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New York City was making a big push into modernity when the Great Blizzard of 1888 delivered a significant setback.

Off Main: A walloping for the ages

Friday, March 6, 2015

What a winter, huh? There are all sorts of fancy ways I could talk about New Hampshire’s awful weather of the last couple of months, all sorts of elegant turns of phrase I could employ. But it’s been too awful, too sustained a barrage of snow and cold for that. What a winter. There have been worse, though. Looking through weather stories a couple of weeks ago, I came across an account of the Great Blizzard of 1888. That wasn’t just a snowstorm. That was a society-changing event. The facts of the March 11-14 storm are clear and unsettling enough. According to the History Channel, …

My Turn: In this battle, let’s all root for the Marshall Islands

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Many thanks for Sol Solomon’s thoughtful and timely piece about outlawing war (Monitor Forum, Feb. 28). We need some progress in that direction, hopefully before the “doomsday clock” runs out. The Russell-Einstein Manifesto (60 years this July) urged world leaders to adopt “new thinking” in the nuclear age if humankind was to escape self-annihilation. The new thinking involved the recognition that long-term survival …

My Turn: We can’t stop time from stealing our youth, but why do we let it take our compassion?

Thursday, March 5, 2015

ears ago, my sister-in-law taught third grade in a bad neighborhood. Many of the kids lived in poverty, some ran loose after school, a few had parents in jail. At one parent-teacher conference, the father of one student showed up and demanded to know when his kid was going to be taught some …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

My Turn: New Hampshire is still best place for first primary

Thursday, February 19, 2015

I never thought I would see the day when the Monitor questioned the relevance or value of our first-in-the-nation primary (Sunday Monitor front page, Feb. 15). Having served with Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on the 2005 DNC Primary Calendar Commission referenced in your piece, I have heard all the …

Board of Contributors: How my younger self betrayed time

Thursday, February 19, 2015

It was a little over a year ago that I got involved with the committee overseeing the 1965 Concord Time Capsule, which will be opened up June 7 this year. Now, I guess it is about time to …

Share your primary memories

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The New Hampshire primary has produced no shortage of stories – and, leading up to the election’s 100-year anniversary, we want to hear yours. Maybe it was the time you ran into a candidate at the corner store, …

My Turn: MBTA isn’t exactly an ideal partner for New Hampshire

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has a $3 billion maintenance backlog. It would take $470 million per year just to keep it from growing. But the MBTA budgeted just $99.9 million for maintenance in fiscal year 2016. The independent quasi-governmental agency is $9 billion in debt and nearly …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Ready for Biden?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Okay. Let’s grant that Hillary Clinton has, if not a lock, at least a pretty firm grip on the Democratic nomination for president in 2016. Let’s also concede that while members of the progressive wing of the party would support Hillary over the eventual Republican nominee, they have …

My Turn: Offering 1,000 shoulders for Raif Badawi

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

In May 2014, the world watched in stunned dismay when blogger Raif Badawi was sentenced by the Saudi Arabian government to a brutal punishment that included 1,000 lashes for the crime of expressing himself freely and peacefully on the internet. Just last month, the first 50 lashes were …

My Turn: The U.S. of PTSD

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Monitor recently featured a superb essay by Jonathan Baird on how we as Americans have become enmeshed in a culture of fear, spurred on by a “24/7 media spin cycle that thrives on sensationalism” (Monitor Forum, Feb. …

My Turn: Bill would take planning power away from towns

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The North Hampton Conservation Commission urges conservation commissioners throughout the state of New Hampshire to contact all legislators to vote against SB 146. Under current law, towns are permitted to establish regulations controlling land use, including taking into account use that may affect the environment. Current law also …

My Turn: Budget will require tough choices, shared sacrifices

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Today, we stand at a critical juncture. Our country’s economy continues to strengthen – and in many respects, New Hampshire remains ahead of the curve. In December, our unemployment rate dropped to 4 percent, the seventh lowest in …

My Turn: Let’s not let the environment be a partisan issue

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

One notable result of the current antagonism between Republican Speaker Shawn Jasper and his nemesis, Bill O’Brien, is that Jasper’s House Republican majority leadership team – in an attempt to unify their party and assert control over the legislative agenda – is looking for political issues on which …