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My Turn: RGGI is a good investment for New Hampshire

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The New Hampshire House will soon be voting on a bill to repeal the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. We call on all of you to appreciate the benefits this program brings to our state and to contact your legislators asking them to vote against repeal. When Gov. John Lynch signed onto RGGI with nine other governors, it fell to the New Hampshire Legislature in 2008 to approve our state’s participation. …

My Turn: Purchasing insurance across state lines doesn’t work and causes more problems than it can possibly solve

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

In American politics, ideology often supersedes reason. We don’t have to look any further than in the New Hampshire state Legislature. State Sen. Andy Sanborn, a Bedford Republican, is sponsoring a bill that would allow New Hampshire residents to purchase health insurance across state lines. He argues that giving New Hampshire citizens out-of-state …

My Turn: Nuclear power has place in state’s energy future

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New England is at a crossroads. One choice is to continue on the road now traveled, with natural gas for electricity production exceeding that of coal, hydro and nuclear power combined by 2018. Due to a shortage of gas-pipeline capacity, we are already experiencing high prices for home heating and electricity. And there has been a decline in air quality due to the …

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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: Vermont loaded with virtues

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

I’d like to think that Katy Burns either had a bad night’s sleep or got out on the wrong side of the bed prior to writing her vitriolic piece about Vermont (Sunday Monitor, Jan. 18). After sharing it with a number of friends who live in the Green …

My Turn: Don’t let selectmen fool you, Bow voters

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Bow voters, here we go again. Same song, different chorus. The selectmen want a $5 million bond issue to build a combined safety, emergency management and fire house which is supposed to be based off of the plans that were overwhelmingly rejected last year at town meeting. Someone …

It’s time for Vermont to get in on New Hampshire’s primary spoils

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Now that the Vermont Legislature has returned to Montpelier, I’d like to suggest again that it consider a plan to alter New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary. I’ve said this before, and nobody paid any attention. Things have not gotten better. It’s not only the money that the New Hampshire …

My Turn: State needs to build on successes, not repeal them

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Last year, the New Hampshire Legislature made history by coming together on some very important issues. We were one of the few politically divided legislatures in the country that passed a unanimous budget, expanded access to health care and made smart investments in our roads. But it appears …

Katy Burns: Vermont is all hype – with stubby mountains

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Every so often some bozo from Vermont comes along touting that state’s supposed superiority over the great Granite State. This time it’s a guy named Jeff Danziger, who apparently hangs around Rutland and Montpelier drawing cartoons. He also …

Board of Contributors: Follow MLK’s path ‘out of the dark valleys into the light’

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The new Charlie Hebdo cover – a cover arisen from ashes – surprised me: In spite of its crudeness, its attempt to exploit racial and religious division, its starkness, it embodied rejection of all the rhetoric and violence that had come before. It was a rejection, I believe, …

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 …