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Sen. Ayotte is right to worry about her job

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Sen. Kelly Ayotte is panicked about getting re-elected in 2016. She and her handlers have been peppering the media with words and images intended to bolster her sagging prospects and give the impression that she has been doing good for New Hamp­shire. Her latest assault on our senses is to ...

Working harder or hardly working

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Jeb Bush's recent clarion call for Americans to work longer hours was issued at a particularly inop­portune moment: In July, mil­lions of Bush's fellow citizens are on vacation, resting from their labors and savoring for a welcome change the plea­sures of not working. We sus­pect, though, ...

Tax cap is arbitrary and short-sighted

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My wife and I moved to Nash­ua from Manchester in 1971. We bought a house here in 1975 (where we live today) and raised our three children here. We are retired seniors now living on a fixed income so we are sensitive to inflationary pressures. But I have some concerns regarding the course ...

O’Malley’s immigration plan

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It was my great-grandfather who chose to immigrate to this country. His name was also Mar­tin O'Malley, and he came from Ireland at great personal risk. Although his native tongue was not English, but Irish, the hopes and dreams he had for his children - and his chil­dren's children -were ...

Come together on state budget

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As a former member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives and a longtime member of the Finance Commit­tee in the Senate, I believe that it is time for the legislature, both Democrats and Republicans, to get together and settle on an op­erating budget for the state. As most people ...

Big money funds presidential runs

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As money troubles go, Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush will no doubt gladly take the ones they The two presidential can­didates were at the top of the heap when the Federal Election Commission's cam­paign finance reports for the second quarter came out on Wednesday. Bush took in $11.43 ...

Medicare has been a life-saver for seniors

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Many seniors will tell you they don't know how they'd get along without Medicare. The 50th an­niversary of this very important program is coming July 30. Medi­care has done so much, and it can do even more which is why the anniversary is the perfect time to expand coverage to include hearing ...

Confederate flag is a symbol of oppression

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An opinion piece in The Sunday Telegraph (July 12) warned of overreacting to the symbolism of the Confederate flag. After care­ful consideration and research, I can respond. If you believe the words of Robert E. Lee, the flag represents treason and should never fly again. In war, the losing ...

A gift to the city’s children

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The first op-ed I wrote for this paper was about placing the Legacy Playground in Greeley Park. I've written this sentence in precisely this way because that was what the battle over the Legacy Playground was about: where it was going to be. There was no argu­ment about whether it was a good ...

There was no honor in the Confederacy or its causes

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The argument made for the public display of the Confeder­ate flag is that it represents "Southern heritage." A heritage includes cultural aspects such as religion, foods, languages and traditions. The notion of South­ern gentleman with their South­ern ladies following ...

Looking back at the week in news

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State has a solution for Smarter Balanced angst New Hampshire has come up with an an­swer to much of the re­cent teeth-gnashing that has accompanied the Smarter Balanced assessment test given to high school juniors. A new law signed by Gov. Maggie Hassan on Monday allows 11th-graders to ...

Exploiting for fun and political profit

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Who cares what the governor of a small state like ours thinks about U.S. foreign policy? After all, it's not like our National Guard is armed with nuclear missiles, though the late Gov. Mel­drim Thomson Jr. once sug­gested that might not be such a bad idea. As it turns out, Repub­licans in ...

Verification and the Iran deal

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Can Iran be trusted to abide by the terms of the nuclear deal the Obama adminis­tration announced this week? That is the central question members of Congress will have to decide when they un­dertake a review of the deal that figures to stand as the president's signature for­eign policy ...

Why he wants to be your president

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I love America. In the small town I grew up in, our neighbor, Claire Congdon, was something of a legend. A veteran of both world wars, Mr. Congdon was a model of Ameri­can patriotism. After serving his country, he came home and never stopped serving his community through church, Legion ...

Pipeline advocates selling New England a bedtime story

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As gas providers jockey for a piece of New England's energy pie, policy makers ask us to embrace natural gas as our go-to fuel for heating, transportation, and electric power generation. Five New England gas projects, including the proposed North­east Energy Direct (NED) pipe­line, sprouted ...

Clinton in difficult position

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Hillary Clinton laid out her economic agenda on Monday in a speech in which she said she will strive to create a "growth and fairness economy" if elected president. The former senator and U.S. secretary of state called income inequality "the defining economic ...

Columnist got it wrong on Confederate issue

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I take great exception to Paul Syl­vain's guest commentary of Sunday, July 12. He lectures his readers, saying that anyone who objects to the flying of the Confederate flag is a person who has forgotten or chooses to ignore our history. He says that efforts to rename streets and remove ...

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It's time for the out-of-state and out-of-country interests pushing the current North­ern Pass proposal to bury the private transmission line along appropriately designated trans­portation corridors. A similar project in Vermont shows it can be done. The fast-track toward approval of the ...