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My Turn: ‘No’ to Medicaid expansion would hurt state’s elderly

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Medicaid expansion doesn’t benefit only the 35,000 New Hampshire residents who previously didn’t have access to health insurance, it’s also keeping elder care costs down and helping businesses in the state comply with the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate. And, until 2020, it’s 100 percent paid for by the federal government through the tax dollars that New Hampshire residents already pay into Medicaid. In 2020, that percentage of federal subsidy …

My Turn: Maintaining Medicaid expansion helps state’s economy, working families

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Among the more notable features of a state budget recommended by the House Finance Committee is a proposed and ill-advised decision to end New Hampshire’s unique version of Medicaid expansion, called the New Hampshire Health Protection Program. The NHHPP leverages available federal funds to offer private sector health coverage to lower-income, otherwise uninsured New Hampshire residents. Republican Senate leaders Chuck Morse and Jeb …

My Turn: Argument against indoor tanning cherry-picks data

Sunday, March 29, 2015

I would like to correct some misleading facts in the Monitor’s March 12 editorial, “Senate should pass bill on underage tanning.” The editorial opines that because irresponsible tanning habits increase the risk of cancer, we should ban it outright for our youth and that heavy regulations already in place aren’t sufficient to curb this “dangerous” activity. This opinion was supported with some statistical …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

Don’t Tell the Joneses, Part One: Meet Al and Betty, an all-American couple just trying to make ends meet

Thursday, March 26, 2015

I hadn’t kept up with the Joneses for a while so I checked in on them. I am happy to report they are doing pretty well, even if stretched a bit. Apparently, many of you also lost track of them, so they wanted me to share their current …

My Turn: Privatize detention centers? Bad idea

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The budget proposal adopted by the House Finance Committee calls for big cuts in the budget of the Sununu Youth Services Center, the state’s residential detention center for juvenile offenders. It also mandates “the option for the Department …

My Turn: Lawmakers must remember their purpose

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

When lawmakers insulted and confused visiting fourth-graders at the State House this month, it was a painful and infuriating moment for many of us. First, as a father, my blood boiled. Then, as an elected official, I was mortified. But the feeling that took a few days to …

My Turn: When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called 50 years ago, I answered

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

In mid-March 50 years ago, I received a telegram from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference inviting me, a young pastor up in Lisbon, to walk in the March on Montgomery. After four …

My Turn: Bow needs to unite for the good of the town

Monday, March 23, 2015

I am writing to ask all Bow residents to please come together and work side by side this year, well before our next town meeting, to develop a feasible solution for a much-needed public safety building that we can all confidently vote for next year. We need closure …

My Turn: After five years, success of ACA is clear

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Over the past five years, tens of thousands of Granite Staters have sent a message: The Affordable Care Act is working, and the quality health coverage offered on its health insurance marketplace is a product that consumers need, want and like. They also made it clear that they …

Off Main: PAX Expo in Boston offers a glimpse of the future

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Every March or April for the past five years, I’ve headed down to Boston to glimpse the future of video games. No crystal ball is involved. Instead, I attend the PAX East expo, a gargantuan gathering that fills …

Katy Burns: Wrinkles and gray hair – in HD!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

When friends Steve and Laura went out to see The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel last Wednesday evening in their retiree-rich winter town in Florida, they were turned away at the movie theater’s box office, told to make …

My Turn: A primary about big ideas instead of big money

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Politics matter in the United States. Good politics are foundational to good public policy. They are the lifeblood of a healthy democracy where every vote counts and everyone’s voice is heard. Sadly, too many citizens choose to stay …

My Turn: A stagnant minimum wage is hurting New Hampshire

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Republican-led Legislature in New Hampshire just killed all bills introduced this session aimed at raising the state’s minimum wage. Both the New Hampshire Senate and the House voted against a minimum wage increase. The bill sponsored by Sen. Donna Soucy of Manchester would have raised the state’s …