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Opinion

My Turn: Pentagon punishing its retired warriors

Saturday, April 18, 2015

An open letter to Congress: It appears our government is again trying to shift the burden of defense costs onto the shoulders of military retirees. For the past 40 or so years, Congress has repeatedly reneged on its long-standing promise to career servicemen and spouses to provide free medical care for life after they complete 20 or more years of active duty service. Over time, that entitlement has been eroded …

My Turn: Senators’ refusal to protect kids’ health is unconscionable

Saturday, April 18, 2015

In the last month, there has been much discussion regarding legislation brought forth by fourth-graders that would have established an official state raptor. Anyone who reads a newspaper, watches TV, or subscribes to HBO knows by now that the state House of Representatives rejected that legislation for being superfluous, and did so in less than dignified fashion. Indeed, a few politicians rudely mocked …

My Turn: Policy change would create chaos at the polls

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Since the House vote on the state budget, significant attention has rightly been paid to decisions by the Republican majority to cut funding to social service programs, reduce scheduled payments to municipalities and raid dedicated funds to pay for operating expenses. What hasn’t received much attention is an ill-conceived policy change that would place new financial and logistical hardships on already overburdened election …

My Turn: Senate must restore sensibility, responsibility to state budget

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Speaking on the behalf of the union of the majority of state employees and many county and municipal public workers around the state, I can tell you that we want our state to be a safe place for everyone to live, work, and prosper. That means maintaining strong …

Letter: Let voting be your voice

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The April 1 demonstration by hundreds of New Hampshire citizens inside and outside the State House was impressive. I have found, however, that demonstrations do not change politicians’ votes. The House still voted for a budget that would repeal Medicaid expansion, slash funding for substance misuse treatment, cut …

Letter: A legislative success story

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Last month, the U.S. Senate passed a bill that will create tens of thousands of good paying jobs, cut carbon emissions and save consumers billions of dollars a year. If this sounds too good to be true, it’s not. The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, otherwise known …

Letter: Mann being Mann

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Since moving here from New Jersey in 2002, I have seen floods, a tornado, ice storms, tragic losses and wonderful celebrations. Whether she was comforting someone after the loss of a loved one, advocating for her constituents, volunteering at the library or serving chowder at the Deerfield Fair, …

Letter: Theft and taxes

Sunday, April 12, 2015

I’m writing to make others aware of a problem. The problem is identity theft, and right now it’s happening in a major way with the filing of fraudulent income tax returns using stolen Social Security numbers. When I attempted to e-file through TurboTax, my return was rejected because …

Of miracles and monsters: What price do we pay for scientific breakthroughs?

Saturday, April 11, 2015

If you thought America ran on Dunkin’ already, you will not believe what’s been happening in research laboratories around the globe. “DNA editing” of mice genes has led to a breakthrough that scientists say will allow for ground-breaking manipulation of human genetics. Ideally, the technology would be used …

My Turn: Running for president: Independents need not apply

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Politicians from both major parties have begun announcing their candidacy for the highest office in our country already this spring. And nowhere will this pageantry be more fully on display than in the Granite State. As our nation’s first primary state, New Hampshire has a front-row seat in …

National view: Battle for women’s hearts requires open minds

Saturday, April 11, 2015

My eyes were opened to gender inequality when I was 26. I’d decided I wanted to make a movie based on Isaac Bashevis Singer’s story of Yentl, a young woman who has to pretend she’s a man to …

Editorial: State can’t afford price of budget cuts

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Over the next few months the Senate, a committee of conference and Gov. Hassan will pluck the spines off the cold-hearted toad of a budget passed by the House and shape into something that doesn’t boil the conscience and stab property owners in the wallet. At least we …

My Turn: State must stand up to the gun lobby

Saturday, April 11, 2015

I am surprised by what is happening up in Concord. I am not political, and I never thought I’d be writing an article addressing a bill. However, I must admit that I am shocked and dismayed at what looks to me like a lack of common sense when …