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Security depends on more than Pentagon

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Last week in the GOP debate, Sen. Marco Rubio attacked Sen. Ted Cruz about cutting defense. He said, "The only budget you have ever voted for, Ted, in your entire time in the Senate is a budget from Rand Paul that brags about how it cuts defense. And here's the bottom line, and I ...

Clinton is the most qualified candidate

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Every four years, New Hampshire residents get the opportunity to view the presidential candidates in person. You can learn more about a candidate in person than by following the political circus on television. I took advantage of the opportunity to see Hillary Clinton twice in town-hall ...

Clinton has answers to gun violence issue

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The unfortunate reality is that mass shootings and general gun violence in America no longer surprise me, but still shake me to my core. As a New Hampshire resident, I often wonder when the next gun-related tragedy will hit home. Out of all the Democratic presidential candidates, there is ...

It’s still wrong to charge for info

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We've been down this road before, unfortunately. Rep. Patrick Long, D-Manchester, has proposed a bill that, if passed, would allow "a public body or agency to charge a fee for costs of retrieving public records under the right-to-know law." Think about that for a minute: A ...

Penn interview not journalism

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Whatever actor Sean Penn's cloak-and-dagger interview with Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is - vanity project, movie treatment, friendly chat between celebrity and sociopath - treating it as real journalism would be a mistake. Real journalism about the Mexican ...

Carly Fiorina has right kind of experience

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There are many good people running for president, but Carly Fiorina is the one I'm supporting. Here's why: Carly is not a politician. I am fed up with electing politicians who go to Washington and become part of a corrupt, do-nothing elitist class who work for their own benefit and exempt ...

Rubio well-qualified to be next president

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The New Hampshire presidential primary is almost upon us. I believe it is very important to seriously consider the vote each one of us will cast for the person who may be the next president of the United States. I plan to vote for Sen. Marco Rubio. I cannot think of anyone better to lead us. ...

Sanders is a proven environmental leader

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Dirty energy interests have been funding campaigns on both sides of the aisle for far too long. And money has a way of talking when it comes to politics. So when fossil fuel companies prop up nearly all major candidates for office, it is no secret why the country does nothing to fix our ...

Writer distorted the Second Amendment

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A recent article in The Telegraph by a Bedford resident in an attempt to reinterpret the Second Amendment gun ownership definition was nothing more than a Hillary Clinton endorsement, as mentioned at the article's conclusion. The letter's author should read more about the origin of the ...

Our choice for the GOP nomination

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The Republican presidential field includes four current or former governors (Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee and John Kasich), four sitting or former U.S. senators (Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Rick Santorum), along with a former CEO (Carly Fiorina), a neurosurgeon (Dr. Ben ...

Taxpayers footing PP’s Clinton donation

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As recently reported, Planned Parenthood, the same organization that claims it would be broke without federal funding, announced that it is endorsing Hillary Clinton before the 2016 presidential primaries begin. The organization also announced plans to spend millions to shake up the 2016 ...

Focus on fentanyl, not all opioids

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Why is the state all over opiods and trying to create laws to hassle, legitimate users of same? Fentanyl is clearly the problem, and I don't know of any doctors prescribing fentanyl for their patients. If we remove fentanyl deaths from the death total for 2015, we get 385 - 148 - 71 - 34 = ...

NH House vote shows who reps pander to

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Former Republican candidate for president John McCain co-sponsored the McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform bill. Former distinguished Nashuan Sen. Warren Rudman, R-N.H., strongly advocated campaign finance reform. On Jan. 7, 2016, the Republican-controlled New Hampshire House of ...

Natonal security knowledge Hassan’s fatal flaw

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America faces threats all across the globe, and it is now more important than ever that we have leaders who are capable and well-equipped to make choices that will keep our nation safe. As I observed Gov. Maggie Hassan's responses to several national security questions over the last few ...

House takes step back on transparency

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Imagine the furor if your local selectboard or city council quietly decided that although they would continue to meet in public, they would not tell you when they were actually going to make their decisions. Everyone would be outraged. But this is exactly what GOP House Speaker Shawn Jasper ...

Still failing on mental health

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New Hampshire received a failing grade of "substantial non-compliance" in the Jan. 5 report issued by Steven Day, the independent expert reviewer appointed by the federal court to monitor the Mental Health Settlement Agreement. The agreement resulted from the class-action ...

Looking back at the week in news

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The 'Man Who Fell to Earth' - David Bowie - departs it Amessage on the back cover of musician David Bowie's seminal 1972 album, "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars," advised that the music within was "TO BE PLAYED AT MAXIMUM ...

Cheap oil feels like good karma

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Inflation calculators are one of our favorite things about the Internet. It's interesting to plug in the current cost of, say, a pound of ground beef and see that paying $4.20 today is the equivalent of paying 79 cents per pound in 1973 dollars. It becomes an even more interesting exercise ...

Moore was on point on breastfeeding

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This is in response to Matt Murray's letter from Jan. 10. Mr. Murray did not catch Rep. Josh Moore's real point about public breastfeeding, nor about his sanctity-of-life views (which Mr. Murray rhetorically equated to "taking away women's access to health care"). Although ...

Might as well supply guns to immigrants

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The Second Amendment clearly states that the government shall not infringe upon the right of gun ownership. To his credit, President Barack Obama and Congress have protected this right admirably, and there is nothing in the document about who should regulate the militias it refers to. It ...