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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, …

My Turn: Frail seniors shouldn’t pay price for balanced budget

Thursday, May 14, 2015

On May 6, the New Hampshire House of Representatives passed legislation that pays nursing homes the funds they are owed for caring for Medicaid clients and balances the state budget with funds intended to help vulnerable seniors stay in their own homes. Gov. Hassan issued a news release …

national view: Clinton can’t waffle on trade forever

Thursday, May 14, 2015

To paraphrase Joe Louis, Hillary Clinton can run but she can’t hide from the great trade debate that pits President Obama and a handful of free-trade Democrats against Sen. Elizabeth Warren and most of the party in Congress. Topic A is the emerging Trans-Pacific Partnership, a huge trade …

My Turn: I’m not mad at liberals, I just think their ideas are shortsighted and wrong

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

I must be a glutton for punishment: I generally start my day by reading the Concord Monitor. From the volume of comment and opinion emanating from the left side of the political spectrum in this paper, it would …

My Turn: One man’s tragedy is New Hampshire’s shame

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

On Oct. 14, 2013, Fern Ornelas of Manchester was brought to the emergency room at Elliot Hospital as a quadriplegic with a cervical spine fracture and dislocation. He had been arrested the night before while on a psychiatric hold at the same hospital after an altercation with a …

My Turn: GOP should stand proudly with Planned Parenthood

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A recent New Hampshire Republican party leader’s attendance at a Planned Parenthood event has prompted a public conversation about what it means to be both a Republican and a Planned Parenthood supporter. Of concern, the coverage to date seems to be motivated by ideological politics and ignore the …

My Turn: State’s voters not blind to Christie’s failed record

Monday, May 11, 2015

New Hampshire is being run over by Republican president candidates. Just flip on the TV, visit your favorite coffee shop, and you’re bound to see one of them peddling their far-right policies to New Hampshire voters. This week, Chris Christie is back again, and it’s clear why. Just …

In sugar war, companies are choosing sides

Sunday, May 10, 2015

The people at candy-maker Mars Inc. have something to tell you: Stop eating so much sugar! According to the Wall Street Journal, the manufacturer of M&Ms, Snickers and Twix has thrown its weight behind a Food and Drug Administration push to include measures of added sugar on food …

My Turn: New Hampshire’s students are ready to meet higher standards, but are the politicians?

Sunday, May 10, 2015

2015 carries special significance throughout much of the country – including New Hampshire – as schools complete the transition to the Common Core standards. Right now, students statewide will take the Smarter Balanced test, a next-generation exam aligned to the new, tougher standards. This marks a critical milestone …

Britain shows election polling is getting worse

Sunday, May 10, 2015

If you didn’t follow the British election returns, you missed an amazing show. Virtually everyone went into the race expecting the ruling Conservative Party would lose seats, and the biggest question was whether the Scottish National Party would cost Labour enough seats to make it impossible for any …

Choosing sides in the war on sugar

Sunday, May 10, 2015

BC-SUGAR-COMMENT,0943 Choosing sides in the war on sugar ATTN Editorial Page editors: Columnist photo available at under “Mug Shots” Justin Fox Bloomberg News. The people at candy-maker Mars Inc. have something to tell you: Stop eating so much sugar! According to the Wall Street Journal, the manufacturer …