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Refugee debate about values

Terrorists are doing what they do best: Killing and terrorizing. I understand that. The question I have is: Are we doing what we do best? … Full story    
Updated yesterday

Voter turnout in Nashua was lower than he expected

I remember reading in one of my college political science classes that political apathy is in some ways evidence of a healthy democracy. Under that … Full story    
Updated yesterday

Take the ‘We the People’ pledge

When I served in the New Hampshire House of Representatives in the 1980s, nobody gave much thought to money in politics. Few state representatives even … Full story    
Published:  November 22, 2015

Time for an expectations and reality reset

The recent terrorist attacks in Paris, our own counter-terrorist actions or lack thereof, and media chatter prompt this commentary. The question so often frustratingly asked … Full story    
Published:  November 22, 2015

Hassan: We need more to defeat ISIS

As the governor of New Hampshire, my first and foremost responsibility is to protect the safety and security of our citizens. In the wake of … Full story    
Published:  November 18, 2015

NH manufacturer embraces solar to stay competitive, thrive

As the president of Wire Belt Company of America, a fourth-generation family manufacturing company, I know well the challenges and rewards of manufacturing in a … Full story    
Published:  November 18, 2015

Common Core proves wrong

The Smarter Balanced Assessment scores were finally released by the New Hampshire Department of Education after months of keeping them secret, and the results weren't … Full story    
Published:  November 18, 2015

He met some people, too

I've been told that I am a literal person. I believe people should know the meaning of words they use and only use words that … Full story    
Published:  November 17, 2015

A game of skill – or just luck?

In Casino Royale, James Bond says that "in poker you don't play the hand, you play the man across from you." This comment is in … Full story    
Published:  November 16, 2015

Forgiving not about forgetting

Another Veterans Day has passed, and I am pondering the meaning of honoring veterans. At one time, most clergy considered this responsibility a sacred privilege; … Full story    
Published:  November 15, 2015

When cows and cars compete, we pay

P { margin-bottom: 0.08in; } One of the more vexing issues that has been largely absent from the various political debates, town hall meetings and … Full story    
Published:  November 15, 2015

Mental illness not just a footnote in shooting

The Nov. 6 article titled "Officers cleared in fatal shooting" is news of interest to many. It is a sad day when, under any circumstances, … Full story    
Published:  November 15, 2015

Honoring nation’s promise to veterans

Veterans Day is an important time to reflect on the tremen­dous sacrifices that generations of military men and women have made for New Hampshire and … Full story    
Published:  November 12, 2015

Treatment, not jail, for veterans

The brave men and women of our Armed Forces never fail our nation in battle, and we have a duty not to fail them after … Full story    
Published:  November 11, 2015

Veterans Administration is crisis Hillary Clinton can’t ignore

Veterans Day is a chance to honor the 114,000 New Hampshire men and women who put their lives on the line for your freedom. It's … Full story    
Published:  November 11, 2015

Going to bat for Granite State kids

By virtually every measure, New Hampshire is a great place to be a kid and to raise a family. In the current Casey Foundation "Kids … Full story    
Published:  November 9, 2015

Special session is necessary

Across our state, people are dying from the heroin and opioid crisis - at least 258 of our family, friends and neighbors already this year. … Full story    
Published:  November 8, 2015

‘Nashua boy’ recalls time in Berlin during the Cold War

Several years ago, I received an email from a guy I was stationed with at Tempelhof Air Base in then-West Berlin, Germany, between 1969 and … Full story    
Published:  November 8, 2015

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