Local Commentary

Looking at a movement from pro-birth to pro-life

If we can trust the polls, the people who identify themselves as Evangelicals swung the election for Donald J. Trump; he received 81 percent of their vote. For a few reasons, the evangelical vote for Trump is perplexing; Evangelicals are known as "values voters" and he ...

Resist Trump, stop Sununu

There is a powerful advice for how to bring change: "think globally, act locally." If you are worried by Donald Trump's deep corruption, his conflicts of interest with his family business, his extreme nominations, and his most recent false claims about voter fraud in New ...

Nashua’s Safe Stations work

Any of you who read my monthly column know that I use it to highlight positive things that are happening in Nashua, which aren't always known by many of us as we go about our busy daily lives. In that spirit, I am thrilled to highlight an important step in moving forward our city's effort to ...

An ‘all hands on deck’ approach to the opioid crisis

It has been almost a year since Mayor Donchess first convened the "Mayor's Opioid Task Force" to look into approaches to fighting the opioid crisis. During that time, many different conversations and projects have happened on this front. Therefore, it seems timely and ...

Hiring veterans is essential

Veterans Day is a special day for me. I had the privilege of serving with the U.S. Air Force, and I have a deep appreciation for those who have dedicated themselves to service for our country. That's why I'm proud to work for a company that has shown a long-standing commitment to supporting ...

Medicare enrollment has begun

Medicare Open Enrollment is here - and it's time for older adults to step up to the plate. From now until Dec. 7, they can sign up for Medicare coverage, switch out of their current health plan for a new one, or add prescription drug coverage through Medicare Part D. Adding Part D coverage is ...

Local races are critical

I learned from a former candidate for the New Hampshire House of Representatives that he just narrowly won his election despite the incredible turnout of his party in the district. That was not a reflection of his leadership qualities; it was simply because once voters made their selection ...

Hassan is a good security fit

When hackers attacked Manchester based Internet provider giant Dyn Inc, last week it had profound ramifications around the world with outages affecting some of the most popular global websites such as Twitter, PayPal and Netflix. Cyber attacks such as these and, even more worryingly against ...

New Hampshire faces clear choice this election

I was drawn to public service as a mom, advocating for children like my son Ben, who experiences serious disabilities. Because of champions who came before us, Ben had opportunities - opportunities denied to previous generations - to attend public schools and be a full, vital participant in ...

New Hampshire needs an independent voice in DC

When I look for solutions to the problems we face, I don't start in Washington - I start here at home. The best ideas I get come from the hardworking families I see every weekend at Market Basket, the small-business owners I meet who want to grow and provide jobs, or from the dozens of town ...

Please don’t go back to sleep

Come Tuesday night, this historic and horrendous election will finally be over. I don't know what the result will be because I do not own a working crystal ball, but there is one prediction that I can make that I hope will turn out to be false: that the American populace will go back to ...

NH needs Hassan in Senate

I've known Gov. Maggie Hassan for almost 20 years and have watched her rise to every challenge she's taken on. In 1999, when I was governor, I appointed a citizens panel to help ensure equal educational opportunities in the state. I knew Maggie would be perfect for the job. As a mother of a ...

Clinton is preferred choice of former NH diplomats

With just days before the Nov. 8 election, when it comes to our nation's security, Hillary Clinton is the undisputed choice of senior-level former diplomats living and working in the battleground state of New Hampshire. It is a no-brainer to endorse the presidential candidacy of former ...

The overlooked constant

Wouldn't it be great to live in nation where candidates and the media alike discuss and revisit Social Security again, and again, and again ... with the same consistency with which it is deducted from our pay during our working years and with the very same certainty with which it is received ...

Clinton is choice for climate

Americans face a momentous choice as Election Day draws near. Climate change is one of the many issues at stake, and the difference between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump - by temperament, experience, character and vision - could not be more stark. Hillary Clinton is committed to building ...

Kelly Ayotte is for Nashua

As we approach Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 8, it is critically important that we look at who will best represent the people of New Hampshire, and especially the citizens of Nashua, when they take a seat in Washington. For the U.S. Senate race, Kelly Ayotte is a lifelong resident of Nashua, ...

Maggie Hassan is pragmatic leader we need in Senate

As someone who has worked closely with Gov. Maggie Hassan, I am proud to support her bid for the U.S. Senate. I urge my fellow New Hampshire residents to support her candidacy as well. Maggie's positive vision for the Granite State and willingness to reach across the aisle to get things done ...

Governor ignores the state’s neediest citizens

As the presidential election draws our attention, it is easy to lose track of critical state issues, such as implementation of the fiscal 2016-17 budget, first vetoed by Gov. Maggie Hassan. She called it "dishonest" and "fiscally irresponsible" before ...

Milking New Hampshire taxpayers for bailout money

Politicians love nothing more than milking taxpayers to bail out their favored industries. Case in point: A few of our own state lawmakers want to prop up the state's dairy farmers with $3.6 million in taxpayer money. Not only that, but they're trying to pass it as soon as possible - and ...