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Gun control in the U.S.

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More than 32,000 Americans are killed each year due to gun violence and another 75,000 are injured, reports Rep. Bobby Scott of Virginia’s third congressional district. These numbers pose a terrifying threat on the health of American citizens: in fact, the American Medical Association ...

What can we believe in?

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I am responding to Leonard Pitts, who recently was published in your paper. While I agree with most of his points, I don’t think he puts enough emphasis on the role that journalists’ biases play into the misinformation that passes for news today. He makes my point throughout his article, ...

Support for Title X

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Recently, the Trump Administration proposed a policy that ban Title X family planning funding for any doctor, health center or hospital that provides safe, legal abortion, or even refers patients for abortion services or provides full and comprehensive information about the procedure. I am ...

Bigotry can not be allowed

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Social media is like alcohol, in some respects. When not handled with care, it can loosen inhibitions and affect judgment adversely. But also like alcohol, social media need not be harmful if used intelligently and in moderation. Ask Roseanne Barr about that. The entertainer’s career is a ...

Sugar tariffs may sink icon

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You may want to pick up a pack of Necco Wafers or one of those little boxes of candy hearts while you can. It is possible they may not be around for long. If so, part of the blame rests with Uncle Sam. The New England Confectionary Co., maker of those and other candies, has filed for ...

Complaints should be investigated

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Members of Congress made their bipartisan frustration with the Department of Veterans Affairs clear last week. The U.S. Senate approved a bill expanding accessibility of veterans to private health care providers as an alternative to the VA system. The vote was 92-5. Previously, the House ...

The anticipation is making me hurl

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What do you get when you cross a rock star with a Heinz ketchup tattoo? I know, the anticipation is killing you. (Carly Simon fans caught that reference). When Gelati, an ice cream parlor in Ireland honored Ed Sheeran with an original creation of ketchup ice cream, the world went nuts. My ...

Remember

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In large cemeteries in our cities and small ones on our hills and in our valleys, they lie. Some rest in churchyards, others in family plots. Some never made it home at all, remaining where they fell in far-off lands. We will mourn them all on Monday, Memorial Day. We celebrate their lives, ...

Grace under fire

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I offer my sincere congratulations to Ms. Pamela Atwood, Ms. Caitlyn Martin and Mr. Scott Butcher for their gracious Letter to the Editor, “Clearing the Air.” Their unemotional and non-confrontational explanation of the circumstances leading to their simultaneous resignations stands in ...

Thank you

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Thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s Letter Carrier’s Stamp Out Hunger food drive so successful. This annual drive helps to restock local food pantries, including the SHARE Food Pantry. Thanks to all who left donations for the mail carriers to pick up. Thanks to the letter ...

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I want to acknowledge and appreciate the efforts of the Library Expansion Task Squad over the past 12 months. This volunteer team is made up of construction professionals, community members, library staff and library trustees. Their charge was to evaluate the current needs of Milford’s ...

Good idea

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Recently, Massachusetts announced its choice of Vineyard Wind to build an 800-megawatt wind farm 15 miles off the coast of the Vineyard. Rhode Island already has an offshore wind farm, and many other countries have them (UK, Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, France, Poland) . New Hampshire would ...

After 75 years, a hero comes home

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On Memorial Day, as we honor the brave Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and our freedom, we are remembering Granite Staters like U.S. Marine Corps First Sgt. David Quinn of Temple, New Hampshire. According to his obituary, First Sergeant Quinn enlisted in the U.S. ...

Congress should repeal Dodd-Frank

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Liberals in Congress are livid that conservatives would dare to meddle with the Dodd-Frank financial regulation law. It is needed to safeguard Americans against predatory bankers, say some Democrats. Had Dodd-Frank been in effect a decade ago, the 2008 financial crisis might never have ...

Celebrating ‘Lady Leathernecks’ 100th and women in the military

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“Semper Fidelis.” – Marine Corps Motto “Semper Fidelis” – or “Semper Fi” – means “Always Faithful.” Though no one knows how this famous motto came to the Marine Corps, these two words have, nevertheless, taken on the permanence of New Hampshire granite. And what is left ...

Doing the right thing

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Exactly what triggered Friday’s murderous rampage by Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, at his school in Santa Fe, Texas, has not been determined. But this week, his father speculated the boy may have been bullied in school. School officials say they have investigated allegations Pagourtzis was ...

A champion of the people

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The low-income residents of Hillsborough and Rockingham counties lost a champion with the recent passing of Richard “Dick” Delay Sr. of Bennington. For more than 35 years, Dick provided strong and effective leadership to the organization through his work on the board of directors of ...

Support the repeal of the death penalty

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With all the toxic partisanship, it’s encouraging to see bipartisan support in New Hampshire for a bill to abolish the death penalty. In both the Senate and the House, Democrats joined with Republicans to vote for repeal. There are strong reasons to support the repeal: 1. Overwhelming ...

Don’t suppress my freedom of speech

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Recently, some person or persons drove into two of the large signs placed legally supporting Northern Pass with my name as owner. The First Amendment of our Constitution guarantees free speech, but apparently some still believe they have the right to suppress any speech that doesn’t agree ...

Prom throwback: The rules to follow in the 1970s

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When I went to the junior prom, in the long-ago decade that was the 1970s, it was no longer (in today’s vernacular) “a thing.” The 1960s had happened, and a lot of the more traditional celebrations associated with high school were seen as a wash. You could go, and that was fine. You could ...