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Opinion: Communities have become places to escape

07-13-2024 8:00 AM

By JEAN STIMMELL

Jean Stimmell, retired stone mason and psychotherapist, lives in Northwood and blogs at jeanstimmell.blogspot.com. Have you ever noticed your status in your local community no longer depends so much upon your behavior, character, and reputation? In...


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Opinion: Say ‘No’ to violations of international humanitarian law

07-13-2024 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.comSpeaker Mike Johnson of Louisiana and Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky have released a statement saying that Prime...


Letter: Current Use article lacked facts

07-13-2024 7:00 AM

Michaela Towfighi’s article headlined “Land conservation becomes unfunded mandate,” (Monitor, 6/29) was not up to her excellent standard of factual, multi-sourced work. The Monitor’s editors should have spiked this story. One, experts from the Current...


07-13-2024 7:00 AM

Sadly, Republican Reps. Packard, Alexander, Yokela and a few others on the Republican side just don’t get it when it comes to the ‘Special’ Housing Committee (“Lawmakers say housing committee has more work to do,” (Monitor, 6/30). It should not be the...


Letter: Which do you choose?

07-13-2024 7:00 AM

Which do you choose?I am soon to be 83 years old. I may not be as astute as I once was and my memory is sadly lacking at times. However, I can still see clearly when our democracy is in grave, grave danger. Instead of focusing on Biden’s very poor...


Letter: Where our tax dollars go

07-13-2024 7:00 AM

The current eligibility for free and reduced lunches in New Hampshire is 130 percent of the federal poverty level ($40,560 for a family of four). This year our state legislature rejected a bill to raise the eligibility to 350 percent. Guess what the...


Letter: Warmington is the right choice

07-13-2024 7:00 AM

I began my political life here in New Hampshire in 1980, when I decided to run for the State Senate from District 8. Since then I have met exceptional and interesting citizens of the Granite State, folks who put their economic and personal lives a...


Opinion: Why I give blood, and why you should too

07-13-2024 6:30 AM

By DAN WISE

Dan Wise is a freelance writer and a certified occupational therapy assistant. He lives in Concord. I have been donating blood for 20 years or so. The Red Cross periodically thanks me and tallies the number of pints I have given. (Sometimes,...


Opinion: We must demand for Gaza as we do for Ukraine

07-13-2024 6:00 AM

By ROBERT AZZI

Robert Azzi is a photographer and writer who lives in Exeter. His columns are archived at robertazzitheother.substack.com We were a small group gathered for dinner; diverse in our interests, origins, and traditions, privileged in our comforts and...


Opinion: Why equality is so elusive, yet so necessary

07-12-2024 3:48 PM

By NARAIN BATRA

Narain Batra is the author of “India In A New Key: Nehru To Modi-75 Years Of Freedom Democracy.” He lives in the Upper Valley. Reading Darrin McMahon’s book “Equality,” especially on the 60th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the result of...


Opinion: Replacing Biden is possible, here’s how you mitigate the chaos

07-12-2024 6:00 AM

By JOHN LAPPIE

John Lappie, Ph.D., is a professor of political science at Plymouth State University. There are serious concerns about the president’s health, and whether he can serve as the party’s candidate. Party leaders face a crucial decision: do they...


Opinion: Criminalizing homelessness is a heartless response to a complex issue

07-11-2024 4:47 PM

By MANDY LANCASTER

Mandy Lancaster is the director of the Homeless Youth and Young Adult Department at Waypoint, a statewide nonprofit human services and advocacy organization, and is based in the Dover office. Imagine you are a young adult struggling with a toxic,...


Letter: New City, New Name?

07-11-2024 3:50 PM

Of the 234 incorporated cities and towns in New Hampshire, Concord ranks 156th in household income (U.S. Census Bureau, 2022). It appears that the Concord School Board and City Council are either unaware of that fact or don’t care about it. With...


Letter: The search for inspiring leaders

07-11-2024 3:50 PM

I am 86 and a vet. I ask two related questions: Who are the leaders today that inspire us to support their measures for the greater good in the state and nation? And which candidates for public office have a positive vision and a commitment to...


Letter: Will Sanborn be held accountable?

07-11-2024 3:50 PM

The NH Attorney General and Lottery Commission found that Andy Sanborn “misled” federal authorities to obtain a $844,000 pandemic loan intended to keep businesses afloat, and then “misused” the money to buy two Porsches and a Ferrari, and to pay...


Letter: Loyalty to Biden

07-11-2024 3:50 PM

What is happening to the Democratic Party? Has everyone gone nuts? Because of a less than stellar debate performance by President Biden, it appears that Democrats want to hand over the upcoming election to the deranged, treasonous, intellectually...


Opinion: Election 2024: Where do we go from here?

07-11-2024 6:00 AM

By DAN WEEKS

Dan Weeks spent 20 years promoting democratic election reform as a nonpartisan nonprofit leader. He lives in Nashua with his wife and kids. We Granite Staters are rightfully proud of our first-in-the-nation presidential primary. For more than a...


Opinion: Why leaving abuse is not the end

07-10-2024 4:30 PM

By ANGELA MAGOON

Angela Magoon lives in Hillsboro. The circumstances of how you left don’t matter, the important part is, you are not there anymore. For many victims, this often comes as a dramatic, abrupt ending. Leaving, however, is just the beginning of a new...


Letter: EFA funding should be done away with

07-10-2024 3:59 PM

EFA funding is discriminatory, a misguided handout, and another misuse of funds that are being ripped away from the public education system. The 350 percent, and possibly up to 500 percent of the poverty line would allow a family earning $150,000 or...


Letter: Focus on the real threats

07-10-2024 3:59 PM

Since the June debate, one presidential candidate has been under a microscope. The media scream about Joe Biden’s age, and declare him virtually dead on arrival after a faltering debate performance that capped a month of international travel and...


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