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My Turn: Vote for candidates who want to fix, not destroy

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Recent polls indicate that two-thirds of us are dissatisfied with Congress, and a poll this summer showed that only 16 percent of voters were satisfied with Congress. If we think the people we elect to represent us in Washington are doing such a terrible job, then maybe we should look not at their failures but at our failures as voters to send people to Washington who can get the job …

My Turn: It’s time for independent review of CCSNH chancellor

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I read with interest the recent exchange between Laura Morgan, president of the faculty senate at NHTI (Monitor Forum, Oct. 3), and Paul Holloway, Community College System of New Hampshire board chairman, and Kathy Bogle Shields, the board’s vice chairman (Monitor Forum, Oct. 8). As someone who retired after more than 40 years in the CCSNH, the final seven of which were as …

The world will never see another newspaper editor like Ben Bradlee

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

In the next few days you will hear real sadness from hundreds of people who work or used to work at the Washington Post. I would like to tell you why we all loved Ben Bradlee so much – loved working for him, loved working with him – and why we felt he …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

The (Political) Dating Game

Thursday, October 2, 2014

We’re certain you’ve asked yourself: What would happen if candidates used campaign rhetoric to make love connections with voters? We’ve asked ourselves the same thing (many, many times), and we’re pretty sure it would look something like this: Jeanne Shaheen Turn ons: All but 1 percent of what …

‘Monitor’ makes changes to online commenting policy

Thursday, October 2, 2014

For a century and a half, this newspaper has served as a public forum for issues of the day and for competing perspectives. The centerpiece of this forum is the space we devote each day to letters to the editor. More recently, this two-way communication has expanded to …

My Turn: 19th-century education model not what 21st-century students need

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

New Hampshire’s political and educational leaders are debating the role of the Common Core standards and the Smarter Balanced assessments. Manchester has requested a waiver from testing because Superintendent Debra Livingston and her teachers know that standardized testing actually hurts children; it does more harm than good to …

My Turn: Don’t give your support to palm oil industry

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Would you like to do something to help save endangered animal species and help preserve tropical forests and carbon-rich peat lands? It is as simple as refusing to purchase any product containing palm oil. Orangutans live only in the rain forests of Southeast Asia on the islands of …

My Turn: Oil companies are important to all Americans

Sunday, September 28, 2014

In a recent “My Turn” article (Monitor Forum, Sept. 18), Rick Russman chastised Scott Brown for supporting the activities of the American oil industry. It is time to set the record straight about large and small oil companies in America. We need to reject the politicians and special …

Katy Burns: When local school boards are taken over, embarrassment can soon follow

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The new conservative school board members in Colorado’s Jefferson County, just west of Denver and the state’s second-largest school district, were elected in a low-turnout election and now constitute a majority. And they had a few ideas about …

My Turn: Ferguson, not ISIS, is our existential threat

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Over the past few weeks, America and the West have become engrossed with ISIS – or ISIL or IS – whatever. Stories of beheadings, mass executions and stonings confirm our worst fears about Muslims. Today, America is nearly …

Secret Service needs help from military

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The security breach at the White House last week unfortunately proved that the Secret Service is in over its head protecting the White House. Fence jumping by one person, while a concern, isn’t a major issue in itself. That has been accomplished many times over the history of …

My Turn: Here’s hoping a true progressive challenges Clinton

Friday, September 26, 2014

For many people, it is a foregone conclusion that Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic Party presidential nominee in 2016. There is genuine excitement at the prospect of a woman president. Plus, Clinton’s unparalleled name recognition, her wide …

Poetry Corner: The girl in autumn

Friday, September 26, 2014

My house perches on the sidewalk that leads to school, and my mornings are filled with the lively chatter of elementary-size children who walk beneath my window. In the country, I awoke to trilling woodland birds and cawing crows, but now these piping voices greet my arrival to …