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Pursue a new path concerning marijuana

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The prohibition of marijuana has not only proven to be an unsuccessful strategy for drug control, but is also has harmed our communities in untold ways. It is time to pursue a new path. While serving for 10 years as a police officer in Bedford, I was exposed to the many ways in which ...

Is anyone listening yet?

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Good grief, it seems early. The New Hampshire presidential primary is at least 10 months away – depending upon when Secretary of State Bill Gardner decides it should be held – yet we’ve already been inundated with candidates and more to come. Even New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio might ...

Tell full story on science

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The notion of politicians being self-serving is not new or rare. Still, journalists should call out blatant hypocrisy when they see it. One clear case of this seems to be the whole idea of politicians who supposedly believe in science. This now seems to be a rallying cry for the left, as they ...

Politics: Nashua house parties

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When you hear or read a reference to a “house party,” what visions enter your head? For some Americans, this undoubtedly brings to mind thoughts of college students chugging beer and eating pizza. Others may think of children gathering to celebrate a friend’s birthday with cake and ice ...

Step in the right direction

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Last week, the New Hampshire Senate voted to approve Senate Bill 241, which would allow state officials to complete the Capitol Corridor Rail Expansion’s Project Development Analysis. This legislation, if ultimately signed into law by Gov. Chris Sununu, would direct a portion of the ...

Proving hope to the community

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The Gate City Bike Co-op has become an integral part of the community, providing free bicycles and bicycle repairs to the city low-income residents. The Co-op, though, now finds itself in need, as the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter plans to convert its Spring Street space into transitional ...

No special treatment

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Less than a month after winning their sixth Super Bowl, the Patriots are in the news again – this time for all the wrong reasons. Robert Kraft, the billionaire owner of the Pats, faces charges of soliciting a prostitute after he was twice videotaped in a sex act at a shopping-center massage ...

Those were the days

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Ah, yes. We all say it every so often when we want to reflect on the good times. “The Good Old Days.” “I wish it were the good old days!” “Why can’t we go back to the good old days?” But just what were the good old days? For some, it may be the 1940s and 1950s. For others, it may ...

Enforcement must be a priority

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Local, state and federal advocates of more limits on firearms ownership and use might do well to take aim at another method of curbing the mayhem caused by gun violence – enforcing existing laws. Just a few days ago, five people were killed and six others wounded when Gary Martin pulled ...

Making a difference

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The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, long known as RSVP, has been an integral program at Southern New Hampshire Services for just shy of four decades. By providing capacity-building support to area nonprofit agencies, SNHS is able to provide doorways through which volunteers can work ...

Missing the point

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Your recent editorial on prohibiting the possession of firearms on school property misses the point. Anyone intending to do harm with a weapon will , of course, ignore any laws prohibiting its possession. So only law-abiding gun owners will obey the law. If someone does enter onto school ...

One person, one vote

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Rep. Ellen Read’s, D-Newmarket, proposal for ranked voting (Telegraph, N.H. considers ranked-choice voting, Jan. 31) is at least a disgrace if not childlike. The election process is not Little League Baseball or Pop Warner Football where everyone gets a “Participation Award.” The ...

Comical

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Five score years ago, Professor Charles Beard taught us that polling was an unreliable indicator of the mood of the country, yet today so many continue to listen to their well-worn Ouija boards. “Hillary, you’ve been cheated twice!” the aggrieved planchettes whisper! Three score ...

Wheeler is not committed

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Andrew Wheeler doesn’t think climate change is the biggest crisis we are facing. In fact, he thinks that, “Through our deregulatory actions, the Trump administration has proven that burdensome federal regulations are not necessary to drive environmental progress.” He is referring to ...

What does the Board of Aldermen do? Election is March 5

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It’s time to talk about the upcoming election. No, this isn’t about the hordes of presidential primary candidates that are already criss-crossing our area, nor even about our next regular city elections this November. We’ve got an election really soon – in less than a month, in fact. ...

Travel with the Chamber

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The Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce is excited to offer to the community a unique opportunity to travel internationally with us on a spectacular Food and Wine Tour of Italy. You do not need to be a Chamber member to participate in this exciting trip. The trip departs from Logan to Milan on ...

New Hampshire is facing the legalization trap with marijuana

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In May 2016, nearly three years ago nearing the end of my first term as a New Hampshire House Representative, I penned an op-ed in frustration at the increasingly huge amounts of money the Legislature was throwing at the “opioid crisis” as the death toll continued to rise each year. The ...

Giving a second chance

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One of the attitudes that differentiates most Americans from the vicious murderers of the Islamic State terrorist group is compassion. IS killers consider it a weakness. We take pride in it. Perhaps we ought to show Hoda Muthana some of that compassion. Muthana once lived in Alabama. A few ...

Superfund sites a priority

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Efforts by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and local developer Bernie Plante to cleanup the Mohawk Tannery site in Nashua are ongoing. Near the Nashua River, this property is known to feature radioactive barium, as well as carcinogenic dioxin and arsenic. However, this is not the ...

Marijuana still is dangerous

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The discussion regarding legalizing recreational marijuana in New Hampshire has, unfortunately, not included a full airing of the dangers of driving while under the influence of marijuana. There is ample evidence that marijuana consumption affects driving skills. People smoke or ingest ...