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A cause of death far too familiar

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They are words that have become far too familiar to us. Just a little less than year ago, the attorney general's office sent out a press release that said an autopsy concluded that Brielle Gage's "cause of death was blunt force trauma and the manner of her death is ...

BOE should consider how it treats workers

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I am writing this while watching the school board meeting of Nov. 19. During this meeting, several members of the committee have expressed concern regarding how the prospective bidders, who are vying to replace the current custodial staff of the Nashua School District, will treat their ...

Clinton proves she’s not leader we need

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I can't let S. Bear Davis' letter, "Clinton best positioned to lead coalition against ISIS" (Nov. 17), go unanswered. Mrs. Clinton was secretary of state from 2009-13, not 2012-14, as Mr. Davis wrote in his letter. Mrs. Clinton isn't qualified to be a leader. A leader has ...

One non-qualified president at a time

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During Edward Moore Kennedy's first campaign for the Senate, his opponent, Edward McCormick Jr., commented, "If your name was Edward Moore, instead of Edward Moore Kennedy, your candidacy would be a joke." By the same lights, if Hillary Rodham Clinton were just Hillary ...

Not thankful for the NED pipeline project

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I am thankful for the beauty and peace that I wake up to every morning. I am not thankful for my immediate thoughts of Northeast Energy Direct pipeline! I am thankful for my wonderful, intelligent husband who has researched and created presentations in order to fight this horrendous pipeline ...

An alternative to the anointed candidate

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John H. Sununu, Judd Greg, and Steve Merrill were great governors two decades ago, and they have been picking the Republican gubernatorial candidates for the last 20 years with little success. Over those two decades only one two-year term was filled by a Republican. Now, they have picked ...

Demonizing every new energy option

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There is a lot of opposition to various energy plans designed to give us different resources to help us cut the cost of electricity. They all have one thing in common: no one wants the lines in their backyard. The opposition is loud but shallow in numbers and the statewide need for new ...

What happened to ‘home of the brave’?

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I am ashamed at Gov. Maggie Hassan and Sen. Kelly Ayotte. I had expected the calls to stop accepting Syrian refugees from the usual chickenhawk pundits, but hoped for more reason and fortitude from my elected officials. Asking the government to guarantee with 100 percent certainty that none ...

US made a mistake by leaving Iraq too soon

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I believe that the U.S. left Iraq too soon and just for politics. Obama erred when he said Iraq was stable, but he said it to justify evacuation. Bush changed the Iraq regime so that new leaders could be elected democratically? Bush deposed a tyrant so that a meaningful constitution could be ...

Time for an expectations and reality reset

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The recent terrorist attacks in Paris, our own counter-terrorist actions or lack thereof, and media chatter prompt this commentary. The question so often frustratingly asked by commentators to guests on TV is: "What do we need to do?" If you listen closely, you will hear a ...

Take the ‘We the People’ pledge

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When I served in the New Hampshire House of Representatives in the 1980s, nobody gave much thought to money in politics. Few state representatives even bothered to raise money for their campaigns. State Senate races rarely cost more than a few thousand dollars. Our primary resource was time, ...

Looking back at the week in news

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From David Ortiz to Big Papi, the evolution of a Sox icon Nobody saw it coming. Especially not the Minnesota Twins, the team that released David Ortiz following the 2001 baseball season. He was a first baseman then and had spent five undistinguished seasons in Minnesota. There was no reason ...

Pols use refugees for political points

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Let's call the Muslim refugee issue what it is in the eyes of some Republican presidential candidates: An excuse to practice the politics of fear in order to score political points. "It makes no sense whatsoever for us to be bringing in refugees who our intelligence cannot determine ...

Heating assistance a lifeline in winter

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With temperatures dropping, we have again reached that time of year where many residents of the state have to worry about how they're going to pay to heat their homes. A lot of people rely on the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program known as LIHEAP, which helped 36,000 households in the ...

In the end, special session got it right

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We think legislators who gathered in Concord on Wednesday met that objective in a way that could serve New Hampshire well in the ongoing battle to get a handle on the state's opioid crisis. The Republican idea was to create a task force to examine the multitude of suggestions being put ...

Pols use refugees for political points

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Let's call the Muslim refugee issue what it is in the eyes of some Republican presidential candidates: An excuse to practice the politics of fear in order to score political points."It makes no sense whatsoever for us to be bringing in refugees who our intelligence cannot determine if ...

BOE trying to bust custodial union

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Pitting one union against another is an old union-busting tactic. In essence, the BOE has said that the only reason they would privatize custodial services in the schools was to save money. That money would then be able to be applied to retaining teachers and lowering class sizes. The BOE is ...

Kasich has only budget record

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The latest polls show that Trump is leading in New Hampshire. The results might have been affected by the Paris bombings; but at this point in the primary process, voters should be trying to decide who they'd really like to elect for president, instead of trying to "send a ...

Don’t forget Thanksgiving

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Could someone please tell me what happened to Thanksgiving? This holiday has a lot of history to observe. Remember Plymouth Rock in 1620? The fierce struggle of the Pilgrims that first long, hard winter? And the first celebration in 1621, with the local Indians who helped them? President ...

Common Core proves wrong

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The Smarter Balanced Assessment scores were finally released by the New Hampshire Department of Education after months of keeping them secret, and the results weren't good. By using a computer-adaptive assessment, we were supposed to get the results right away, which meant teachers would be ...