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Camp Tramp: Now that I have your attention…

I did it. I went camping in the great outdoors. Braved monster mosquitos (I fended them off with my “Camping for Dummies” book), swam in cold water (we have a pool heater at home so I’m not sure what this nonsense was for), ate several grilled food groups, and slept on what I think was ...

Why we are Proud to cast our vote for Vice President Joe Biden

This year's Democratic National Convention will be historic for the nation and for our state of New Hampshire. The convention will be virtual, allowing more Americans to participate than ever before. We have a woman of color as the vice presidential nominee. And, for the first time since 1968, ...

Is the pledge dead?; education funding needs more options

While under cover of the novel coronavirus pandemic that grabbed everyone’s attention the last five or six months, the Education Funding Commission has been laying the groundwork for serious discussions on revamping the state’s broken education funding system. The commission was ...

Coming together to support our kids this fall

During a normal year studies show that children in grades 3-5 lose on average about 20% of the reading skills and 27% of the math skills they learned in the prior year. This phenomenon has been known and with us for many years and is called the summer slide. In normal years, we also have ...

We cannot wait for history to happen

On January 9, 1997, I was sworn in as Governor of New Hampshire. It was one of the most memorable days of my life. Surrounded by my husband, daughters, elected officials and the Granite Staters I swore to serve, I became the first woman elected to the highest office in the state. During my ...

Trump haters beware! It is time to set the record straight

Whenever I hear someone say they hate our President I ask them why and they say, “he lies”. They spew the same-old obsessive mantra that they hear from their preferred liberal “news” sources like CNN, MSNBC and the three main television networks, that Trump lies. Really? The old adage ...

Shopping in the shark tank: Nothing is gained by engaging in aisle rage

I just upped my umbrella policy to $1 million. Sooner or later I’m going to run over someone while moving in the wrong direction as I search for Ritz crackers. Grocery shopping has now become America’s most dangerous activity, right behind what the people do that I saw on Shark Week ...

‘Glamping:’ My trek begins, but first I have to overpack

I’m going camping. Please stop laughing. Actually, I’m going ‘glamping,’ a portmanteau of “glamorous” and “camping.” I’m not sleeping in a tent and for those of you who know me, you’re probably saying, no kidding. The idea of my sleeping in a tent is a bit like is the ...

It was a dark and stormy night: Hurricanes, tropical storms few and far between

In addition to this line being the opener of many of Snoopy’s graphic novels, the night of August 4 was indeed a dark and stormy night as the Nashua area prepared for Hurricane Isaias, bearing down upon us from an unusual western approach. Most of our storms track from the south. As we were ...

Constitutional rights must be protected

On Dec. 22, 2012, in an act of misguided revenge against gun-owners, New York’s Journal News published the names and addresses of 33,614 handgun permit holders in several counties just north of New York City. The paper obtained the list from county public records. Though citizen reaction ...

To open or not to open (and how)? That is the questions for schools

At a recent indoor Presidential campaign rally in Arizona, the Trump team made all attendees sign disclaimers saying they would not sue the campaign if they came down with the Coronavirus. In weeks, our superintendents and school boards in New Hampshire and beyond will be forced, in one way or ...

New Hampshire’s Commission on Emissions meeting; input sought, welcomed

New Hampshire’s businesses, municipalities, public health and health care professionals are increasingly aware of and concerned with the public health effects of our changing climate. An overwhelming body of evidence points to human activities such as using fossil fuels for transportation, ...

Living the life of Riley

We have a new addition to our family, Riley, a one-year-old lab mix pup from Mississippi. Being southern, he demands a Mint Julep every day at 3. Currently, we’re training him to be obedient. To be clear, we are being trained by the trainer to train the dog. Riley must be trained. Taxidermy ...

Dan Feltes will build a clean energy future for New Hampshire

During both a pandemic and a climate crisis, we need thoughtful, decisive leaders in office. We firmly believe Senator Dan Feltes is the right leader for this moment and the right person to launch our clean energy economy into the next decade. We cannot wait any longer to act. In the state ...