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National View: Multipronged effort needed to save bee colonies

Monday, May 25, 2015

A crucial agricultural workforce in the United States that produces some $15 billion worth of economic value every year, according to the Obama administration, has been struck by alarming losses recently, frightening advocates and demanding attention from Washington. Yes, the country’s bees are in trouble. President Obama has a plan to deal with the massive number of bee deaths. But this might be a problem that biotechnology will ultimately have …

National View: Bumper stickers tell story of an ailing democracy

Monday, May 25, 2015

The other day I spotted an arresting bumper sticker: “Don’t Blame Me, I Voted for the Other Guy.” Unlike so many similar decals, it bore no hint of which “other guy” was under discussion. Just blue words on a plain white background. The driver might have been a Republican angry at Barack Obama, but the sticker was so weathered that she might just …

My Turn: Early childhood education helps communities prosper

Sunday, May 24, 2015

It’s no secret that there is now a surge of opiate use here in the Granite State, and with that, a growing presence of criminal activity, including violent crimes. As sheriff of Merrimack County, I know that New Hampshire law enforcement agencies are doing everything possible to rein in this troubling new threat. But we are well aware that we need longer-term solutions, …

National View: Finally, a democratic socialist is running for president

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Sen. Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign is the first such effort by a democratic socialist since Norman Thomas waged the last of his six such campaigns on the Socialist Party ticket in 1948. It’s about time. Historically, the role of the two great American socialist standard-bearers Eugene Debs and …

Fran Wendelboe: The real abortion extremists

Saturday, May 16, 2015

The biggest divide between the Democrats and the conservative Republicans is quite possibly the issue of abortion. While there are pro-choice Republicans under the big tent of the GOP, for the most part they ignore each other until there is a pro-choice nominee of the party and some …

My Turn: Clinton will fight for women’s health care

Saturday, May 16, 2015

This past week was National Women’s Health Week, a nationwide initiative aiming to empower women to make their health a priority. It is a good time to reflect not just on the general things women should do to improve their health and well-being but for all of us …

My Turn: Health Protection Program helping those with mental illness

Saturday, May 16, 2015

When New Hampshire made the decision to expand health care coverage to low-income, working families in 2014, it was estimated that the number of people who would enroll in the New Hampshire Health Protection Program might reach 50,000 over a five-year period. But today, only six months after …

My Turn: Dogs help reluctant readers start a new chapter

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Three dogs sat next to their handlers in the Weare Public Library’s Sawyer Room, awaiting the first three children to participate in the library’s Ruff Readers program. Bethany Fulton’s mother had enrolled her for a weekly 10-minute session …

My Turn: State still has chance to fix workers’ comp system

Saturday, May 16, 2015

I am encouraged to see New Hampshire lawmakers haven’t walked away from the chance to make an important and meaningful change to our state’s workers’ compensation laws. Small businesses are buckling under medical bills that are thousands of dollars above what the average citizen pays, even though the …

My Turn: Reality says ‘the pledge’ doesn’t work anymore

Friday, May 15, 2015

Have you tried putting a size 12 foot into a size six shoe? It does not fit. Only with amputating part of the foot and cutting away parts of the shoe will there be a solution – but not a real one. Our state budget is in just …

National View: A tragic reminder for U.S. to invest in infrastructure

Friday, May 15, 2015

It’s not yet clear why Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 derailed Tuesday night, killing seven and wounding more than 200. The National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday afternoon that the train was traveling more than 100 mph in a 50 mph zone in North Philadelphia, where the tracks …

My Turn: Nigeria isn’t a good environmental role model for state

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Why do state officials think that the best road to prosperity is by degrading the environment, as Nigeria does with waste disposal? On Mount Kearsarge, the state built a huge radio tower on land they’d been given that was protected by a conservation easement instead of on nearby …

News quiz: It’s time to test your knowledge of the week that was

Thursday, May 14, 2015

1) In a visit to Pembroke on Tuesday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said which of the following is crucial for a presidential candidate? a) Winning New Hampshire b) Avoiding scandals with a “gate” suffix c) Winning Iowa …