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While you were meeting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions regarding the opioid crisis on July 12, I stood outside with many other New Hampshire citizens demonstrating our concern, anger and sadness for the lives being destroyed by addiction. One week before, I lost a family member, my ...

N.H. needs Andrews

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As a social worker, I only support political candidates who have the experience and courage to fight for the people. In New Hampshire’s first congressional district race, that candidate is Naomi Andrews. As U.S. Rep Carol Shea-Porter’s chief of staff and campaign manager, she served her ...

Upholding the Constitution

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In the last two years, there have been many times when I have gone to Concord to testify for citizens, especially in the area of Right to Know. Dick Hinch of Merrimack, acting as a team player, put having power over actually making sure citizens would keep their rights under the New Hampshire ...

Take action

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Some U.S. citizens have a plan for how to get about $1,600 more a year while saving the planet. We know we have to save the planet; climate scientists tell us that climate change is real, it’s us, it’s bad and we’re sure. See the Fourth National Climate Assessment for details, at ...

Questions

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Questions I would like to ask, but most likely will never get the opportunity. And even if I did, I doubt I would get an answer. But here goes. Sen. Bernie Sanders. How did it feel when you found out the DNC was conspiring against you, and there was no way you would get the nomination? ...

Fox News didn’t go along

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It is encouraging that, for once, Fox News didn’t go along with Trump. In his obsequious fawning over Putin and his disavowal of American intelligence agencies, Trump went too far even for Fox. Trump will no doubt walk back his sell-out. So the real question is whether his new-found critics ...

Wake up Trumpists

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Donald Trump’s recent performance in Helsinki once and for all exposed his incompetence, self-serving behavior and unashamed obsession with the possibility that he will be exposed for colluding with Russian meddling in his election. Not because it was illegal, but because it means he didn’t ...

Medicaid investment is needed

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As New Hampshire long-term care providers struggle with one of the nation’s worst Medicaid payment shortfalls, Massachusetts and Maine are rolling out the red carpet for our caregivers who want to cross the border. In Maine, legislators overrode a gubernatorial veto and, in overwhelming ...

Don’t trust Kim Jong Un’s word

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It would be nice to believe news from North Korea this week is evidence that country’s regime is serious about the “denuclearization” deal with President Donald Trump. Indeed, the report sounded very, very good: “North Korea appears to have started dismantling key facilities at its ...

Wilkie needs to shake things up at VA

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Ho-hum. Another day, another secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. So, what else is new? Precious little, and that is the problem. On Monday, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Robert Wilkie as VA secretary. He becomes the second person in the position in just 18 ...

Blue Marbles, Blue Mind: How water saves us all

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“There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods and says, ‘Morning, boys. How’s the water?’ The two young fish swim on for a bit. Eventually, one of them looks over at the other and goes, ‘What the heck is ...

Do not abolish ICE

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This month, officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested 132 individuals in Virginia and Washington, D.C. Those taken into custody on various criminal and civil violations included: An El Salvadoran national identified as a high-ranking MS-13 gang member; A ...

Affordable housing

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A “housing shortage” is the predicament in which Nashua finds itself, according to city Director of Economic Development Tim Cummings. Last week, Cummings told our reporter the average monthly rental cost of a one-bedroom apartment in the Gate City is $1,200, while those with two bedrooms ...

Blueberries, pumpkins do not belong in my coffee

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I received a coffee machine for Mother’s Day that allows me to make individual cups of coffee. I quite like it, because this means there are no more half-pots of coffee slowly growing bitter in my kitchen, and whenever I want a cup of coffee, I can make one quickly and easily. Well, as ...

Oh, those annoying and frequent telemarketing calls

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We all get them. Most of us hate them. They disrupt our day, cause frustration and sometimes even result in fraud or identity theft. I’m talking about the dreaded junk calls, Robo calls, telemarketing calls or whatever moniker fits. OK, charities might get a pass. But I get up to five junk ...

Raise tobacco age to 21

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The chances of developing lung cancer, mouth cancer, esophageal cancer, heart disease and stroke increase significantly when a person smokes cigarettes or cigars. Other common impacts include emphysema, bad breath, tooth decay, premature aging and a reduction in disposable ...

Special session

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The U. S. Supreme Court ruled recently in the so-called “Wayfair Decision” that states with sales taxes can require companies located in other states and selling their products over the internet, to collect the sales taxes required in those transactions. Prior to this ruling, many states ...

Shameful example

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As a New Hampshire student, I am shaken by the continued presence of mass shootings in schools across the country. Youth are under a constant threat of our communities being ripped apart by bullets. Schools should be places to foster learning and growth, not unsafe, fear-ridden environments as ...

Andrews for Congress

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As an Epping resident for almost 39 years, I am excited to say that I will be voting on Sept. 11 for one of Epping’s own, Naomi Andrews, for Congress. From the moment I met Naomi as a 10 year old, she was a go-getter, and her positive, enthusiastic, can-do attitude eventually carried her ...

hank you for taking action

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It has been said, and rightly so, that the disability community has a powerful voice. Individuals who experience developmental disabilities and acquired brain injuries and their families have long been vocal about their experiences. The advocacy of this community was instrumental in bringing ...