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Bush struggles with Iraq question

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Jeb Bush had a rough time trying to answer a question that is a no-brainer for virtually everyone else in America these days. Over the course of a few days, the former Florida governor gave yes, “I don’t know” and no answers to the same question: Would he, knowing ...

Event was the antithesis of what NH is about

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The Hillary Clinton campaign staged an event for the New Hampshire media last week that struck us as the antithesis of what the New Hampshire primary is about. Clinton operatives held a conference call about efforts the campaign is making to bulk up a social media outreach campaign and plans ...

The culture that spawned Frank Guinta

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Frank Guinta is but a symptom of a larger ill within the body politic. The man who represents New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District in Washington is under intense pressure to resign his seat after five years of lying to the public about the source of $355,000 in campaign ...

The NFL should be ashamed of itself

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NFL Rule 2, Section 1 says: “The Ball must be a “Wilson,” hand selected, bearing the signature of the Commissioner of the League, Roger Goodell. The ball shall be made up of an inflated (12 1/2 to 13 1/2 pounds) urethane bladder enclosed in a pebble grained, ...

Helping the other side

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We in both the city and state seem to become more penny-wise and pound foolish with each passing year. We want tourism money but refuse to fund even trash service in our state parks. We want industry, yet we have among the lowest level of funding for state higher education. We think we save ...

Join us to honor fallen veterans

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I am a Cub Scout with Pack 253 at St. Christopher Parish in Nashua. For Memorial Day, our pack will be marching in the Nashua parade. Each of us will be carrying a sign with the name of a Nashua Gold Star veteran who was killed in the Korean War, the Vietnam War or the War on Terror. We would ...

Lawmakers lack critical thinking capacity

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New Hampshire is a travel and tourist destination state. Legislators in the House cut the travel and tourism budget. Critical thinking? I think not. Property tax is too high. Legislators cut taxes on 36,000 businesses, downshifting taxes to homeowners. Critical thinking? I think not. The ...

Veterans should show them how it’s done

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Our country formerly recognizes its veterans on two specific holidays each year. One of them, Memorial Day, is almost upon us. This is a direct appeal to the Veterans themselves who will participate and be present to receive the appreciation and gratitude from our nation. If you plan to wear ...

Obama’s secretive trade deal

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Well I finally found something upon which I can agree with Sen. Elizabeth Warren. She has been hammering President Barack Obama on his secretive deal to push through this trade agreement known as TPP. It looks like we have to pass it to know what’s in it. Sound familiar? Now we have ...

Scandal in a horse industry

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The Tennessee walking horse is treasured for its trusting nature and smooth, comfortable gait, but a certain segment of the show world has exploited these horses to create a grotesquely exaggerated high-stepping gait known as the “big lick.” To force horses to perform this ...

We should worry about bee health

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It’s hard to imagine that it’s good news for either the economy or the environment that 42 percent of the honeybee colonies in the U.S. died off in the past year, as a federal survey reported last week. “What we’re seeing with this bee problem is just a ...

The season of high accomplishment

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If the fall is the season of giving thanks, we might think of spring as the season of accomplishment. There’s no holiday to mark the milestones, but there are ceremonies like the commencement activities recently held by Rivier University, Daniel Webster College and Nashua Community ...

Plain talk about tax policy

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It was good to hear somebody speaking in serious tones about reforming the country’s Byzantine tax code. You can argue about whether New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is the right candidate to succeed President Barack Obama, but he deserves credit at least for having the conversations ...

We must safeguard the relationship between police and NH communities

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Police officers end up seeing everything. During my years as a Marine MP, I often saw people who were having the worst days of their lives and people who had just done the worst thing they’d ever do. It’s a tough job and not everyone is cut out for it. I was reminded of ...

Grading systems are never perfect

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The Nashua Board of Education was right not to rush into the decision to change the grading system used by the school district. The issue was on the board’s agenda Monday night, and members received an earful of commentary from teachers. “People are not feeling ready for ...

Tom Brady should run for president

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Many U.S. presidents have lied for many different reasons. Eisenhower lied about our U2 spy plane, Nixon lied about ordering the Watergate burglary, Reagan lied about Iran-Contra, Clinton lied about not having “sexual relations with that woman.” So when Tom Brady stood up ...

Serial liar Frank Guinta should resign his seat

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So Rep. Frank Guinta is a serial liar and crook. He’s been lying to us for five long years, starting from before his 2010 election. I last heard him lie at his Dover town hall meeting in March. The Federal Election Commission actually was investigating him (as he well knew every time ...

Nashua and its hidden arts scene

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Did you know that Nashua is home to six theater companies, nine music organizations, eight music schools and the nation’s longest-running annual international sculpture symposium? I certainly didn’t until recently, and my hunch is that most people in our community have no ...

Granite State lawmakers can still fix workers’ comp system

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I am encouraged to see New Hampshire lawmakers haven’t walked away from the chance to make an important and meaningful change to our state’s workers’ compensation laws. Small businesses are buckling under medical bills that are thousands of dollars above what the ...

Expanded health care has served state well

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When New Hampshire made the decision to expand health care coverage to low-income, working families in 2014, it was estimated that the number of people who would enroll in the New Hamnpshire Health Protection Program might reach 50,000 over a 5-year period. But today, only 6 months after the ...