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My Turn: It’s time to invest in state’s future with passenger rail

Saturday, December 20, 2014

According to a preliminary report recently released by the New Hampshire Department of Transportation and New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority, expanded passenger rail in New Hampshire could be the game changer the New Hampshire economy needs. The full report is expected next year, and we should expect plenty of political jousting over the cost and benefits of passenger rail service in central New Hampshire. For now, two real questions are …

My Turn: Earthly beings or soulless slaves

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Artificial intelligence describes computer systems that perform tasks that used to require human intelligence and perception but are now accomplished by software and robots. This has led to more unemployed Americans and significantly slowed our recovery from the Great Recession. Alarmingly, experts predict that this trend will not only escalate but become deeply …

My Turn: Why I voted against the ‘cromnibus’ funding bill

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Last week, Congress passed a 1,600-page funding bill, known as the “cromnibus,” which was packed with provisions that favored moneyed special interests over middle-class Americans. Although there were many good provisions in the bill, I voted against it because the bad clearly outweighed the good, and there was an alternative, a Continuing Resolution, …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

Letter: CIA did what it had to do

Friday, December 19, 2014

Recent editorial cartoons show your approval of the findings of the Senate Report on the CIA and its actions after 9/11. I would like to remind everybody that the individuals under CIA control have one purpose, and that is to kill as many of your loved ones as …

Letter: Humiliating

Friday, December 19, 2014

We all knew the CIA tortured prisoners during the Bush administration, but the grisly details that were revealed in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report were horrifying. And now the discussion revolves around the effectiveness of the “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques,” lovingly called EIT’s for short. What kind of people …

Letter: Chomsky and Russell

Friday, December 19, 2014

I was pleased to see Jonathan Baird’s very nice tribute to Noam Chomsky for his decades-long fight for peace and truth on the global scene (Monitor Forum, Dec. 12). He’s not only a thinker of great intellect and learning, but also one with the moral courage to climb …

Letter: No relief

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Merrimack Valley School District has just presented its proposed budget for 2015-16. In theory, this should have been a good year for the taxpayers in MVSD towns because this was the last year of the construction bond. The principal and interest last year was budgeted at $2,014,650. …

Letter: The real DeSmith

Friday, December 19, 2014

It is important to me and my son for people to hear about the “real” Casey DeSmith. During his suspension from the UNH hockey team, Casey voluntarily worked with my son Vincent, who is a goalie for the Dover Stars Youth Hockey Association. Casey is the most respectful, …

Off Main: When you lose a loved one, the holidays change forever

Friday, December 19, 2014

It’s been 3½ years. That’s the simplest way to say it, to think about it. On June 26, 2011, my mother died at the age of 58. It was an unexpected death. She had battled rheumatoid arthritis for …

My Turn: Let Congress serve as a model of what not to do

Friday, December 19, 2014

It is my hope, that with the New Year, we can endeavor to achieve a spirit of cooperation that will carry throughout the legislative session. We face very significant challenges as a state, and they will only be made more difficult if we don’t work together to solve …

Editorial: Tantrum is hurting GOP and the state

Friday, December 19, 2014

Can a party that can’t govern itself govern New Hampshire? Tuesday’s rump caucus of Republicans angered by the election of veteran Hudson Rep. Shawn Jasper as House speaker, and the official caucus held Wednesday by Majority Leader Rep. …

My Turn: For good of the state, it’s time to get to work

Friday, December 19, 2014

Here in New Hampshire, we have long prided ourselves on having a truly representative government. We have the largest state legislature in the United States. It is truly a citizen legislature made up of young and old, with diverse backgrounds, beliefs and life experiences. With 400 house members, …

My Turn: Perfect Christmas trees are created, not found

Friday, December 19, 2014

For many of us, bringing an evergreen tree into our home to decorate for the holidays is a tradition we cherish. Some of my fondest and most amusing childhood memories are the result of selecting and decorating the perfect tree. Of course everyone’s perception of what constitutes the …