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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

Board of Contributors: Work needed before managed care is implemented

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Who ever thought that managed care would come to nursing homes? The impetus behind managed care is cost. Managed-care companies make money when patient care costs less, and lose money when patient care costs more. If you or a loved one has been a nursing home resident, think …

My Turn: The pen will always be mightier than the gun

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The First Amendment to our Constitution has taken a back seat to the Second Amendment for the past 30 or more years. To some members of the National Rifle Association, the Second Amendment is the Holy Grail, a Vedic Talisman, the touchstone for emotional gun control conduct – …

My Turn: New Hampshire must set its priorities wisely

Saturday, January 17, 2015

There are three things New Hampshire needs to address. First, fully fund education at the state level to take the tax burden off local government. Critically evaluate our revenue sources and rebuild our tax structure. Our government is not sustainable on the property tax, business taxes and endless …

National view: As it fights terrorism, France must defend free speech

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Francois Hollande, France’s much-derided president, has found his voice in response to last week’s terrorist attacks. Unfortunately, the French government has yet to strike the right balance. The three police officers killed last week died defending freedom of expression, Hollande said, and “it is in the name of …

My Turn: ‘Monitor’ article on Hassan sophomoric, snippy

Thursday, January 15, 2015

I have long thought that the front page of a reputable newspaper is for news, not editorializing. The front-page article by Jonathan Van Fleet complaining that the governor will not release her efficiency proposals under the state’s right-to-know law and has “decided to keep the documents secret” is …

National view: The moral imperative of testing

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Education Secretary Arne Duncan tells a story that was distressingly familiar for children of color before the implementation of the No Child Left Behind law. At his mother’s after-school tutoring program on the South Side of Chicago, he worked with a young man who thought he was headed …

My Turn: One person, one vote

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

When President Lyndon Johnson reached the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. by phone on Jan. 15, 1965, it wasn’t to offer birthday greetings. The president wanted to strategize about voting rights. The two leaders were at the peak …

My Turn: Lifetime cap would have bankrupted my son

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

My mission with this article is to make us all aware of the importance of the Affordable Care Act to our lives and how very grateful our family is for this legislation that removed the million-dollar lifetime cap that most policies had. The Affordable Care Act isn’t just …

My Turn: Common-sense reforms can address inequality, budget shortfalls

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

It is widely understood that taxes here in the Granite State are quite low. In fact, relative to the size of our economy, state and local taxes in New Hampshire were very nearly the lowest in the country in fiscal year 2012, based on data from the U.S. …

national view: Why poor people have a tough time stopping smoking

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

‘We’ve won the war on cigarette smoking” is a mantra among health-conscious middle- and upper-class Americans. But within the remarkable half-century-long public health success story of declining overall rates of smoking is a disturbing subplot: Those still puffing away are a substantially more disadvantaged group than ever before. …