Local Commentary

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 ...

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 ...

What is President Trump most afraid of?

Why does President Trump rush off weekend after weekend to his Mar-a-Lago palazzo in Florida? Because Mar-a-Lago is totally under his control. There he can play the prince, favoring a wedding party with a cameo or entertaining the Japanese prime minister in lavish Palm Beach style. Why does he ...

Community investment includes health care access

Very frequently part of my job at United Way is to speak with employers and employees about how the donations they make funnel through our process to make an impact in the community. As an organization, we focus on the needs of the overall community in terms of health, education and economic ...

Redistrict with math, not politics

Every 10 years the census is taken and then follows the job of reapportioning the voting districts in the state. This is a job done by the Legislature, and inevitably it is affected by the perspectives and desires of the members, especially the members in the majority party. Sometimes the ...

Increasing resilience in our children

Resilience refers to one's capacity to cope effectively or "bounce back" when faced with changes, trauma or adversity. A variety of intrinsic factors (those innate to the individual) as well as extrinsic factors (those nurtured by the environment) contribute to an ...

Older workers in our state offer experience, value

About 500,000 Granite Staters over 50 continue to contribute to the state's workforce, economy, and social fabric. In the now noisy norm of news and politics, our focus has shifted off of this group (unless, of course, we're talking about its alleged drag on society). More than one-half ...

Great pride in Nashua police

I've worn many hats since taking my first paying job at the ripe, old age of 16. For a whopping $1.25-an-hour ($50 a week before taxes), I spent the summer of 1965 oiling soles at the former Sportwelt Shoe Co. on Lake Street. Back then, leather soles were dyed black by dipping them in a big ...

Proud member of the most stressed-out generation

Has the universe ever sent you multiple signs pointing to a recurring message, the cosmic equivalent of a friendly, yet persistent poke? That's how the practice of mindfulness was introduced to me. I am someone who is often described as anxious, high-strung and a worrier. I've been known to ...

Keeping bad guys from guns

"The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," according to NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre just after the Sandy Hook massacre. If a "bad guy" pulls out a gun and starts shooting, the only answer, according to Mr. ...

The left won’t stop threatening violence against President Trump

We're barely a week and a half into President Trump's administration, and the left is in sheer panic mode. We've seen headlines blaring that Trump instituted a Muslim ban (he didn't). We've seen speculation that the Trump White House's failure to clearly inform the Department of Homeland ...

Senate should deny Pruitt’s nomination as EPA head

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has made a lengthy career of challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and putting the interests of polluters over the health of its citizens. He has challenged the EPA in over 14 cases threatening public health safeguards, such as the Clean ...