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Ayotte contributed to country’s dysfunction

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Kelly Ayotte is attempting to look like she is doing her job by caring about opioid abuse and caring about high school students. However, doing her doing real job as senator, she is a failure. She is failing her constitutional duty of "advise and consent" for Supreme Court ...

Ayotte not doing job she was elected to do

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I was at the protest described in Monday's Telegraph story, "Ayotte's stance draws crowd in Nashua," because I did my job every day for 30 years. It's time for Sen. Kelly Ayotte to do hers. We've got a highly qualified, experienced nominee in Judge Merrick Garland, and the ...

Further to climb toward economic stability

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If you've ever been out for a hike, you know it can happen. You've been trudging along for a few hours and the top of the mountain finally seems within reach. Yet, after climbing further, you realize it was only a false summit hiding the true peak; you've actually still got a long way to go ...

Spending-cap starvation cap

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Privatizing custodial services at Nashua schools is only the latest event in a serial self-imposed starvation-by-spending-cap. Every year Nashua schools thrash under commitments and spending-cap limits that have nothing to do with funding good education. In its budget changes for FY 2016, the ...

Looking back at the week in news

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Administration sets new record for unfound records President Barack Obama's administration has set new records in failing to turn over documents to journalists and in dragging its feet, sometimes for years, when it does comply. It should come as no surprise, then, that the administration ...

Apple’s insupportable position may now be irrelevant

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One inevitable sequel to a terrorist attack is seeing the ugly mugs of creeps-turned-monsters thrust before us over a multitude of news cycles. Another is a debate over cellphone encryption. Encryption is a means of turning information into secret code. Terrorists communicate through ...

If leaders won’t lead, we have to

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> The New Hampshire Ex­ecutive Council - the body that approves spending state money ap­propriated by the Legisla­ture - approved contracts worth nearly $11.5 million on Wednesday to provide treatment and recovery ser­vices for people addicted to opioids. Keystone Hall - the ...

Singer seeks donations for soldiers

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>To the Editor: I have been singing the national anthem at many venues all over the New England area, and have never charged for any of them. I have been trying to get my record-setting numbers up and never worried about receiving any monies for them. Here are the records I have ...

State mandates not exempt from city spending cap

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>The Nashua spending cap enacted through a vote of our residents in 1993 is now in its 23rd year. It overcame an ini­tiative led by the teachers union to recall it at the polls. It withstood at­tempts by elected officials whose campaigns were financed by government unions to ...

FAA privatization bad for NH

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> Members of Congress are currently debating an issue that will impact nearly every American and certainly those here in New Hamp­shire: the operation of our country's air-traffic control system. Some Re­publicans in Congress are attempting to privatize the U.S. air-traffic control ...

Docs should take guidelines to heart

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control last week rolled out the first-ever set of national standards for medical professionals to follow when prescribing opioids for patients suffering from chronic pain. It's a shame they had to. Sadly, the standards were driven by the national opioid epidemic ...

Look carefully at frivolous bills

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New Hampshire House Speaker Shawn Jasper is going to appoint a committee to look at how to limit the number of bills that are filed in Concord each year, according to a story in the Concord Monitor. The problem, as Jasper sees it, is the amount of frivolous legislation filed by members - more ...

Dedicate money to fight Zika outbreak

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Republicans in Congress are refusing to allocate emergency funding to fight the Zika virus because, they say, the Obama administration could transfer money that was previously budgeted for the response to Ebola. This is a senseless and dangerous idea. Last month, President Obama asked ...

Landlords up in arms over change

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There's a straightforward answer to those Nashua landlords who are worried about proposed changes to the way the city enforces building-code ordinances: If you are in compliance, you should have nothing to worry about. Landlords turned out in large numbers at city meetings over the past few ...

Campaign vitriol too intense for nomination

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I want to respond to a recent column in this paper by former U.S. Rep. Dick Swett attacking Sen. Kelly Ayotte on her Supreme Court position. Since Rep. Swett hasn't been in office for a while, perhaps he's forgotten what the Constitution actually says about this issue. It clearly states that ...

FBI victory is privacy win for terrorists

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As someone who led the development of security technologies and products at Digital Equipment Corp. and later Sun Microsystems, I find the FBI's effort in tormenting Apple to create a special version of iOS to break into the iPhone is deliberate, misguided and dangerous, and will ultimately ...

Swett misses point on court nomination

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Former Congressman Dick Swett's piece in The Sunday Telegraph last weekend totally missed the point on the Supreme Court vacancy argument. Sen. Kelly Ayotte has argued that the people should have a say in this all-consuming presidential race before we confirm a new Supreme Court justice. I ...

Climate change a threat to military, economy

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Agreeing on policy positions is easy when you work hard at finding common ground. I served my community as a strong conservative Republican as a state senator in New Hampshire. I am a 35-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps who saw combat in Iraq and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and ...

Making a real difference

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I get the opportunity each month through this column to shine a spotlight on instances of leadership being demonstrated "under the radar" within our community. It's within this context that I invite you to read about a really neat example of leadership happening here in our ...

Looking back at the week in news

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Meeting with court nominee should be only the first step It was good to see Sen. Kelly Ayotte backpedal on her earlier decision not to even meet with President Barack Obama's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, but she should go further. Ayotte initially said she wouldn't meet with the ...