Local Commentary

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 ...

Removing barriers to education, good jobs is key for the state of New Hampshire

As a father of five children, I know how important it is to have both a quality public education system as well as opportunities for our young people to succeed. This means New Hampshire needs a strong small business environment that provides good paying jobs and a growing statewide economy in ...

5 years later, a debt of gratitude

More than 200 people turned out over a week ago to help celebrate the long-awaited opening of Legacy Playground - New Hampshire's first all-accessible playground for kids and adults of all abilities. It was the kind of event that makes even the most cynical among us feel good about our ...

Don’t be fooled by Julian Assange – he’s still a creep

If Julian Assange plays this right, he just might score an invitation to CPAC next year. The notorious WikiLeaks founder would have to attend the Conservative Political Action Conference remotely because he is still holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, avoiding a rape investigation ...

Forget poll mania; real action is election night

As America's voters ponder which of the two major-party presidential nominees they dislike less this year, polls continue to flood the political marketplace reporting a tightening race between them. A recent CNN/ORC survey, defying a public perception that Hillary Clinton could be heading ...

Get your motor running

I still remember feeling the ground and grandstands shaking as 43 drivers fired up their 800-plus horsepower racing machines one Sunday afternoon in July some 10 years ago. Coupled with the thunderous, near-deafening roar of those mighty engines and the smell of exhaust fumes fed by 98 octane ...