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My Turn: The building blocks of obesity and a parent’s role

Thursday, April 17, 2014

There has been a lot of attention focused on our “epidemic of obesity” in America, especially over the last decade. First Lady Michelle Obama has made obesity in children a focus of her time in the White House and has made strides with her “Let’s Move” program. In fact, statistics have shown decreases in obesity, at least among toddlers under 3 years old. Many schools have started banning soda machines … 0

State House Memo: Want to compete with Massachusetts? Casinos aren’t the way to do it

Thursday, April 17, 2014

One argument casino-pushers keep repeating is that New Hampshire must remain competitive with Massachusetts. I have two questions about this argument: One, compete on what basis? And, two, why compete at all? I’m not slamming the Bay State or our own. I like our southern neighbor; I was born there and visit several … 1

My Turn: Time to retire PSNH’s dirty coal plants

Sunday, April 13, 2014

A new report by the New Hampshire Public Utility Commission staff reaffirms that Public Service Company of New Hampshire’s coal-fired power plants are uneconomical and uncompetitive in New Hampshire’s electricity market. It’s clear that New Hampshire families can’t afford to continue supporting these dirty coal plants that pose a risk to our wallets and to our health. Similar to a report issued last … 9

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President Obama: It’s time to give America (and New Hampshire) a raise

Sunday, March 30, 2014

As Americans, we believe that honest work should be rewarded with honest wages. That certainly means that no one who works full-time should ever have to raise a family in poverty. And in the coming weeks, your senators will have a chance to stand up for that principle … 1

Katy Burns: A moving mass of deadly mud, then silence

Sunday, March 30, 2014

‘There was always stuff coming down,” said one woman of life in the tiny Washington State community called Oso that was largely obliterated by a horrific mudslide just over a week ago. But calling that monstrosity a mudslide – such a benign name, really, evoking the messy small … 8

My Turn: A chance to honor Vietnam veterans

Friday, March 28, 2014

A year ago New Hampshire welcomed home its Vietnam veterans. Held to coincide with the national commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the war, the March 30 ceremony inside a Concord National Guard hangar drew more than 2,000 people. Some traveled from other New England states to hear … 0

Our Turn: Time to eliminate the death penalty in New Hampshire

Friday, March 28, 2014

New Hampshire has not executed anyone for three quarters of a century. Yet it registered the second lowest murder rate in the nation every year of this century. Our state is regularly ranked one of the safest in … 1

My Turn: New Hampshire should opt out of ‘Smarter Balance’ school tests

Friday, March 28, 2014

Re “No need to delay new school tests” (Scott McGilvray, Monitor Forum, March 15): Not only should the Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium tests be delayed, but New Hampshire should join the eight states that have opted out altogether. New Hampshire school superintendents are capable of implementing perfectly good … 0

My Turn: In Pembroke basketball case, punishment doesn’t fit the crime

Friday, March 28, 2014

When Pembroke Academy basketball player Patrick Welch decided to send his now famous tweet, he made a mistake. When the New Hampshire Basketball Coaches Association decided to inject itself into the situation, particularly by punishing him the way … 6

My Turn: ‘Ban Bossy’ campaign misses the mark

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, and Anna Maria Chavez, CEO of Girl Scouts of America, want to “Ban Bossy.” They say the word “bossy” is most often aimed at girls and women who exhibit assertive … 13

My Turn: Let’s get to work on ending city homelessness

Thursday, March 27, 2014

It has been a long and cold winter, which has been particularly difficult on those who are experiencing homelessness. Cold weather means there is more need to find a place to be inside and less time to be outside. After volunteering at South Church’s emergency cold winter shelter, … 2

My Turn: On sexual assault, Ayotte’s measure ineffective

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Re “Mixed bag for New Hampshire delegation” (Monitor Local & State page, March 18): Since she is given top billing in the article, Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s co-sponsoring a bill on sexual assault in the military is clearly seen as the greatest accomplishment of our representatives in this legislative … 0

Mike Pride: Dartmouth’s finest . . . so to speak

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

No frolic so slight ever won such glowing praise as the service of the Dartmouth Cavalry during the Civil War. Writers lauded these college men on horseback even for what they didn’t do. On class day at graduation … 0