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Questions course on proposed DPW garage

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The competency with which the city of Nashua is being managed raises major concerns. Is our current mayor trying to sabotage our soon-to-be new mayor? The city has made an offer to purchase a building on Burke Street to use as a DPW garage for $5 million, that requires another $10 million to ...

Flabbergasted by lack of BPW information

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Editor's note: This is a slightly edited version of a letter that was also sent to the Nashua Board of Aldermen. This is in regards to the public hearing scheduled for Monday, Sept. 21, relating to the Burke Street property purchase. During the Board of Public Works meeting on Sept. 17 I ...

Lessons learned about home

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There's nothing quite like coming home, especially when you've been away for a while. But how do you define "home," exactly? My wife is from Maine but so loves my native southern New Hampshire that she considers Nashua to be "home." And while I was born, ...

Constitution Day essay addresses familiar issue

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In a previous life, I spent some time digging through old newspaper archives while researching the history of my hometown. A book came out of all that, and one of my favorite passages had to do with the dress code adopted by my public high school in the mid-1960s, when Beatlemania and the ...

Looking back at the week in news

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Obama administration packpedals on rankings The plan was described by President Barack Obama as a bold one: Government rankings - report cards, if you will - for about 7,000 colleges based on a range of factors, including graduation rates, the salaries a school's graduates earn, what it ...

State party chairs’ rhetoric real issue

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Gov. Maggie Hassan's veto of the proposed two-year state budget in June wasn't a high point in state politics this year, to be sure. The governor and state legislators had serious differences about what should be included in the plan - namely business tax cuts and Medicaid expansion. While a ...

A vote for Hillary is a vote for women

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Hillary Clinton fights for women and that is why I fight for her. As a woman I am appalled at the constant attack on women's reproductive rights by the GOP. Republicans are advocating for out-of-touch, out-of-date policies that promise to roll back women's rights. After watching the ...

Labrie is real victim in St. Paul’s case

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If Owen Labrie is a sex offender, so is every boy at St. Paul Prep who has participated in the "Senior Salute."Owen had the misfortune to have consensual sex with a willing participant who later decided to call it rape.In my opinion, Amanda Grady Sexton, director of public ...

Current refuge crisis not like the past

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Nations owe it to their citizens to investigate who is truly looking for refuge because of political, religious or any other kind of persecution, versus those looking to infiltrate the country as terrorists, or moving for economic reasons: the latter may still be received, but should be ...

Thoughts on the mayoral primary

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Thoughts left over from the Nashua mayoral primary: If there was a winner who didn't actually win, it was probably Michael Brod­erick. The businessman, who finished fifth and only received 140 votes, still im­pressed a lot of people as a thoughtful guy who would serve the city well in some ...

Candidate is grateful for support of vote

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There are many things I want to share with the voters of Nashua, but first I want to thank you. I am grateful to the thousands of you who opened your doors this summer when I knocked, and shared with me your thoughts on Nashua's future. I am grateful to the hundreds of you who took time from ...

We are losing the culture of the US

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The United States of America is spending a billion dollars spending a billion dollars a year for our security. That is totally reprehensible when our border is still overflowing with illegals from Mexico. Our president has done nothing but talk and talk, and yet we are los­ing the United ...

Ayotte is missing the big picture on Iran

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Sen. Kelly Ayotte's column Sunday (Sept. 13) about the agreement between Iran and the U.S. and several world countries was somewhat informative about details but alarmingly weak about the larger picture. This weakness reminds me of the great Tory leader of Britain in WWII, Winston Churchill, ...

Commuter rail story is a two-way track

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Is the proposed return of passenger rail service into New Hampshire truly a wonderful idea, or is it a subliminal vote-garnering political tactic? Recent studies from the Brookings Institution and Fed­eral Transit Administration have shown that passenger rail ser­vice required massive ...

Kim Davis’ oath and choices

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During the past few weeks, the news has been saturated with sto­ries about Kim Davis, the clerk of Rowan County, Ky., who spent a few days in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to couples of the same gender. She believes signing such licenses is a violation of her Christian faith, ...

Don’t drop ball on motel cleanup

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Deplorable. Filthy. Disgusting. Needles, bedbugs and vermin. There have been a lot of words used to describe the conditions at the Country Barn Motel and Campground on Broad Street in Nashua. None of them are words a business owner wants attached to their venture or residents want used to ...

NH values sound energy solutions

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With Labor Day behind us and summer taking its last bittersweet breaths, our Primary Season now moves from the beauty contest into the serious issues phase. In just five months, New Hampshire voters will once again bear the awesome responsibility of recommending our choices for president to ...

NH taxpayers have expectations

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The New Hampshire House and Senate will meet on Wednesday to consider whether to over­ride Gov. Maggie Hassan's veto of the two-year, $11.3 billion state budget that was approved by the House and Senate. Hopefully a deal will be in place by then, but if there isn't, we should be clear about ...

Buchanan column was pure racism The editors ought to have

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>The editors ought to have read much more carefully before running Patrick Buchan­an's column Thursday, even if his pieces do run regularly. Whether the world's prosper­ous nations can absorb all the people fleeing wars is a real question. Buchanan's column turned it into an attack on ...

Legalizing pot would help heroin problem

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Recently, I came across an online article from the Daily Beast titled "First in Heroin, First in the Nation to Vote." As a lifelong Granite Stater, I was disgusted that the na­tional media had given our state such a label. As a recent high school graduate, I worry about the ...