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The math doesn't look good for Rep. Frank Guinta Anew poll lends weight to those who believe Rep. Frank Guinta is unelectable. Guinta, the Republican who represents New Hamp­shire's 1st Congressional District, maintained that the $355,000 he loaned himself for his 2010 campaign did not come ...

Bergeron earned the public’s trust

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They'll mark the end of an era today in Nashua, when Paul Bergeron retires as Nashua city clerk. For 16 years Bergeron has supervised elections, kept track of public records and vital statistics, issued per­mits and administered oaths of office ... and a lot more. Bergeron, a former Eng­lish ...

New Hampshire drives hands-free

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The early returns are in and it appears that New Hampshire's new hands-free driving law is having its intended effect. New Hampshire on July 1 became the 15th state to ban the use of hand-held electronic devices behind the wheel, and police no­ticed the difference. "We would like ...

School chairman clarifies payout

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The Litchfield School Board wanted to clarify some points in regards to the recent changes in the School District. There has been a fair amount of misin­formation that has surfaced via both traditional and social media. The School Board wanted to clarify a few points and also advise the ...

State’s businesses don’t need giveaway

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America has recast the finan­cial chaos, unemployment and economic decline of the "Great Recession" into a rising economy. 1. Employment is up, 12 million jobs. 2. Housing sales are increasing. 3. Bankruptcies are at their lowest since 2007. There is no doubt the economy is ...

Governor should be focused on NH issues

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Maggie Hassan suddenly com­menting on foreign policy in the last couple of weeks, weighing in on the Iran deal and making statements about Israel. Shouldn't she be focused on resolving the budget crisis that she created? It's also becoming increasingly clear that her office has botched its ...

Senator takes issue with govenor’s veto

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I've had the pleasure of serving District 17 in the New Hampshire Senate this year. The legislature has worked on nearly 1,000 pieces of legislation, including the state's operating budget. Among the many actions we've sought in the budget which are aimed at bettering the state, the governor ...

Revolving doors and transparency

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush took aim at Congress on Monday in a speech in which he said lawmakers should be docked for missed votes and banned from working as lobbyists for six years after they leave office. He may be onto some­thing. Congress is an easy tar­get, after all, what with its ...

Right and wrong about Mr. Trump

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We were wrong about Donald Trump. Un­fortunately, we were also right about Trump. Back in January we pre­dicted that Trump would ul­timately decline to seek the presidency because "when it comes right down to it, his ego would never permit him to step off the porch." We ...

We should do more to stop the gun violence

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Senseless gun violence has struck America, this time in Tennessee, with five dead at two military facilities. America's response: "Thoughts and prayers" for the victims. Ap­parently, that's all we can do. Last week USA Today reported that since the horrific mass shootings at ...

BAE Systems backs NED pipeline proposal

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In a letter to the New Hamp­shire Public Utilities Commis­sion, BAE Systems endorsed Northeast Energy Direct (NED), a high-pressure natural gas pipeline, and urged the PUC to approve the precedent agree­ment between Liberty Utilities and Kinder Morgan. BAE Systems is one of New Hampshire's ...

Sen. Ayotte is right to worry about her job

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Sen. Kelly Ayotte is panicked about getting re-elected in 2016. She and her handlers have been peppering the media with words and images intended to bolster her sagging prospects and give the impression that she has been doing good for New Hamp­shire. Her latest assault on our senses is to ...

Working harder or hardly working

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Jeb Bush's recent clarion call for Americans to work longer hours was issued at a particularly inop­portune moment: In July, mil­lions of Bush's fellow citizens are on vacation, resting from their labors and savoring for a welcome change the plea­sures of not working. We sus­pect, though, ...

Tax cap is arbitrary and short-sighted

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My wife and I moved to Nash­ua from Manchester in 1971. We bought a house here in 1975 (where we live today) and raised our three children here. We are retired seniors now living on a fixed income so we are sensitive to inflationary pressures. But I have some concerns regarding the course ...

O’Malley’s immigration plan

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It was my great-grandfather who chose to immigrate to this country. His name was also Mar­tin O'Malley, and he came from Ireland at great personal risk. Although his native tongue was not English, but Irish, the hopes and dreams he had for his children - and his chil­dren's children -were ...

Come together on state budget

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As a former member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives and a longtime member of the Finance Commit­tee in the Senate, I believe that it is time for the legislature, both Democrats and Republicans, to get together and settle on an op­erating budget for the state. As most people ...

Big money funds presidential runs

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As money troubles go, Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush will no doubt gladly take the ones they The two presidential can­didates were at the top of the heap when the Federal Election Commission's cam­paign finance reports for the second quarter came out on Wednesday. Bush took in $11.43 ...

Medicare has been a life-saver for seniors

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Many seniors will tell you they don't know how they'd get along without Medicare. The 50th an­niversary of this very important program is coming July 30. Medi­care has done so much, and it can do even more which is why the anniversary is the perfect time to expand coverage to include hearing ...

Confederate flag is a symbol of oppression

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An opinion piece in The Sunday Telegraph (July 12) warned of overreacting to the symbolism of the Confederate flag. After care­ful consideration and research, I can respond. If you believe the words of Robert E. Lee, the flag represents treason and should never fly again. In war, the losing ...