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Long live the American dream

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Because "middle class" and "American Dream" are virtually synonymous in the minds of so many people, two recent Valley News headlines were arresting in their implications: One read, "Study Finds Middle Class No Longer Majority"; the other, ...

Marijuana licenses are long past due

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New Hampshire is, finally, going to issue licenses for people who qualify for medical marijuana. The law took effect in July 2013, but the state attorney general's office advised the state not to issue medical marijuana cards until dispensaries were open. That meant some people who might have ...

Well-connected are not immune

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New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman Jennifer Horn was recently ordered by a judge to repay more than $40,000 in debt she owed to a credit card company. In Horn's case, the money she owed wasn't tied to her job with the Republican Party, though she owed more than $200,000 after her second ...

Fiorina should be Republican choice

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Why Carly Fiorina? That is a question I get asked when I share with folks that I am supporting Republican Carly Fiorina for president. Well, it's because I believe Carly has the leadership qualities this country desperately needs. One of the first things I noticed about Carly was that she has ...

About time pols stood up to Kinder Morgan

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It's about time we had some politicians telling us where they really stand on Kinder Morgan. Senator Kelly Ayotte was the first one to come out and oppose the pipeline - and I'm really glad to hear that! Many of us have serious concerns about this project... like, is it safe, do we really ...

Budget bill was a Republican betrayal

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Many of us are fed up with Congress. The recent passing of the trillion dollar budget bill is a major Republican betrayal. While in Paris in 1783, Thomas Jefferson wrote to a correspondent in America: "If once they (the people) become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and ...

Parkway designed missed opportunity

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It's great that the old mill building at 34 Franklin St. is going to be renovated for apartments and would help boost economic development of the downtown, river front and Millyard, but there is no access to nearby Franklin Steet from the new Parkway. There also is no access to and from ...

Turns out, truth is in the eye of the beholder

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A few days ago, a friend asked if I had watched any of the presidential campaign debates. I answered, "If I wanted to hear lies, I could just listen to the myriad collection of political press conferences." I am firmly convinced that, at least on the national level, no one ...

There’s something missing from the NH landscape

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If you live in New Hampshire, or anywhere in the Northeast, you know that something is different this year - the colors are all wrong. We're all waiting for a white winter because in New Hampshire white leads to another color - green, as in green tourist dollars. This winter, however, an old ...

St. Nick inspires us still

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Old Saint Nicholas was famous for giving presents. The 4th-century bishop of Myra is said to have left coins in the shoes of poor children, delivered wheat to families in times of famine, and even brought innocent dead back to life through his prayers. In one of the most enduring accounts of ...

Looking back at the week in news

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Liking the result of being able to see shades of color Our favorite story of the week is about a 12-year-old student at the Academy of Science and Design in Nashua who got to experience grass in a whole new way. Ryan Baker, of Pelham, has a red-green color blindness found in about one in ...

Consumption matters and we use too much

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The United States has consumed (and is consuming) more than its share of the world's natural resources. One of the (arguable) affects of this is climate change, specifically desertification in Syria, Libya, Somalia, Egypt, Iraq, Iran; places populated with Islamic adherents. Islamic folks ...

Support Clean Power Plan for kids’ future

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Earlier this week, I attended an important meeting in Concord with local pediatricians and health experts to discuss the impacts of air pollution and climate change on children's health and ways to take action to build a healthier world for all of us. One in nine children in New Hampshire ...

Ayotte right to come out against pipeline

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After months of talking to people across New Hampshire, and probing federal regulators and Kinder Morgan for answers, Sen. Kelly Ayotte expressed her opposition to the proposed gas pipeline earlier this week. I write in full support of Sen. Ayotte's decision. This pipeline was originally ...

Debates draw lines at holidays

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As the holiday season brings a brief break in presidential politics, the final party debates of 2015 have left the voters to ponder how differently the Republican and Democratic candidates' propose to meet the terrorist threat facing the nation. On the Republican stage, with the exception of ...

‘Star Wars’ didn’t always hit mark

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Last week's release of "The Force Awakens" - the latest movie in the Star Wars franchise - provided an opportunity to look back at some of the reviews that came out when the first movie in the classic series was released in 1977. Looking over a few of them in the pages of ...

School right to take threat seriously

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Nashua school and public safety officials had a tough decision to make over the weekend when one of their school administrators received a threat against the city's two public high schools: Follow the recent example set by the New York City public school system and remain open, or follow the ...

Social media and law enforcement

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Facebook is a $245 billion business built on two comforting notions. One is that the people who see the family pictures, political rants and cat videos that you share on the social networking site are your friends. The other is that your communications over the "community" ...

Ayotte gun record distorted

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As former police chiefs in Nashua and Kensington, we've spent our careers fighting to keep our state safe. New Hampshire's public safety community has always had a strong friend and supporter in Kelly Ayotte - as attorney general, she worked tirelessly to get criminals behind bars and off the ...

City website is a big improvement

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The city of Nashua's new website is an unequivocal improvement over the one it replaced. Start with the fact that it's bright, colorful and appealing. The new site is vastly better organized, which makes it easier to navigate and more likely that residents will be able to find what they're ...