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Deserving of a spot on the wall of shame

Years ago, when you walked into a post office, you’d find a wall full of “wanted” posters. A display of pictures and descriptions of people … Full story    
Updated yesterday

Bernard-Kriegl: Child abuse really a community issue

It seems that incidents of parental wrongdoings are a regular item in the news. Blame and hatred are spewed at individuals, but not a lot … Full story    
Updated yesterday

Merrimack: Meals on Wheels cuts would ripple through the system

The New Hampshire House Finance Committee has proposed dramatic cuts in state funding for the Meals on Wheels programs operating within our state. Federal funding … Full story    
Updated yesterday

Choice is the fault line that divides education

Education isn’t a left vs. right issue. It’s a choice vs. no-choice issue. Yes, Milton Friedman was for school choice. But so was Elizabeth Warren; … Full story    
Updated 2 days ago

End the ‘domicile’ debate

What is old is new again. The New Hampshire House of Representatives has asked the state Supreme Court to rule on voting rights. To wit, … Full story    
Published:  March 26, 2015

Demand fuels state drug epidemic

Supply and demand is one of the most fundamental concepts of economics and it is the backbone of a market economy. Demand refers to how … Full story    
Published:  March 25, 2015

Why send money to DC?

New Hampshire has historically seen a significantly smaller amount of your federal tax dollars returned to us in the form of services than we send … Full story    
Published:  March 25, 2015

Lessons at the Statehouse

When lawmakers insulted and confused visiting fourth-graders at the state house last week, it was a painful and infuriating moment for many of us. First, … Full story    
Published:  March 24, 2015

Finding Nashua’s identity

The recent announcement of the closure of high-end street and menswear shop Persona has once again brought attention to the many issues facing downtown Nashua, … Full story    
Published:  March 22, 2015

Ask presidential candidates about the money

Politics matter in the United States. Good politics are foundational to good public policy. They are the lifeblood of a healthy democracy where every vote … Full story    
Published:  March 22, 2015

Nashua: Cuts won’t eliminate problems

The House Finance Committee’s proposed budget cuts to programs provided through the Granite State’s developmental services system is one of the largest in this year’s … Full story    
Published:  March 20, 2015

Former ambasssador: Iran letter was inexcusable

After serving as the United States Ambassador to Belize and working in more than 45 different countries, I have seen foreign policy from many angles. … Full story    
Published:  March 19, 2015

Ayotte explains why she signed letter

There has been significant public debate about the recent letter I signed with 46 of my colleagues to the leaders of Iran. Citing the U.S. … Full story    
Published:  March 18, 2015

Nashua: State funding is critical to shelter

On Monday, six members of the House Finance Committee thought that cutting state funding to homeless shelters by 50 percent was a good idea. As … Full story    
Published:  March 18, 2015

Fighting back against Citizens United

Open government is not owned by anyone but the people. When a resident in my district chooses to speak his or her mind, that person … Full story    
Published:  March 17, 2015

Nashua has reason to celebrate St. patrick’s Day

If thawing ice dams, warm(ish) weather and sunshine after 4 p.m. haven’t adequately lifted your winter-worn spirits, don’t fear. ’Tis the week of St. Patrick’s … Full story    
Published:  March 15, 2015

There is much we could learn from the Irish

In 2014, I landed an internship in Ireland at Dublin City Hall with the former lord mayor of Dublin, Councillor Gerry Breen. Prior to that, … Full story    
Published:  March 15, 2015

Delivering the state government of the future

The Governor’s Commission on Innovation, Efficiency, and Transparency on which we both served with 16 leaders from the business, nonprofit, higher education, and state and … Full story    
Published:  March 15, 2015

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