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My Turn: Millennials need to cast informed ballots

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

As a parent of a millennial, I see firsthand the struggles of this generation. Each year, hopeful graduates are exiting our institutions of higher learning, ready to face the real world for the first time with a dream of pursuing careers and their field of study. It is unfortunate that many will move back home with their parents, take countless interviews and compete with dozens, if not hundreds, of other …

My Turn: Public service is more than a way of life

Sunday, October 19, 2014

As I prepare for next month’s election and my third term representing Merrimack District 17 as a state representative, I am often asked by voters why I have chosen to spend the better part of my life trying to make a difference. “You can’t ever please everyone,” they say, adding, “and there are always people who want to tear someone down because they …

My Turn: The making of an arts community

Sunday, October 19, 2014

In proclaiming October 2014 as National Arts and Humanities Month, President Obama calls upon the people of America “to pay tribute to the tremendous power of the arts and humanities to bring us together and expose us to new ideas that make us think and feel. As we carry forward this proud tradition, …

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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

My Turn: For speaker, let’s think outside the box

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Polling shows that New Hampshire voters have begun to focus on the upcoming election and that they are not happy with the leftward march on which the Democratic incumbents have taken our state and our country. The Republican tide is rising, and Democrats up and down the ticket …

My Turn: Concord needs a coordinated approach to the city’s homeless problem

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Imagine having three police officers show up at your home at 9 in the morning and politely but firmly announcing that you and your family have 24 hours to leave or you will be arrested for trespassing. Imagine …

My Turn: Minimum wage increase nothing but a job killer

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The political push to raise the state minimum wage by 24 percent (and then allow it to increase annually without public debate) is a headline in search of a problem that would drive up costs for small business owners, reduce workers’ hours and lead to fewer jobs in …

My Turn: Time for Concord to conserve energy

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The recently announced, huge public utilities’ natural gas and electric rate increases have a lot of people unhappy. Many landlords have given their tenants notice of rent increases to help cover the costs of the new rates. Some rent increases are over $100 a month. These new utility …

My Turn: Where are all the Concord Republicans?

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Do we suffer from voter apathy in Concord (Monitor editorial, Sept. 15)? If so, the reason could be one-party rule. Concord has 16 elected representatives to the State House. All are Democrats. Only eight have contested elections this fall. Many serve year after year, usually with no opposition. …

Saturday, October 18, 2014

My Turn: Board must act now to save the Hopkinton Fair

Saturday, October 18, 2014

To the Hopkinton State Fair board of directors: I am appealing to you to take a careful look at yourselves and the makeup of the board. It is apparent to myself and others that you are in a …

My Turn: Invasive plants don’t have to be the enemy

Friday, October 17, 2014

Readers who wish for a broader understanding of invasive plants may want to read Timothy Scott’s book Invasive Plant Medicine, the Ecological Benefits and Healing Abilities of Invasives. The author, an acupuncturist and herbalist with a master’s degree in traditional Chinese medicine, details 24 of the most common …

My Turn: Scott Brown says he agrees with his wife 100% of the time. That’s not necessarily a good thing.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Even if we put politics aside, I have a whole other reason to oppose Scott Brown. It has to do with marriage – that venerable institution many of us know so well. A couple of weeks ago, I …

My Turn: Elder fraud is growing problem

Friday, October 17, 2014

Years ago, while serving as the state’s director of securities regulation, I was invited to become a trustee of the Investor Protection Trust, a national financial education organization located in Washington, D.C. The IPT promotes financial literacy and highlights investor fraud in America. Reviewing the data provided to …