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My Turn: Executive councilors will be held accountable

Saturday, September 5, 2015

In his thoughtful and thorough “My Turn” column (Monitor Forum, Aug. 29), Dr. Barry Smith, one of New Hampshire’s senior and most respected physicians, offers a strong rebuke to the defunding of Planned Parenthood in New Hampshire recently voted by New Hampshire’s Executive Council. The obviously politically motivated vote of three Republican executive councilors potentially now deprives thousands of women a broad range of valuable preventive and therapeutic services that …

My Turn: With Clinton, we will keep pushing forward

Saturday, September 5, 2015

We all remember the excitement of the New Hampshire Democratic primary in 2008. As a state and as a country, we were faced with a choice between extraordinarily gifted, qualified candidates, including several whose candidacies held historic significance. As the narrow margin of votes on Election Day showed, it was a difficult decision. …

My Turn: High prescription drug prices are killing Americans

Saturday, September 5, 2015

All across the country, Americans are finding that the prices of the prescription drugs they need are soaring. Tragically, doctors tell us that many of their patients can no longer afford their medicine. As a result, some get sicker. Others die. A new Kaiser Health poll shows that most Americans think prescription drug …

My Turn: Things I wish I was told after my dementia diagnosis

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Statistically, 50 percent of American adults will develop dementia after 75, most likely Alzheimer’s. I want to share briefly with those who have it, or will, what was missing for me for at least a year and what would have made a major difference in coping with this …

My Turn: On climate change, we’ve reached a dead end

Saturday, August 22, 2015

For far too long and among far too many, climate change has been thought of as a fringe issue. We have been told that its most passionate champions are activists and environmentalists; that activism is the exception and not the rule; that climate change may change our landscapes …

Hot Topic: Letter about St. Paul’s ‘mistake’ stirs outrage

Friday, August 21, 2015

Several readers were critical of a letter to the editor from Hugh Williams Benziger, a Texas resident and relative of the founder of St. Paul’s School, which was published in the Monitor on Wednesday. Benziger argued that the school wouldn’t be dealing with a scandal involving rape allegations …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Republican candidates gather to talk about education, but cynicism rules the day

Friday, August 21, 2015

I pull into the store parking lot and over my children’s moans about back-to-school sales, I catch snippets of the radio announcement. “The 74 . . . presidential candidates . . . educational summit.” With a smile, I …

National View: Let women serve in elite military units

Friday, August 21, 2015

Today, two women will stand alongside 94 men – and thousands more in history – to receive their U.S. Army Ranger tabs. For the men, the new pins on their uniforms will represent an opportunity for future service. For the women, the first to graduate from Ranger School, …

Monitor Board of Contributors: There’s a gaping hole in the NFL’s concussion settlement – it’s called CTE

Thursday, August 20, 2015

With football returning, it is a good time to revisit developments in how the NFL is handling its Achilles heel – the matter of concussions and repetitive head trauma. Deflategate is a sideshow. The deeper and darker side …

My Turn: Facts absent in smear campaign against Ayotte

Thursday, August 20, 2015

I write in response to an opinion piece written by the vice president of public policy for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (Monitor Opinion, Aug. 18), which falsely claims that Republicans, including Sen. Kelly Ayotte, want to …

My Turn: Republicans to blame for impasse

Thursday, August 20, 2015

It is mid-August and the state of New Hampshire has no budget. This did not have to be. Gov. Hassan proposed, as she said in her veto statement on June 25, a “fiscally responsible, balanced budget that was transparent and honest about how we would support critical economic …

My Turn: New Hampshire must do a better job of helping special education students succeed

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Nineteen-year-old Taylor Edwards should be commended for her courage in speaking publicly about what Taylor described as being “pushed . . . out of school” by the Pittsfield School District. It is a common story in school districts …

My Turn: Government should stop impeding marijuana reform

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

There is a quiet revolution taking place across the United States to reform and modernize marijuana policy. For too long, the U.S. approach to marijuana has been part of the failed war on drugs – prohibition, prosecution and …