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Filming police an important right

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New Hampshire is one of 11 states that re­quires a person who wants to record somebody to get the consent of both parties before hitting the "record" button. The major exception to that involves police officers performing their duties in a public place. In 2011, the First ...

He was never worried till Trump

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I have never voted for a Repub­lican candidate for president. In the six elections since I became eligible to vote, I have voted for the Democratic nominee every time. I did so not out of some sense of party loyalty, or to be fashionable in certain circles, or because I was expected to do ...

NH state reps can take step forward

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As we noted in this space a while ago, New Hampshire is the last state in New England in which it is still a crime to possess small amounts of marijuana. In the other five New England states, it's a violation. The distinction is the difference between, say, an assault charge and a speeding ...

Turning point for NH opioid battle

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The New Hampshire House will consider several bills today related to the state's ongoing battle against opioid addiction. One of them, Senate Bill 464, would appropriate $2.23 million to fund drug courts or similar programs in each of the state's counties. Just last week, the Nashua Adult ...

Neighbors thankful for NH’s inaction

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As our legislative session winds down, there is one piece of legislation that remains on the table in the Senate. It is a bill to allow for expanded gaming in New Hampshire. This piece of legislation has been passed by the Senate on a number of occasions, only to fail in the House of ...

Senators cave in to landlord lobby

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It's not often that the New Hampshire Senate plays second fiddle to the House when it comes to common sense, but senators put themselves in that position last week in one important policy area. The issue was a bill that would have required landlords to file eviction notices in the court that ...

What should the next step be for Bernie Sanders camp?

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Bernie Sanders is almost certainly not going to be the Democratic nominee. Though he retains a devoted following, the crowds, the attention and the money are no longer what they were -- death for a campaign built on momentum. Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, holds a virtually insurmountable lead ...

Open up about mental illness

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Mental illness is treated differently than any other illness. It always has been. It remains in the shadows and away from the public square. It is rarely the subject of casual conversation or self-disclosure and it is invariably an awkward topic when it can't be avoided. People have been ...

Child shootings are preventable

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Twenty-three times so far this year, according to The Washington Post, a child age 3 or younger has found and fired a gun. In 11 of these shootings, somebody - usually the child - was killed. Incidents like these are shocking, tragic and largely preventable. But that means fully, and finally, ...

Ignoring science puts our economy at risk

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From winter sports to beach getaways, outdoor tourism is directly threatened by climate change. It is causing higher sea levels, and coastal communities are in danger of being washed away. If we don't act now. rising seas could disrupt and displace the lives of 13 million people and harm ...

Hassan’s priorities are out of whack

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If I were to make a list of Gov. Maggie Hassan's priorities, it would look something like this: Personal political ambition Special interest money Democrat establishment New Hampshire Her decision-making process for the last two years has been entirely focused on her run for the ...

A few thoughts on Mother’s Day

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Time was, television gave the country "Father Knows Best," but everybody knew better. Mothers rock. They all have - at least - childbirth in common, but on this Mother's Day, it's worth remembering that every one is different. From June Cleaver, Carol Brady and Marion ...

Brox land deserves to be protected, too

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Last year, the Milford selectmen almost succeeded in selling 93 acres of the Brox town land, one of Milford's best natural treasures. The industrial development project was spurred on by U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte and her team, who facilitated communication among the parties. Apparently, Sen. ...

Administrators need to do more listening

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Nashua school administrators have a history of leaving parents, students and teachers out of the process when setting important initiatives. Competency-based grading was approved because board members were told that the grading system was mandatory. It wasn't mandatory, but the policy was ...

Bill would protect NH workers and families

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New Hampshire workers will benefit from the protection of Senate Bill 416, which just came out of the House Labor Committee with a strong Ought-to-Pass recommendation and will move for a full House vote on Wednesday, May 11. This bill stands with women and working families, including the ...

Those who count were counted early

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Thank you to Executive Councilor David Wheeler for taking a strong stand against the Northeast Direct Pipeline. He laid out his concerns on the misinformation Kinder Morgan was putting out, impact on the environment, and how New Hampshire would not benefit from the pipeline. On the downside, ...

You, too, can cheat the commute

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With "National Bike to Work" week around the corner (May 16-20), I want to encourage people to consider bicycle commuting for a day or two, and perhaps you will consider doing it year-round. Having worked on Main Street in Nashua for the last six years, I commute to work on ...

Local representatives support backward bills

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This time each year, our attention turns to the hardworking mothers among us and the contributions they make at home and in the community. Those contributions are significant. In addition to running households, 63 percent of women in New Hampshire participate in the workforce. The majority of ...

Hearings on a nominee matter

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It's been more than 50 days since President Barack Obama fulfilled his Constitutional responsibility and brought forward his nominee to the Supreme Court, Chief Judge Merrick Garland. He has been widely acclaimed as a jurist by people from all political perspectives. Unfortunately, unlike the ...

Memories of his mother

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Today, as it was on this same date 67 years ago in 1949, is Mother's Day. And it was on that same Sunday morning so long ago, I entered the world at what was then known as Memorial Hospital in Nashua. "Ma" always called me her Mother's Day present. Much has changed in my ...