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My Turn: Big Labor’s big gift

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas has come early this year for the country’s union bosses. The National Labor Relations Board just established a new rule that gives organizers at the SEIU, the AFL-CIO, and other unions their most wished-for gift: The personal e-mail addresses and home telephone numbers of employees in workplaces they want to organize. The move sacrifices employee rights for union power. Armed with the personal contact information of millions of employees, …

Mike Marland, Dec. 21, 2014

Sunday, December 21, 2014

My Turn: There was a time when Christmas toys came with a side of danger

Sunday, December 21, 2014

I would be lying if I said I miss the Christmas shopping crush. My four kids are grown-ups now. I’m emancipated from the pressure of must-have video game systems or impossible to find yet coveted toys that every self-respecting kid expects to see under the tree. In fact, I have no idea what …

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Editorial: Kansas has a few lessons for New Hampshire

The worst week in Washington?

Sunday, December 7, 2014

For roughly the billionth time, we learned this past week that politics and social media are often (always?) a toxic combo. The latest chapter in the “How not to use social media” book, which will have roughly an …

Will China have more warships than us?

Sunday, December 7, 2014

By 2020, the Chinese navy will have more military vessels than its American counterpart, predicts a U.S. congressional commission on China. An annual report presented to Congress by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission projected that Beijing’s fleet could boast as many as 351 vessels in six …

My turn: Anguish over deaths of unarmed black men is rooted in history of disenfranchisement

Sunday, December 7, 2014

‘The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting,” Milan Kundera. 1967: World boxing champion Muhammad Ali was convicted on federal draft-evasion charges, then stripped of his title for refusing to serve in Vietnam. …

Katy Burns: Elegy for a tree

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The man who was answering the phone at Brochu’s nursery and garden center had a soothing voice and a sympathetic manner. We’d called because a third to as much as half of the weeping crabapple tree hugging the …

My Turn: A day will dawn when we embrace entanglement

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Maybe it’s because of my hippie past, but I have always been fascinated by the idea of “entanglement.” Entanglement is the theory that once two objects or particles have interacted with one another, they will be forever joined; …

My Turn: The misguided push to ban Sharia Law

Saturday, December 6, 2014

As the leader of a religious community with a wide range of political views, I am always cautious when speaking out on partisan issues. But sometimes, I must. Now is that time. On Sept. 20, the delegates of the New Hampshire Republican Party adopted a Platform of Republican …

Concord 250: Celebrating ourselves, and connecting along the way

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Recently the Concord City Council voted to appropriate $50,000 for Concord 250, the celebration of our 250th anniversary. There was one dissenting vote, which I found a bit surprising. But what really surprised me was how many people I talked to who either agreed that there should be …

My Turn: A plan to power NH

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Lately I hear many concerns about the future of New Hampshire. As often as I hear those concerns focused on rising energy costs, I hear them focused on our state corporate tax structure, the lack of a skilled workforce, and the trend showing that our population is significantly aging.  …

My Turn: Wishing for a Kasich-Rubio ticket

Friday, December 5, 2014

Clinton versus Kasich in 2016? Nov. 5 marked the unofficial start of the 2016 Presidential campaign – that being the day after the mid-term elections. With a new president guaranteed for 2016, New Hampshire political junkies should be …

My Turn: Contemplating the $100 Christmas

Friday, December 5, 2014

The power is back on, Thanksgiving is over, let the financial race to ruin we call Christmas begin! If there are any lessons to be learned from this last power outage, it is that less can be way more when combined with a healthy dose of gratitude. Our …