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My Turn: Don’t give your support to palm oil industry

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Would you like to do something to help save endangered animal species and help preserve tropical forests and carbon-rich peat lands? It is as simple as refusing to purchase any product containing palm oil. Orangutans live only in the rain forests of Southeast Asia on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, mostly in Indonesia but also in the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak. As these animals’ homes are being … 0

Editorial: Knowledge is key to fighting elderly scams

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

It’s a familiar story. After a lifetime of hard work and sacrifice, a senior citizen is presented with a “once in a lifetime” investment opportunity. Perhaps it comes from a family friend who has some inside knowledge about a company supposedly on the verge of massive growth. Maybe it’s a financial adviser who claims to have a spotless track record of helping retirees … 0

Letter: Underestimating voters

Monday, September 29, 2014

Recently on New Hampshire Public Radio, Scott Brown again stated he was in favor of the total recall of the Affordable Care Act. He said he wanted New Hampshire’s citizens who are eligible for the Expanded Medicaid program to keep their insurance. This means he is in favor of the state paying 100 percent of the cost of that program rather than 0 … 0

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Letter: Happy seniors

Saturday, September 27, 2014

On behalf of residents at John H. Whitaker Place, I would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the folks at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church on Loudon Road for yet another wonderful senior day. This was the seventh year the church has hosted seniors of all faiths … 0

Letter: Republican for Pappas

Saturday, September 27, 2014

I am a registered Republican, but this year I will not be casting a straight Republican ticket. In his first term, Executive Councilor Chris Pappas has worked to streamline state government and to increase competition for government contracts. As a business owner, Pappas understands how New Hampshire can … 0

Letter: Send Dawson to Concord

Saturday, September 27, 2014

I attended a number of the Belknap County Convention meetings this past year and witnessed firsthand the lack of willingness to collaborate in solving problems demonstrated by some representatives now running for re-election. Their strict adherence to an ideology was more apparent than their responsibility to work with … 0

Letter: A rash decision

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Reading about the city’s decision to remove features and other enhancements made by area youth at the city skateboard park left me scratching my head. I imagine skateboarders – looking to innovate, being creatively inspired by others and longing for a challenge but without a place to call … 1

My Turn: Here’s hoping a true progressive challenges Clinton

Friday, September 26, 2014

For many people, it is a foregone conclusion that Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic Party presidential nominee in 2016. There is genuine excitement at the prospect of a woman president. Plus, Clinton’s unparalleled name recognition, her wide … 27

Poetry Corner: The girl in autumn

Friday, September 26, 2014

My house perches on the sidewalk that leads to school, and my mornings are filled with the lively chatter of elementary-size children who walk beneath my window. In the country, I awoke to trilling woodland birds and cawing crows, but now these piping voices greet my arrival to … 0

My Turn: U.S. has chance to help people of Bhutan

Friday, September 26, 2014

With the historic summit between India and the United States under way, I, as an exiled new American from Bhutan, would like to urge the Obama Administration to discuss with India the possible resolution of the protracted humanitarian … 0


Friday, September 26, 2014

Have you heard about the Bechdel test? Developed a few years back by cartoonist and graphic novelist Alison Bechdel, it rates movies by the importance of female characters to the story. To pass the test, a movie must … 0

My Turn: Demanding buried lines threatens jobs

Friday, September 26, 2014

Sen. Kelly Ayotte recently toured the White Mountain National Forest and made the broad declaration that the entire Northern Pass project should be buried in New Hampshire. While that pronouncement drew cheers from ardent opponents of the needed energy transmission line, it should cause great concern for the … 6

My Turn: ‘Temporary’ is key word in debate about Northern Pass jobs

Friday, September 26, 2014

Another effort is under way to persuade us to accept the Northern Pass project. In weighing the arguments put forth to support the project, it is important to ask, “Who are the intended beneficiaries of this project?” I believe the answer to that question is easy. The intended … 8