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Nashua: Fund civic learning

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Our New Hampshire congressional delegates should support high school civic education. There have been no federal funds specifically directed toward civic education since 2010. The Center for Civic Education is currently gathering the support of U.S. House members for its SEED grant application ...

Paying for a trip to the dry cleaners

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The union that represents New Hampshire State Troopers has filed a grievance because the state will no longer pay to dry clean on-duty uniform shirts and blouses that could be washed at home. As reported by the Portsmouth Herald, the union says the refusal is a breach of contract language ...

New Hampshire on the upswing

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The overriding theme of the 2014 New Hampshire gubernatorial contest was Gov. Maggie Hassan’s “walking dead economy,” as challenger Walt Havenstein affectionately called it. The drumbeat resonated with voters, as the former head of BAE Systems closed a 21 percent ...

Theft of more than an instrument

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I’m writing this letter to thieves who broke into my car trunk sometime Saturday or Sunday, making off with my four-rotary valve Vincenzo Sansone upright tuba. This is a very old instrument, unlacquered brass – not very shiny nor elegant – but it’s a ...

Hassan willing to let pipeline through

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There are two key issues concerning Gov. Maggie Hassan that residents should know about. For months, she has been calling the House and Senate irresponsible and heartless because they don’t want to increase spending as much as she does. Now there are rumblings that she is going to ...

She’s supporting Cookson

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I proudly support Mark Cookson for Alderman-at-Large. Mark served as Ward 1 Alderman and Alderman-at-Large. During his tenure, he demonstrated a very unusual balance of understanding the nuances of the city budget and has a passion for individual constituent service. Mark realizes that behind ...

Choice is clear in special election

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The Nashua election for Alderman-at-Large on June 23 is between Deputy Fire Chief Michael O’Brien and former alderman Mark Cookson. The choice boils down to the view on what constitutes fair pay for employees. The elected person will vote on wages and benefits (including pension and ...

USNH, CCSNH, at least, are doing their part

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With another high school graduation season in the books, this is a good time to reflect on the fact that New Hampshire remains one of the stingiest states in the country when it comes to support for higher education. The state ranks dead last in per-capita funding for its state colleges, ...

Republican environmentalism

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I’ve been a Republican since college, a conservative, a former state senator, a thirty-five year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and a committed naturalist. In other words, I’m dedicated to conservative values that include promoting a robust business climate while also ...

Guest editorial: NYC’s misguided regulatory assault

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With reports that violent crime in New York City has once again been on the rise, you’d think that the powers that be would be focused on assaults. Instead, they are worried about salt. Really. Mayor Bill de Blasio wants New York’s chain restaurants with more than 15 ...

Concord: Build bipartisan state budget

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It’s been written that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. This adage fits well with the budget that was pushed through the New Hampshire Senate along party lines – the legislature continues to cut revenue ...

NH courts side with free speech

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The First Amendment to the United States Constitution is the nation’s most important amendment because it guarantees a right fundamental to free society – that of free speech. The Founding Fathers understood that government wouldn’t work if people could be ...

Nashua: There oughta be a limit

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I suggest the Board of Alderman and all meetings should have a time limit on public comment. Listening to Fred Teeboom and Paula Johnson go on forever and ever is painful sometimes. There has to be another way they can share their opinions and rants besides taking up all the time they do. Also ...

Kelly Ayotte and false expectations

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I am deeply disappointed that Sen. Kelly Ayotte voted to break the filibuster to stop the nomination of Loretta Lynch as Eric Holder’s replacement for U.S. Attorney General. Lynch was widely known to support a renewal of the semiautomatic gun ban, which is why Second Amendment ...

Fiorina’s naive climate change stance

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As a business owner and a woman, it is satisfying to see someone like Carly Fiorina – a successful businesswoman – running for president in the Republican Party. But no matter how encouraged I am by Carly Fiorina’s background, I worry about her dangerously naive ...

Don’t use embassies for political purposes

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I saw a picture posted online of our embassy in Israel, draped with a huge rainbow flag and numerous rainbow streamers in support of gay rights. I cannot express how angry this makes me – not from the standpoint of whether one supports gay rights in our country, but, because most ...

Sorting out society’s conflicting needs

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Our society has conflicting needs. We desire security from threats and we want our freedoms. We understand travel to other countries can mean restricted personal freedom and increased hostility, but we are having difficulty finding a balance internally. Our country needs to deal with these ...

They’re a little batty for cats

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People, who know us, know we have a thing for cats. Don’t get me wrong. We’ve had dogs and assorted other critters over the years, but there’s something about cats we simply love. At one time, back in Maine, we had two dogs, five cats (or was it six?), a parakeet ...

Doughnuts and the chain of command

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A recent story about doughnuts and The Salvation Army’s “Doughnut Dollies” in The Telegraph caused me to want more. Not more doughnuts – I’ve had enough of them already – but more stories about doughnuts. This other story is also ...

Time to come together on the budget

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To pass a budget that truly meets the needs of our state requires both parties to put partisanship aside and work together to get things done. No one political party has a monopoly on good ideas, and it’s crucial that both parties work together during the budget process to develop a ...