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So long to Gov. Scott Walker

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Scott Walker, we hardly knew ye. So swiftly and decisively did the brash and overconfident young governor of Wisconsin flame out as a 2016 Republican presidential contender that one has to wonder why he ever thought he had a prayer. From the outset, Walker wore his survival of a recall ...

Suicide an issue worth discussing

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Suicide is a delicate, complicated topic and for far too long was something people didn't talk about. But it's a public health issue that merits discussion, and there's no time like the present. The National Alliance on Mental Illness has declared September to be National Suicide Prevention ...

Vote on terminating custodial union was budget-driven

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I would like to take this opportunity to respond to some of the questions around the Board of Education's votes to "terminate its collective bargaining agreement with the Nashua School Custodial Union as it relates to those positions identified as custodial..." and to ...

Bystanders can make a difference

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Bullying among our youth has become a hot button topic the last few years as well-publicized incidents, especially of cyberbullying, resulting in trauma and even suicides by victims have made headlines. A new study by the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New ...

Is the gas pipeline regulatory system really on the level?

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Recently a friend sent me an article titled "Hungry for Change at FERC" that appeared in "The Fight Back," a media site maintained by independent reporter Pete Tucker. The article reports that a small group of activists has been gathered before the Federal ...

Muslims are not our real problem

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We have a problem in this country. Lots of them, really, but one of them came to the fore at a Donald Trump rally in Rochester on Thursday night. "We have a problem in this country," the man at the rally said. "It's called Muslims. We know our president is one. You ...

Raise your voice to save the bobcat in NH

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We recently learned that its October meeting the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission will decide whether to go to rulemaking with a proposal to hunt, hound, bait and trap the state's much-loved and reclusive bobcat. The Fish and Game director said they would open a bobcat season to provide ...

Making important distinctions at border

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There needs to be a distinction made between people fleeing their countries because of persecution and people leaving to seek economic opportunities. It is not fair to expect European countries or the U.S. to accept everyone who enters illegally regardless of reason. There are millions of ...

GOP is complicit in nuclear deal with Iran

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The Corker-Menendez Bill that President Barack Obama signed recently states very clearly that all of the agreements with Iran, including the side agreements that nobody has seen, be presented to Congress for inspection and debate. Then and only then can an up-or-down vote for the agreement ...

Ayotte is part of the NH opioid solution

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I've seen way too many headlines about people overdosing, putting others in harm's way, or even dying because of their heroin use. This crisis is really out of control, and I've been trying to figure out who is taking it seriously and what is going to be done about it. It seems like Kelly ...

Questions course on proposed DPW garage

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The competency with which the city of Nashua is being managed raises major concerns. Is our current mayor trying to sabotage our soon-to-be new mayor? The city has made an offer to purchase a building on Burke Street to use as a DPW garage for $5 million, that requires another $10 million to ...

Flabbergasted by lack of BPW information

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Editor's note: This is a slightly edited version of a letter that was also sent to the Nashua Board of Aldermen. This is in regards to the public hearing scheduled for Monday, Sept. 21, relating to the Burke Street property purchase. During the Board of Public Works meeting on Sept. 17 I ...

Lessons learned about home

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There's nothing quite like coming home, especially when you've been away for a while. But how do you define "home," exactly? My wife is from Maine but so loves my native southern New Hampshire that she considers Nashua to be "home." And while I was born, ...

Constitution Day essay addresses familiar issue

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In a previous life, I spent some time digging through old newspaper archives while researching the history of my hometown. A book came out of all that, and one of my favorite passages had to do with the dress code adopted by my public high school in the mid-1960s, when Beatlemania and the ...

Looking back at the week in news

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Obama administration packpedals on rankings The plan was described by President Barack Obama as a bold one: Government rankings - report cards, if you will - for about 7,000 colleges based on a range of factors, including graduation rates, the salaries a school's graduates earn, what it ...

State party chairs’ rhetoric real issue

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Gov. Maggie Hassan's veto of the proposed two-year state budget in June wasn't a high point in state politics this year, to be sure. The governor and state legislators had serious differences about what should be included in the plan - namely business tax cuts and Medicaid expansion. While a ...

A vote for Hillary is a vote for women

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Hillary Clinton fights for women and that is why I fight for her. As a woman I am appalled at the constant attack on women's reproductive rights by the GOP. Republicans are advocating for out-of-touch, out-of-date policies that promise to roll back women's rights. After watching the ...

Labrie is real victim in St. Paul’s case

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If Owen Labrie is a sex offender, so is every boy at St. Paul Prep who has participated in the "Senior Salute."Owen had the misfortune to have consensual sex with a willing participant who later decided to call it rape.In my opinion, Amanda Grady Sexton, director of public ...

Current refuge crisis not like the past

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Nations owe it to their citizens to investigate who is truly looking for refuge because of political, religious or any other kind of persecution, versus those looking to infiltrate the country as terrorists, or moving for economic reasons: the latter may still be received, but should be ...

Thoughts on the mayoral primary

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Thoughts left over from the Nashua mayoral primary: If there was a winner who didn't actually win, it was probably Michael Brod­erick. The businessman, who finished fifth and only received 140 votes, still im­pressed a lot of people as a thoughtful guy who would serve the city well in some ...