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Later last call a bad call for city

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I am responding to recent articles about on Alderman Benjamin Clemons' proposal to keep bars open until 2 a.m. We must ask ourselves if the financial benefits outweigh the benefit of the public safety. You'll just have more drunken people out on the streets and, at the same time, put ...

Superdelegates stabilize primaries

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The Telegraph's editorial regarding Democratic Party superdelegates should have taken into account the fact that this puts some stability into the nominating process. It prevents a demagogue, backed by too many people under the spell of a corrupt media, from hijacking the process. Which is ...

Smartphone users should chime in

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According to numerous reports, 51 percent of Americans believe that Apple should be forced to hack into the iPhone of deceased San Bernardino terrorist Syed Farook. But taken without context, that number is not very meaningful, because it does not distinguish between those who own a ...

NH needs Medicaid expansion

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The Legislature should enact legislation it is currently considering to extend New Hampshire's unique approach to Medicaid expansion for two more years. At New Hampshire Healthy Families, we have provided health insurance coverage to the Medicaid expansion population from the beginning of the ...

‘Last call’ measure offers advantages

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Nashua Alderman Benjamin Clemons' proposal to allow bars and restaurants to sell alcohol until 2 a.m. strikes us as a give-the-people-what-they-want measure. Clemons filed a bill that would take advantage of a 2014 law that gives local communities the option to push last call back to 2 a.m., ...

Time for Trump to release tax returns

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Donald Trump didn't become the favorite for the Republican presidential nominee without having political talent_- not least his ability to unleash a torrent of verbiage that ducks a question. If he loses in the end, the guy should start up Trump Political School. Consider the businessman's ...

Stalemate, taken to the extreme

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The dispute over whether President Barack Obama should nominate and the Senate should consider a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia represents yet another new low in this country's partisan divide and has moved the nation into uncharted territory. With an election ...

No vote on nominee is pure partisanship

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Sen. Kelly Ayotte's column (Friday, Feb. 19) only fuels the partisan divide. In her opinion piece she only quotes what the Democrats have said in previous years. She doesn't quote Republican senators like Sen. Charles Grassley in 2008 ("The reality is that the Senate has never ...

Delegate ‘tradition’ is really a rigged system

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This is in response to Kathy Sullivan's commentary (Thursday, Feb. 25) regarding superdelegates being a New Hampshire tradition. While tradition is fine, it's one that should have never happened in the first place. While Ms. Sullivan tried to justify it by stating we are all patriots who want ...

More funding better than asset forfeiture

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I am disappointed again in Sen. Kelly Ayotte for being blind to the widespread abuses of civil forfeiture that led to Congress curbing the Equitable Sharing program Ayotte wants to restore. Under this program, police departments nationwide have financed parties and trips to Hawaii with cash ...

A commuter train in every pot wrong direction for NH residents

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Last week, ABC News reported on U.S. Department of Transportation data showing that 312, or 12.6 percent, of New Hampshire's bridges are structurally deficient, making our state the 13th worst in the nation when it comes to overall bridge safety. Despite this unfortunate status and persistent ...

Unschooling our children poor option for kids

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Once one of my students asked me, very respectfully, "Ms. Gregg, why do I need to read Shakespeare?" We were struggling through "Othello." He told me his grandfather had come to this country and started a hardware store on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. ...

Renewing state health program would save more lives

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On Feb. 10, the New Hampshire House voted in favor of reauthorizing the New Hampshire Health Protection Program, continuing health insurance coverage for nearly 48,000 Granite Staters. Approximately 6,700 of these individuals will likely access treatment services for substance use disorders. ...

Big money leaves bad taste

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In 1986, our friend the late New Hampshire Sen. Warren Rudman ran for reelection against Gov. Endicott Peabody. The race cost little more than $1.5 million in today's dollars, start to finish. Not a dime in "outside spending" was recorded. My, how things have changed in 30 ...

Looking back at the week in news

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City faces tough choices with tight spending cap Something will have to give with the city of Nashua budget. Mayor Jim Donchess has said the city is facing one of the tightest spending caps in recent memory - estimated at 1.3 percent for the budget that takes effect on July 1. This week, ...

What Clean Power Plan stay means

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> A coalition of states, energy producers, utilities and industry allies has filed suit against the En­vironmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, which sets the first-ever federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants under the authority of the Clean Air Act. Supporters ...

Everyone pays for net metering

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> Net metering is a good thing. It was established 17 years ago to give a boost to the nascent solar industry in New Hampshire. Today, net metering is still a good thing. What has changed is the industry is no longer new and in need of government-mandated support the rest of us must pay ...

NH superdelegates skew vote process

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> If you were one of the 151,584 New Hampshire residents who voted for Bernie Sanders and don't like the fact that Hillary Clinton ended up with just as many Granite State del­egates to the Democratic National Convention as the senator from Vermont, you'll just have to turn the other ...

Banking nominee deserves fair vetting

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> Recently, some have asked Gov. Maggie Hassan to rescind her nomi­nation of Jerry Little for state bank­ing commissioner because he had previously lobbied for and served as head of the New Hampshire Bankers Association. This rhetoric strikes a populist chord I very much share, but ...

Superdelegates a NH tradition

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> I am a superdelegate to the Democratic National Convention. As anyone who follows poli­tics in New Hampshire knows by now, under the nominating rules of the Democratic Na­tional Committee, not all delegates are selected in accordance with the out­come of party primaries and ...