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Opinion: Adopting the right 306 Rules
04-19-2024 6:00 AM

By LAURA VINCENT

Laura Vincent lives in Loudon. The debate over the adoption of updated 306 rules (minimum standards for public education) rages on. After multiple hearings for public comment, Commissioner Edelblut and the State Board of Education still appear to not...

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Opinion: A lesson in shapeshifting & the 306 revisions
04-18-2024 4:25 PM

By JANET WARD

Janet Ward lives in Hopkinton. On April 11, at the State Board of Education’s second public hearing on Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut’s revisions of the 306 Rules which govern public schools, Board Chair Drew Cline gave all those present an...


Opinion: Being and becoming: A good doctor in the age of artificial intelligence
04-18-2024 6:00 AM

By NARAIN BATRA

Narain Batra, under the auspices of the Osher Institute at Dartmouth, will deliver a public lecture, “Superintelligence: Why We Need It” on May 24. He lives in Hartford, Vermont. A few years ago, I was on a return flight from New Delhi to Paris and...


Opinion: Bankers have the NH Public Deposit Investment Pool in their sights
04-17-2024 6:00 AM

By TODD SELIG

Todd Selig is the longtime town manager in Durham. Senate Bill 553 would require public funds from localities be invested in NH banks, where the NH Bankers Association, the lobbying arm for the banks, argues that according to a study it commissioned,...


Opinion: It’s time to give families increased education freedom
04-16-2024 4:52 PM

By ANDREW YA⁠T⁠ES

Andrew Ya⁠t⁠es is government affairs director for yes. every kid. States around the country have responded to families’ demand for increased educational options. It’s time for New Hampshire to follow suit and expand Education Freedom Accounts so that...


Opinion: Proposed height zoning change for Concord’s Main Street
04-16-2024 6:00 AM

By STEVE DUPREY

Steve Duprey is the owner of the Duprey Companies The proposed zoning change to allow a 90-foot height building on Main Street, in appropriate cases, where the current zoning limits the height to 80 feet, makes sense and should be adopted. First, a...


Opinion: Members of NH Jewish community write letter to NH congressional delegation
04-15-2024 4:36 PM

By BOB SANDERS

Bob Sanders lives in Concord. On a rainy April 10, I with the help of one other delivered a message on behalf of 67 New Hampshire Jews to the office of Rep. Annie Kuster in Concord, calling for a ceasefire in Gaza, humanitarian aid, and cutting off...


Opinion: Positive vibes and shattered recollections
04-15-2024 7:00 AM

By PAUL NICHOLS

Paul Nichols lives in Loudon. The solar eclipse of April 8 united our country for a brief period amid the vile turmoil here and across the planet. The short respite was welcome. This celestial phenomenon brought feelings of togetherness, goodwill and...


Opinion: Whatever a court decides, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn retains an important place in American labor history
04-15-2024 6:00 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. Probably like many people in Concord, I was disappointed in the NH Superior Court’s decision finding that the plaintiffs lacked standing to sue the state for its removal of the Elizabeth Gurley Flynn historical...


Opinion: How our twin toddlers turned our lives (and chairs) upside down
04-13-2024 8:00 AM

By BRIAN ADAMS

Brian Adams of Andover, Mass., is a UNH alumnus originally from Londonderry. He was previously a sketch comedy writing instructor and staff writer at ImprovBoston and a founding contributor to satirical online newspaper Recyculus. He is a father to...


Opinion: New Hampshire, it’s time to drive into the future
04-13-2024 7:00 AM

By JESSYCA KEELER and BRIAN NORTON

Jessyca Keeler, president, Ski New Hampshire and Brian Norton, president & general manager, Loon Mountain Resort. New Hampshire’s rich natural resources have long attracted visitors from surrounding states and provinces, a pattern that has enabled...


Opinion: Back to the future or no future at all, it’s our choice
04-13-2024 6:30 AM

By JEAN STIMMELL

Jean Stimmell, retired stone mason and psychotherapist, lives in Northwood and blogs at jeanstimmell.blogspot.com. What would an old Yankee think? Around Jenness Pond, it used to be an April Fool’s joke to tell folks the ice was out when it wasn’t....


Opinion: Eid al-Fitr in Gaza: A war against humanity itself
04-13-2024 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. Tuesday was the last day of Ramadan fasting. At sunset, around the world, believers began calling or sending ‘Eid Mubarak’...


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...


Opinion: Calling candidates for CD 2: Show me what democracy looks like!
04-12-2024 6:00 AM

By JENNIFER FRIZZELL

Jennifer Frizzell of Concord is an attorney, advocate and activist who works to advance gender justice, reproductive freedom and democracy in the Granite State. In 2020 she was awarded the Ann McLane Kuster Community Leader award from the NH...


Opinion: Preserve the history of NH Savings Bank
04-12-2024 6:00 AM

By DAVID WOOLPERT

David Woolpert lives in Henniker. The former bank building currently being torn down for a legislators’ parking garage was primarily used by NH Savings Bank, not Mechanics Bank as stated in a recent Monitor article. Before 1980, commercial banks and...


Opinion: The third party con game
04-11-2024 4:38 PM

By WAYNE FULLER

Wayne Fuller is a retired organizational consultant and facilitator living in Concord. We live in a winner-take-all two-party political system where you can either vote for Biden or Trump. Many people who don’t want to vote for either think that they...


Opinion: Revisiting our duty to warn, and the art of the bamboozle
04-11-2024 6:00 AM

By ROBERT S. KIEFNER

Robert S.Kiefner, MD lives in Concord. “One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has...


Opinion: The devastating impact vouchers have had on Arizona, Florida local public schools
04-10-2024 4:15 PM

By DAMARIS ALLEN and BETH LEWIS

Damaris Allen is the executive director of Families for Strong Public Schools, a Florida public school graduate, and a parent of public school children. Beth Lewis is the executive director of Save Our Schools Arizona, an Arizona educator, and a...


Opinion: Making the belonging case for diversity
04-10-2024 6:00 AM

By JACOB A. BENNETT

Dr. Jacob A. Bennett lives in Chester. Last year I conducted research into the meaning and value of diversity in education contexts, a project that resulted in the publication of “The Belonging Case for Diversity,” a focused literature review that I...


Opinion: Should New Hampshire really penalize nonviolence?
04-09-2024 3:53 PM

By DAVID GRISHAW-JONES

The Rev. David Grishaw-Jones is pastor of the Community Church of Durham, a congregation of the United Church of Christ, and serves on the steering committee for the United Church of Christ Palestine Israel Network. Again the New Hampshire House is...

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