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My Turn: Blueprint for a stronger economy

Sunday, July 20, 2014

In order to move New Hampshire’s economy forward, it’s not just about creating jobs. It’s about creating good jobs that allow families to reach and remain in the middle class. To keep and attract business opportunities, we can promote policies that bolster our job-training programs, support the infrastructure necessary to advance commerce, and take the lead in innovative job growth through partnerships in energy efficiency and renewable energy, helping to … 10

Katy Burns: Home is where the heart, headaches and subsidies are

Sunday, July 20, 2014

“The Chinese are coming, and they’d like to buy your house” – a headline in the “Washington Post” last week It seems that Chinese people are snapping up residential property around the world, particularly here in the good old U.S.A., not just for investment but for refuge. As China’s water and air become increasingly polluted and food safety scares proliferate, its economy is … 0

My Turn: On energy, governors preparing to repeat mistakes of the past

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Recently, the New England States Committee on Electricity, which represents the six New England states and its governors on regional electricity issues, proposed an initiative that would socialize the cost of natural gas pipeline expansion as well as transmission lines associated with large-scale hydropower imports from Canada. The initiative has been rightfully met with abundant scrutiny and skepticism. For the past few years, … 11

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Letter: Alligator alley?

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Saturday, July 19, 2014


My Turn: Don’t fall into trap set by Free Staters

Saturday, July 19, 2014

We are well into the 2014 election season, and there’s a lot at stake. Not just control of the U.S. Senate, as newly minted New Hampshire resident Scott Brown ignores his GOP primary opponents in his rush to … 30

My Turn: Three ugly numbers behind Canadian hydropower push

Saturday, July 19, 2014

At the recent New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers conference in Bretton Woods, there was much talk of new transmission lines for additional imports of Canadian hydropower into New England. Indeed, financing these lines is the centerpiece of Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick’s pending energy bill and the … 2

My Turn: Squabbles between Republicans and Democrats miss the point

Thursday, July 17, 2014

After reading the letters about what Democrats and Republicans believe, it brought to mind the adage that a house divided against itself cannot stand. While citizens can be slow to react and the passage of time can bring on complacency, it seems to me that people have become … 4

My Turn: Nature is best viewed through eyes of a child

Thursday, July 17, 2014

If you’ve ever known a rambunctious 4½-year-old, you probably appreciate the importance of getting outdoors as soon as humanly possible when the weekend hits. That’s definitely the case for my husband and me with our son, Henry. So, my interest was piqued when the Five Rivers email came … 0

My Turn: Health coverage now viable option for many in New Hampshire

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Since July 1, many New Hampshire residents have a new health insurance option. The New Hampshire Health Protection Program will provide coverage to thousands of our neighbors, friends and family members. For many, peace of mind means getting coverage for preventive care such as regular check-ups. It also … 3

Sometimes the past catches up with you in a green ’55 Chevy

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Today your grandma would’ve been 96,” I said to my son Bill, who happened to be home for a visit July 3. “Are you sad?” he asked. “No,” I said, without really thinking about it one way or … 4

State House Memo: The questions voters should ask themselves

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

In September, we have a primary and in November, a general election. Our primaries will draw about 15 percent of our electorate, which is a shame because this is as important an election as the general, when candidates of each party are chosen, some of them incumbents, some … 2

My Turn: A primer on the carbon footprint

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The July 13 Sunday Monitor column on climate change by Ayn Whytemare painted the problem of man-induced global warming with broad strokes. One aspect that needs refinement is to explain what carbon is and how carbon dioxide effects our global temperatures. Most of us have seen the term … 36

Katy Burns: America’s ugly side is showing on the border

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Let’s make one thing clear: We Americans pride ourselves on our love of children. After all, our GIs in World War II famously carried chocolate bars for the ragged and hungry urchins haunting the ruined streets of Europe after that cataclysmic strife. It is a treasured image – … 32