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My Turn: What we need is more supply

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

As countless families and small businesses across the Granite State realized this winter, the cost of electricity is skyrocketing. The reason is simple: Our supply of natural gas for electricity generation is in short supply. In addition to our efforts around conservation and use of renewables, we have reduced our dependence on coal and oil in favor of cleaner and more efficient natural gas. New England is particularly hard hit …

My Turn: Debate over red-tailed hawk bill requires context

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

While jets crash, terrorists strike and our state budget challenges loom, an astounding amount of attention has been devoted to the red-tailed hawk bill. In case you missed it, the state Legislature defeated a fourth-grade class proposal to make the hawk our state raptor, and the floor debate included a remark equating the hawk’s behavior with abortion. This seemingly banal original issue has …

They Said It: 2016 contenders state their positions on Indiana law

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, a Republican and possible 2016 presidential candidate, recently signed into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which critics say could pave the way for businesses to discriminate against gay and lesbian couples. The law prohibits “a governmental entity from substantially burdening a person’s exercise of religion.” Pence and state …

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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: 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 …

My Turn: State must fight against efforts to weaken unions

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Last week, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker continued his longtime attack on workers by signing his state’s right-to-work law, a move followed days later by New Hampshire’s own right-to-work measure passing in the House of Representatives. In signing the Wisconsin law, Walker stated that right-to-work “will give workers the …

My Turn: Proposed tax cuts won’t help state’s small businesses

Saturday, March 21, 2015

I’ve been a small-business owner in New Hampshire for 44 years. I started Harrisville Designs in 1971. We make wool yarns for knitting and weaving, carded fleece for felting and spinning, floor looms and weaving products for children. My family’s involvement in the weaving business and our investment …

My Turn: State utility corridor would open doors for energy development

Friday, March 20, 2015

It has been painfully clear over the past few years that large overhead transmission lines pose serious issues for our state in terms of public acceptance, right-of-way acquisition, and negative impacts on nearby private property, businesses and scenic landscapes. Massive public resistance to these and other large infrastructure …

My Turn: The age of conformity and mass production is giving way to an older way of living

Friday, March 20, 2015

I had an unusual dream recently about investing with my friends in a nonprofit farm that, rather than grow organic vegetables, celebrates entropy. We were all standing there together, surveying our grounds, happy with things just the way …

My Turn: The answer, my state, is blowing in the wind

Friday, March 20, 2015

What state wouldn’t want to be encouraging an industry that would be creating hundreds of structures the size of a 747 jet while at the same time taking a swipe at climate change? I very much appreciated former congressman Charlie Bass’s “My Turn” piece (Monitor Forum, March 4) …

Letter: The real meaning of government aid

Friday, March 20, 2015

Scott Walker tells us: “We tend to measure success in government by how many people are dependent on the government. We should measure success by just the opposite: How many people are no longer dependent on the government?” …