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Great pride in Nashua police

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I've worn many hats since taking my first paying job at the ripe, old age of 16. For a whopping $1.25-an-hour ($50 a week before taxes), I spent the summer of 1965 oiling soles at the former Sportwelt Shoe Co. on Lake Street. Back then, leather soles were dyed black by dipping them in a big ...

Looking back at the week in news

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Litchfield voters will soon face a fire station dilemma Local towns such as Litchfield have asked voters to approve the building of a new fire station for years. In Litchfield, the Fire Department says cramped bays can no longer hold all of its vehicles, there's no place to store the ...

Proud member of the most stressed-out generation

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Has the universe ever sent you multiple signs pointing to a recurring message, the cosmic equivalent of a friendly, yet persistent poke? That's how the practice of mindfulness was introduced to me. I am someone who is often described as anxious, high-strung and a worrier. I've been known to ...

Celebrating with good behavior

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To those who are well beyond their prime partying years, one ritual in the celebration of a hometown championship has never really computed. Why do college-aged fans find it necessary to chuck beer cans through windows, start fights, set fires and tip over cars as they pour out of the bars ...

Improving President Trump’s 7 nation list

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President Donald Trump's executive order bans people from seven Muslim countries. Since our war on terror began on Sept. 11, 2001, no radicals from these countries have killed anyone in America - zero. It is interesting to note that 15 of the 19 terrorists on that fateful day were from Saudi ...

Pro-life push fails, adds problems

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I sympathize with the efforts of the pro-life movement and the March for Life as, I too, would like to see the number of abortions reduced. However, I am concerned the goals of defunding Planned Parenthood and overturning Roe v. Wade would backfire, if successful, and cause unintentional harm ...

It’s not smart to bet against Pats’ Brady

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It looked to me like that gleaming Super Bowl LI trophy was fully inflated. What did you think? Once again Tom Brady proved that he does not need under inflated footballs to win anywhere, anytime, under any circumstances. Amen. Jack Graceffa Hollis

Keeping renewable energy in NH’s future

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Renewable energy is generally considered a good thing, but there is currently a bill (House Bill 225) that would repeal New Hampshire's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). The RPS requires utilities to get a percentage of electricity from renewable sources like solar and wind. We need to keep ...

Council should vote against Mr. Edelblut

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I encourage the Executive Council to vote no on the confirmation of Frank Edelblut as commissioner of education. In defining the post, New Hampshire law states the commissioner and deputy commissioner "shall be qualified to hold their positions by reason of education and ...

Keeping bad guys from guns

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"The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," according to NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre just after the Sandy Hook massacre. If a "bad guy" pulls out a gun and starts shooting, the only answer, according to Mr. ...

Enough with link to sports, politics

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While it was impossible to ignore the improbable and historic Super Bowl comeback on Sunday night, the bigger battleground for far too many was in the Twitterverse instead of on the gridiron. The New England Patriots completed the most spectacular Super Bowl victory over the Atlanta Falcons ...

Fed will look to lighten its load

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The Federal Reserve's first meeting of the new year, set for Tuesday and Wednesday, isn't likely to generate many fireworks or any great surprises. Almost no one expects another interest-rate increase, though there'll doubtless be more ahead down the road. What will be most interesting, ...

Don’t overshadow the opioid battle

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The 2016 campaign season is over, but political stunts are timeless. There are some grandstanding efforts, however, that shouldn't need the extra attention to showcase or impress upon the public the seriousness of an issue. Last Friday, New Hampshire's two Democratic senators joined nearly ...

Corporations have edited the Constitution

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The president of the richest country in the world plans to reduce taxes on the richest American corporations in the world - making America great again. You can dig as deep as you like, it's the same gold mine swindle of years past. The rich get the gold, the miners get the shaft. Corporate ...

Building a wall is illogical

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Trumps' wall will will in blocking Mexican drug cartels. It will work because, those people, with untold millions of resources and tech-savvy kids have never heard of boats, which are transport devices for water that could loop around both the eastern and western sides of a landlocked ...

Make ‘Statesmanship’ great again

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We now have a new administration to lead our nation. We have 435 representatives in the U.S. House and we have 100 senators, some newly elected, some re-elected and some current. And, we have a president and vice president, both newly elected. Simply stated, we elect only 537 of our key ...

The left won’t stop threatening violence against President Trump

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We're barely a week and a half into President Trump's administration, and the left is in sheer panic mode. We've seen headlines blaring that Trump instituted a Muslim ban (he didn't). We've seen speculation that the Trump White House's failure to clearly inform the Department of Homeland ...

Senate should deny Pruitt’s nomination as EPA head

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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has made a lengthy career of challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and putting the interests of polluters over the health of its citizens. He has challenged the EPA in over 14 cases threatening public health safeguards, such as the Clean ...

Edelblut wrong for schools

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I like Frank. Although we do not see eye-to-eye on many issues, Commissioner of Education designee Frank Edelblut and I have never shied away from candid conversations about the challenges facing our state. When I ran Open Democracy and the NH Rebellion, Frank was one of the few Republican ...

Travel ban’s optics are unAmerican

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President Donald Trump's advocates are quick to defend his executive order on immigration by pointing out it is not a ban on Muslims, but merely a stiffer vetting of refugees from countries where Muslims are a majority. Trump's measure prohibits admittance of refugees to the U.S., as well as ...