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My Turn: Critics of online degrees start from a false premise

Thursday, August 21, 2014

In getting feedback on the possible merger of Southern New Hampshire University and the New Hampshire Institute of Art, I have been struck by the reactions to our online programs among some critics. Among the misconceptions has been the idea that we would try to impose online learning on NHIA students. Another, increasingly tired notion is that online learning is of inherently poor quality and anyone offering it must be … 0

My Turn: Obama not to blame for rise of Islamic State

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Conjecture by Sen. John McCain and Hillary Clinton et al that President Obama is to blame for the Islamic State scourge because of his support (arms and airstrikes) of the Syrian resistance was lacking is wrong. Blame falls squarely on former Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki (a Shiite who alienated Sunni tribes) and who has just been replaced by a moderate, though still … 4

My Turn: There’s no substitute for the college experience

Thursday, August 21, 2014

There has been increasing criticism of traditional college education in the past decade or so. Much of the focus of such criticism has been focused on cost escalation and the irrelevance of college degrees to work readiness. As a reaction to these concerns, and ever-improving computer technology, there has been a rapid push … 6

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Off Main: Watching the spread of gay marriage from New Hampshire

Sunday, August 10, 2014

How much has changed, and how quickly. When our neighbor to the south, Massachusetts, became the first state in the country to make same-sex marriage legal a decade ago, it was difficult to know what to think. I … 1

Katy Burns: Impeachment works best when it’s necessary

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Forty years ago Friday, my friend Ed and I sat in an empty political campaign office in Columbus, Ohio, and on a cheap little black and white TV we watched Richard Milhous Nixon inform the nation that the next day he would resign the presidency of the United … 15

My Turn: We must work together to help seniors

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Since 2006, I have had the honor and privilege of serving as a legal aid attorney for New Hampshire Legal Assistance – advocating for workers, persons with disabilities, survivors of domestic violence, senior citizens and veterans. I advocated not just in court, but in the Legislature, working on … 2

My Turn: Ripple effect of bullying unacceptable, preventable

Sunday, August 10, 2014

State Rep. Diane Schuett, sponsor of the Healthy Workplace Bill, said, “We all know there’s bullying in school, and just because someone graduates from school, doesn’t mean they stop doing it, and it carries over into the workplace.” Schools shouldn’t be breeding grounds for bullies or places where … 0

Saturday, August 9, 2014

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Friday, August 8, 2014

One of the most important elements of a healthy community is its volunteers, people who are willing to work on behalf of non-profits, to solve community problems, and to run for public office. Concord has been lucky to have many such devoted community-minded citizens. Today we want to … 0

My Turn: Congress must protect human trafficking victims

Friday, August 8, 2014

Last month, Gov. Maggie Hassan signed into law critical human trafficking legislation. SB 317 was passed unanimously by the New Hampshire Legislature and includes increased penalties against human traffickers and provides additional protections for victims of human trafficking, including children. The New Hampshire Legislature and Hassan understand the … 1

My Turn: Economic development is more than slogans

Friday, August 8, 2014

This week, Republican candidate for governor Walt Havenstein released his economic development plan for New Hampshire. Havenstein calls it his “8.15.17” proposal because of his stated goal to create 25,000 additional jobs in the state by Aug. 15, … 1

My Turn: Real economic plan would start with minimum wage

Friday, August 8, 2014

The Republican gubernatorial candidates seem locked in a battle to win the award for dumbest economic plan of the year. Walt Havenstein would reduce taxes on the Haves by cutting business taxes, but fails to explain how one replaces that estimated $49 million in lost revenue. But he … 5

My Turn: State needs tax reform to remain competitive

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The New Hampshire Advantage is a succinct slogan that stems from the unique and potent tax advantages we have over our neighboring states – namely no personal income tax or sales tax. The lack of a personal income … 25