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Opinion: Our memories enrich our everyday activities

02-25-2024 8:00 AM

By PARKER POTTER

Parker Potter is a former archaeologist and historian, and a retired lawyer. He is currently a semi-professional dog walker who lives and works in Contoocook. When I take my daily walk around Contoocook I will often see, hear, or even smell something...


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Opinion: Relief is needed for NH nursing homes

02-25-2024 7:30 AM

By BRENDAN WILLIAMS

Brendan Williams is the president and CEO of the New Hampshire Health Care Association. New Hampshire’s nursing home providers were very grateful to legislators and Governor Sununu for including them in a historic investment in Medicaid rates in the...


Opinion: Are we still creatures or machines?

02-25-2024 7:00 AM

By JEAN STIMMELL

Jean Stimmell, retired stone mason and psychotherapist, lives in Northwood and blogs at jeanstimmell.blogspot.com. We fool ourselves by believing if only we had more facts and better technology, we could solve any problem, even climate change and,...


Letter: Save your public school

02-25-2024 7:00 AM

New Hampshire likes to trumpet “local control” as the basis of how we govern ourselves. If only it were so. According to Leonard Witt in indepthnh.org (2/19), there are 100 NH state representatives associated with a nationwide ALEC-like right wing...


Letter: Gov. Sununu, GOP disrespect NH Guard troops

02-25-2024 7:00 AM

“Serve Part-Time, Close to Home,” says the recruiting poster for the Air National Guard I just saw on the wall at the airport. Unfortunately, Gov. Sununu and NH Republicans think otherwise, and are abusing the fundamental promise of joining the NH...


Letter: Why veterans should oppose HB 1283

02-25-2024 7:00 AM

Today, the VA reports that in 2020, NH’s veteran suicide rate was 36 per 100,000, “significantly higher” than the national veteran suicide rate of 31.7. Our veterans need support, why would we as a state ever pass a law saying suicide is the answer...


Letter: A terrible ruling

02-25-2024 7:00 AM

The Alabama Supreme Court recently ruled, in a case concerning in vitro fertilization, that frozen embryos are children, with the same legal rights as actual born children. Their destruction can be prosecuted under the state’s Wrongful Death statute....


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: At Phillips Exeter, Palestinian-Black solidarity workshop denied permission to narrate

02-25-2024 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. On February 16, 1984, 40 years ago this past week, Palestinian-American scholar and political activist Edward Said published an...


Opinion: An altar where no walls or names exist

02-24-2024 6:00 AM

By STEPHANIE RUTT

Rev. Dr. Stephanie Rutt is founding minister of the Tree of Life Interfaith Temple in Amherst. She lives in Nashua. “In my soul there is a temple, a shrine, a mosque, a church where I kneel in prayer. Prayer should bring us to an altar where no walls...


Opinion: NH legislators, don’t stigmatize young people with SB 524

02-23-2024 6:00 PM

By JENNIFER SMITH

Jennifer Smith, MD, MPH, lives in Pembroke. I was upset to see Rep. Moffett’s black and white opinion on transgender girls’ participation in sports. His My Turn shows insufficient knowledge and a bias that seems widespread among some in the NH...


Letter: Do not be afraid, get involved!

02-23-2024 4:24 PM

I read with great interest, reporter Michaela Towfighi’s article (2/21) regarding the new middle school in Concord. I agree completely with Jeff Wells when he calls for a reconsideration or to rescind a vote to build a new school at Broken Ground....


Meet the Monitor’s reader advisory board

02-23-2024 2:43 PM

By ALLIE GINWALA

The Concord Monitor’s reader advisory board, an initiative to bring readers and community-minded individuals together to talk about local news, welcomed its third group of readers into the newsroom in January. Our new board members are Robert Avery,...


Opinion: School vouchers are bad for our democracy

02-23-2024 6:30 AM

By JEFF FRENKIEWICH

Jeff Frenkiewich teaches U.S. history and government at Milford Middle School. He is an adjunct professor of education at the University of New Hampshire. The views expressed here represent those of the author, not Milford School District or UNH. On...


Opinion: When it comes to marijuana, there’s no safe way to introduce something unsafe

02-23-2024 6:00 AM

By JOSEPH A. EBNER

Joseph A. Ebner, MD, FACOG of Plymouth is a member of the NH Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) Advisory Committee. As a parent, I am concerned with the rising use of recreational marijuana in society, especially in our youth and young adults. As a...


Letter: Adolescent foolishness

02-22-2024 4:07 PM

Young Chris has been acting like the characteristic adolescent with a little money burning a hole in his pocket. Now Chris is looking for a place to spend it. Seems he’s found the right place after checking out a number of options. Texas is it!...


Letter: Not fixing our problems

02-22-2024 4:07 PM

The American government is spending more money than at any other time in our history, as a matter of fact it is actually spending more money today than any other nation at any other point in the history of the world. Our illegal immigration numbers...


Letter: Cost/ benefit?

02-22-2024 4:07 PM

Looking around the city of Concord has me wondering if anyone in government ever does a cost/benefit analysis before proposing spending tax dollars? The DOJ building is coming down to make room for a new parking garage. Also, part of the project is...


Opinion: Our first Virginia winter? How climate change has impacted NH

02-22-2024 6:30 AM

By ERIC ORFF

Eric Orff lives in Epsom. In my seventy-four years of life, most right here in New Hampshire, I have not witnessed a winter like this. To tell you the truth it is making me feel really uneasy. A knot in the stomach uneasy.You see, seventeen years ago...


Opinion: We must learn to live together

02-22-2024 6:00 AM

By MICHAEL L. FISCHLER

Michael L. Fischler of Holderness is professor emeritus of Counselor Education and School Psychology at Plymouth State University. He founded the university’s counseling center and taught courses on comparative culture. “If we could read the secret...



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