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Is this the motto we want our sons and daughters to embrace?

My Turn: ‘Bad choices make good stories’ is a flawed narrative

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Last month, I took my recently graduated daughter to the mall to apply for summer jobs. Visiting one of her favorite shops, I saw a T-shirt with the following motto displayed in the window: “Bad Choices Make Good Stories.” Really? This has been the “go to” boutique for my daughter since before puberty; birthday gifts for her friends often included gift certificates from this store. She has a nifty collection of cute and trendy clothes and accessories purchased inexpensively at this establishment, all of which I consider “age appropriate” in terms of style. To be fair, this isn’t the only business selling merchandise with this …

My Turn: O’Malley and the poetry of greater purpose

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Buses hydroplane through a torrential downpour; lightning streaks the green leafy expanses of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Just a day prior, I stood at the Baltimore airport and watched scenes of terrorist attacks on three continents: a beheading, a bombed mosque, a devastated resort. A new resourceful enemy rises from ashes of …

My Turn: Taxing the poor makes no sense

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Every progressive recipe for helping the poor starts with “first, raise taxes on working people. Then . . .” There is a logical fallacy here. As John Cleese’s Robin Hood says about the poor in the film Time Bandits: “Oh you must meet them. I’m sure you’ll like them. Of course they haven’t got two pennies to rub together but that’s because they’re …

Our Turn: Protecting New Hampshire’s pregnant workers from discrimination

Thursday, June 18, 2015

It’s stunning to think that in the year 2015, women are still facing discrimination at work for simply being pregnant. Yet, that is exactly the case. More women filed pregnancy discrimination charges in 2013 than in 1997, and statistics show that instances of pregnancy discrimination in the workplace …

How will it end? Seven scenarios for the apocalypse

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

There’s no shortage of potential ends to the world. Here are a few ways that life on our planet could be wiped out, both realistic and . . . a little less so. 1. CLIMATE CHANGE: It sounds …

Heads of state: What do the 2016 presidential contenders’ hairstyles say about them?

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

In South Carolina last week, HILLARY CLINTON commented on the trend of presidents going gray over their terms in office. “Now let me tell you, I’m aware, I may not be the youngest candidate in this race,” Clinton …

My Turn: For certain citizens, many barriers to voting remain

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

American history is an arc bent toward increasing freedom through gradual but persistent efforts to expand voting rights. In the years immediately following 1776, if you were a woman, poor, black, Catholic or Native American and you wanted to participate in the great American experiment of self-governance, you …

My Turn: Muellers’ Sunapee end game has been clear for a long time

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The reason for all controversy surrounding ski resort expansion at Mount Sunapee is that there is a lot at stake. Consider: Mount Sunapee Resort is located within a New Hampshire state park of conservation land comprising wilderness trails and ancient forests that contain trees more than 200 and …

My Turn: Raiding dedicated funds still unconstitutional

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

At the State House, memories can be very short, particularly under the stress of budget making. Apparently, there is a lesson that needs to be repeated every biennium: The Legislature isn’t free to balance budgets by raiding “dedicated funds.” Dedicated funds are raised by special fees imposed to …

My Turn: With shame-first approach, Bush shows true colors

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Jeb Bush should be ashamed of himself. Last week, we all learned about some of the things Bush wrote about in his 1995 book, Profiles in Character, namely public shaming for unwed mothers. Yep. Public shaming for single mothers. Bush’s argument is that “public condemnation” would prevent out-of-wedlock …

My Turn: Concord Steam helps boost local economy

Sunday, June 14, 2015

The headline news of June 1: The city of Concord and the state of New Hampshire look to go off steam! The real news is that Concord Steam is on the cusp of putting together an infrastructure improvement plan for its current facility that would significantly lower the …

My Turn: Young families need full-day kindergarten

Sunday, June 14, 2015

As this school year winds down, and families prepare to send their 4- and 5-year-olds to kindergarten next year, I think this is as important a time as any to reflect on the fact that New Hampshire doesn’t mandate full-day kindergarten, or even fully fund adequacy to those …

My Turn: Addiction, mental illness are our common enemy

Sunday, June 14, 2015

The times that we live in suggest that political voices spend a great deal of time posturing and scoring points against each other on social issues, fiscal responsibility, hawks verses doves, etc. I don’t think this has always been the case. There have been times when politicians have …