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My Turn: Clinton scandals scare strident Granite State supporters

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

MSNBC viewers were treated recently to several excruciating minutes of television as New Hampshire Democrat Party Chairman Ray Buckley feebly attempted to deflect Hardball host Chris Matthews’s questions about Democratic primary debates in the Granite State. Matthews simply sought to clarify that the top Democratic Party official in the first-in-the-nation primary state believed in the general principle of debates among his party’s candidates. Buckley hedged several times and refused to …

My Turn: What we need is more supply

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

As countless families and small businesses across the Granite State realized this winter, the cost of electricity is skyrocketing. The reason is simple: Our supply of natural gas for electricity generation is in short supply. In addition to our efforts around conservation and use of renewables, we have reduced our dependence on coal and oil in favor of cleaner and more efficient natural …

My Turn: Debate over red-tailed hawk bill requires context

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

While jets crash, terrorists strike and our state budget challenges loom, an astounding amount of attention has been devoted to the red-tailed hawk bill. In case you missed it, the state Legislature defeated a fourth-grade class proposal to make the hawk our state raptor, and the floor debate included a remark equating the hawk’s behavior with abortion. This seemingly banal original issue has …

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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

They Said It: 2016 contenders state their positions on Indiana law

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, a Republican and possible 2016 presidential candidate, recently signed into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which critics say could pave the way for businesses to discriminate against gay and lesbian couples. The law …

Quiz: How well do you know our state symbols?

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

There’s been a lot of talk recently about New Hampshire state symbols and whether we have reached a saturation point. Perhaps this is a good time for all of us to test our knowledge of the state symbols, emblems and icons that are already on the books. So …

My Turn: ‘No’ to Medicaid expansion would hurt state’s elderly

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Medicaid expansion doesn’t benefit only the 35,000 New Hampshire residents who previously didn’t have access to health insurance, it’s also keeping elder care costs down and helping businesses in the state comply with the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate. And, until 2020, it’s 100 percent paid for by …

My Turn: Maintaining Medicaid expansion helps state’s economy, working families

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Among the more notable features of a state budget recommended by the House Finance Committee is a proposed and ill-advised decision to end New Hampshire’s unique version of Medicaid expansion, called the New Hampshire Health Protection Program. The NHHPP leverages available federal funds to offer private sector health …

My Turn: Argument against indoor tanning cherry-picks data

Sunday, March 29, 2015

I would like to correct some misleading facts in the Monitor’s March 12 editorial, “Senate should pass bill on underage tanning.” The editorial opines that because irresponsible tanning habits increase the risk of cancer, we should ban it outright for our youth and that heavy regulations already in …

Don’t tell the Joneses, Part Four: Economic reality challenges liberals, conservatives

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Previous parts revealed that our market economy distributes its wealth so unequally that few can afford even a modest, middle-class standard of living without substantial help, that democracy requires a broad middle class, and, therefore, that our market democracy must intervene heavily in the market to assure this …

My Turn: There is logic behind concealed carry permits

Sunday, March 29, 2015

New Hampshire legislators will soon decide whether to repeal the requirement to have a permit before carrying a concealed handgun. This decision must be made with thoughtful consideration, for much is at stake. Supporters of such legislation are often the same people who argue that New Hampshire is …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Netanyahu to Israel and America: L’Etat, c’est moi

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Recent Israeli elections were hard fought, divisive and for many observers yielded unexpected results: overwhelming victory for Benjamin Netanyahu and overwhelming defeat to peace prospects between Palestinians and Israelis. Today, I want to thank Netanyahu for stating in …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Why fund the arts? It is who we are

Sunday, March 29, 2015

I’ve been here before. I know it. Things feel very familiar. But then, I am getting older and have been known to have moments of confusion. Like the other night while lying in bed – finally and comfortably warm under the blankets, eyes getting heavy, the book closed …

Katy Burns: State’s fourth-graders should exploit lawmakers’ guilt while they can

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Well, once again some of our legislators have found themselves in a national spotlight. And – also again – it is decidedly not for all the right reasons. I refer of course to the day that members of …