Local Commentary

Hassan can’t deliver for us

It's no secret that Maggie Hassan has mismanaged her entire tenure as governor. She lost track of millions of dollars intended to go toward the heroin epidemic, hired a failed "drug czar," asked the Legislature to hire a state "COO" to do her job for her ...

Votes for Ayotte, Sununu are taxpayers’ best choice

Granite State Taxpayers is one of the oldest taxpayer organizations in the state, working every day to enlighten and educate the New Hampshire taxpayers as to the effect that low spending, which equates to low taxes, will have on their day-to-day lives. One of the ways we do this is to rate ...

Food trucks and zombies

Last weekend was a big one for our downtown. Many of you might be familiar with the annual ArtWalk Weekend that has now taken place each fall in our downtown for the past 12 years, and last weekend's 2016 installment of this event was just as fun as ever. But it wasn't just the ArtWalk ...

A bailout Granite Staters cannot afford this election

New Hampshire taxpayers, beware. The federal government is quietly implementing a massive taxpayer-funded bailout for special interests. Not only that, this bailout will allow the Affordable Care Act to continue wreaking havoc in your state for years to come. So which special interests are ...

NH can’t afford to backtrack

As I talk to voters around my district this fall, I ask them how their family is doing. I'm getting a consistent answer: "Things are OK, we're doing fine." The numbers bear out their sense of confidence. Incomes in New Hampshire are up, unemployment is among the lowest in ...

October marks National Energy Awareness Month

Government has long been criticized for being wasteful; however, federal, state and local governments recently set goals to reduce energy use and are making progress toward such goals. Recently, the Obama administration declared October as National Energy Awareness Month, a national effort to ...

Bringing people together to get things done for NH

Here in New Hampshire we expect our elected officials to put politics aside for the benefit of our state and our nation. That's what I have done, and what I will continue to do as your Congresswoman. We face serious challenges, and the people of New Hampshire's Second District deserve someone ...

Making a community impact

A challenge to every nonprofit is to communicate in clear terms its mission and then to demonstrate how that mission is relevant. The better job the organization does at this, the more likely it will be to attract volunteers and donors who will bring that mission to life. At United Way, we ...

GOP ticket is steady hand for America

Tuesday night's debate between Mike Pence and Tim Kaine gave us a glimpse of what life would be like under a Trump/Pence administration versus a Clinton/Kaine administration. One was calm, measured and substantive; the other, frantic, rude and out of touch. I want to congratulate Mike Pence ...

NH must cut college costs, strengthen workforce

In order to take the next step forward for New Hampshire's economy, our next governor must make it a top state priority to cut college costs, cut student debt and strengthen our workforce. I will. To do so, we must transform our state higher education system as a whole - from career and ...

The need in New Hampshire for qualified caregivers

As anyone who has had to provide care to a loved one can attest, being a caregiver is hard work. Making a profession out of caregiving is even harder. Not unlike teaching, caregiving is a noble profession that one enters with no expectation of becoming rich. Unfortunately, in New Hampshire, ...

Columbus Day’s real legacy

So, tomorrow we "celebrate" Columbus Day. If there is a holiday that needs to go or, better yet, be renamed, it's Columbus Day. I grew up at a time when we were taught that good ol' Christopher Columbus discovered America on Oct. 12, 1492. Well, we now know Columbus was not ...

Minimum wage’s impact on 2016 political climate

Minimum wage proponents get no points for originality. This fall, they're dusting off their failed 2014 strategy which claims that U.S. Senate candidates should support a starter wage increase because it could make the difference in battleground states like New Hampshire. "(U.S. ...

Hillary Clinton understands the importance of the ADA

Great strides have been made to ensure equal opportunities for Americans with disabilities who represent 19 percent of the U.S population. For 40 years, I fought for and with people with disabilities and their families in this struggle to gain equal rights. I witnessed great progress over the ...

People make boards great

All government is taking a beating these days: federal, state and local. Deservedly so, most of the time. I myself have criticized all levels of our government in this newspaper, which is why it is important for me to give a shout-out to local government when things go well. My husband and I ...