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My Turn: Compromise, not ideology, key to legislative success

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Politics is defined by conflict, government by compromise. This balance seems to be perpetually lost on Washington, where politicians are swept away in perceived mandates and partisan warfare. This is not what the people want. Quite frankly, it’s what they most dislike about politics, and now it is what they most dislike about their government. The voters in my North Country district, the most evenly divided political district in the …

My Turn: Embrace the sight of those dirty dishes

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

With Thanksgiving almost here, I have been thinking of life and what I give thanks for. At 60, I have many memories to look back on; some fondly and others not so fondly. Our memories are our lives as we have lived. On the cusp of another holiday shopping frenzy and the hustle and bustle of our busy lives, we overlook some simple …

Mike Pride: In ‘Essays After Eighty,’ Donald Hall looks back at a remarkable life

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Donald Hall’s essay “Out the Window” appeared in the January 2012 New Yorker. The title did not lie. An old man stares out his window, sees what he sees and riffs on it, his mind moving amid farmhouse ghosts and on to his own slow demise. A hundred readers of “Out the Window” …

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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: The Republican Party’s road to nowhere

Sunday, November 16, 2014

I believe in pitching in, doing your share, taking responsibility, and in a fair shake for all. American ideals. I am idealistic, but not naive. The last several years have been shocking to me. From the outset and …

Katy Burns: Climate change? Pffft!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

“Continued emission of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and long-lasting changes in all components of the climate system, increasing the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems.” – Report of the United Nations …

My Turn: America’s message to Democrats: Slow down

Sunday, November 16, 2014

It’s hard to believe our president “hears” not only those who voted, but also the two-thirds of Americans who didn’t bother. What can he possibly mean? That he didn’t inspire them? That they didn’t believe their votes would …

My Turn: If chosen as speaker, economy will be focus

Sunday, November 16, 2014

My name is Gene Chandler, and I am a selectman, former town moderator and Republican state representative from Bartlett. I am working hard to earn the votes to be the next speaker of the New Hampshire House. I have the credentials and the experience to lead the New …

My Turn: Collaboration is key to New Hampshire’s future

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Across the country, higher education, K-12 educators and business leaders are worried about how students are being prepared for the future and what they need to know as they begin their careers. On a global scale, reports indicate we have lost ground to other industrialized nations, which are …

My Turn: A love letter to three Republicans

Saturday, November 15, 2014

On Nov. 1, David Nixon, father, lawyer, legislator, community leader – frankly, a man whose contributions to his state, to the practice of law, to ensuring justice could fill volumes – lost his battle with cancer. I remember …

Poetry Corner: Softening the blow

Saturday, November 15, 2014

November is never a welcome guest, it seems, and the first day of this most dismal month was exactly why we don’t celebrate its arrival. It is a harsh transition from clear, deep-blue October skies and glorious foliage, to the steel heaviness of gray that can feel oppressive …

My Turn: The power of the ballot selfie

Thursday, November 13, 2014

A photo of one’s ballot, absent proof that it was produced for profit or under duress, is, as the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union argues, political speech and a First Amendment right. It can also be a powerful …

My Turn: New England is betting it all on natural gas

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Is there any doubt that abandoning nuclear and coal plants will trigger a sharp increase in electricity prices? Utilities in New Hampshire and Massachusetts have put customers on notice that electricity will cost a lot more due to the imminent closure of Vermont Yankee and several coal plants. …

My Turn: The beauty of bare trees

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Every year we deal with this, what falls in fall. Some of us rake them up and dump them in the compost; some bag them to be hauled away. Some folks use leaf blowers. I don’t get leaf …