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Iran deal will be Obama’s worst foreign policy

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The Iran nuclear deal will go down as the worst foreign policy de­cision of President Barack Obama's career. For decades, the U.S. has stood strong against a nuclear armed Iran. We've taken the correct posi­tion that a country this dangerous should not be allowed any sort of nuclear ...

Tax cuts without revenue is ‘risk in hope of a gain’

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The speaker of the New Hamp­shire House is insisting the gov­ernor vetoed the budget because she was against a tax cut for 35,000 businesses. Today the governor agrees to a tax cut for 35,000 busi­nesses if the legislators have a plan to replace the unpaid revenue. Let's face it, losing ...

It’s over for Scott Walker campaign

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Just think of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker as the Herman Cain of the 2016 presidential campaign. Cain, you may remember, was a Republican candidate in the 2012 election who ap­peared - for a brief time, at least - to be gaining momen­tum. Then it all fell apart and the campaign shut down ...

Goodbye to Yogi

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Yogi Berra, who died Tuesday at the age of 90, is a good example of why we should never judge a book by its cover. When he came up to the Major Leagues with the New York Yankees in 1946, he was so ungraceful some called him "the ape." That changed over time, as he won three ...

Diversity key to kids’ success

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New Hampshire spends a lot of money on education, as we should. For the 2014-15 school year, we spent $17,233.48 for every stu­dent in public elementary and secondary education. The town of Croydon uses tuition money to send its children to different schools. Most attend public middle and ...

Nashua school custodians deserve better from board

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The Nashua Board of Educa­tion has voted not to renew the collective bargaining agree­ment they have had with the school custodians for well over 30 years. This came as a shock not just to the custodians, but to all school department employ­ees as word spread throughout the district. The ...

Board failed the transparency test

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Apparently, the Nashua Board of Education believed it was none of the public's business that they were thinking about not renewing the union contract covering 101 custodians in favor of hiring a private company to clean the district's schools. The first time the issue even came up in public ...

So long to Gov. Scott Walker

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Scott Walker, we hardly knew ye. So swiftly and decisively did the brash and overconfident young governor of Wisconsin flame out as a 2016 Republican presidential contender that one has to wonder why he ever thought he had a prayer. From the outset, Walker wore his survival of a recall ...

Suicide an issue worth discussing

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Suicide is a delicate, complicated topic and for far too long was something people didn't talk about. But it's a public health issue that merits discussion, and there's no time like the present. The National Alliance on Mental Illness has declared September to be National Suicide Prevention ...

Vote on terminating custodial union was budget-driven

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I would like to take this opportunity to respond to some of the questions around the Board of Education's votes to "terminate its collective bargaining agreement with the Nashua School Custodial Union as it relates to those positions identified as custodial..." and to ...

Bystanders can make a difference

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Bullying among our youth has become a hot button topic the last few years as well-publicized incidents, especially of cyberbullying, resulting in trauma and even suicides by victims have made headlines. A new study by the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New ...

Is the gas pipeline regulatory system really on the level?

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Recently a friend sent me an article titled "Hungry for Change at FERC" that appeared in "The Fight Back," a media site maintained by independent reporter Pete Tucker. The article reports that a small group of activists has been gathered before the Federal ...

Muslims are not our real problem

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We have a problem in this country. Lots of them, really, but one of them came to the fore at a Donald Trump rally in Rochester on Thursday night. "We have a problem in this country," the man at the rally said. "It's called Muslims. We know our president is one. You ...

Raise your voice to save the bobcat in NH

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We recently learned that its October meeting the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission will decide whether to go to rulemaking with a proposal to hunt, hound, bait and trap the state's much-loved and reclusive bobcat. The Fish and Game director said they would open a bobcat season to provide ...

Making important distinctions at border

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There needs to be a distinction made between people fleeing their countries because of persecution and people leaving to seek economic opportunities. It is not fair to expect European countries or the U.S. to accept everyone who enters illegally regardless of reason. There are millions of ...

GOP is complicit in nuclear deal with Iran

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The Corker-Menendez Bill that President Barack Obama signed recently states very clearly that all of the agreements with Iran, including the side agreements that nobody has seen, be presented to Congress for inspection and debate. Then and only then can an up-or-down vote for the agreement ...

Ayotte is part of the NH opioid solution

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I've seen way too many headlines about people overdosing, putting others in harm's way, or even dying because of their heroin use. This crisis is really out of control, and I've been trying to figure out who is taking it seriously and what is going to be done about it. It seems like Kelly ...

Questions course on proposed DPW garage

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The competency with which the city of Nashua is being managed raises major concerns. Is our current mayor trying to sabotage our soon-to-be new mayor? The city has made an offer to purchase a building on Burke Street to use as a DPW garage for $5 million, that requires another $10 million to ...

Flabbergasted by lack of BPW information

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Editor's note: This is a slightly edited version of a letter that was also sent to the Nashua Board of Aldermen. This is in regards to the public hearing scheduled for Monday, Sept. 21, relating to the Burke Street property purchase. During the Board of Public Works meeting on Sept. 17 I ...

Lessons learned about home

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There's nothing quite like coming home, especially when you've been away for a while. But how do you define "home," exactly? My wife is from Maine but so loves my native southern New Hampshire that she considers Nashua to be "home." And while I was born, ...