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NH not first on this issue

New Hampshire has a proud tradition of being first. It's tough to miss these days while we're in the midst of the first-in-the-nation presidential primary. … Full story    
Updated yesterday

Debt is an issue that New Hampshire voters care about

After months of political build-up, voters have finally begun caucusing and casting ballots in the key early states. As voters head to the polls in … Full story    
Updated yesterday

The shrinking middle class

While Donald Trump whines about having his first-place finish in the Iowa caucuses "stolen" from him by Ted Cruz; while Ted Cruz is busy proclaiming … Full story    
Published:  February 7, 2016

Expanded health care saves money

The New Hampshire Local Welfare Administrators' Association is a professional organization that supports our municipal welfare officials to ensure that we are providing assistance with … Full story    
Published:  February 7, 2016

Medicaid expansion should be extended

The New Hampshire Health Protection Program, which now provides access to health care for more than 47,000 people in our state, will sunset later this … Full story    
Published:  February 7, 2016

Give NH kindergarteners a break

Kids enrolled in full-day kindergarten programs might be half as tall and don't eat as much as 12th-graders, but are they worth only half as … Full story    
Published:  February 7, 2016

Climate tied to national safety

> The effects of climate change are so varied that it's often hard to single out one primary rea­son to take action. But perhaps the … Full story    
Published:  February 5, 2016

NH’s ‘all-hands-on-deck’ moment

As people and businesses across New Hampshire know painfully well, the heroin and opioid crisis is the most pressing public health and safety challenge facing … Full story    
Published:  February 1, 2016

Professions of faith no substitute for actions

While listening to the current batch of the presidential candidates professing platitudes about their uninformed convictions of faith, I wondered why people who adhere to … Full story    
Published:  January 31, 2016

Saving expanded Medicaid

As the 2016 New Hampshire legislative session gets under way, one of the biggest decisions legislators will have to make is whether to reauthorize the … Full story    
Published:  January 31, 2016

Rubio has agenda for growth

> Politics | Attacks aren't enough. The candidates must present positive solutions of their own. During my nine years as president and CEO of the … Full story    
Published:  January 28, 2016

Hassan will take challenges head-on

Politics | We need leaders in Washington who will not engage in partisan politics. It is sad, though somewhat amusing, to see that former Republican … Full story    
Published:  January 28, 2016

Clinton choice for candidate who knows how to make a difference

In New Hampshire, we know how to come together in the Legislature to pass important programs. To pass Obamacare's Medicaid expansion through a Republican State … Full story    
Published:  January 27, 2016

Getting non-voters to the polls

My friend "Alex" is big on community. In his 30-odd years of life, the Nashua native has seen enough hardship to know that sinking alone … Full story    
Published:  January 24, 2016

Federal debt should be prioirity for presidential candidates

An unwarranted sense of complacency about the federal debt has settled over Washington, even though that figure is approaching $19 trillion. Compared to the size … Full story    
Published:  January 24, 2016

Medicaid expansion too sensible to end

This week, we celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Across the state, residents, elected officials and those aspiring to be elected officials … Full story    
Published:  January 24, 2016

Clinton best choice for next president

My candidate for president is Hillary Clinton. I have followed Hillary's career for many years and have also had the privilege of getting to know … Full story    
Published:  January 24, 2016

Still failing on mental health

New Hampshire received a failing grade of "substantial non-compliance" in the Jan. 5 report issued by Steven Day, the independent expert reviewer appointed by the … Full story    
Published:  January 17, 2016

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