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My Turn: Medicaid expansion key to treating mental illness, addiction

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The New Hampshire Health Protection Program, which now provides access to health care to more than 47,000 people in our state, will sunset later this year unless the Legislature enacts a bill to reauthorize it. The program is New Hampshire’s version of Medicaid expansion – a unique, Granite State solution to providing health care to all our citizens with a bridge to the private marketplace. NAMI-NH and the New Hampshire …

My Turn: New Hampshire isn’t first in the nation on raising wages

Saturday, February 6, 2016

New Hampshire has a proud tradition of being first. It’s tough to miss these days, while we’re in the midst of the first-in-the-nation presidential primary. Our intelligent, informed citizens provide the perfect place to scrutinize presidential candidates and help choose the next leader of the free world. But beyond our status as home of the first presidential primary, New Hampshire was the first …

My Turn: The age of pharmababble

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Here’s a little exercise even more challenging than Sudoku. Without help from Google, guess what each of the following drugs is for: Trulicity, Namzaric, Osphena, Belsomra, Invocana, Abreva, Prevagen, Vanda, Otezla, Brilinta, Tectidera, Neulasta, Humira, Myrbetriq, Jublia, Orencia, Breo Ellipo, Xeljanz, Novartis, Movantik. If Mad Men was set in the last 10 to …

My Turn: Shadow of terror darkens state’s schools

Friday, January 22, 2016

Residents of the Granite State enjoy the sense of security that comes with knowing that they live in the fourth safest state in America and one of the top 10 states to raise kids. But recent threats targeting New Hampshire schools serve as a grim reminder that the …

My Turn: As I walk with cancer, I hope New Hampshire is a ready for a respectful discussion about ‘death with dignity’

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Life is full of many passages that we enter and pass through. Just as cats are said to have nine lives, I believe I have known as many – and perhaps more. My lives have included youth, family …

My Turn: Volunteers push for an end to governing under the influence

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

For most of the political operatives and reporters paying attention to the looming Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary, the focus is on the political horse race; when the dust settles, they will tell us about the winners and runners-up, and how that changes the political calculus …

My Turn: Nation is paying a heavy price for knee-jerk military spending

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

After Paris, San Bernardino and almost every terrorist attack, politicians and pundits clamor for the U.S. to do more militarily in the Middle East, spend more on national defense, and further restrict our liberties in the name of keeping us safe. But that is exactly what ISIS wants …

My Turn: U.S. should be eliminating, not modernizing, nuclear weapons

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The New Hampshire primary season is full of surprises. As a voter, I’ve asked 13 presidential candidates about nuclear weapons. Responses have been disappointing in general, and even candidates with good instincts don’t seem to know much. So as a progressive, I was astounded when some of the …

My Turn: Kasich will make us proud

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

I write in support of John Kasich in the 2016 Republican presidential primary. Although I have been involved in these contests since 1964, this is the first time I have written a piece like this. I do this now because I believe without reservation that John Kasich offers …

Our Turn: A second chance at job growth

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Who doesn’t want a better job than the one they have today? Clearly, we all would. For that reason, the New Hampshire House of Representatives should be doing everything it can to create an environment where employers create great job opportunities for everyone in the Granite State. Just …

Our Turn: Foreign assistance must be part of primary dialogue

Sunday, January 17, 2016

With the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary just weeks away, our state’s voters have a chance and a responsibility to urge candidates to address a topic that is receiving little attention in the campaign but will make a vast difference in the lives of millions worldwide. The topic: U.S. …

National View: Cruz puts his character flaws on full display

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican, tells a sweet story about the sacrifice he and his wife made four years ago to finance his upstart campaign for the U.S. Senate. The story, as it turns out, is phony. That doesn’t come as a total surprise, since it is in …

My Turn: How the moderates lost the Grand Old Party

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Years ago, Apple’s Steve Jobs was entranced by what he witnessed at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center, which developed such now-commonplace innovations as the mouse and graphical user interfaces. Jobs is shown in a YouTube video recalling how …