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Our Turn: Treat kindergarten like any other grade

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Kids enrolled in full-day kindergarten programs might be half as tall and don’t eat as much as 12th-graders, but are they worth only half as much? According to the law that defines the state’s financial support for education, the answer is yes. That needs to change. House Bill 1563 does not mandate full-day kindergarten. However, it would change the current adequate education law to allow kindergarten students in full-day programs …

Mike Pride: The return of my father

Sunday, February 7, 2016

As a man of a certain age and generation, I’m not alone in realizing how much like my father I have become. We were opposites – opponents – during the 1960s. He rooted for Liston, Ali became my hero. He liked crew cuts, I wanted long hair. He was indifferent to civil rights, …

Our Turn: The truth about net metering

Sunday, February 7, 2016

It is time to set the record straight on net energy metering. The New Hampshire CleanTech Council and the Granite State Hydropower Association, which represents hundreds of businesses and thousands of employees across New Hampshire, want to explain what net metering is and why it is creating jobs and putting dollars in the pockets of Granite State families and businesses. What is net …

My Turn: Kasich is best hope for a better future

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Another New Hampshire primary election season nears its end. Granite Staters have been treated (some would say subjected) to a race on the Republican side that is unique in my lifetime. Campaign styles have run the gamut from conventional to so over the top that it seemed we …

Katy Burns: Beware of wishful voting

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Many years ago my grandmother was a regular at bingo at St. Rose’s Church in Cleveland, one of many bingo-happy old ladies who were also, coincidentally, die-hard Democrats. And so the games attracted Democratic politicians looking for votes, …

My Turn: Medicaid expansion key to treating mental illness, addiction

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The New Hampshire Health Protection Program, which now provides access to health care to more than 47,000 people in our state, will sunset later this year unless the Legislature enacts a bill to reauthorize it. The program is New Hampshire’s version of Medicaid expansion – a unique, Granite …

My Turn: New Hampshire isn’t first in the nation on raising wages

Saturday, February 6, 2016

New Hampshire has a proud tradition of being first. It’s tough to miss these days, while we’re in the midst of the first-in-the-nation presidential primary. Our intelligent, informed citizens provide the perfect place to scrutinize presidential candidates and help choose the next leader of the free world. But …

My Turn: The age of pharmababble

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Here’s a little exercise even more challenging than Sudoku. Without help from Google, guess what each of the following drugs is for: Trulicity, Namzaric, Osphena, Belsomra, Invocana, Abreva, Prevagen, Vanda, Otezla, Brilinta, Tectidera, Neulasta, Humira, Myrbetriq, Jublia, Orencia, …

My Turn: Sanders stood by LGBT community when it wasn’t so easy to do

Friday, February 5, 2016

On June 26, 2015, we made history when the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, overturned the Defense of Marriage Act signed by President Bill Clinton in Obergefell v. Hodges. We now live in a nation where gays and lesbians can marry the person they love. Although we …

My Turn: I saw Kasich in action in Congress, and he has my vote

Friday, February 5, 2016

In 1995, as a wide-eyed crusading member of the new Republican majority in Congress, I introduced an amendment to the defense appropriations bill with then Budget Committee Chairman John Kasich to cut the number of B2 bombers from …

Monitor Board of Contributors: Remember when this country exuded hope?

Friday, February 5, 2016

I am in trouble. I seem to have lost my words. I’ve been looking around the house – in drawers, closets, on shelves, even through the collection of CDs that were once LPs. They are nowhere to be …

My Turn: If you want a brighter future, vote Republican

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The right to vote is one of the sacred privileges that free citizens enjoy. The freedom to choose our leaders and the obligations that come with that freedom should not be taken for granted. We must consider how …

My Turn: Corporate responsibility and why I’m voting for Hillary Clinton

Thursday, February 4, 2016

When it comes to politics and government, I believe in progressive, Democratic principles: that we all deserve a fair shot to get ahead and that we need to make sure no one slips through the cracks or gets …