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My Turn: Business tax changes require context and strategy

Friday, May 29, 2015

The budget is in play in the state Senate. Some legislators say lowering the state’s business profits tax as well as business enterprise tax should be part of the budget process, indicating doing so will result in increased jobs and thus revenues for the state. Lowering New Hampshire’s current business tax rates is a good idea. Indeed, the state faces significant demographic and economic development head winds. On the surface, …

Off Main: If you want a profound listening experience, choose vinyl

Friday, May 29, 2015

I’m old enough to have bought and played vinyl records as a little kid. The ones I remember best featured excerpts from Disney soundtracks, Peanuts specials and Scooby-Doo episodes. They were picture discs, with cartoon images printed right on the record. I would wake up early in the morning and – while my …

My Turn: State lacks means to afford business tax cuts

Friday, May 29, 2015

Listen long enough in Concord and you’ll hear it. In discussions of New Hampshire’s budget, whether in committee rooms or in floor debates, not much time will pass before someone utters the refrain, “We must live within our means.” Legally, that’s undeniably true. New Hampshire, like every other state in the country, save our neighbor Vermont, has a balanced budget requirement. At the …

News quiz: It’s time to test your knowledge of the week that was

Thursday, May 14, 2015

1) In a visit to Pembroke on Tuesday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said which of the following is crucial for a presidential candidate? a) Winning New Hampshire b) Avoiding scandals with a “gate” suffix c) Winning Iowa …

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 …