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Collapse of the middle class

With people being pushed to both ends of the spectrum, the middle class has decreased considerably in size. In 1971, the middle class made up 61 percent of the adult population, and by 2014 it accounted for less than 50 percent. This is all a direct result of corporations leading the charge to ...

Cooperation

What is happening between the school boards of Mont Vernon and Amherst is a lesson in cooperation from which everyone can take note. The two boards are working together to figure out a way to deal with kindergarten class-size issues, and when we say “working together,” we mean it. And ...

Revoke clearance

For many years, I held a Secret, and once a Top Secret, security clearance working as a senior research and development engineer on a wide variety of government contracts. A security clearance is granted only following an exhaustive background check, for you are trusted with national secrets. ...

Strong moral compass

The guest columnist in the Aug. 5 Sunday opinion page says those of us who object to the Trump regime tearing children away from their parents at our southern border should check our “moral compass.” Really? She argues that agents of the federal government kidnapping children is just ...

Do your homework

Sept. 11, primary voting day, is only weeks away. With the primary vote, we choose our candidates for the November ballot. In a recent Margate Resort and Conference event held by the Democrats, we Laconia-area voters listened to Democratic party candidates for Carol Shea-Porter’s ...

Naomi Shines

I was narrowing down my choices in the Democratic primary to replace Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter. Then I heard Naomi Andrews, Shea-Porter’s former Chief of Staff, was running. I’ve known Naomi for many years and I did not hesitate to choose her as my candidate. She not only worked on ...

Fernald right for job

We support Mark Fernald for State Senate, New Hampshire District 9. Here’s why. Mark is willing to address the third rail of New Hampshire politics, New Hampshire’s tax system, and to explain why doing nothing is no longer an option. Over two-thirds of all state and local taxes raised ...

Not partisan issue

Today, I read an article in the NYT “Globe rallies newspapers to protect free press.” The article described the Boston Globe’s call for newspapers across the country to respond in unison on Aug. 16 to the presidents unprecedented attack on the first amendment calling any news outlet that ...

The threat of 3D guns

From the time of the Columbine shootings to the Parkland shootings in Florida, our legislators have made no progress in enacting common sense gun control. Over the past year NH Democrats have actively pushed for gun safety legislation including a ban on bump stocks and an amendment that would ...

Levesque get A+

Melanie Levesque will get my vote for New Hampshire State Senate in the primary on Sept. 11 and the general election on Nov. 6. I’ll vote for her not only because I was her sixth-grade teacher and know how very smart she is, but because our Senate needs experienced, well-informed leaders who ...

Support Andrews

This year’s primary and general elections for the New Hampshire 1st District Congressional seat are of great importance to the citizens of New Hampshire. Our country is clearly at a crossroads in 2018. Will we continue down a road fueled with hate, distrust, and finger pointing, or will we ...

Opioids are not political

This week, Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican, unveiled a plan for how he believes the state should spend nearly $46 million worth of federal grants to combat New Hampshire’s opioid epidemic. “This is a one-time opportunity to really get it right, and really set the state up with an ...

Cardinal Wuerl must go

WASHINGTON – In 1972, Pope Paul VI warned that “the smoke of Satan has entered the Church of God.” We see that smoke throughout the report from a Pennsylvania grand jury, which alleges that more than 300 priests abused more than 1,000 children in six Pennsylvania dioceses – including 99 ...

Trump’s attack on intelligence community smacks of Nixon

WASHINGTON – A telling measure of President Donald Trump’s determination to escape from the clutches of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller is his bold revocation of the security clearance of John Brennan, the former CIA director with a lifetime of knowledge and understanding of the ...

Define ‘historic’

Tuesday’s primary results were hailed as “historic” by a number of media outlets. “Vermont Democrats made history Tuesday,” declared the Burlington Free Press. NPR framed the matter with the same word, “historic,” as did The New York Times, ABC and others. Most were pealing the ...

Stop rise of meth

Tens of millions of dollars worth of federal money are on the way to New Hampshire to battle the ongoing opioid epidemic. Because the Granite State continues struggling to reduce addiction to heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil, hydrocodone, oxycodone and other potentially deadly opioids, the urgency ...

GOP must vote for Dems

The most memorable campaign event I attended in 2016 was a rally for John Kasich in Rhode Island. The participants seemed the cream of the middle class – many old-fashioned small-business Republicans as my father was. The Ohio governor spoke on the benefits of not being angry with everyone ...

What to think of Omarosa

In June 2016, Omarosa Manigault Newman made this prediction about her boss, presidential candidate Donald Trump: “Every critic, every detractor will have to bow down to President Trump. It’s everyone who’s ever doubted Donald, whoever disagreed, whoever challenged him. It is the ultimate ...

Markets know better than bureaucrats what society needs

WASHINGTON – Governments, seemingly eager to supply their critics with ammunition, constantly validate historian Robert Conquest: The behavior of any bureaucratic organization can best be understood by assuming that it is controlled by a secret cabal of its enemies. Consider North ...

Who is the mayor? What does he do?

Public opinion in politics almost always deals with what citizens feel about national issues. Whether it be gun control, immigration or the Federal Reserve, the issue weighing on minds always seems to be one that has its heart in Washington, D.C. For a city as small as Nashua, it is difficult ...