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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 ...

Looking back at the week in news

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Mine Falls Park trustees make a wise investment Most regular users of Mine Falls Park in Nashua were probably aware of the problem presented by the Red Trail along Mill Pond, near Riverside Drive - the bank next to the water was deteriorating. "The trail was getting severely ...

Grateful to teachers for everything they do

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National Teacher Appreciation Day, also known as National Teacher Day, is observed on the Tuesday of the first full week in May. This day is part of Teacher Appreciation Week, which is the first full week in May of each year. Teachers play a critical role in educating and shaping our ...

Merrimack ban was well earned

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Gun rights advocates should be outraged. The Merrimack Town Council last week vot­ed to ban target shooting on town-owned land, an activ­ity that had previously been prohibited in only one town forest. The ire of Second Amend­ment enthusiasts should not, however, be directed at town ...

Beer distributors deliver choice

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Head to your local beer store and you’ll be overwhelmed with incredible selection – brands from around the world and across the country, plus dozens of brands brewed right here in the Granite State. The reason why local consumers have such choice? New ...

Pushup project just one step for health

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Perhaps nothing is more closely associated with military basic training than the simple pushup. According to the website military.com, the U.S. Army's basic training physical fitness test requires a male recruit 17-21 years old to perform a minimum of 35 pushups in 2 minutes, while a female ...

Employer tax relief is working

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If a candidate for governor proposed a jobs program that would put more than 7,500 New Hampshire residents to work in just three months, cut the unemployment rate by half a point, and bring over 3,800 Granite Staters into the work force, how much would you think taxpayers would have to pay ...

Performing arts study is realistic

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It seems clear enough that the arts have a vital role to play in downtown Nashua. They may even go a long way toward helping to solidify the very identity of downtown. Last weekend's Sights & Sounds Spring Arts Festival was a perfect prelude to this week's rollout of a $22,500 preliminary ...