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My Turn: State’s new way to assess student learning could reduce standardized testing

Saturday, October 25, 2014

We’ve been hearing a lot about testing in our schools. There were proposals in the last Legislature – unsuccessful in the end – to postpone the new Smarter Balanced annual assessment. Nashua teachers made news last winter saying that neither their schools nor their students were ready for the new Common Core test (though fears seemed to settle down after they tried the test last spring). And Manchester Mayor Gatsas …

My Turn: State can’t afford another O’Brien Legislature

Saturday, October 25, 2014

On Nov. 4, you have a clear, important choice to make. When you enter the voting booth on Election Day, your vote will decide whether our state continues to move in the right direction or gets pulled back into the past. We have faced this decision before. In 2012, New Hampshire decided to throw out the Bill O’Brien Republicans and their extreme agenda. …

My Turn: U.S. needs a strategy to combat Islamic State

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Last month, President Obama stood behind the podium in the White House briefing room and admitted to America – and the world – that he didn’t have a strategy to combat the threat from the terrorist group ISIS. This is the same President Obama who just a few months ago dismissed the terror …

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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: 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 …

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 …