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SB61, Right to Work, should be voted Inexpedient to Legislate

Here it is, again. SB61 is boilerplate from ALEC, part of the Koch network – a a union, a collective of corporations seeking to define public policy. SB 61, misleadingly named “Right to Work” (RTW), has a long history that explains the purpose of the bill clearly. Its’ proponents ...

It’s an oxy, moron

I was driving last Sunday through different towns and cities in the area, when I came across the sign for a restaurant, “Chateau Italiano,” wondering what kind of bread they would serve, French loaf or Italian? Are the waiters snooty mimes who talk with their hands? Is the restaurant ...

President Biden cares

People said that President Joe Biden would live his religion. He is doing that. Jesus said, “What you do to the least of your brethren is what you do to Me.” President Biden cares about people trying to escape poverty, violence, prostitution and murder. There is no easy solution to the ...

Raise the Wage Act

The federal minimum wage has been stuck at the poverty wage of $7.25 per hour for 11 years. Unlike every other New England state, which has raised its minimum wage, our New Hampshire legislators have refused to honor the majority bi-partisan support for doing so. This cruel state ...

Be part of N.H.’s civic spring

Democracy is not a spectator sport and its time many more Granite Staters engage to get our democracy functioning better. All residents should binge watch Civics Slam! with David Alcox, brought to you by the New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education (search Civics Slam at ...

A Trump guy?

I recently heard Gov. Chris Sununu will run for the U.S. Senate. That’s too bad. Gov. Sununu vetoed more than 60 bills, most of which were nonpartisan. Of particular concern is gerrymandering, whereby politicians choose their voters rather than voters choosing their representatives. The ...

Who rules?

Who holds the reins of government? Are we the people well-read and self-determining to understand what our elected representatives of this democratic republic are doing? NO, most people do not even know the names of their “representatives” nor do they know what’s really going on, and ...

Remember when?

Remember when Nashua was a small city of less than 40,000? Remember when your mom and my mom and your sisters and my sisters could walk down sidewalks on Main Street on Christmas Eve, and knew 80% of all the people they met, and ... do so after dark while feeling absolutely safe and happy in ...

Moving all these vaccines

The steps our state government is taking are necessary for us to finally end this pandemic. We are so close, and our government must do what it can to bring us to the finish line. President Biden has encouraged states to ensure full vaccine eligibility beginning on May 1. Just a few more weeks ...

Are special interests running things?

We’ve seen many similar bills that attempt to ‘urbanize’ rural towns in New Hampshire by favoring high-density construction over single-family homes. These bills should be sent to the trash bin. At HB 341’s hearing, two out-of-state lobbyists were allowed to testify in favor; one ...

Vote for Bill Boyd

On April 13, Merrimack residents have the opportunity to ensure their voices aren’t only heard at the State House, but amplified, by voting to elect Bill Boyd as their state representative. Bill has shown Merrimack residents his dedication to the community’s safety through his work on ...

We need Wendy Thomas

Merrimack voters, I respectfully ask you to consider voting for Wendy Thomas for State Representative in the special election on April 13. I first came to know Wendy when her children were enrolled in my classes at Merrimack High School where I served as the social studies department head for ...

We need an assault weapon ban

An assault-weapons ban is probably going to have to start at the ballot box in the November 2022 midterms. After all, how many more silver bullets does president Joe Biden have left in his executive order arsenal after all the excellent counteracting he’s done, in about two months time, of ...

Who will keep our liberties safe?

What if liberty and democracy are opposites? What if the principle underlying liberty is to restrain the government to maximize individual autonomy? What if the principle underlying democracy is to unleash the government to give the people whatever they want? What if personal liberty is an ...

Americans should not have to live in foxholes

In the 14 days after the death of George Floyd, 19 people across the country died in violent protests. Not all the deaths were gun-related, and some of the dead were engaged in criminal activity. Nonetheless, the nation responded with shock and talked of little else in the weeks that followed. ...

Sidney Powell admits it was all a lie

The Big Lie is starting to unravel. One of Donald Trump's disinformation stars, Sidney Powell, is backing down. But while we're considering the matter of truth and lies, let's recall when conservatives cared about truth (or seemed to). In the 1990s, Guatemalan activist Rigoberta Menchu was a ...

Right to work … for more

The world is in the midst of a global pandemic, the likes of which we haven’t experienced in more than 100 years. And there is one very important thing that the New Hampshire General Court can do to help New Hampshire’s economy come out of the pandemic stronger than it went in. Pass a ...