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Health bill win for economy, too

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> I will never forget his face. It was more than 25 years ago, when I was just starting my career as a physician, but it continues to haunt me to this day. I had just explained to him, as gently as I could, that his cough and his fatigue were due to a can­cer growing in his lungs. The ...

Rules are clear on court appointment

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The debate about whether President Barack Obama should nominate and the Senate should confirm someone to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia is an example of politics at its worst. Within hours of Scalia's death, Republicans were united in their view ...

Main Dunstable a better poll for Ward 5

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Reading Lawrence Lutton's letter to the editor in the Sunday Telegraph brought to light a similar situation with the Ward 5 polling place. We used to vote at Main Dunstable Elementary School, off Whitford Road. The parking is adequate, with the road coming in on one end of the property and ...

‘Get over it’ and vote on new justice

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Sad that Justice Antonin Scalia died, but even sadder that Republicans concocted a weird argument within minutes of his death that we should wait a year to confirm the next Supreme Court Justice. Senate leader Mitch McConnell claims we should let the "will of the American ...

Banking nomination tone-deaf

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If I say Feb. 9, you say first-in-the-nation presidential primary? Well, Gov. Maggie Hassan said something else. On the afternoon of Feb. 9, Gov. Hassan announced her intention to appoint Republican state Sen. Jerry Little to the position of New Hampshire Banking Commissioner during the ...

Silver lining in polling traffic jam

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Boy, Merrimack town leaders messed up pretty good on Tuesday. A new traffic pattern near the town's single polling place at Merrimack High School, led to huge traffic headaches for thousands of voters. Drivers reported waits of as much as an hour to get to the polls and cars clogged nearby ...

Rethinking our solitary policies

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Growing concerns about the use of solitary confinement in our justice system have led to some changes at federal prisons. Recently, President Obama issued executive orders based on a recent Justice Department study that include a ban on solitary confinement of juveniles, and also forbid using ...

Democrats make case against themselves

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How on earth does Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton get away with it? Listening to them debate, one would never know that we've had a Democrat in the White House for the last eight years. They talk about the lousy job market, persistent low wages, income inequality, the huge debt burden on ...

Let these people draft the pledge

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Let's all agree that neither Sen. Kelly Ayotte nor Gov. Maggie Hassan has squeaky-clean hands when it comes to taking campaign cash. Their palms have been greased by so many campaign contributions that you'd think both worked at Jiffy Lube. Each is a product of the very campaign system that ...

Leave minimum wage to business owners

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I would like to counter Sen. Donna Soucy's commentary of Feb. 8 about the need for a higher minimum wage in New Hampshire. Apparently she has never actually worked for or owned a for-profit company because the whole idea of a minimum wage makes no sense in these times. For-profit businesses ...

Democrat delegates should listen to voters

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Regarding the story, "Despite loss in NH primary, super delegates with Clinton," that is a slap in the face to all the residents of the state who took the time on Tuesday to vote for their candidates of choice. Do our votes no longer count? It certainly seems that way. ...

NH priorities worth fighting for

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In her State of the State address last week, Gov. Maggie Hassan highlighted the strong bipartisan progress we are making together and outlined the urgent challenges our state still faces. Gov. Hassan showed a clear vision for combating the heroin and opioid crisis and laid out plans to keep ...

Remembering primaries past

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Like Simon and Garfunkel's "Sound of Silence," a hush has finally settled over the Granite State. The circus that is the New Hampshire primary is over, and the clowns have moved on. Well, at least until 2020. I've long believed the best part of New Hampshire's ...

Looking back at the week in news

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Those who ignore primary lesson do so at own peril The real winner of the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday might be Dan Weeks, the sometimes Telegraph columnist and head of the New Hampshire group Open Democracy. He didn't get a single vote that we know of, but he saw his pet issue - ...

Heroin, opioid epidemic is national emergency

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New England is in the grip of an uncontrolled epidemic of opioid and heroin abuse, which has spread to our small towns and rural areas. As one addiction specialist put it: "It's easier to get heroin in some of these places than it is to get a UPS delivery." But this is also ...

Banking selection highlights issues

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> On the same day that New Hampshire resi­dents by the tens of thousands went to the polls to cast votes in support of one candidate's message about a broken economic system and a "rigged econ­omy," Gov. Maggie Hassan nominated a man to oversee the state banking ...

Clinton should release speeches

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Alittle less than a week ago, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was asked at a debate in Durham if she would release transcripts of speeches she has been paid to give since leaving the State Department. "I will certainly look into it," Clinton said. Clinton's answer ...

Hassan will need to show NH more

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Depending on who was doing the talking, Gov. Maggie Hassan's State of the State speech last week was characterized either as a kickoff to her U.S. Senate campaign against Sen. Kelly Ayotte or a summation of her bipartisan accomplishments during her time in office. State Republican Party ...

Rivier modeling accountability

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One of the lessons everyone hopes young people learn when they go off to college is how to be more accountable for their actions. The world is just a better place when people make good choices and take responsibility for their actions. It's not like the world needs less accountability, after ...

Debt is an issue that New Hampshire voters care about

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After months of political build-up, voters have finally begun caucusing and casting ballots in the key early states. As voters head to the polls in New Hampshire, what are the factors driving their decisions? You might find the answer surprising. One issue that's received little attention on ...