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Old-school politics: There was a time when I myself was a candidate for change

Thursday, October 30, 2014

(I was digging through some old school papers and came across this speech, which I gave when I ran for class president many years ago. I have to say, I think it holds up pretty well. – D.W.) Friends, classmates, neighbors: I would like to take this opportunity to tell you why I am seeking the office of fourth-grade class president. Many months ago, as third grade was coming to …

My Turn: THE LONG VIEW

Thursday, October 30, 2014

I’m having an out-of-body experience and, to be honest, taking the long view makes it hard to worry about what’s happening down there. If anyone is incubating Ebola today, I am not able to care. Republicans and Democrats are indiscernible, as are the hungry, the needy, the privileged and the poor. I am …

My Turn: Brown is the independent leader state needs

Thursday, October 30, 2014

I’ve had the great privilege to serve the people of New Hampshire in the General Court, state Senate and in the U.S. Congress. In fact, I served in the state Senate with Jeanne Shaheen, worked with her as governor and also in the U.S. Senate. I know her well, and I like her. …

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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: Where are all the Concord Republicans?

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Do we suffer from voter apathy in Concord (Monitor editorial, Sept. 15)? If so, the reason could be one-party rule. Concord has 16 elected representatives to the State House. All are Democrats. Only eight have contested elections this fall. Many serve year after year, usually with no opposition. …

Saturday, October 18, 2014

My Turn: Board must act now to save the Hopkinton Fair

Saturday, October 18, 2014

To the Hopkinton State Fair board of directors: I am appealing to you to take a careful look at yourselves and the makeup of the board. It is apparent to myself and others that you are in a …

My Turn: Invasive plants don’t have to be the enemy

Friday, October 17, 2014

Readers who wish for a broader understanding of invasive plants may want to read Timothy Scott’s book Invasive Plant Medicine, the Ecological Benefits and Healing Abilities of Invasives. The author, an acupuncturist and herbalist with a master’s degree in traditional Chinese medicine, details 24 of the most common …

My Turn: Scott Brown says he agrees with his wife 100% of the time. That’s not necessarily a good thing.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Even if we put politics aside, I have a whole other reason to oppose Scott Brown. It has to do with marriage – that venerable institution many of us know so well. A couple of weeks ago, I …

My Turn: Elder fraud is growing problem

Friday, October 17, 2014

Years ago, while serving as the state’s director of securities regulation, I was invited to become a trustee of the Investor Protection Trust, a national financial education organization located in Washington, D.C. The IPT promotes financial literacy and highlights investor fraud in America. Reviewing the data provided to …

My Turn: Blame game is clouding truth about data breaches

Thursday, October 16, 2014

With cybercrime looming as an ever-present threat, everyone involved in commerce has a vested interest in protecting our customer data. This includes credit and debit card companies, card-issuing financial institutions and retail outlets where cards are used every day. Unfortunately, cybersecurity risks exist at all stages of the …

Off Main: The gay marriage debate has reached its conclusion, but other battles remain

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I’m just going to go ahead and declare this one over. In a ruling that avoided making a ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court nevertheless managed to bring same-sex marriage rights to five states last week. If the jurisdiction …

My Turn: On women’s health care, Brown’s record is clear

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Throughout my career, I’ve represented New Hampshire as a state senator, as governor, and as a U.S. senator. Along the way, I’ve learned that as an elected official, what you do is much more important than what you say. In every one of my campaigns, I’ve told anyone …

Breast Cancer Reflections: A coach shows her heart

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

I have learned many things from watching our friend and coach struggle with cancer. First and foremost, we have witnessed courage in Karen Morse. The woman is a fighter in the truest sense of the word. She has …