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national view: Why housing recovery will remain feeble

Monday, January 26, 2015

Has the long-awaited U.S. housing boom finally arrived? You would think so, judging from statistics so far this month. But don’t hold your breath. In the week ending Jan. 9, mortgage applications leaped 49 percent from a week earlier and 30 percent from a year ago. Refinancing applications were up 66 percent – the highest since July 2013. Loan applications for new home purchases also rose 24 percent, the highest …

Cosby accusations follow a familiar path of celebrity and abuse

Sunday, January 25, 2015

They were both beloved entertainers, both icons in their own way. And both of their reputations were tarnished by lurid allegations of sexual abuse. But there are differences between Bill Cosby and British TV fixture Jimmy Savile. For one thing, Savile died before the news media started paying attention to his accusers. For …

Burns: Careful not to mix politics and poetry

Sunday, January 25, 2015

One of this country’s most noted independent bookstores is Politics and Prose, an eccentrically rambling operation that thrives in northwest Washington, D.C. Prose and politics are, in fact, inseparable in life. Not so much poetry and politics. And maybe that’s as it should be. At least if the present brouhaha brewing in our own State House is any indication. More on that coming …

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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

NATIONAL VIEW: A disconcerting look at the power of cable news

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Does your vote depend on which news channel you watch? If you are a regular viewer of Fox News, will you become more likely to vote Republican? Until recently, it has been impossible to answer that question empirically. Sure, Republicans tend to favor Fox News and Democrats tend …

My Turn: Editorial fails to link casinos and corruption

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

At first glance, the Monitor’s suggestion in its Dec. 26 editorial, “Casinos leave corruption in their wake,” urging the state’s Gaming Regulation Oversight Authority to update its website to include the FBI’s new fraud hotline made sense. As lawmakers, we agree oversight is important and a fraud hotline …

My Turn: State’s citizens have no reason to trust Kinder Morgan

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

A giant is poised to march through the towns along the southern border of New Hampshire, and its footprint would be deep and lasting. For some time now, Kinder Morgan and the Tennessee Pipeline Co. have been plotting ways to move natural gas from the fracking fields in …

My Turn: Let budget planning begin with those in need

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The New Hampshire General Court has started its work for the 2015 session, and the main task ahead of Gov. Maggie Hassan and our legislators is the creation of a new state budget. How will we measure whether they have succeeded in their work? A budget is not …

My Turn: Solar home makes New Hampshire winters not only bearable but enjoyable

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

It’s the heart of winter and most likely anyone who heats with oil or gas is hoping that prices stay lower this winter. Last year, they no doubt cringed whenever the delivery truck arrived. Not so here at …

My Turn: Selma and the Twilight Zone of hate

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

As I waited in my Atlanta hotel to film my scenes in the Oprah Winfrey-Brad Pitt production of Selma, about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic civil rights campaign to lead a 50-mile march from Selma to Montgomery, …

My Turn: Actually, Common Core isn’t difficult to replace

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Recently, the Monitor ran an article that was originally published in the Washington Post, “Common Core standards aren’t so easy to replace” (Monitor Forum, Dec. 27). This article was written by the president and policy director for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. Fordham is a recipient of funding …

My Turn: Always and everywhere, torture is wrong

Sunday, January 4, 2015

As the child of an emigrant family that escaped from a Hungary ruled by a communist government, I heard many stories of relatives and friends enduring extreme cruelties and torture by that government. Perhaps this was the reason I joined Amnesty International 40 years ago. The organization is …

My Turn: The road from Bhutan

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Starting over is often frightening and seldom easy. There are always those items too precious to easily part with, no matter the circumstances around them. We can find ourselves lost and confused amid the conflicts and changes forced …

My Turn: Critics of Sunapee expansion ignoring the facts

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Tim and Diane Mueller are now in their 17th year as the operators of Mount Sunapee. It has been a successful partnership with the state of New Hampshire. Over the years, our relationship with local communities and the state has been strengthened based on a proven track record …