Local Commentary

A minimum wage cruelty

There are political movements to push the federal minimum hourly wage to $15. Raising the minimum wage has popular support among Americans. Their reasons include fighting poverty, preventing worker exploitation and providing a living wage. For the most part, the intentions behind the support ...

Fiscal irresponsibility a product of partisan politics

Gov. Chris Sununu and our friends in the Republican majority chose a partisan path for the budget, one even former House Speaker Bill O’Brien has praised. Gov. Sununu’s partisan Republican budget spends tens of millions more now and hundreds of millions more in the future on additional tax ...

Leading NH to a successful future

New Hampshire continues to hold true to its motto, first coined by Revolutionary War General John Stark – “Live Free or Die.” As we gather together next week to celebrate our nation’s enduring freedom on the fourth of July, we are reminded that this motto can take on many different ...

Reflecting on our freedom

[and]I love the Fourth of July. I love the flags and fireworks, burgers and baseball, parades and pancake breakfasts. But Independence Day means more than just the things we eat and see. It also means pausing from the daily grind to come together with family and friends and give thanks for the ...

Don’t get fooled by partisan attacks on health care

As the president and principal owner of CoreMedical Group, a Manchester-based, national medical staffing company providing healthcare practitioners to provider institutions in 50 states, I am compelled to write to clarify just some of the misconceptions and falsehoods muddling the national ...

Greeley Park proposal is just more city overreach

An interesting piece of local legislation is currently under review at City Hall. This past week, the editorial staff of The Telegraph wrote a piece in favor of this particular legislation. I respectfully disagree with their editorial, and encourage our Board of Aldermen to use caution with ...

Trumpcare changes for NH

The Congressional Budget Office has now officially “scored” Trumpcare and has estimated that 23 million will lose their health insurance. Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act has made it possible for nearly 50,000 citizens of New Hampshire to get health insurance. The vast ...

Drug courts are changing lives in our community

The thing I love most about my job is the opportunity to get out and witness, first hand, some of the amazing and life changing work being done in our community. Last week I had one of these opportunities as I had the chance to attend the “graduation” of seven individuals from the ...

A father’s hope after overcoming guilt

Three years ago, I didn’t feel I deserved the handcrafted gift my 8-year-old daughter made me for Father’s Day. It had been a rough school year for her. Her teachers had noted she wasn’t reading at the level of her classmates. This prompted the school to provide a reading specialist who ...

Calculating the value of libraries

New Hampshire’s devotion to its libraries can be seen in every corner of the state. Whether a community’s library is large or small, in a new building or an historic one, open seven days a week or a just a few, we Granite Staters love our libraries and we make great use of them. In fact, ...

Healthy planet, healthy economy

Climate change is something we’re all in together. It doesn’t matter whether we live in the United States, China, India or some other polluting industrialized nation; we’re all creating greenhouse gas emissions, and these emissions are affecting every country on the planet. The Paris ...

Eliminate the inequitable grading system

For two years our high school community has been fiercely divided over a new grading system. Competency based grading was passed off as a new state requirement by school administrators. In reality, it was a mandate imposed by the superintendent, not the state. The truth is there never was any ...

House should honor care

As state senators in Concord step up to their long-term care funding responsibilities, the federal government is stepping back. Last year New Hampshire had the nation’s third-worst shortfall between Medicaid payments and costs for nursing home care. And that was under a decades-old system ...

NH’s movers and shakers need some perspective

New Hampshire Republicans should remember what it is that makes the Granite State different from Idaho. And it would be a good idea if the political bigwigs from Nashua and Manchester and Concord, who fancy themselves major players on the national political stage, took an occasional trip to ...

House must support SB 129

The state’s House of Representatives has an opportunity to support New Hampshire jobs.  Senate Bill 129, the New Hampshire Clean Energy Jobs & Opportunity Act of 2017, is the product of almost a year of hard work and compromise among numerous stakeholders. It will be voted on ...

Going ‘Over the Edge’ to support the community

There is very little more fundamental to the existence of any nonprofit organization than fundraising. Every nonprofit needs to raise enough money to sustain itself and do its good work in the community. One dilemma which I see frequently in our community, however, is that there are a limited ...

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 â€Â” including over 4,200 nursing home residents â€Â” is at stake. While managed care has had success in ...

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 ...