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Opinion: Profits (and losses) of war
04-12-2024 5:05 PM

By JOHN BUTTRICK

John Buttrick writes from his Vermont Folk Rocker in his Concord home, Minds Crossing. He can be reached at johndbuttrick@gmail.com The objectives of a war are inevitably costly. There is the cost of children’s lives. The war in Ukraine has killed 500...

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Opinion: The goal of police service
04-06-2024 6:30 AM

By JOHN BUTTRICK

John Buttrick writes from his Vermont Folk Rocker in his Concord home, Minds Crossing. He can be reached at johndbuttrick@gmail.com. The Concord Police chief writes on the police website, “Our department strives to develop strong relationships with...


Opinion: Witnessing the agony of war
03-29-2024 4:00 PM

By JOHN BUTTRICK

John Buttrick writes from his Vermont Folk Rocker in his Concord home, Minds Crossing. He can be reached at johndbuttrick@gmail.com I remember the newsreels in the movie theaters about the progress of World War II. They depicted the bravery,...


Opinion: Between a rock and a hard place and a way to break free
03-23-2024 6:30 AM

By JOHN BUTTRICK

John Buttrick writes from his Vermont Folk Rocker in his Concord home, Minds Crossing. He can be reached at johndbuttrick@gmail.com The ideals of free speech and safe space are estranged bedfellows in our nation. Advocates for free speech are a threat...


Opinion: Make bread, not war: The survival of humanity depends upon it
03-11-2024 6:00 AM

By JOHN BUTTRICK

John Buttrick writes from his Vermont Folk Rocker in his Concord home, Minds Crossing. He can be reached at johndbuttrick@gmail.com The Monitor has reported, “defense contractors are struggling to fill skilled positions that still exist in Maine and...


Opinion: A conversation on guns and democracy
03-02-2024 7:00 AM

By JOHN BUTTRICK

John Buttrick writes from his Vermont Folk Rocker in his Concord home, Minds Crossing. He can be reached at johndbuttrick@gmail.com Last week I was with a gathering of eight people who had come together to discuss the appropriateness of declaring some...


Opinion: Choose justice to make America greater
02-25-2024 6:30 AM

By JOHN BUTTRICK

John Buttrick writes from his Vermont Folk Rocker in his Concord home, Minds Crossing. He can be reached at johndbuttrick@gmail.com Four little words have become a standard protest used by Donald Trump and, by extension, the MAGA community: “It is not...


Opinion: Acquiring credible security
02-18-2024 7:30 AM

By JOHN BUTTRICK

John Buttrick writes from his Vermont Folk Rocker in his Concord home, Minds Crossing. He can be reached at johndbuttrick@gmail.com I first became aware of an obsession over military security during my time living in Palestine in 2010. “Security” was...


Opinion: Be true to United States values
02-11-2024 6:30 AM

By JOHN BUTTRICK

John Buttrick writes from his Vermont Folk Rocker in his Concord home, Minds Crossing. He can be reached at johndbuttrick@gmail.com The U.S. State Department paused U.S. aid to the United Nations Relief Works Agency on Friday, Jan. 26 after...


Opinion: A question of education
02-05-2024 6:00 AM

By JOHN BUTTRICK

John Buttrick writes from his Vermont Folk Rocker in his Concord home, Minds Crossing. He can be reached at johndbuttrick@gmail.com Donald Trump beat Nikki Haley by 11 percentage points in New Hampshire’s Republican primary. According to exit polls,...


Opinion: Barriers or borders?
01-28-2024 6:30 AM

By JOHN BUTTRICK

John Buttrick writes from his Vermont Folk Rocker in his Concord home, Minds Crossing. He can be reached at johndbuttrick@gmail.com I confess, when I’m confronted with a discussion about people immigrating to the United States I vacillate between...


Opinion: The role of empathy
01-21-2024 7:30 AM

By JOHN BUTTRICK

John Buttrick writes from his Vermont Rocker in his Concord home, Minds Crossing. He can be reached at johndbuttrick@gmail.com Many citizens in the United States seem to be suffering a malaise of powerlessness as well as the misuse of power. Donald...


Opinion: Working toward resolve and hope in 2024
01-14-2024 7:00 AM

By JOHN BUTTRICK

John Buttrick lived for three months in Jayyous, Palestine, as an ecumenical accompanier for the World Council of Churches. For two years he was media coordinator and communication strategist for Kairos Palestine. He lives in Concord and can be...


Opinion: Christmas, a disruptive force
12-24-2023 6:00 AM

By JOHN BUTTRICK

John Buttrick writes from his Vermont Rocker in his Concord home, Minds Crossing. He can be reached at johndbuttrick@gmail.comAs I write this piece, there is Christmas music on my radio in the background. The music is jazzy, bright, sentimental,...


Opinion: Perilous U.S. veto of cease fire
12-17-2023 6:00 AM

By JOHN BUTTRICK

John Buttrick writes from his Vermont Rocker in his Concord home, Minds Crossing. He can be reached at johndbuttrick@gmail.com On Friday, Dec. 8, the United States Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations, Robert A. Wood, vetoed a proposed resolution...


Opinion: The cycle of war
12-03-2023 7:00 AM

By JOHN BUTTRICK

John Buttrick writes from his Vermont Rocker in his Concord home: Minds Crossing. He can be reached at johndbuttrick@gmail.com After a three-generation family Thanksgiving meal, some of us settled down on the couch and comfortable chairs to catch up...


Opinion: Veterans Day revisited
11-11-2023 6:00 AM

By JOHN BUTTRICK

John Buttrick writes from his Vermont Rocker in his Concord home: Minds Crossing. He can be reached at johndbuttrick@gmail.com Waiting to be seated at a restaurant we frequent, I noticed a sign offering veterans and their spouses free breakfasts or...


Opinion: Perils of collective punishment
11-05-2023 7:00 AM

By JOHN BUTTRICK

John Buttrick writes from his Vermont Rocker in his Concord home: Minds Crossing. He can be reached at johndbuttrick@gmail.com In grade school, I had a teacher who made free use of collective punishment. For example, if the teacher, with her back to...


Opinion: The responsibility not taken
10-30-2023 8:36 AM

By JOHN BUTTRICK

John Buttrick lived for 3 months in Jayyous, Palestine as an Accompanier for the World Council of Churches. For 2 years he was Media Coordinator and Communication Strategist for Kairos Palestine. He lives in Concord and can be reached at...


Opinion: Democracy does not live or die at the end of a rifle
10-10-2023 4:00 PM

By JOHN BUTTRICK

John Buttrick writes from his Vermont Rocker in his Concord home: Minds Crossing. He can be reached at johndbuttrick@gmail.com. “Democracies don’t have to die at the end of a rifle,” President Biden recently said. “They can die when people are silent,...


Opinion: The demise of nuclear weapons
09-17-2023 7:00 AM

By JOHN BUTTRICK

John Buttrick writes from his Vermont Rocker in his Concord home: Minds Crossing. He can be reached at johndbuttrick@gmail.com. Recently there have been nuclear missile threats, a suspension of an arms control treaty, the launching of test missiles...

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