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My Turn: Corruption keeps young voters away from polls

Friday, May 22, 2015

I recently found myself speaking with an unsuspecting group of political pundits in Lebanon. A dozen teenagers and a hacky sack were passing the time after school near the steps of city hall as I came out of the building. I asked them a simple question: What do you think about politics? The words they used in response cannot be printed in this newspaper. I am accustomed to hearing older …

My Turn: On Memorial Day, I think most of all about 1st. Lt. Samuel T. Fuller

Friday, May 22, 2015

It was a hot summer day in August 1944. I was just shy of 5 years old. Tired of playing alone with no children my own age around, I was excited to see the young man in a brown uniform trudging up the dusty dirt road to my grandparents’ old New England farmhouse. …

My Turn: Remember the legacy of Harvey Milk, beware of GOP candidates

Friday, May 22, 2015

Today is Harvey Milk’s birthday, celebrated as Harvey Milk Day. For those of you not familiar with Milk’s legacy, he was the first openly gay elected official in California and one of the pioneers of the LGBT rights movement. His impassioned speeches and relentless determination to make our world a more loving and accepting place changed a city and continues to inspire generations …

My Turn: Money in politics is a problem here, too

Friday, May 8, 2015

Ben Cohen is known for his ice cream, but a couple of weeks ago, he sold me a T-shirt. The message caught my eye: On the front, it says, “Stamp Money Out of Politics.” On the back, it says, “The System isn’t Broken, it’s Fixed.” Running for the …

Off Main: Donald Trump is a master of the game – and that gives the national media fits

Thursday, May 7, 2015

I didn’t want to write about Donald Trump again. And that’s a real problem in this early stage of primary news coverage. After all, Trump polls consistently well. His appearances in New Hampshire and Iowa draw appreciative crowds. …

My Turn: The meaninglessness of a signature

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Nothing is so pointed an example of required, ritualized and pointless activity in our culture than the meaninglessness of a signature. People are routinely asked to sign complex and often long forms on paper, and to sign them in a hurry. And online access to various commodities requires …

My Turn: Column does a disservice to state’s public servants

Thursday, May 7, 2015

I assume that Mel Graykin intended her column, “The Unmaking of a Politician,” to be provocative (Monitor Forum, May 1). As a spouse of a state representative, it angered me. It is a cheap shot full of generalizations. Although she condemns contemporary society for its materialism and reliance …

My Turn: Clinton has work to do in New Hampshire

Thursday, May 7, 2015

In the head-to-head pairings of Hillary Clinton and seven potential Republican candidates for president in 2016 (Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Scott Walker), Clinton finds herself within the margin of …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Is the Kimball-Jenkins Estate a neglected treasure or white elephant?

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

A month ago, I was asked – quite unexpectedly – to volunteer as a temporary executive director for the Kimball-Jenkins Estate and School of Art. I had been associated with Kimball-Jenkins for only a few months as an …

My Turn: Ayotte’s assessment of Iran deal is off base

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

We deserve the facts from Sen. Kelly Ayotte. In her “My Turn” article, “Bill ensures the people have a say on Iran deal” (Monitor Forum, May 1), she misleadingly presented important elements of the nuclear framework agreement with …

My Turn: Voters need a spirited Democratic primary

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Sen. Bernie Sanders: Welcome to the 2016 New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary stage! I believe all voters, particularly the elderly, will learn a lot about Social Security from you as one who regards America’s Social Security program as a vibrant, self-sustaining part of our social and economic well …

My Turn: Reviewing the basics about Common Core and testing

Sunday, May 3, 2015

This may be a good time for me, as chairman of the New Hampshire State Board of Education, to review the fundamentals that underlie what the board and the department of education do in setting academic standards and doing the annual assessment of all New Hampshire students. The …

Satire: Baltimore unrest coverage in a different world

Sunday, May 3, 2015

If what is happening in Baltimore happened in a foreign country, here is how Western media would cover it: International leaders expressed concern over the rising tide of racism and state violence in America, especially concerning the treatment of ethnic minorities in the country and the corruption in …