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Opinion: Criminalizing homelessness, Supreme Court edition

07-15-2024 6:00 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. During years working at New Hampshire Legal Assistance, I represented many homeless individuals. The reasons for homelessness were varied: eviction, job loss, divorce, domestic violence, and disability, among...


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Letter: We’re running out of time

07-15-2024 2:28 PM

I write this on the morning after the assassination attempt on former President Trump. I am, like so many of my countrymen and -women, sickened by the act, and heartened that Mr. Trump survived the attempt. Like so many, I posted last evening,...


Letter: Community treasures

07-15-2024 2:28 PM

Last week, my dog and I strolled through Rollins Park enjoying the brassy notes of the Never’s 2nd Regiment Band, as families listened from blankets on the grass. Softly punctuating the melodies were the happy squeals of children in the playground,...


Letter: Making Current Use fair to all property taxpayers

07-15-2024 2:28 PM

In recent letters, Paul Franklin and Ann Davis criticized the June 29 article about Current Use. They endorse the program’s laudable purpose of preserving NH agricultural land, forests, and “open space.” Neither of their letters, however, deals with...


Letter: Rep. Pappas, please listen to your constituents

07-15-2024 2:28 PM

When Rep. Chris Pappas filed for reelection in June he was questioned about the five people who were arrested in his office protesting the bombing of Gaza. His response was, “Everyone’s free to speak their piece.” He ignored that those five people...


Opinion: Impacts of the Supreme Court’s ruling

07-14-2024 4:00 PM

By PETE and MARY MOSSEAU

Pete and Mary Mosseau live in Concord. After leaving office, Donald Trump was indicted by a federal grand jury in August 2023 for his conduct following the November 2020 election. The indictment alleged he conspired to overturn it by spreading...


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...


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: 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...


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...


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...


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