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chris-williams

Where ‘art’ thou in Nashua?

Some of us read with great interest earlier this week, an article in The Telegraph about the Nashua Center for the Arts seeking a motion in local court to dissolve itself as a legal entity and to hand over all assets to The Currier Museum of Art located in Manchester. Based upon the reporting ...

A Better Way to Meet NH’s Needs: Invest in Nature

We all depend on healthy lands and waters in New Hampshire for jobs, food, security, and prosperity. In turn, these irreplaceable natural resources depend on all of us, including our elected officials. Unfortunately, the President’s budget proposal doesn’t meet that end of the bargain. It ...

Vouchers for the wealthy

Take $63 million from the public schools and give it to people whose children do not go to public school. That, in a nutshell, is what Senate Bill 193 would do. The bill was approved by the Republican majority in the New Hampshire Senate last week, and now moves to the House. Republicans want ...

Leave the ACA alone

I am disturbed by what the Republicans are proposing as a replacement for the Affordable Care Act. I understand, though I don’t support, the conservative philosophy of small federal government involvement in programs which they feel would be better privatized and managed by the market place. ...

Every minute of this ride

Note: This will be my last column after writing monthly (originally, it was sometimes twice a month) over the past 15 years. It is time to step aside, especially given the difficulty of writing meaningful pieces about a city I last lived in in 2013. It is kind of hard to maintain that ...

Transgender rights should be protected human rights

This past week, I wrote a letter addressed to the entire Nashua delegation and New Hampshire House of Representatives with sincerity, and a sense of urgency. From friends in the Statehouse, I had heard rumor of an attempt lead by House Speaker Shawn Jasper, of Hudson, to table House Bill 478. ...

Gorsuch not the independent voice New Hampshire needs

The Trump administration is off to a rough start. After weeks of scandals, national security crises and unconstitutional power grabs, it is more clear than ever why our Founding Fathers put checks and balances in place to reign in outrageous abuses of power. As the gatekeepers of the seats of ...

‘In transition’ means addition of household items available

“We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us” – E.M. Forster, English novelist, essayist. If this quote sounds familiar, it’s because it was used earlier this year as a lead-in, listing household items offered as a result of a ...

Photo by JESSIE SALISBURY
This is the base map of Lyndeborough showing its 47 zones.

State maps result of tree blight

A fungal blight known as white pine blister rust was discovered in New Hampshire in 1909 and was soon recognized as a serious threat to one of the state’s main timber trees. It arrived in the state with a reforestation effort, an attempt to restore abandoned farms. Seedlings brought in from ...

Protecting NH’s Medicaid

Will New Hampshire rush into turning over its Medicaid long-term care program to private managed care insurers? The fate of its most vulnerable citizens — including over 4,200 nursing home residents — is at stake. While managed care has had success in everyday health ...

Tricked into shopping trip

It finally happened, my wife found a way to trick me into buying a new shirt. It’s not that I don’t like having nice things, or looking nice, or what have you. Well, to be honest, I might. But the overriding issue is that I just hate buying clothes. The whole experience of going into a ...

We went solar, so can you

I’ll never forget the first thing I learned in Economics 101 – there is no such thing as a free lunch. In the 20 years since that high school class, I have found the law holds true not just when it comes to lunch but also to gas in my car, electricity from the grid, and everything else ...

One grateful immigrant’s personal journey

This is the time of year I start finding myself staring out the slightly cobwebbed bay window trying, albeit never successfully, to trick my mind’s eye into seeing a great expanse of warm, brilliant beach sand against an azure-blue backdrop instead of the melancholic sight of soggy, brownish ...

When we set realistic expectations for ourselves

As the weather starts to get warmer and my birthday starts to get closer, I find myself taking stock of where I’ve been and where I’m headed at almost 28-years-old. I haven’t quite figured out yet if it’s the way the sun shines on the first warm day of the year or the fresh air winding ...

DCYF needs new direction

Every year, various studies, audits and reports on state services are released in New Hampshire, and most see a day or two of press coverage before they are filed on a shelf in the state library. But the Center for the Support of Families report on DCYF – the Division of Children, Youth and ...

A New Hampshire tradition: Library access in every community

When you travel around New Hampshire, do you ever take a moment to notice our public libraries? You should – they are an important part of our communities and big part of how we think of ourselves as a state. New Hampshire’s tradition of a library in every town or city began with social ...

SB-2 not for Hollis, Brookline

Why do some want the SB-2 form of town meeting as opposed to the traditional meeting? The benefits are always touted as allowing more people to vote on the town warrant articles because voting is conducted on Election Day. This is definitely a benefit. But, what is it that people can vote on? ...

Speaker Jasper not to blame

As Democratic legislators, we had been notified last Wednesday that if the Right to Work legislation failed, House Speaker Shawn Jasper was going to be thrown under the bus. Well, Jennifer Horn, that did not take long at all. If you must assign blame then I suggest you ...

Abuse of regulatory process is a threat to America’s ideals

America's founding ideals are threatened by a regulatory regime that often operates outside the Constitutional system of checks and balances. Recently, for example, the EPA ignored proper procedures to issue an arbitrary ruling just before President Obama left office. The ruling had its roots ...