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Drugs, corruption, violence are issues – not guns

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The Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States stipulates: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." These potent words were written as part of the first ...

‘Nashua boy’ recalls time in Berlin during the Cold War

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Several years ago, I received an email from a guy I was stationed with at Tempelhof Air Base in then-West Berlin, Germany, between 1969 and 1973. He soon connected with dozens of others from our unit, including our former commander, Maj. Clifford Karch. I eventually created a private Facebook ...

Special session is necessary

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Across our state, people are dying from the heroin and opioid crisis - at least 258 of our family, friends and neighbors already this year. Hundreds more have overdosed, their lives saved only by the quick action of first responders, medical providers, and their family and friends. There are ...

Looking back at the week in news

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Displays of patriotism were not what they appeared The NFL and the Pentagon have it backward. The Pentagon has shelled out millions in the past few years for the "honor" of getting NFL teams to pay "tribute" to U.S. military veterans. You've probably seen ...

BOE now has to restore trust

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We were impressed with the number of votes that write-in candidates for the Nashua Board of Educa­tion earned during the city's election on Tuesday. While none of the write-in candi­dates were ultimately suc­cessful, voters made it clear that the privitization of the school district ...

Special session about Senate, too

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Even if you believe that Gov. Maggie Hassan is sincere in her desire to deal with the state's opi­oid crisis, it's still possible to see her call for a special session of the legislature to deal with the issue as a case of political grandstanding. It's not like they're mutu­ally ...

Laws protecting families, not kids

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When a child dies under the supervision of the state department of Child Protective Services, you'd think state officials would be eager to cooperate with law enforcement as soon as possible. Unfortunately, state law is an impedement to that cooperation, Attorney General Joseph Foster told ...

Ayotte has served as a leader on heroin crisis

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New Hampshire is currently seeing a record number of overdoses and deaths related to heroin and prescription opioids. This epidemic is ruining lives all across New England. That's why I want to commend Sen. Kelly Ayotte for all the work she has done to stem the tide of heroin and prescription ...

Candidates need less whining, more leading

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As we approach the time when we will choose the next leader of the free world, I have found myself quickly losing interest in the whiners running for president of the United States. Here is a word of advice to the candidates complaining of reporters playing the "Gotcha ...

Prisoner trying to improve his life

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This will be the third year since being in prison. Over the years, I've had a lot of time to think. My heart has driven me to open up and express not only my regret but also my remorse. One thing I've learned in here is that none of this time makes up for my actions. I understand I am unable ...

The 35 reasons to go to the polls

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Today is Election Day in Nashua, the culmination of months of door-knocking, spirited debates, meet-and-greets and campaign ads. City Clerk Patricia Piecuch said Friday she expects about 16,000 residents to turn out at the polls. If that happens, it would be the first time that many people ...

Forced vaccines bad for liberty, health

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If the movement to call for mandatory vaccines across the nation with 110 bills in 36 states with jail time for not complying isn't enough. Now comes The 21st Century Cures Act. In the wake of what was passed in California (SB 277), The Cures Act was passed by the US House and involves some ...

Custodians devoted to Nashua schools

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This is in response to the letter in today's (Nov. 1) paper from Mark O'Brien, the custodian of 28 years at Amherst Street School. I had the privilege of working in the library at the wonderful Amherst Street for many years, and I cannot begin to express what a valuable asset Mark is to that ...

Kleiner: Experience will benefit Ward 3

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My name is Kimberly Kleiner, candidate for Ward 3 Alderman. As a sixth generation member of this community, I was born and raised in Ward 3 and would now like to serve as a voice for you at City Hall. I am finishing my 4th year as a member of the Board of Education, of which the last two ...

Climbing back in off the precipice

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Brinksmanship can wait. The alarm bell can be placed into storage. There'll be no more talk of an imminent government shutdown. When the Senate, in the early hours of Friday morning, approved a two-year budget plan and boosted the debt ceiling, the risk of more foolishness, at least in the ...

Chris Williams is upside candidate

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Nashua is fortunate to have two outstanding candidates for mayor, when some cities are lucky if they have even one. For the better part of six months, Alderman-at-Large Jim Donchess and former chamber of commerce executive Chris Williams have laid out their visions for the city. One of them ...

Nashua teacher is backing Williams

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I am a teacher in Nashua, as well as an enthusiastic supporter of Chris Williams for mayor. I believe Chris' vision for the city will benefit the Nashua School District now and in the future. In the short-term, I believe Chris will use the relationships he built as president and CEO of the ...

Shame on board for not supporting staff

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Shame on the Nashua Board of Education. I work for the Nashua School District. I am honored and proud to be part of the amazing group of staff working for Nashua. We are a work family. "Shame on you" is intended to express strong feelings and deep disappointment toward a ...

Privatization has led to sleepless nights

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I have been Head Custodian at Amherst Street Elementary School for the past 28 years. Straight up, I love my job. It's something I look forward to every day for a few reasons: Seeing the kids and watching them grow to become the individuals that they are. Working with the truly dedicated ...

Former state senator supporting Donchess

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As a former officeholder, I value public leaders who are level-headed and willing to work with other leaders to get results. That is why I am supporting Jim Donchess for mayor. During Jim's previous terms as mayor and in his current work as an alderman-at-large, Jim has always worked hard for ...