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Insurance Dept. is a closed book

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Three companies that offer health insurance in New Hampshire - Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna and Harvard Pilgrim - have denied claims for substance abuse treatment at significantly different rates, according to a report by the New Hampshire Insurance Department. The department provided ...

Ayotte channeling Nixon on appointment

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From the beginning, Sen. Kelly Ayotte has aligned herself with the highest-profile, most partisan members of the Senate. With the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, she continues to support the "Stop Obama at all costs" aspect of the party. When President Barack Obama was ...

Don’t let politics overtake Constitution

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As a resident of the U.S., I feel it is essential that there be a balance of equal power between the three branches of our federal government. We, the people, have the constitutional right to have our Supreme Court of the U.S. at full strength. In the executive and legislative branches, when ...

Appeal a waste of public money

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It's difficult to find the sense, to say nothing of humanity, in the New Hampshire Attorney General's decision to appeal a superior court ruling that forced the state to issue medical marijuana ID cards to residents who qualify. Merrimack Superior Court Judge Richard McNamara ruled in ...

Parchment, paper and British law

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When technology and tradition collide, tradition generally gets the worst of it. That appeared to be the case recently in England, where the House of Lords announced that archive copies of Acts of Parliament would no longer be inscribed on parchment but rather printed on archival paper. ...

SB-2 is not the right process for Hollis and Brookline

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Why do some want the Senate Bill 2 form of town meeting v/s the traditional meeting? The benefits are always touted as allowing more people to vote on the town warrant articles because voting is conducted on Election Day. This is definitely a benefit. But, what is it that people can vote on? ...

Dems could have done right thing

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Last Thursday in this space, we lamented the fact that the New Hampshire House - by a mostly party-line vote - shot down a bill to create an independent commission to redraw the lines for the state's House, Senate, Executive Council and congressional districts. Most of those who opposed the ...

A nomination that would transform American politics

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The battle over replacing Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court reminds us yet again of how divided we are. But healing unimaginable to most of us is within reach as soon as next year. That would be the dawning of an America in which we continue to have strenuous - even fierce - debates over ...

Leadership starts at City Hall

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It was early November when I last had the opportunity to speak with many of you. Nashua's mayoral elections had just ended, and I had called now-Mayor Jim Donchess on election night to congratulate him on a well-earned victory after a spirited campaign. That same evening, I recorded and ...

Looking back at the week in news

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Fish and Game got it wrong on bobcat decision The New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission on Wednesday voted 5-4 to allow limited hunting and trapping of bobcats. There are an estimated 1,500 bobcats in the state, and Fish and Game officials want to issue up to 50 hunting/trapping licenses for ...

Constitution clear on court process

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Whether you believe the United States Constitution is a living, breathing document or took its last breath the day it was ratified, you learned in high school that the Constitution provides "the president shall nominate, and by and with the advice and con­sent of the Senate, shall ...

NH should have say on justice

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Justice Antonin Scalia was a staunch defender of our Con­stitution and a brilliant jurist. Through the force of his intellect, he made contributions to our na­tion that will impact our lives for generations to come, and all Americans join his family in mourn­ing his death. Justice Scalia's ...

Redistricting vote puts politics first

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Just a day after New Hamp­shire voters went to the polls and delivered a strong mes­sage that they were sick of politics as usual, Republicans in the New Hampshire House showed the public their back­side with a vote that was about as politics-as-usual as it gets. The House voted - almost ...

Letters to the Editor – February 18, 2016

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> Democratic delegates aren't democratic at all In the Feb. 9 Democratic primary, Hillary Clinton clearly lost. Or did she? The Democratic voters of New Hampshire over­whelmingly chose Sen. Bernie Sanders over the former secre­tary of state by a 22-point margin, 60 percent to 38 ...

Health bill win for economy, too

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> I will never forget his face. It was more than 25 years ago, when I was just starting my career as a physician, but it continues to haunt me to this day. I had just explained to him, as gently as I could, that his cough and his fatigue were due to a can­cer growing in his lungs. The ...

Rules are clear on court appointment

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The debate about whether President Barack Obama should nominate and the Senate should confirm someone to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia is an example of politics at its worst. Within hours of Scalia's death, Republicans were united in their view ...

Main Dunstable a better poll for Ward 5

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Reading Lawrence Lutton's letter to the editor in the Sunday Telegraph brought to light a similar situation with the Ward 5 polling place. We used to vote at Main Dunstable Elementary School, off Whitford Road. The parking is adequate, with the road coming in on one end of the property and ...

‘Get over it’ and vote on new justice

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Sad that Justice Antonin Scalia died, but even sadder that Republicans concocted a weird argument within minutes of his death that we should wait a year to confirm the next Supreme Court Justice. Senate leader Mitch McConnell claims we should let the "will of the American ...

Banking nomination tone-deaf

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If I say Feb. 9, you say first-in-the-nation presidential primary? Well, Gov. Maggie Hassan said something else. On the afternoon of Feb. 9, Gov. Hassan announced her intention to appoint Republican state Sen. Jerry Little to the position of New Hampshire Banking Commissioner during the ...

Silver lining in polling traffic jam

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Boy, Merrimack town leaders messed up pretty good on Tuesday. A new traffic pattern near the town's single polling place at Merrimack High School, led to huge traffic headaches for thousands of voters. Drivers reported waits of as much as an hour to get to the polls and cars clogged nearby ...