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Equal treatment for all

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Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee will take up House Bill 1319, a piece of legislation that will provide protections for transgender residents seeking employment, access to housing, access to public places and equal treatment. Freedom New Hampshire, a nonpartisan coalition, and other ...

More funding is needed

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Federal officials plan to spend $4.6 billion to battle the opioid addiction crisis this year. That represents a substantial new emphasis on dealing with a very real crisis. But is it enough? Drug abuse is killing about 42,000 people a year in the United States. Yet much more federal money is ...

How can you LIVE UNITED this spring?

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As I travel throughout our community meeting people, one thing often comes up as a theme – “How can I get involved and make a difference?” I think that there are several reasons why people ask this, but primarily it comes down to either not knowing what the opportunities are to get ...

Policy can help New Hampshire rein in Medicare costs

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New Hampshire residents suffering from painful and chronic medical conditions stand to benefit from a federal rule change this year that would offer greater access to treatment for Medicare ...

A fresh look at gerrymandering

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Gerrymander: to divide a geographic area into voting districts in a way that gives a party an unfair advantage in elections. In 1812, Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry signed a bill authorizing the revision of voting districts in his state. Members of Gerry’s party redrew them in a way that ...

March 2018 was snowy, a bit on the mild, dry side

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I wonder how many thought we were done with winter weather when temperatures reached into the middle-70s in late February, and the ground became bare of snow. March would throw a curve ball bringing lots of snow to our doorsteps and certainly a wintry feel, despite being the first official full ...

No hijinks

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I appreciate The (Nashua) Telegraph’s editorial calling for decorum at the Nashua Board of Education meetings. I agree that board members like me should strive to do a better job. I do; however, take exception to the assertion that things are voted down out of spite. I believe that the people ...

Please stop

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Children suffering gender confusion deserve our compassion and our honesty. The rate of attempted suicide for people who identify as the opposite sex ranges from 32-50 percent worldwide. The good news is that given normal development and help, the vast majority of gender dysphoric children ...

What is Ryan’s motivation?

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House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said this week he is leaving Congress because he doesn’t want his children to reach adulthood having experienced only a “weekend dad.” After 20 years in Congress, Ryan’s decision is understandable in that light. But one wonders if Ryan, ...

Spending plan needs second look

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For a time, President Donald Trump said, he thought about vetoing the $1.3 trillion spending bill Congress laid on his desk a few weeks ago. Too much money was being spent unnecessarily and some priorities had been ignored, he explained. In the end, Trump signed the bill. Now, he reportedly is ...

School board politics hurting the district

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At Monday night’s Board of Education meeting, Superintendent of Schools Jahmal Mosley issued a plea to board members to “do better” and to treat one another with respect. In theory, this should have been a wake up call. In all actuality, nothing is likely to change. This was evident by ...

Jackson deserves a chance

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For years, the essential task of reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs has been entrusted to career bureaucrats, most recently David Shulkin. Now, President Donald Trump has fired Shulkin and replaced him with an outsider, and the concern among some in Washington seems to be whether the ...

Pruitt should be accountable

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Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, has been praised by many for rolling back unreasonable Obama-era regulations, including some that affect the coal industry. Good for him for pursuing President Donald Trump’s agenda energetically. Questions about Pruitt’s ethics ...

Terrorists can’t be rehabilitated

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Two members of “The Beatles,” Islamic State terrorists so named by their captives because they are British citizens, have provided a reminder of why it is imperative to destroy, not “contain,” such organizations. The most notorious “Beatle,” nicknamed “Jihadi John,” was killed ...

Lost & Found: What could possibly go wrong?

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Looks like I still have some good karma left in the bank. I recently forgot my credit card at a St. Patrick’s party where I was running a tab at the bar. Gee, what could possibly go wrong here? Let’s examine the facts. I’m celebrating a holiday where drinking is the objective. I’m ...

Let’s hope Kim does right thing

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Diplomacy often is the art of saying things you don’t mean, in order to put an opponent off guard or ingratiate him to you personally. Let us hope President Donald Trump was engaged in such a manipulative technique in a tweet he issued Wednesday. It appears Trump and North Korean dictator Kim ...

Officials should be on guard

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During the Ohio State Fair in Columbus last year, a thrill ride, the Fire Ball, broke apart. Several people were injured. An 18-year-old man was killed. The previous year, a water park in Kansas unveiled a 17-story water slide. A raft carrying a 10-year-old boy down it went airborne. An ...

Youth philosophy conference generates wonder

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“Wonder is the feeling of the philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder.” – Plato Wonder is a good thing. When I came away from the 9th Annual HYPE (Hosting Young Philosophy Enthusiasts) Conference held two weeks ago at the University of New Hampshire, I came away with more questions ...

Government should work for all of us

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His days as U.S. secretary of state near at end, Rex Tillerson knows full well when President Donald Trump ousted him. The two men simply did not get along. And in some ways, Tillerson was just too diplomatic for the president’s taste. But in a way, Tillerson’s departure is a victory for ...

Enact current safeguards

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High school students demanding that Congress enact laws to protect them against mass murder may want to reconsider. Instead of seeking new legislation, they may want to demand that existing safeguards be used, not ignored. Since Feb. 14, when Nikolas Cruz massacred 17 people in a Parkland, ...