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Bringing people together to get things done for NH

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Here in New Hampshire we expect our elected officials to put politics aside for the benefit of our state and our nation. That's what I have done, and what I will continue to do as your Congresswoman. We face serious challenges, and the people of New Hampshire's Second District deserve someone ...

Making a community impact

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A challenge to every nonprofit is to communicate in clear terms its mission and then to demonstrate how that mission is relevant. The better job the organization does at this, the more likely it will be to attract volunteers and donors who will bring that mission to life. At United Way, we ...

Looking back at the week in news

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Nashua helps make voting accessible to all residents Voter apathy has concerned local officials for many years. Sometimes, though, people don't vote simply because they have no way to get to the polls - or no way to get to the polls without paying for it. While many signs point to the Nov. 8 ...

Hungary refugee attitude a danger

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Hungary's anti-immigrant referendum last week was declared invalid because less than half of the electorate turned out. But it is distressing that 3.3 million voters, or more than 98 percent of those who cast ballots, favored the proposal by Prime Minister Viktor Orban to reject European ...

A big good-bye to our Big Papi

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Sports fans across New England this week watched David Ortiz - the only constant in an ever-changing squad of big-money free agents, scrappy youngsters and bearded chemistry guys - step into the batter's box for the final time Monday night at Fenway Park in a loss to the Cleveland ...

Ayotte has become a political opportunist

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What makes a good leader? I look for someone who stands by her convictions and displays good judgment at all times. During the primary season Kelly Ayotte was not a Trump supporter. After the primaries she looked at the polls in New Hampshire which showed support for Trump among Republicans ...

Will Nashua become a sanctuary city soon?

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After reading the Sept. 17 article in The Telegraph about Nashua becoming a "Welcoming City," I am concerned about Nashua's future on at least two levels. Are we being led in the direction of becoming a sanctuary city? Alderman Dan Moriarty was singled out and personally ...

The ‘Welcoming City’ opposition appalling

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Letter to the Editor The Board of Aldermen meeting is over and my wish to see Nashua as a Welcoming City was met. At the same time I reflect on basic human question: How am I being seen? I witnessed how seven aldermen seemingly forgot they were elected by Nashua citizens to represent their ...

Anthem protest reaches NH field

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New Hampshire has largely been spared the turmoil that has been sweeping communities each time a black or brown man is killed in a confrontation with law enforcement. Police here, we believe, are better trained and the state's minorities are few. That doesn't mean that driving while black ...

It’s a mistake to discount the law

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's pledge to make America's streets safer is nonsense, opponent Hillary Clinton has insisted. Why, the nation already is safe, she explains. Let us give her the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps she just was not aware of an upsurge in violent ...

Support the city’s art and music scene

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Nashua, where were you? We have in our midst Symphony NH, conducted by Maestro Jonathan McPhee. The performances are always superb. The presentation on Sunday afternoon was truly special. But there were too many empty seats at the Keefe Center for the Arts at Elm Street Middle School. Come ...

Overwhelmingly clear choice for US Senate

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In the New Hampshire Senate race, the choice is overwhelmingly clear: Maggie Hassan must join Jeanne Shaheen in Washington. As governor, Maggie has led New Hampshire to repeatedly be named the best state in which to start a small business. The unemployment rate is at 3.8 percent - lower than ...

Trump’s IRS claims are patently false

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Some say that eyes are windows to the soul, but nothing reveals personal ethics better than tax returns. They're the best way to judge the character of someone you don't know. Donald Trump says he can't release any of his returns because they're being audited by the IRS. That's not true - ...

GOP ticket is steady hand for America

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Tuesday night's debate between Mike Pence and Tim Kaine gave us a glimpse of what life would be like under a Trump/Pence administration versus a Clinton/Kaine administration. One was calm, measured and substantive; the other, frantic, rude and out of touch. I want to congratulate Mike Pence ...

NH must cut college costs, strengthen workforce

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In order to take the next step forward for New Hampshire's economy, our next governor must make it a top state priority to cut college costs, cut student debt and strengthen our workforce. I will. To do so, we must transform our state higher education system as a whole - from career and ...

The need in New Hampshire for qualified caregivers

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As anyone who has had to provide care to a loved one can attest, being a caregiver is hard work. Making a profession out of caregiving is even harder. Not unlike teaching, caregiving is a noble profession that one enters with no expectation of becoming rich. Unfortunately, in New Hampshire, ...

Columbus Day’s real legacy

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So, tomorrow we "celebrate" Columbus Day. If there is a holiday that needs to go or, better yet, be renamed, it's Columbus Day. I grew up at a time when we were taught that good ol' Christopher Columbus discovered America on Oct. 12, 1492. Well, we now know Columbus was not ...

It’s our tax system that is ‘rigged’

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How can you lose nearly $1 billion and be a business genius? If losing $916 million and possibly avoiding federal income taxes for nearly two decades makes Donald Trump a brilliant businessman, we shudder to think what would make him a bad one. Making a profit and paying income taxes? Like so ...

Congress needs to keep moving

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Considering it is such a volatile election year, Congress had every incentive to cut a major budget deal and avoid a government shutdown that has caused so much angst and economic paralysis in the past. But it never should have taken this long. And it is a testament to how rotten relations ...

Liberating North Koreans is the key

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The U.S. hasn't been able to stop North Korea's nuclear program, so bravo to South Korean President Park Geun-hye for her ground-breaking speech Saturday urging the people of the North to make the often dangerous journey to freedom. "We will keep the road open for you to find hope ...