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My Turn: ‘No’ to Medicaid expansion would hurt state’s elderly

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Medicaid expansion doesn’t benefit only the 35,000 New Hampshire residents who previously didn’t have access to health insurance, it’s also keeping elder care costs down and helping businesses in the state comply with the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate. And, until 2020, it’s 100 percent paid for by the federal government through the tax dollars that New Hampshire residents already pay into Medicaid. In 2020, that percentage of federal subsidy …

My Turn: Maintaining Medicaid expansion helps state’s economy, working families

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Among the more notable features of a state budget recommended by the House Finance Committee is a proposed and ill-advised decision to end New Hampshire’s unique version of Medicaid expansion, called the New Hampshire Health Protection Program. The NHHPP leverages available federal funds to offer private sector health coverage to lower-income, otherwise uninsured New Hampshire residents. Republican Senate leaders Chuck Morse and Jeb …

My Turn: Argument against indoor tanning cherry-picks data

Sunday, March 29, 2015

I would like to correct some misleading facts in the Monitor’s March 12 editorial, “Senate should pass bill on underage tanning.” The editorial opines that because irresponsible tanning habits increase the risk of cancer, we should ban it outright for our youth and that heavy regulations already in place aren’t sufficient to curb this “dangerous” activity. This opinion was supported with some statistical …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

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?” …

My Turn: Understanding the potential sale of Merrimack Station

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The announcement of a settlement that will lead to the sale of the generating plants owned by Eversource (formerly PSNH) may be unsettling to people living in the communities that have been host to generating plants for decades. The negotiators were sensitive to the tax impact a settlement …

Ralph Jimenez: Multifaceted Stewart Brand wants to alter our perception of time and the universe

Thursday, March 19, 2015

We were looking no further into the future then our next cup of coffee, but just as we approached what passes for the door into the cafe of Readers Bookstore, it locked. The store on San Francisco Bay …

My Turn: Putting partisan politics before our national security

Thursday, March 19, 2015

After serving as the United States ambassador to Belize and working in more than 45 different countries, I have seen foreign policy from many angles. But last week, 47 Republicans in the United States Senate, including our own Sen. Kelly Ayotte, showed that I have not seen it …

Hot Topic: Readers are ready for tomorrow night

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Last Wednesday, Bow residents defeated a proposed public safety building by just eight votes during town meeting. Voters then approved a motion for reconsideration and a second vote, to be held tomorrow night at 7. Here’s what readers are saying: Reckless and divisive Enough is enough! The people …