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Issuing an election challenge

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Recently, I officially entered the race for Executive Council to represent the 33 towns of District 5 where I was raised. As a candidate for our state's highest governing body, I owe the people of southern New Hampshire a clear explanation of why I seek this office and the manner in which I ...

FDA passes up an opportunity

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Electronic cigarettes have boomed since their introduction to the U.S. market in 2007, fueling the growth of an industry that went largely unregulated until last month. That's when the Food and Drug Administration finally announced federal restrictions on the devices, including a ban on sales ...

Attack on Hassan an affront to NH

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The recent television trash ad attacking Gov. Maggie Hassan on the issue of opioid abuse is the worst kind of electioneering, though it was entirely foreseeable. It involves an outside group, One Nation, spending more than $4 million for ads telling New Hampshire voters that Hassan dropped ...

Veronica’s story can teach us all to live

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The telling tale of Veronica described by Michelle Malkin in her article, "Measuring life by the spoonful and taking what it gives you" (June 9) reminds me of a quote by famous writer Khalil Gibran that "life is the only flower that blooms without the aid of ...

Go after those who sell guns illegally

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In reply to your editorial on gun violence in Chicago: We do not want that here - that is why we are armed. The city of Chicago restricts gun ownership, thereby making more victims. I am sure that you could find many more victims of all kinds of violence in Chicago who could have defended ...

Sanders has done the country a service

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With the Democratic primary coming to a close, I want to commend Bernie Sanders for the role he has played in shaping the conversation this primary season and for bringing millions of people into the political process. In July, Republicans will name Donald Trump as the official nominee of the ...

Nashua district at a crossroads

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I retired from the Nashua School District in June 2015 after 27 years; 21 as a school psychologist and five as special education director, serving on the superintendent's administrative team. I am writing out of grave concern for the direction the district is taking. Losing the top three ...

A plan to bridge New Hampshire’s skills gap

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New Hampshire has drawn recognition for having one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation. But when you dig deeper, there is some cause for concern: Many young people are struggling to find work while businesses are struggling to hire skilled employees, particularly in New Hampshire's ...

A plan to support innovation, foster job growth

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All across New Hampshire, we continue to see signs of a strengthening economy driven by innovation. Our unemployment rate is now 2.6 percent, among the lowest in the country and our lowest in over 15 years. And for the third year in a row, we were ranked the strongest state in the nation ...

Ode to local farm stands

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Let's talk fresh veggies. I read with interest the story last week about expansion of the Nashua Farmer's Market and its move to Le Parc de Notre Renaissance Francaise on Water Street. This bodes well for folks who prefer fresh produce from local growers to the stuff typically found in larger ...

Looking back at the week in news

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Making an impact on kids halfway around the world At a time when it seems to have become trendy in some warped circles to look down upon the less fortunate and people from other countries and cultures, along comes a heartening story from Merrimack Middle School. Sewing students have been ...

Emily Doe has much to teach us

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As America grapples with sexual assault on college campuses, the letter that a 23-year-old victim read to her attacker in court last week should be required reading. "Emily Doe" delivered her victim impact statement, a searing 12-page letter, at Thursday's sentencing of ...

Trump vs. Curiel: facts are still facts

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Donald Trump's claim that he couldn't get fair treatment from Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel because the judge's Mexican heritage is in conflict with Trump's comments on the campaign trail is absurd on its face. Trump originally claimed of the judge that "he's a Mexican," which is ...

Freezing tuition is not a strategy

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New Hampshire policymakers want to have it both ways when it comes to higher education. Out of one side of their mouths, they say they want a system that lines up with the needs of business and industry in the state. But they also say - through their actions - that they're fine with having ...

Next to Chicago, we live in Eden

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According to the Chicago Sun-Times, there were 33 shootings in the city of Chicago this past weekend. That's actually an improvement over the previous weekend - the Memorial Day holiday weekend - when there were 64 shootings, seven of them fatal, The New York Times reported. Yet somehow that ...

Supporting the F-35 project supports NH

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Our support of the groundbreaking F-35 project is vital to New Hampshire's economy. There are more than 50 New Hampshire companies that supply parts or services for the F-35, directly employing over 600 people in our state. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. Other New Hampshire small ...

It has been an honor and privilege to serve

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I want to let you know what a privilege and honor it has been to represent my neighbors in Nashua's Ward 3 as their state representative for these past two years. The experience has been enriching for me and not a day has gone by in Concord where I did not learn something procedurally or ...

The speech she would like to deliver

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Admiral W.H. McRaven gave an inspiring speech to University of Texas graduates in 2014. His advice was to make your bed every day. I love it. I've told my teenage kids to start making their bed. I then started thinking, what would my speech be like? I know full well a boring, middle-aged ...

Losing the war against bacteria

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If an enemy threatened the United States with mass casualties possible, Americans would be willing to spend the money and make the sacrifices necessary to confront it. Well, the country faces such an enemy. Recently came the news that a patient in the United States carried bacteria resistant ...

Quite simply, The Greatest

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Leonard Bernstein, the great composer who gave the world "West Side Story" and knew a thing or two about culture, once called Elvis Presley the greatest cultural force of the 20th century. In light of the passing of Muhammad Ali, the former heavyweight who died on Friday at ...