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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 you think about politics? The words they used in response cannot be printed in this newspaper. I am accustomed to hearing older …

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 brown uniform trudging up the dusty dirt road to my grandparents’ old New England farmhouse. …

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 world a more loving and accepting place changed a city and continues to inspire generations …

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 …

My Turn: Every county in the state needs a drug court

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The proposed House budget once again does not have a provision for increased funds for drug treatment. New Hampshire raises about $16.8 million in taxes and fees that are designed to be used for drug and alcohol treatment, prevention and education. Unfortunately, $13 million of it will be …

National View: Women didn’t fail test at Army Ranger School

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Last week, eight women washed out of the Army’s prestigious Ranger School after 11 others didn’t make it past the first cut, and none of them will earn the vaunted black and gold Ranger “tab.” Yet. And that’s actually a good thing. No, they didn’t get a chance …

Mike Marland, May 17, 2015

Saturday, May 16, 2015