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BOARD OF CONTRIBUTORS: Once you start running, you won’t want to stop

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

For me, exercise has always been a means to an end. Pre-kids, my husband and I were very active. We lived in Boston and didn’t own a car, so we walked, inline skated or rode our bikes. After marriage and a move to New Hampshire, kids, work and life got in the way, and I just haven’t made exercise a priority. My kids signed up for karate, and Bodyworks offered … 0

My Turn: Why is Hassan criticizing bipartisan tax reforms?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

It’s puzzling to hear Gov. Maggie Hassan claim that recent changes in New Hampshire’s business tax code are causing problems with the state budget. Not only were the reforms of the past few years approved with overwhelming bipartisan support, they were fully accounted for in the budget. During last year’s budget debate, Senate Republicans insisted on revenue projections more conservative than the governor’s … 3

My Turn: America needs a firm, fair immigration policy

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Three elements characterize a functional immigration system: clarity, enforcement of the rule of law and fairness. Today in America, sadly, none of these three characteristics epitomize our immigration system. Even sadder still, perhaps, is the lack of will to tackle our challenges. President Obama, the one person who could lead an effort for reform and enforce our border security, appears much more interested … 5

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Board of Contributors: Running resources

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Smart phone apps There are tons of apps available for your smart phone. Many offer both free and paid versions, where the paid version gets you access to more features. Runkeeper and SportTrackLive are two that I am … 0

My Turn: On Women’s Equality Day, a call for equal pay

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Since Congress passed the Women’s Equality Day resolution and President Richard Nixon signed it in 1971, America has recognized “the continued fight for equal rights” each Aug. 26. In New Hampshire, every Aug. 26 looks and feels like the year before. Fall is just around the corner. It’s … 2

Katy Burns: Time and time again, Scott Brown elicits that empty feeling

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Scott Brown has a message for New Hampshire Republicans: You’re stupid! How else can one explain that virtually everything Brown says on the stump is a series of platitudes and vacuous rhetoric that fails to evince even a … 13

My Turn: Maybe Concord doesn’t need a middle school

Saturday, August 23, 2014

There is an ominous silence coming from the halls and corridors in the Dewey School. That is not good news. While a new academic school year is beginning and a fresh generation of students is entering new grades, the school board is quietly burnishing the plans for a … 7

My Turn: Habitat protection is last, best hope for cod

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Will we be the last generation to enjoy cod in New England? Since Colonial times, the Sacred Cod hanging in the Massachusetts State House has been a “historic and continuing symbol of the commonwealth.” This regional mascot reminds us that New England was built on a foundation of … 0

Saturday, August 23, 2014

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My Turn: Critics of online degrees start from a false premise

Thursday, August 21, 2014

In getting feedback on the possible merger of Southern New Hampshire University and the New Hampshire Institute of Art, I have been struck by the reactions to our online programs among some critics. Among the misconceptions has been the idea that we would try to impose online learning … 0

My Turn: Obama not to blame for rise of Islamic State

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Conjecture by Sen. John McCain and Hillary Clinton et al that President Obama is to blame for the Islamic State scourge because of his support (arms and airstrikes) of the Syrian resistance was lacking is wrong. Blame falls squarely on former Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki (a Shiite … 30

My Turn: There’s no substitute for the college experience

Thursday, August 21, 2014

There has been increasing criticism of traditional college education in the past decade or so. Much of the focus of such criticism has been focused on cost escalation and the irrelevance of college degrees to work readiness. As … 6

My Turn: Ardinger didn’t oppose full-day kindergarten

Thursday, August 21, 2014

I would like to clarify an issue concerning Kass Ardinger’s support for full-day kindergarten. I am compelled to write to correct misstatements made by Dan Feltes, Ardinger’s opponent in the state Senate primary race in District 15, who said Ardinger voted against full-day kindergarten. As a member of … 1