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Don’t forego your Europe itinerary

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On March 22, hours after three bombs shattered the early morning calm for travelers at Brussels Airport and commuters at the Maalbeek metro station, mourners gathered outside the city's stock exchange in an expression of loss - but also resilience. There, they hugged and wept, wondering how ...

Jughandle deal is good one for city

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As public-private partnerships go, elimination of the proposed traffic jug handle and other improvements to the intersection of Amherst Street and Charron Avenue in Nashua is a good deal for taxpayers. When the $1.7 million project is finished, it'll be an even better deal for motorists who ...

Still need solution to FBI, Apple fight

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Two legitimate interests of society were at war with each other in the fight between Apple and the FBI over the contents of a terrorist's iPhone. After seeking in court to compel Apple's help in unlocking the phone, the FBI has pulled back, saying it found a way to obtain the data without ...

Budget decisions and hard choices

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At a Budget Committee meeting last Wednesday, Nashua Board of Education members wrestled with where to cut to close a $900,000 gap that exists between the spending cap and Superintendent Mark Conrad's budget. After considering a proposal to cut 16 teaching positions in kindergarten through ...

Vaporizer can help some smokers quit

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According to the United Health Foundation in 2014, 17.5 percent of people living in New Hampshire smoked cigarettes. I counted myself among them. I was tired of the constant morning cough and strain on my wallet, so I decided to end my habit of six years by going "cold ...

Poverty definitions baffling to some

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I read Jeff McLynch's commentary in the Sunday Telegraph (March 27) with some interest and disbelief. My wife and I raised six children during my working years, and I never in my life earned as much as $75,000 annually. Even now, in retirement, my income is $26,000 and I am able to own my ...

Will mayor stick to campaign promises?

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I'm just curious, but since our good mayor is allowing certain agencies to exceed the 1.3 percent spending cap that's allowed for this upcoming fiscal year, will he abide by the 1.3 percent total, or not hold to his campaign promise to stay at or below the cap? If he's going to allow certain ...

Talk of death can help us think about how to live

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In his only novel, "The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge," the poet and philosopher Rainer Maria Rilke had his protagonist expound on an old wisdom, one in which "people knew (or perhaps had an intuition) that they bore their death within them like the stone within ...

GOP candidates on abortion

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This presidential election has caused me much distress, but it was not until Donald Trump announced that women who have abortions should be punished that I could no longer sleep at night. "Here it is," I thought, "Here is the logical end result of his total contempt ...

Looking back at the week in news

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State senators buck the trend of partisanship in NH The New Hampshire Senate voted 16-8 to reauthorize the New Hampshire Health Protection Program - also known as expanded Medicaid. It was a prudent move to renew a program that provides health insurance for about 49,000 of the state's poorest ...

Legislature’s workload can be eased by following existing rules

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I took great interest in your March 22 editorial about the frivolous bills being filed by leg­islators in Concord. As a legislative leader who has seen the benefits and flaws of our process over 12 years in the House, I wholeheartedly agree with The Telegraph's assessment that our process ...

Clinton inquiry in dangerous phase

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The FBI investigation of for­mer Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's failure to protect state secrets contained in her emails has entered its penultimate phase, and it is a dangerous one for her and her aides. Federal law enforce­ment sources have let it be known that federal prosecutors ...

Drug money goes back to city police

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We could almost hear Nashua Police Chief Andrew Lavoie's sigh of relief all the way from police headquarters on Panther Drive. On Monday, federal of­ficials announced that they will reinstate a program that distributes drug-asset forfeiture money to local police departments that participate ...

Following in Granny D’s footsteps for campaign reform

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> I am going to Washing­ton shortly to take part in Democracy Spring and De­mocracy Awakening, back-to-back events that are expected to be the largest pro-democracy demon­strations in the country in 50 years. With hundreds and perhaps thousands of other Americans, I expect to get ...

Climate change’s harm to tourism

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Destruction and disaster have been making headlines across the country: floods in Texas; droughts in California; hur­ricanes devastating the Northeast and the Gulf Coast. The battle against climate change is nothing if not uphill, and these jarring, tragic events showcase just how much ...

Water test results cause for concern

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Aformer DuPont Company advertising slogan once touted "Better things for better living ... through chemistry." But not so much when it's in your water, as some residents of Merrimack, Litchfield and - most recently - Bedford have found out the hard way. The presence of a ...

Positive response to voting debacle

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It was the traffic jam heard around the country, and officials in Merrimack are trying to make sure what occurred on Feb. 9 doesn't repeat itself on Nov. 8. "I'll call it a fiasco, because that's what it was," said Town Council Chairwoman Nancy Harrington. She was referring, ...

Terrorist attacks must not deter us

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Another attack in the heart of Europe. Another slaughter of civilians, with at least 31 killed and dozens injured. Another claim of responsibility by the Islamic State. The attacks Tuesday in Brussels, the seat of the European Union and the headquarters of NATO, were meant to sow fear and ...

Commuter rail could help students, too

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New Hampshire has the highest public college costs in the nation. One possible and not commonly mentioned solution to this pressing issue is commuter rail. Along with creating 5,600 new jobs in the state, commuter rail could also decrease the price of higher education for students choosing to ...

What is the Senate GOP so afraid of?

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It's too bad the New Hampshire Senate couldn't see its way clear to bring the state into the 21st century by allowing for online voter registration. Instead, senators voted 13-11 last week to kill Senate Bill 507, which would have established a system that would have allowed people to ...