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My Turn: It’s time to invest in state’s future with passenger rail

Saturday, December 20, 2014

According to a preliminary report recently released by the New Hampshire Department of Transportation and New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority, expanded passenger rail in New Hampshire could be the game changer the New Hampshire economy needs. The full report is expected next year, and we should expect plenty of political jousting over the cost and benefits of passenger rail service in central New Hampshire. For now, two real questions are …

My Turn: Earthly beings or soulless slaves

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Artificial intelligence describes computer systems that perform tasks that used to require human intelligence and perception but are now accomplished by software and robots. This has led to more unemployed Americans and significantly slowed our recovery from the Great Recession. Alarmingly, experts predict that this trend will not only escalate but become deeply …

My Turn: Why I voted against the ‘cromnibus’ funding bill

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Last week, Congress passed a 1,600-page funding bill, known as the “cromnibus,” which was packed with provisions that favored moneyed special interests over middle-class Americans. Although there were many good provisions in the bill, I voted against it because the bad clearly outweighed the good, and there was an alternative, a Continuing Resolution, …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

Off Main: When you lose a loved one, the holidays change forever

Friday, December 19, 2014

It’s been 3½ years. That’s the simplest way to say it, to think about it. On June 26, 2011, my mother died at the age of 58. It was an unexpected death. She had battled rheumatoid arthritis for …

My Turn: Let Congress serve as a model of what not to do

Friday, December 19, 2014

It is my hope, that with the New Year, we can endeavor to achieve a spirit of cooperation that will carry throughout the legislative session. We face very significant challenges as a state, and they will only be made more difficult if we don’t work together to solve …

My Turn: For good of the state, it’s time to get to work

Friday, December 19, 2014

Here in New Hampshire, we have long prided ourselves on having a truly representative government. We have the largest state legislature in the United States. It is truly a citizen legislature made up of young and old, with diverse backgrounds, beliefs and life experiences. With 400 house members, …

My Turn: Perfect Christmas trees are created, not found

Friday, December 19, 2014

For many of us, bringing an evergreen tree into our home to decorate for the holidays is a tradition we cherish. Some of my fondest and most amusing childhood memories are the result of selecting and decorating the perfect tree. Of course everyone’s perception of what constitutes the …

national view: The ruble wrecker

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The drama playing out in Russia on Tuesday was not pretty. The ruble’s exchange rate has collapsed by some 50 percent against the dollar since mid-June, with an accelerating fall in recent days. A panicked attempt by the central bank at 1 a.m. Tuesday to stop the slide …

Board of Contributors: The perks of being a library director

Thursday, December 18, 2014

It all began with a message posted on the statewide library email list where we librarians share information, ask questions and generally tap into the hive mind of all the libraries in the state. The subject line was …

My Turn: Tragedies and triumphs unfold each day in shelters

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Last shelter season, with Brian riding shotgun and myself at the wheel, we’d cruise through our frozen city searching behind stores and inside characterless concrete coves and caves. Our mission was always the same – looking for an errant shelter guest who may have passed out in the …

My Turn: Homeless problem belongs to all of us

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

‘I never, ever thought I’d be here.” It’s a phrase I hear on almost a daily basis from people sitting before me, looking for somewhere to turn. Whether this is their first night facing homelessness or they’ve been homeless for years, no one really expects that this is …

My Turn: State has an opportunity to serve as a model for the nation

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The factors that lead an individual or family into homelessness are varied, complex and often interconnected. Structural factors such as the shortage of affordable housing and the lack of high-quality employment opportunities often intersect with individual factors such as interpersonal violence, trauma, addictive disorders and physical/mental illness to …

My Turn: There isn’t one kind of homeless person

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Homeless people come in all races and backgrounds; they are men, women and children. Some have chemical dependencies (drugs/alcohol), some have mental health issues, some have criminal backgrounds and some have had bad luck. I know of two …