationalist, ethnic, boundary and territorial conflicts and tension areas.” Even if it takes a student four years, no one graduates without passing “Map of the World.” The current debate (I use that …

Monitor Board of Contributors: United Church of Christ membership deserves better from leaders

Thursday, July 16, 2015

(Editor’s Note: Some of the passages in the following opinion piece were taken directly from statements put out by the Central Conference of American Rabbis, a professional organization to which the writer belongs.) Rev. John Buttrick’s “My Turn” column, “Church takes a stand against corruption” (Monitor Forum, July …

My Turn: Christie can be trusted to lead, solve problems

Thursday, July 16, 2015

As a lifelong law enforcement professional and the current sheriff of the third-largest county in New Hampshire, there are specific qualities I look for while assessing the extensive field of presidential candidates. I want a president who I can trust – someone who is willing to tell the …

National View: But what if Iran . . .

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The deal with Iran is finally done. Given the stakes, it should be scrutinized. It makes sense to reserve judgment and see how the administration explains all the clauses of the agreement and how they will be implemented. …

My Turn: Let’s adopt an income tax and end the budget melodrama for good

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Poor Budgette. Tied to the tracks. Politicos on either side stand on their platforms screaming back and forth, “We can’t pay the rent,” “We must pay the rent,” as we hiss or applaud. We know all the songs and lines of this melodrama, because it has been the …

My Turn: Vermont model offers Northern Pass alternative

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

It’s time for the out-of-state and out-of-country interests pushing the current Northern Pass proposal to bury the private transmission line along appropriately designated transportation corridors. A similar project in Vermont shows it can be done. The fast-track toward approval of the 154-mile New England Clean Power Link highlights …

My Turn: Fountain would transform downtown

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

I believe the proposed fountain at City Plaza will be one of the most transformative elements of the entire downtown improvement project. The fountain was included in the original downtown redesign but was eliminated with certain other amenities due in large part to limited funding. An ad hoc …

My Turn: Why I am running for president

Monday, July 13, 2015

I love America. In the small town I grew up in, our neighbor Claire Congdon was something of a legend. A veteran of both world wars, Mr. Congdon was a model of American patriotism. After serving his country, he came home and never stopped serving his community through …

My Turn: Ban on crude oil exports is outdated and crippling

Monday, July 13, 2015

One outdated trade restriction is expected to cost the New Hampshire economy up to $130 million per year by 2020, according to a report by ICF International and EnSys Energy. For other states – especially those that produce a large share of America’s energy – the impact could …

My Turn: Postal Service shortfalls impact rural areas

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Before the United States was a country, even before it declared its independence, the United States maintained a letter delivery service. In fact, the very first “long distance” route went between no other than Williamsburg, Va., and Portsmouth. Though the makeup of the service, which employs 600,000 workers …

Editorial: The arts: A critical piece of economy

Sunday, July 12, 2015

My Turn: The arts are a central part of NH economy …