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Fran Wendelboe: Budget hysteria obscures the facts

Saturday, April 18, 2015

April 15 is the day Americans reflect on how much they pay in federal taxes and how that money is spent. On a state level, the pages of our state’s newspapers have had much commentary lamenting draconian cuts to the state budget and how it impacts lives. The answer for those feeling the state needs to spend more on services is usually an income tax, a sales tax or both. …

Katy Burns: Campaign season isn’t what it used to be

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Oops! Scooby, the big black GMC van that is currently Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign-on-wheels, was going to pull in behind the community college building in Iowa while a small army of reporters and photographers was waiting out front. In a literal display of pack journalism, the whole tribe of scribes broke into a …

Hot Topic: Casinos remain a tough sell in New Hampshire

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Budget season means a return to the gambling debate. Here is a sample of what readers are saying: A plan for the gambling revenue Like the potholes that keep showing up each spring in our under-funded roads, lawmakers are once again dangling the prospect of gambling revenue as a curative for our budgetary woes. But gambling revenue is fickle – it’s tough to …

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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

My Turn: The Armenian genocide, 100 years later

Sunday, April 5, 2015

April 24, 1915: Armenians the world over – those in the diaspora, those in Armenia, and even those Armenians in Turkey who survived the Ottomans’ genocide of the Armenians and became, if only outwardly, Turkified – mark that …

Katy Burns: Don’t run, Elizabeth! It’s not worth it

Sunday, April 5, 2015

I’m a serious longtime admirer of Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. And I hope for her sake and that of the country that she does not give in to the pundits and pols who are urging her, with rising …

My Turn: Join the call for universal voluntary national service

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Beginning now, through the second Tuesday in November 2016, you’re going to hear a lot of talk about the major problems our country is going to need to solve. A lot of statistics are going to be lobbed …

My Turn: Battling the legacy of Cecil John Rhodes

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Americans are familiar with the challenges of overcoming racial inequality. The highly publicized police killings of unarmed black youths Michael Brown and Tamir Rice are recent reminders. Black communities in the United States are highly aware of how …

My Turn: When people are denied services, the state suffers

Saturday, April 4, 2015

I am close to 89 years of age; a retired school nurse of 27 years. Nursing is one of the helping, caring professions. I have always believed that I was not put on this earth for my own self-satisfaction but to work for the common good. I came …

Monitor Board of Contributors: The demise of my hometown newspaper was the continuation of a troubling trend

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The word came a couple weeks ago from Western New York. After over 100 years of publishing, the Tonawanda News was shutting down. The final front page was draped in a thick black border, as though in mourning …

My Turn: In fight to save planet, inaction isn’t an option

Thursday, April 2, 2015

You may think climate change is too big, too diffuse, too futile a problem to fight. I disagree. Here’s my story. I’m a rabbi married to a scientist. My husband, a retired research mathematician with a background in physics, worked for many years at Bell Labs specializing in …

My Turn: There are pros and cons to working at Walmart

Thursday, April 2, 2015

As a former employee of Wal-Mart for 12 years, I agree with much of Concord Wal-Mart manager Mike Bell’s letter (Sunday Monitor, March 22). I worked with great people, my job afforded what I considered to be great benefits – specifically a 401K program and nine insurance benefits …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Our kids? You bet they are

Thursday, April 2, 2015

My wife and I had the privilege of attending last month’s speech at St. Anselm College by Robert Putnam, author of the new book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. Putnam’s main point is that along with a pervasive and growing income gap between the rich and …

My Turn: Clinton scandals scare strident Granite State supporters

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

MSNBC viewers were treated recently to several excruciating minutes of television as New Hampshire Democrat Party Chairman Ray Buckley feebly attempted to deflect Hardball host Chris Matthews’s questions about Democratic primary debates in the Granite State. Matthews simply sought to clarify that the top Democratic Party official in …