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It is high time to resume health care visits and check-ups

In the Spring of 2020, we braced for the hurricane-like forces of COVID-19. We all stocked up on home supplies, we kept our children home from school, and many of us stayed home from work. We stayed off the roads and out of stores. We sheltered in place. With the early storm warnings, we ...

A good policy for the people of N.H. and for our workforce and economy

It’s been a long time coming, but Democrats in the NH Senate and House have persevered. By this time next year, adult Granite Staters enrolled in Medicaid will finally have access to a full range of essential dental care. Until now, Medicaid recipients, including nursing home residents, ...

Keeping postsecondary education within reach

A recent blog post by Phil Sletten, Research Director for the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute, drew attention to the myriad of financial measures by which New Hampshire’s support for public higher education lags that of other states. That post also identified some of the adverse ...

A whole lot of joy over the new addition to our family

We’ve all seen the headlines about gender reveals gone wrong. Smoke bombs and pyrotechnics that were supposed to burn pink or blue to announce whether a couple’s baby is a girl or a boy have caused wildfires, explosions and destruction of property. So when Younger Sister offered to put ...

One bright light has gone out

Recently, America lost one of the greatest political minds of a generation. Mark Shields, perhaps best known as a fierce, liberal commentator on the PBS News Hour for over 30 years recently passed away in his home in Chevy Chase, Maryland. To me, Mark was more than a brilliant political ...