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My Turn: Don’t let New Hampshire be the next Kansas

Monday, January 26, 2015

We are entering the budget process in Concord, and now with the Republican Party controlling both the House and the Senate, there has been much talk about cutting taxes, limiting spending, allowing the Medicaid expansion law to sunset in 2016 and in general downsizing the role of state government. We need to be careful of what we wish for. Trickle-down economics, or commonly referred to as supply-side economics, a favorite …

My Turn: Governor, please don’t raid dedicated funds

Monday, January 26, 2015

Dear Governor Hassan: I am sympathetic to the difficult decisions you and legislators must make in proposing a biennial budget for the state, but raiding statutorily dedicated funds should not be among the options you turn to for finding new general fund revenue. This practice allows lawmakers to enact new taxes without any accountability to the taxpayers. It is of dubious constitutionality, according …

MyTurn: This type of economics doesn’t work

Monday, January 26, 2015

Another legislative session, another round of bills to cut taxes to “stimulate” the economy and “grow” business. Currently there are bills from Sens. Jeb Bradley and Andy Sanborn to lower business taxes because they feel that they are too high compared to the rest of the region. Are they really? New Hampshire’s business …

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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: Town hall-style meetings nice in theory, but too often become a circus

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Concord Monitor has espoused the notion that “town hall meetings” are important elements of New Hampshire political life, a premise with which few can argue. But there are “town hall meetings,” and then there are “shooting ducks …

My Turn: So ‘Real World: Peterborough’ was a hoax, but what other reality shows could we have?

Friday, January 23, 2015

Maybe you saw the spoof story circulating via Facebook a couple of weeks ago, poking fun at MTV’s The Real World at the expense of poor old Peterborough. The story, written so dryly that it was hard to …

My Turn: Roe at 42 – an unapologetically pro-abortion rights view

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Jan. 22 marks the 42nd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. It has to be one of the most controversial opinions ever released by the U.S. Supreme Court. As someone who is unapologetically pro-choice, I wanted to …

My Turn: From frequent flyers to frequent liars

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Cheaters often win. Worse, when cheating is common enough to create the sense that “everyone is doing it,” it encourages other, normally honest people to cheat and I was tempted. I was wearing a brace that the podiatrist …

My Turn: Vermont loaded with virtues

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

I’d like to think that Katy Burns either had a bad night’s sleep or got out on the wrong side of the bed prior to writing her vitriolic piece about Vermont (Sunday Monitor, Jan. 18). After sharing it with a number of friends who live in the Green …

My Turn: Don’t let selectmen fool you, Bow voters

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Bow voters, here we go again. Same song, different chorus. The selectmen want a $5 million bond issue to build a combined safety, emergency management and fire house which is supposed to be based off of the plans that were overwhelmingly rejected last year at town meeting. Someone …

It’s time for Vermont to get in on New Hampshire’s primary spoils

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Now that the Vermont Legislature has returned to Montpelier, I’d like to suggest again that it consider a plan to alter New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary. I’ve said this before, and nobody paid any attention. Things have not gotten better. It’s not only the money that the New Hampshire …

My Turn: State needs to build on successes, not repeal them

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Last year, the New Hampshire Legislature made history by coming together on some very important issues. We were one of the few politically divided legislatures in the country that passed a unanimous budget, expanded access to health care and made smart investments in our roads. But it appears …

Katy Burns: Vermont is all hype – with stubby mountains

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Every so often some bozo from Vermont comes along touting that state’s supposed superiority over the great Granite State. This time it’s a guy named Jeff Danziger, who apparently hangs around Rutland and Montpelier drawing cartoons. He also …

Board of Contributors: Follow MLK’s path ‘out of the dark valleys into the light’

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The new Charlie Hebdo cover – a cover arisen from ashes – surprised me: In spite of its crudeness, its attempt to exploit racial and religious division, its starkness, it embodied rejection of all the rhetoric and violence that had come before. It was a rejection, I believe, …