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My Turn: Maintaining Medicaid expansion helps state’s economy, working families

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Among the more notable features of a state budget recommended by the House Finance Committee is a proposed and ill-advised decision to end New Hampshire’s unique version of Medicaid expansion, called the New Hampshire Health Protection Program. The NHHPP leverages available federal funds to offer private sector health coverage to lower-income, otherwise uninsured New Hampshire residents. Republican Senate leaders Chuck Morse and Jeb Bradley exercised praiseworthy leadership as prime architects …

My Turn: Argument against indoor tanning cherry-picks data

Sunday, March 29, 2015

I would like to correct some misleading facts in the Monitor’s March 12 editorial, “Senate should pass bill on underage tanning.” The editorial opines that because irresponsible tanning habits increase the risk of cancer, we should ban it outright for our youth and that heavy regulations already in place aren’t sufficient to curb this “dangerous” activity. This opinion was supported with some statistical …

Don’t tell the Joneses, Part Four: Economic reality challenges liberals, conservatives

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Previous parts revealed that our market economy distributes its wealth so unequally that few can afford even a modest, middle-class standard of living without substantial help, that democracy requires a broad middle class, and, therefore, that our market democracy must intervene heavily in the market to assure this broad middle. Government interventions alter distributions by enterprises (wages and benefits) and redistribute income through …

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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

Katy Burns: Uncivil rights

Sunday, March 15, 2015

‘There will never be a n----- at SAE . . . you can hang him from a tree, but he’ll never sign with me; there will never be a n----- at SAE.” The formally dressed young white men …

My Turn: Here’s what you should know about some visiting Republicans

Saturday, March 14, 2015

There’s no denying New Hampshire occupies a unique position in the electoral process, and this weekend, several of the potential Republican candidates for president in 2016 are visiting the state, hoping to introduce themselves to New Hampshire voters. …

My Turn: In spirit, Granny D is still walking

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Fifteen years ago, a 90-year-old woman with arthritis and emphysema completed an epic march on Washington, D.C. Her cause was as old as the republic she loved: restoring American self-governance so people of every age, race, class and …

My Turn: Do Democrats have a choice? You better believe it

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Respectfully, I am not Ready for Hillary. Not yet, anyway. Recently, I stood two feet from Gov. Martin O’Malley as he spoke not about his governorship of Maryland but about the rebirth of Baltimore – a troubled place …

My Turn: DOT road crews are getting pushed to the limit

Friday, March 13, 2015

I want to thank all of our plow drivers who have worked so hard to allow us to safely move around during this incredible winter. Recently, I learned that those drivers working for the New Hampshire Department of Transportation have no second or third shift to relieve them. …

Hot Topic: Readers react to Ayotte, Iran letter

Friday, March 13, 2015

This week, Sen. Kelly Ayotte and 46 other Republican senators signed a letter warning Iranian leaders that any nuclear agreement reached with the Obama administration would be meaningless without congressional support. Here are some of the reader reactions …

Following Israel: Iran’s nuclear ambitions are not without precedent in the Middle East

Friday, March 13, 2015

Iran may be following the path of another country as it seeks clandestinely to develop a capability to produce nuclear weapons. Was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remembering his own country’s success in hiding its nuclear weapons program …

My Turn: Here’s the real story about hydropower in Quebec

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Hydro-Quebec seeks to rectify false information put forward in Paul Doscher’s recent article about hydropower (Monitor Forum, March 4). Doscher correctly points out that hydropower is clean, renewable and has among the lowest greenhouse gas emissions of any electricity source available. In fact, emissions from Quebec hydropower, calculated …

My Turn: Kimball Jenkins exhibit departs from traditional abstract art but doesn’t abandon it

Thursday, March 12, 2015

(Tomorrow through April 30, the Kimball Jenkins School of Art presents “Lighting Out for Territory,” an exhibition of work by Paul Pollaro, Martin Mugar, Susan Carr, Addison Parks and Jason Travers. The title of the exhibition, taken in …

My Turn: Coal and nuclear power should be part of the solution

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Not too many years ago, coal and nuclear power competed fiercely against each other in the energy arena. But now natural gas, cheap and abundant, is superseding both in the production of electricity. Although a political cloud hangs over both and environmentalists are causing headaches, coal and nuclear …