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Ed Board with Governor Maggie Hassan on March 7, 2014.

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Political prognosticators give us their takes on the top November races

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Anybody who follows politics knows that a lot can change in a month and a half, but that didn’t deter us from asking three of New Hampshire’s top political experts to share their thoughts on how things might play out on Election Day. Dante Scala, associate professor of political science at the University of New Hampshire, provided context for where … 6

Katy Burns: You can absolutely get there from here

Sunday, September 21, 2014

In an earlier life, years ago, my husband and I drove from our home in Cleveland to a charming small inn in Ogunquit, one of the many lovely little towns hugging the rugged southern Maine coast. The drive took us the better part of two days, including a night’s stay in Pennsylvania. There … 2

I’m the biggest ‘West Wing’ fan you’ll ever meet

Sunday, September 21, 2014

‘Are you a Wingnut?” Bradley Whitford asks me over lunch in Pasadena, Calif. Am I? I love The West Wing. Love it more than some people think is reasonable. I have, after all, donated a significant amount of money to charity in order to be sitting here, in this restaurant, having this conversation with this man. But I also want to be known … 0

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My Turn: Israeli-Palestinian conflict through Christian eyes

My Turn: Where’s the freedom in ‘Live free or die’?

Sunday, September 21, 2014

In a rousing speech to the congress Thursday, Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko brought the war hawks, an overwhelming majority in both houses, to their feet as he ended with a reference to New Hampshire’s state motto: Live free or die. That’s a catchy slogan, but it more often … 1

37 percent of Americans think a free press is overrated

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Thirty-seven percent of Americans think the news media should be required to get government approval before reporting on national security issues. Let’s let that sink in for a minute. That finding is from an Annenberg Public Policy Center poll that found Americans generally know little about the structure … 2

My Turn: To deal with Islamic State, we have to deal with Assad

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Like most Americans, I was horrified by the barbaric acts committed by the Islamic State terrorists and taken aback by the media reports depicting them as some sort of unstoppable force. In June, they appeared to be 10 feet tall, but since then, they have shrunk appreciably. It … 2

My Turn: Israeli-Palestinian conflict through Christian eyes

Saturday, September 20, 2014

I spent a lot of time this summer talking to people and thinking about the recent violence in Israel and Palestine. I have been trying to figure out what it is that a Christian pastor should think about the bombings and rhetoric over the summer. After all, this … 22

My Turn: Merrill arguing for more do-nothing politics

Saturday, September 20, 2014

We should consider a constitutional amendment to restore First Amendment freedoms to the proper balance. About six months ago, I attended a charitable event in Manchester and saw from across the room a tall, balding man holding court over a table full of fresh-faced associates. I approached him … 1

My Turn: How a tax on the rich became a tax on the middle class

Saturday, September 20, 2014

New Hampshire’s Interest and Dividends Tax has strayed very far from its roots as a tax on the rich. The tax was created in 1923, at the end of the Progressive Era. In the 19th century, most taxes were property taxes. After the Civil War, as the industrial … 4

Of roots and serendipity: A genealogical trip to Germany ended the only way it could

Friday, September 19, 2014

In the strictest sense of the word, “adventure” translates from a combination of Latin words for “what must happen” and “to arrive,” which makes perfect sense in recalling my recent family adventure to Germany. My father is first-generation … 2

My Turn: Modern education needs competition and choice

Friday, September 19, 2014

Years ago while cleaning the attic, I found a book published in 1897 titled Burke’s Conciliation with America. A relative, Henry Tilton Gorrell, had written his name and the date – 02/28/28 – inside the cover. Henry was 17 in 1928, likely a high school senior. The book … 4

My Turn: Look north, look east to see cost of climate change

Friday, September 19, 2014

Climate change is already financially affecting those who can least afford it in New Hampshire. Just ask this state’s North Country businesses that cater to our moose hunters. With several shorter winters over the last decade causing huge spikes in winter tick numbers, moose numbers are down some … 60

My Turn: Why I’m voting against the Brown-Cruz-Paul agenda

Thursday, September 18, 2014

As a lifetime Republican, I felt obligated to give Scott Brown a chance when he declared his candidacy for New Hampshire’s Senate seat, even though he’s from Massachusetts. I had heard some of his speeches and watched some of his ads that portrayed him as a middle-of-the-road, bipartisan … 17