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My Turn: Vote for candidates who want to fix, not destroy

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Recent polls indicate that two-thirds of us are dissatisfied with Congress, and a poll this summer showed that only 16 percent of voters were satisfied with Congress. If we think the people we elect to represent us in Washington are doing such a terrible job, then maybe we should look not at their failures but at our failures as voters to send people to Washington who can get the job …

My Turn: It’s time for independent review of CCSNH chancellor

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I read with interest the recent exchange between Laura Morgan, president of the faculty senate at NHTI (Monitor Forum, Oct. 3), and Paul Holloway, Community College System of New Hampshire board chairman, and Kathy Bogle Shields, the board’s vice chairman (Monitor Forum, Oct. 8). As someone who retired after more than 40 years in the CCSNH, the final seven of which were as …

The world will never see another newspaper editor like Ben Bradlee

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

In the next few days you will hear real sadness from hundreds of people who work or used to work at the Washington Post. I would like to tell you why we all loved Ben Bradlee so much – loved working for him, loved working with him – and why we felt he …

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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

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 …

My Turn: Blame game is clouding truth about data breaches

Thursday, October 16, 2014

With cybercrime looming as an ever-present threat, everyone involved in commerce has a vested interest in protecting our customer data. This includes credit and debit card companies, card-issuing financial institutions and retail outlets where cards are used every day. Unfortunately, cybersecurity risks exist at all stages of the …

Off Main: The gay marriage debate has reached its conclusion, but other battles remain

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I’m just going to go ahead and declare this one over. In a ruling that avoided making a ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court nevertheless managed to bring same-sex marriage rights to five states last week. If the jurisdiction …

My Turn: On women’s health care, Brown’s record is clear

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Throughout my career, I’ve represented New Hampshire as a state senator, as governor, and as a U.S. senator. Along the way, I’ve learned that as an elected official, what you do is much more important than what you say. In every one of my campaigns, I’ve told anyone …

Breast Cancer Reflections: A coach shows her heart

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

I have learned many things from watching our friend and coach struggle with cancer. First and foremost, we have witnessed courage in Karen Morse. The woman is a fighter in the truest sense of the word. She has …

My Turn: Seniors have important battle to wage on Nov. 4

Sunday, October 12, 2014

New Hampshire senior citizens, their families and neighbors should do their homework and vote in self-defense on Nov. 4. Some candidates running for federal office are on record as supporting cuts to Social Security and Medicare. They say our safety net is going broke. Some want these programs …