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NH Young Democrats: State should look ahead

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It is said that a budget speaks to our priorities and values. As the Legislature continues to debate New Hampshire’s priorities we, the New Hampshire Young Democrats, would like to take the opportunity to propose the values for the New Hampshire that we aspire to live in. It is ...

Concord: The smell of a sweetheart deal

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We understand why the organizations that provide insurance to most cities and towns in the state want to be out from under the thumb of the state Bureau of Securities Regulation. The BSR, after all, falls under the umbrella of Secretary of State Bill Gardner, who has proven himself a little ...

A rigged game in Concord

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On May 3, my local paper published a piece by Danielle Allen of the Washington Post on questions of freedom and equality. In it she asks, “Can the people and their representatives speak forth-rightly to one another and to other citizens or do some find themselves bowing and ...

Sometimes, ‘more’ is deemed to be less

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Sometimes I think my education was totally lacking. Despite a bachelor’s degree with a major in math and minors in English and social studies, and a master’s degree in education, it is becoming increasingly clear that I don’t understand our language. In Nashua, I ...

Government as it’s supposed to work

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When it comes to getting federal agencies to move off center, the Internal Revenue Service has a reputation of being an irresistible force and immovable object all rolled into one. Victims of tax-related identity theft have found that out the hard way in recent months when they tried to get ...

Probationary period for voting would disenfranchise many

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In recent years, New Hampshire has been at the forefront of a national Republican Party push to suppress voter turnout by complicating the election process. While the goal of these proposed roadblocks is questionable – no credible evidence has been presented to justify the Republican ...

Planned Parenthood’s switch

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I write in response to Planned Parenthood’s recent attack on Sen. Kelly Ayotte for putting forth a bill that seeks to make safe and effective contraceptives available to women over-the-counter without a prescription. Planned Parenthood and similar groups have previously endorsed ...

Guest editorial: Synthetic marijuana most decidedly is not pot

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There’s been a huge jump in monthly hospitalizations caused by a class of drugs often called “synthetic marijuana” – from 359 cases nationwide in January, to more than 1,500 in April, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers. This ...

Rand Paul taking road less traveled

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Rand Paul, the freshman senator from Kentucky, is quickly establishing himself as an outlier among the cavalcade of candidates seeking the Republican Party’s presidential nomination. Last week he bucked his party’s leadership by taking to the Senate floor to filibuster ...

Nothing wrong with accountability

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I would like to take a minute to respond to Connie Shultz’s most recent column (“First quote Jesus, then punish the poor,” May 23.) First, the title alone is totally wrong-headed. How is asking for accountability for a handout in any way punishment? She states ...

NH can’t afford business tax cuts

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Listen long enough in Concord and you’ll hear it. In discussions of New Hampshire’s budget, whether in committee rooms or in floor debates, not much time will pass before someone utters the refrain. “We must live within our means.” Legally, ...

Draw your own conclusions on Common Core

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New Hampshire, like many other states, recently scrapped its K-12 curriculum standards in favor of Common Core State Standards. You may be wondering how this happened and why there is widespread controversy surrounding Common Core. If you are, chances are that you are not alone. The birth of ...

Lasky: Rail would help the state

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In the Legislature, we talk a lot about what our workers and businesses need to thrive and grow here in New Hampshire. Rarely do legislators have the ability to give our businesses and our workers a clear vision that will help both. However, there is one issue that helps both and crosses ...

Looking back at the week in news

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Ireland vote on same-sex marriage reflects reality The fact that Ireland is nearly 84 percent Catholic makes the country’s recent popular vote to legalize same-sex marriage all the more impressive and influential. It sends a strong message to the rest of the world when more than a ...

There’s a cure for political corruption

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Under D.C. law, only small businesses with 50 or fewer employees can participate in the district’s health exchange for small businesses. In order to skirt this law, documents obtained by the nonpartisan government watchdog Judicial Watch show that Congress (which employs more than ...

Hillary Clinton knows about small businesses

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Much rhetoric is tossed about in today’s political arena concerning small businesses, most notably as it relates to the need for tax breaks and incentives to help them sustain and grow. Hillary Clinton knows firsthand the kinds of unique challenges small business owners face in ...

Main Street and the Tree Streets

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Nashua’s Main Street is, to use a term that was popular in another era, a classic “main drag.” While that phrase may conjure up images of teenagers in muscle cars cruising “the strip,” it was once a popular slang used to describe a ...

Kelly Ayotte birth-control bill is an insult to NH women

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As the largest reproductive health care provider and advocate in the region, Planned Parenthood Northern New England has always supported policies that expand women’s access to birth control, including making birth control available over the counter. Yet over-the-counter birth ...

Foster parents make a difference

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They are the stories that turn our stomachs: Parents who abuse and neglect their children to the point where the parents get hauled into court and a judge has to decide whether to remove the children from the home. Readers sometimes rail against the parents when such stories appear. ...

Comings and goings are part of natural downtown cycle

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As the executive director of Great American Downtown, with a keen focus on building and highlighting the economic and cultural vibrancy of downtown Nashua, I wanted to share my perspective regarding the announcement that owners of Alec’s Shoes plan to move their business in 2016 as ...