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Right-to-Know still has loopholes

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If your local school board or board of selectmen were going to talk about you behind closed doors, wouldn't you want to know about it? Human nature being what it is, most people would. You might even like to know what was said. Fortunately, the law gives members of the public who are the ...

Letters to the Editor – March 17, 2016

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> Celebrate Earth Day with the world Earth Hour - a global event - will be observed in New England on Saturday, March 19, from 8:30-9:30 p.m. This grassroots movement, begun in 2007 to unite people in caring for our planet, has grown every year as more people become conscious of ...

Croydon case not about education

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Afascinating hearing was held in a Sullivan County courtroom last week featuring a tiny school district that, until recently, was probably best known for having one of the last one-room schoolhouses in the state. The Croydon School District is being sued by the state of New Hampshire for ...

Agency study is a good first step

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Residents who care about the well being of New Hampshire's children should be encouraged by the steps taken last week by the New Hampshire Executive Council, which voted unanimously to contract with an outside agency to conduct an independent quality-assurance review of the Division of ...

If your business is your business

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The right to privacy, as we know it, was born late in the 19th century. Will we let it die in the early years of the 21st? There's been much focus of late on a particular iPhone. The one in question: a device used by one of the shooters in the terrorist massacre in San Bernardino, Calif., ...

Public money and the right to know

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The Nashua Board of Education is caught between the rock of a spending cap and the hard place of higher costs. Even with Mayor Jim Donchess generously setting the school cap at 2 percent - more than the overall city cap of 1.3 percent - the Board of Education still has to cut about $700,000 ...

Public money and the right to know

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The Nashua Board of Education is caught between the rock of a spending cap and the hard place of higher costs. Even with Mayor Jim Donchess generously setting the school cap at 2 percent - more than the overall city cap of 1.3 percent - the Board of Education still has to cut about $700,000 ...

Water district serves an important purpose

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Lately, water has been making headlines, but not in a good way. Flint, Mich., is not the only community suffering from bad decisions and inaction to upgrade aging infrastructure. Newark, N.J., found lead levels in its drinking water in 30 city public schools exceeded drinking water ...

Can 1st Amendment survive the Information Age?

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As Apple tries to fend off government demands for access to iPhone content, the company is leaning on free speech arguments as a key part of its defense in a California courtroom. On the other end of the country, 10 separate lawsuits have piled up this year against net neutrality rules, with ...

Gamesmanship in the US Senate

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The first official business of a member of Congress is to raise their right hand and swear an oath to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States." This oath and the document it is based upon help to bind together our democracy. The oath ensures that the ...

A national tragedy in our midst

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I'd like to introduce you to a Vietnam vet named "Vince." Vince makes his home near a former Navy base (now the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center) in North Charleston, S.C. He lives in one of the toughest, most crime-ridden areas in the greater Charleston metro area, ...

Looking back at the week in news

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Nancy Reagan was about far more than 'Just say no' During the first half of the nation's history, wives of our presidents received little public credit or even notice for their behind-the-scenes involvement in public affairs. But that changed to the point that Americans have understood for ...

Letters to the Editor – March 10, 2016

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BOA is being penny wise, pound foolish In rejecting the $40,000 Climate Health Adaptation Plan grant, the Nashua Board of Aldermen has proven itself to be penny wise and pound foolish. Alderman Ken Siegel's comment that the grant wouldn't prevent cyclonic activity in the Pacific Ocean shows ...

On a (fast) road to nowhere

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> In "Field of Dreams," Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella hears a voice that tells him "If you build it, they will come." That same voice seems to be whis­pering to elected officials with regard to publicly financed broadband. In 2009, to great fanfare, the ...

House’s calendar is key to Concord

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> One of our favorite reads this time of year is the weekly calendar of the New Hampshire House of Representatives. We know it's dry stuff, sure, but if you care about govern­ment, it should be on your list, because it is absolutely criti­cal to following the proceed­ings of the New ...

Neglect bill easy yes for senators

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Abill requested by the state Department of Health and Human Services to add a parent's use of heroin to the definition of child neglect should be passed swiftly by the Legislature. Frankly, it's hard to believe it's not already part of the law. The bill being debated by the Senate was ...

Need real data on net metering

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It's time to set the record straight on net energy metering. The N.H. CleanTech Council and the Granite State Hydropower Association which represents hundreds of businesses and thousands of employees across New Hampshire, would like to explain what net metering is and why it works for all ...

We need respect, not agreement

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Some people have expressed discomfort with the tone that has pervaded recent meetings of the Nashua Board of Education. "I don't know what's going on in this district, I don't like it, and it does not represent what Nashua is or was," teacher Adam Marcoux, vice president of ...

Obama should nominate now

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More than two weeks after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, President Obama has not named a nominee for the vacant seat on the Supreme Court. Instead, he appears to be succumbing once again to his persistent belief that congressional Republicans can be reasoned with if only he tries hard ...

You spell Trump with a capital T

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Sen. Marco Rubio has called Donald Trump a "con artist" and says he's going to expose him as such. Rubio is right and he is wrong. Sure, Trump's campaign patter is not so far removed from that of Professor Harold Hill in "The Music Man," the story about a ...