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My Turn: What we need is more supply

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

As countless families and small businesses across the Granite State realized this winter, the cost of electricity is skyrocketing. The reason is simple: Our supply of natural gas for electricity generation is in short supply. In addition to our efforts around conservation and use of renewables, we have reduced our dependence on coal and oil in favor of cleaner and more efficient natural gas. New England is particularly hard hit …

My Turn: Debate over red-tailed hawk bill requires context

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

While jets crash, terrorists strike and our state budget challenges loom, an astounding amount of attention has been devoted to the red-tailed hawk bill. In case you missed it, the state Legislature defeated a fourth-grade class proposal to make the hawk our state raptor, and the floor debate included a remark equating the hawk’s behavior with abortion. This seemingly banal original issue has …

They Said It: 2016 contenders state their positions on Indiana law

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, a Republican and possible 2016 presidential candidate, recently signed into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which critics say could pave the way for businesses to discriminate against gay and lesbian couples. The law prohibits “a governmental entity from substantially burdening a person’s exercise of religion.” Pence and state …

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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 …

My Turn: Congress should have a say on final Iran deal

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

There has been significant public debate about the recent letter I signed with 46 of my colleagues to the leaders of Iran. Citing the U.S. Constitution, the letter simply explains the fact that any agreement on Iran’s nuclear …

My Turn: It’s time to hit the pause button in Bow

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A thank you to all of the Bow voters who elected me and the other candidates endorsed by the Concerned Taxpayers of Bow. We are calling on you again to help us defeat this unnecessary $7.38 million bond issue (being reconsidered again) in an overwhelming and hopefully final …

My Turn: Public safety building is a big part of Bow’s future

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Nearly 30 years ago, Katrina and I moved to Bow with what was, at that time, a modest family of three children. Although I grew up in the Lakes Region, we chose Bow because of its central location, proximity to the nerve centers of our state, great school …

My Turn: A Middle East free of nuclear weapons is best path

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

International law and common sense allow for the right of self-defense by all countries using whatever means they choose, including nuclear weapons. No country has the right to insist that another country not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons. In fact, many countries currently claim that right, for …

My Turn: As an industry, college system is a force in New Hampshire

Monday, March 16, 2015

There is an industry in New Hampshire that employs nearly 18,000 people, and is responsible for salaries and wages totaling more than a billion dollars in local spending. It also generates nearly $300 million in research and development. The industry, which is critical to the overall prosperity of …

My Turn: State must fight back against Citizens United ruling

Monday, March 16, 2015

Open government is not owned by anyone but the people. When a citizen in my district chooses to speak his or her mind, that person can walk through the doors of the State House without being stopped or questioned and can walk directly into my office. My door …