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My Turn: State should investigate Wilmot zoning board

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Wilmot residents passed a zoning ordinance that banned heavy industry – and specifically, the storage of flammable and explosive materials – at our town meeting in March 1968. The ban still stands, and yet our zoning board of adjustment granted a variance that allows Huckleberry Oil and Propane Co. to operate a 150,000-gallon fuel and propane storage facility in our town – without the knowledge of or input from town …

My Turn: Tuition cuts are killing state’s community colleges

Saturday, May 23, 2015

On May 13, Great Bay Community College eliminated 15 percent of its full-time faculty positions as well as two staff positions – only months after 12 staff positions were eliminated. Two of our sister colleges, White Mountains Community College in Berlin and Lakes Region Community College in Laconia, announced similar levels of layoffs during the same week. NHTI, recently commended by the Brookings …

My Turn: Hassan should listen to millennials and back decriminalization

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Gov. Maggie Hassan has said she does not support a bill that would decriminalize possession of one-half ounce or less of marijuana. This is becoming a source of consternation for Granite Staters of all ages and across the political spectrum, and it is especially confusing to younger voters who see our current marijuana …

My Turn: Corruption keeps young voters away from polls

Friday, May 22, 2015

I recently found myself speaking with an unsuspecting group of political pundits in Lebanon. A dozen teenagers and a hacky sack were passing the time after school near the steps of city hall as I came out of the building. I asked them a simple question: What do …

My Turn: On Memorial Day, I think most of all about 1st. Lt. Samuel T. Fuller

Friday, May 22, 2015

It was a hot summer day in August 1944. I was just shy of 5 years old. Tired of playing alone with no children my own age around, I was excited to see the young man in a …

My Turn: Remember the legacy of Harvey Milk, beware of GOP candidates

Friday, May 22, 2015

Today is Harvey Milk’s birthday, celebrated as Harvey Milk Day. For those of you not familiar with Milk’s legacy, he was the first openly gay elected official in California and one of the pioneers of the LGBT rights movement. His impassioned speeches and relentless determination to make our …

My Turn: Why can’t Bush answer simple question on Iraq?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Jeb Bush had a rough time trying to answer a question that is a no-brainer for virtually everyone else in America these days. Over the course of a few days, the former Florida governor gave yes, “I don’t …

Off Main: In new ‘Mad Max’ film, some see nothing but a feminist conspiracy

Thursday, May 21, 2015

You may think you know what Mad Max is about. He’s a fictitious post-apocalyptic Australian road warrior, once played by Mel Gibson and now by Tom Hardy, destined to wander a blighted landscape and help those in need. …

National View: The demilitarization of police

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The police protect the public. The military protects the republic. In an age of terrorism, their jobs necessarily overlap, especially in large cities. But some lines between police officers and soldiers ought to remain distinct, and President Obama took an essential step this week toward reining in the …

National View: Keep the line bright in Dodd-Frank

Thursday, May 21, 2015

It has been almost half a decade since the passage of the Dodd-Frank overhaul of financial regulation; how’s it working so far? On the upside, commercial banks are significantly safer than they were prior to the 2008 financial panic, with an average of $13 in capital for every …

My Turn: Gambling defeat reveals hypocrisy in New Hampshire way

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

This may be hashing over old news, but the subject has bothered me for some time. In early April, the New Hampshire House of Representatives rejected expanded gambling – again. A substantial majority of our stalwart “citizen lawmakers” denied the establishment of at least one casino-style gambling emporium …

My Turn: The racism game

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The obsessive Deflategate scandal aside, probably no story in the football offseason was more surprising than the trade of LeSean McCoy. The Philadelphia Eagles traded McCoy, a star running back, to the Buffalo Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonzo. …

National View: Weak U.S. strategy and the fall of Ramadi

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

It has been apparent for some time that the United States lacks a strategy to fulfill President Obama’s pledge to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State since it has no plan to root out the terrorists’ base in Syria. There was hope, though, that Obama’s half-measures might …