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Veterans should show them how it’s done

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Our country formerly recognizes its veterans on two specific holidays each year. One of them, Memorial Day, is almost upon us. This is a direct appeal to the Veterans themselves who will participate and be present to receive the appreciation and gratitude from our nation. If you plan to wear ...

Obama’s secretive trade deal

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Well I finally found something upon which I can agree with Sen. Elizabeth Warren. She has been hammering President Barack Obama on his secretive deal to push through this trade agreement known as TPP. It looks like we have to pass it to know what’s in it. Sound familiar? Now we have ...

Scandal in a horse industry

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The Tennessee walking horse is treasured for its trusting nature and smooth, comfortable gait, but a certain segment of the show world has exploited these horses to create a grotesquely exaggerated high-stepping gait known as the “big lick.” To force horses to perform this ...

We should worry about bee health

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It’s hard to imagine that it’s good news for either the economy or the environment that 42 percent of the honeybee colonies in the U.S. died off in the past year, as a federal survey reported last week. “What we’re seeing with this bee problem is just a ...

The season of high accomplishment

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If the fall is the season of giving thanks, we might think of spring as the season of accomplishment. There’s no holiday to mark the milestones, but there are ceremonies like the commencement activities recently held by Rivier University, Daniel Webster College and Nashua Community ...

Plain talk about tax policy

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It was good to hear somebody speaking in serious tones about reforming the country’s Byzantine tax code. You can argue about whether New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is the right candidate to succeed President Barack Obama, but he deserves credit at least for having the conversations ...

We must safeguard the relationship between police and NH communities

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Police officers end up seeing everything. During my years as a Marine MP, I often saw people who were having the worst days of their lives and people who had just done the worst thing they’d ever do. It’s a tough job and not everyone is cut out for it. I was reminded of ...

Grading systems are never perfect

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The Nashua Board of Education was right not to rush into the decision to change the grading system used by the school district. The issue was on the board’s agenda Monday night, and members received an earful of commentary from teachers. “People are not feeling ready for ...

Tom Brady should run for president

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Many U.S. presidents have lied for many different reasons. Eisenhower lied about our U2 spy plane, Nixon lied about ordering the Watergate burglary, Reagan lied about Iran-Contra, Clinton lied about not having “sexual relations with that woman.” So when Tom Brady stood up ...

Serial liar Frank Guinta should resign his seat

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So Rep. Frank Guinta is a serial liar and crook. He’s been lying to us for five long years, starting from before his 2010 election. I last heard him lie at his Dover town hall meeting in March. The Federal Election Commission actually was investigating him (as he well knew every time ...

Nashua and its hidden arts scene

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Did you know that Nashua is home to six theater companies, nine music organizations, eight music schools and the nation’s longest-running annual international sculpture symposium? I certainly didn’t until recently, and my hunch is that most people in our community have no ...

Granite State lawmakers can still fix workers’ comp system

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I am encouraged to see New Hampshire lawmakers haven’t walked away from the chance to make an important and meaningful change to our state’s workers’ compensation laws. Small businesses are buckling under medical bills that are thousands of dollars above what the ...

Expanded health care has served state well

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When New Hampshire made the decision to expand health care coverage to low-income, working families in 2014, it was estimated that the number of people who would enroll in the New Hamnpshire Health Protection Program might reach 50,000 over a 5-year period. But today, only 6 months after the ...

Lower NH business taxes will reduce energy cost burden

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SB 1, a bill before the New Hampshire Legislature, would modestly reduce New Hampshire’s excessively high business profits tax (BPT). A related bill, SB 2, would lower another burdensome business tax, the business enterprise tax (BET). How would these two measures help reduce the ...

Looking back at the week in news

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Chocolate ban shouldn’t bother most bear hunters The New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission this week banned hunters from using bait containing chocolate to attract bears. It was a prudent move by commissioners, who delayed implementation of the new rule until next year to ...

Is Frank Guinta, finally, telling the truth?

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Rep. Frank Guinta flatly denied he got the $355,000 from his parents. He denied it repeatedly – at least on those occasions when he couldn’t dance around the question. The matter first came up in 2009, after people started to notice that Guinta, who represents the ...

‘Sick and tired’ not an exemption to civil rights

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Officials in the town of Alton would have you believe that town resident Jeffrey Clay was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct on Feb. 3, not for speaking his mind, but for disrupting the public’s business. That claim is a smokescreen. Clay is the resident who was granted ...

This “gate” usage is getting out of hand

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It is time that the cliche-mongering mental midgets of the mass media stopped appending the word “gate” to the end of some other word when they wish to indicate that something is a controversy, a scandal or both. To understand the origin of this inanity, you have to have ...

Timely topic for upcoming Science Cafe

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Trains have recently been front page news. From the devastating derailment in Philadelphia to studying their potentials here in New Hampshire, a very old technology is getting a second look. Nashua is fortunate to have Science Cafe New Hampshire where, each month, people gather to speak geek ...

Milford academy shows police pride

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There is a common misconception that the police don’t want the public to know how they operate. In most cases that’s not true and certainly not in Milford. Five weeks ago, I enrolled in Milford’s Citizens Police Academy to get a better understanding of the ...