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Opinion

EDITORIAL: Trump learning difference between oval, executive office

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Donald Trump entered the crowded Republican primary field just weeks ago, and within minutes he began elbowing his way to the center of the room and laying his claim as the candidate most likely to say anything. In his trademark brash style, he targeted, among others, President Obama and the rest “of the losers” and the Chinese government, which “he beats all the time.” Chief among his targets were Mexican …

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

The pundits and pollsters assume it’s a done deal: America is Red States and Blue States, and never the twain shall meet. As “one nation, indivisible” we’ve had our chance and, frankly, we’ve blown it. Now it’s up to the big money interests to flood our airwaves with negative ads for 2016 and …

LETTER: To spank or not to spank

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The high court in Massachusetts ruled that spanking is permissible, but that doesn’t mean spanking is wise. While it’s important to recognize the good intentions of parents who spank their children – most genuinely want to teach their children to behave properly – it’s just as important to recognize that, as a practical matter, spanking isn’t effective. Spanking may produce quick results in …

Letter: Give steam a chance

Monday, June 29, 2015

I am writing to express my support for the city staying with Concord Steam rather than converting to natural gas. I have followed the issue, and I am also a longtime city taxpayer. If Concord Steam is truly able to upgrade its equipment, lower our cost as projected …

Letter: Patriotism in action

Monday, June 29, 2015

On July 4, the N.H. Rebellion will be holding several walks to help rescue American democracy from the rising influence of big money. The big walk will be along the Seacoast. This is a fine opportunity to overcome the sad notions that government is merchandise for sale and …

Letter: No one like Hillary

Monday, June 29, 2015

I was invited and planned to attend the New Hampshire launch party for the Hillary Clinton New Hampshire campaign. I could not attend. This letter was written as the launch was taking place. I supported Clinton in the past and I support her now. There is no one …

Letter: A war on meth

Monday, June 29, 2015

To the good citizens of Pittsfield and Northwood: My family, like many others in our towns, has been infected with crystal meth and heroin. I’m not happy. I have started a no-meth campaign. Too many people throughout the history of our towns have given everything they could and …

Letter: Educate us, Eversource

Monday, June 29, 2015

Eversource would be wise to fully inform area citizens of what the proposed massive $70 million Seacoast Reliability Project will do for – and to – the communities (Madbury, Durham, Newington, Portsmouth) on which it will be imposed. I suggest that Eversource charter a bus or two and …

Letter: Clean air for our kids

Monday, June 29, 2015

I was interested to learn about the connection between disease risk and the time of the year one is born in Ana Swanson’s recent article (Monitor Nation & World, June 16). While we may not yet understand this fascinating phenomenon very well, we do understand how global warming …

Letter: Praise for the poet

Monday, June 29, 2015

I have been reading the works of Donald Hall for as many years as I care to remember. I greatly appreciate his poetry and essays. As a matter of fact and the reason I am writing this letter, I am presently reading his recent book of essays, Essays …

My Turn: On casino gambling, hypocrisy is rampant

Sunday, June 28, 2015

As a state representative, I sit and listen to all the pros and cons about having a casino in the state regardless if it is one, two or more. I have heard the major excuse: the addiction to slot machines. I am a little confused by this. Doesn’t …

My Turn: State should reauthorize expanded Medicaid now

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The health and wellness of more than 40,000 people throughout our great state will be negatively affected if the New Hampshire Health Protection Program is not reauthorized by the Legislature. Now is the right time for our elected officials to work together to include continued funding in this …

My Turn: As a business owner, I can't afford tax cut

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Our Republican-led Legislature has proposed a budget that includes tax cuts for my business. I should be thrilled with this. I am not. Don’t get me wrong. Any business owner, including me, welcomes tax breaks or other cost reductions that let us expand our business or improve profitability. …