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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 consider it sport.” I prefer to believe …

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, …

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 are vulnerable. A sure sign of their vulnerability is their refusal to run on their …

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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

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 …

My Turn: ‘Monitor’ gets it wrong on gun control

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Anti-gun liberals are seldom persuaded by logic. So it’s hard to believe that responding to the Oct. 3 Monitor editorial is not a waste of time. But gun owners take offense to the Monitor’s childish name-calling, branding the Second Amendment community as engaging in “absolutism” – and brandishing …

My Turn: Voters must assess climate change choices

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Concern about the effects of climate change is galvanizing the American public to take action. I was proud to join nearly 400,000 citizens from all corners of the nation, including a large group of Granite Staters, who recently marched through the streets of New York City to demand …

Katy Burns: In a foul mood? Could be the headlines you’re reading

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The headline on the cyberlink to an on-line Guardian story my sister sent me was startling. “News is bad for you – and giving up reading it will make you happier.” Well, that helps explain a few things! …

My Turn: Election noise obscures truth about bipartisan budget

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Granite Staters know that balancing a budget – whether it’s our family’s budget or the state’s budget – requires making tough choices to protect our priorities while living within our means. That’s what we’ve worked to do at …

My Turn: A chance to create a welcoming community

Saturday, October 11, 2014

This year, Concord was awarded a grant by the Endowment for Health to develop a collaborative plan over the next three years to integrate our foreign-born newcomers. For this endeavor, nonprofit agencies, government officials and business representatives have come together to begin taking the lead in this planning …

My Turn: A successful journey through the minefield of addiction

Friday, October 10, 2014

My son, at 23, is lucky to be alive. Statistically, he is a member of a generation decimated by an opiate drug epidemic so far-reaching that in 2010 – the year he graduated high school – New Hampshire …