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Jong Un calculating and cold

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When President Donald Trump returns from a meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in June – assuming it happens – he will not be able to get off Air Force One waving a piece of paper and proclaiming it represents peace in our time. Unfortunately, that is the reality of the ...

Obama policy takes hit

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Former President Barack Obama’s attempt to establish an imperial presidency running roughshod over Congress took another hit this week. You may remember Obama’s comment that regardless of what Congress wanted, he would get things done with his pen and phone. He was not as open about some ...

Random Acts of Kindness

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In 2015, Great NH Restaurants decided to empower their management teams with a “Random Acts of Kindness” program. Managers of all the T-BONES, Cactus Jack’s, CJ’s and Copper Door restaurants surprise guests with free desserts, appetizers, or even entire meals when they see a touching ...

Vote against new restrictions

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We have all heard the expression “that doesn’t smell right.” I believe this is true of the proposed voting restriction bills, HB 1264 and 372, headed for Gov. Sununu’s office. In email communications with Sen. Andy Sanborn, I learned that virtually no voter fraud has occurred in New ...

More can be done

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I read an article in The Telegraph recently that said the city of Nashua will take a step forward in making our city more bicycle friendly by bringing in a bicycle-renting service this summer. The city also can take other very simple, inexpensive actions to help encourage bicycle use and ...

Planning to give and leaving a long-lasting legacy

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A big part of my life includes going to fundraisers. And when I’m not going to the fundraiser for somebody else, I’m busy planning our own events. And then there’s the annual appeal, which has become more frequent and ubiquitous as well. Likewise, one cannot log onto social media without ...

More bullying

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For decades, North Korean leaders have been masters of using the carrot-and-stick approach to getting what they want. The key has been their ability to switch between the two with lightning speed. This week, dictator Kim Jong Un did just that. He called off high-level talks between his regime ...

Can you program joy?

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“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” – Robert Frost Robert Frost: “Two roads diverged in a wood. ...” Often, thinking outside the box and taking the other less travelled road leads to new visions and unexpected solutions that challenge ...

It’s a part of history

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Terming a statue on the waterfront in Jersey City, N.J., “gruesome,” the leader of a group planning to renovate a plaza there, facing the New York City skyline, wants it removed. City officials have agreed. It is gruesome. And in some ways it may not be politically correct. But it needs ...

It’s time to abolish the death penalty in New Hampshire

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New Hampshire is currently ranked the third-safest state in the nation. It’s so safe, in fact, that the legislature is considering a proposal that would repeal the use of capital punishment, and instead sentence people convicted of the very worst crimes to life without parole. Gov. Chris ...

Clearing the air

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Over the last several weeks there has been plenty of speculation about us leaving our positions with the town of Wilton. Wilton taxpayers have been asking questions and deserve honest answers. What precipitated our resignations? How bad does the work environment have to be for the entire staff ...

The fifth privilege and ‘opportunity hoarding’

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I recently read an article in the Boston Review that shocked me in a number of ways. The piece is titled “The Dream Hoarders: How America’s Top 20 Percent Perpetuates Inequality.” The author is Richard V. Reeves. Shock No 1: Reeves begins by recounting how in 2015 President Obama ...

Progress versus history

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So, here we go again: Another piece of Milford history is for the chop. Years ago, it was the Stone House on Nashua Street. It was preserved, sort of. Now there’s a granite building on Tonella Road soon to fall to development, although the developer, kindly, as agreed to save the stones ...

We are less safe

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President Trump’s irresponsible action to cancel the international Iran Nuclear Agreement, which took 12 years to negotiate, has made the world less safe. In addition, the United States government has lost serious credibility with regards to any international agreements it might sign in the ...

Whatever happened to customer service?

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Full-service gas stations, car hops, free delivery, doctors making house calls – what do these things have in common? Like good old-fashioned customer service, they are all things of the past. Maybe I’m showing my age, but, I can remember when you could pull into a gas station, get your ...

Gerrymandering is a real threat to our democracy

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Last month, we outlined the history of gerrymandering and explored the basic question, “Why should we care?” Briefly, the answer is that the practice of manipulating voting districts favors the reelection of people and parties already in office. It allows officials to choose their voters, ...

Something must be done

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Former President Barack Obama and his aides were very good at one thing – painting the nation into corners. They did it with health care, their campaign against coal and affordable electricity, and their deal with Iran. Irreparable damage was done in every case. It remains for President ...

Campaign is overdue

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First lady Melania Trump has an excellent idea with her “Be Best” campaign to help children. Too bad so many in the media, after listening to her unveil it Monday, focused most of their reporting on her relationship with her husband, President Donald Trump. It is true. Approximately half ...

Mother’s Day concert to celebrate community

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“I never weary of great churches. It is my favorite kind of mountain scenery. Mankind was never so happily inspired as when it made a cathedral.” – Robert Louis Stevenson Music in the cathedral – on Mother’s Day. Music of Russia, Armenia, Georgia, Greece, the Mediterranean, ...

Is Kim playing a game?

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North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un may be telegraphing his punch. If so, it would answer the question of what his charm offensive is designed to accomplish. President Donald Trump and Kim plan to meet in person to discuss a way to alleviate tension over Pyongyang’s weapons buildup. High ...