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My Turn: RGGI is a good investment for New Hampshire

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The New Hampshire House will soon be voting on a bill to repeal the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. We call on all of you to appreciate the benefits this program brings to our state and to contact your legislators asking them to vote against repeal. When Gov. John Lynch signed onto RGGI with nine other governors, it fell to the New Hampshire Legislature in 2008 to approve our state’s participation. …

My Turn: Purchasing insurance across state lines doesn’t work and causes more problems than it can possibly solve

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

In American politics, ideology often supersedes reason. We don’t have to look any further than in the New Hampshire state Legislature. State Sen. Andy Sanborn, a Bedford Republican, is sponsoring a bill that would allow New Hampshire residents to purchase health insurance across state lines. He argues that giving New Hampshire citizens out-of-state …

My Turn: Nuclear power has place in state’s energy future

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New England is at a crossroads. One choice is to continue on the road now traveled, with natural gas for electricity production exceeding that of coal, hydro and nuclear power combined by 2018. Due to a shortage of gas-pipeline capacity, we are already experiencing high prices for home heating and electricity. And there has been a decline in air quality due to the …

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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: ‘Monitor’ article on Hassan sophomoric, snippy

Thursday, January 15, 2015

I have long thought that the front page of a reputable newspaper is for news, not editorializing. The front-page article by Jonathan Van Fleet complaining that the governor will not release her efficiency proposals under the state’s right-to-know law and has “decided to keep the documents secret” is …

National view: The moral imperative of testing

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Education Secretary Arne Duncan tells a story that was distressingly familiar for children of color before the implementation of the No Child Left Behind law. At his mother’s after-school tutoring program on the South Side of Chicago, he worked with a young man who thought he was headed …

My Turn: One person, one vote

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

When President Lyndon Johnson reached the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. by phone on Jan. 15, 1965, it wasn’t to offer birthday greetings. The president wanted to strategize about voting rights. The two leaders were at the peak …

My Turn: Lifetime cap would have bankrupted my son

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

My mission with this article is to make us all aware of the importance of the Affordable Care Act to our lives and how very grateful our family is for this legislation that removed the million-dollar lifetime cap that most policies had. The Affordable Care Act isn’t just …

My Turn: Common-sense reforms can address inequality, budget shortfalls

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

It is widely understood that taxes here in the Granite State are quite low. In fact, relative to the size of our economy, state and local taxes in New Hampshire were very nearly the lowest in the country in fiscal year 2012, based on data from the U.S. …

national view: Why poor people have a tough time stopping smoking

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

‘We’ve won the war on cigarette smoking” is a mantra among health-conscious middle- and upper-class Americans. But within the remarkable half-century-long public health success story of declining overall rates of smoking is a disturbing subplot: Those still puffing away are a substantially more disadvantaged group than ever before. …

Mall-ternate Universes: Absurd solutions to a real problem

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Times are tough for the American mall these days, and Steeplegate in Concord is no different. Area shoppers hope the mall will rebound, but every time a store announces it is leaving – the latest being Old Navy …

My Turn: A gut instinct in the battle against IBS

Monday, January 12, 2015

I was 12 when I first realized that my abdomen was swelling as if I was pregnant. It became a major private preoccupation in my teen years. In the heat of an English summer, I would stand in front of my bedroom mirror, circling the swelling with my …

Board of Contributors: Je suis Charlie. Je suis Ahmed. Je suis . . .

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Personally, as a photojournalist, I’ve been jailed in several countries, held hostage once, and beaten by a mob in Tripoli, Libya, and medevaced to Beirut with a couple of broken ribs and concussion, but I’ve never had to …

Katy Burns: Ready for Hillary! Ready for Hillary! Ready for . . . zzzzzzz

Sunday, January 11, 2015

At first it looked like a belated Christmas present to the nation’s political writers – a Dec. 30 email from Hillary Clinton, sent by the Clinton Foundation, with a one-word subject line: “Announcement.” Joke’s on you, you silly …