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My Turn: Bury Northern Pass? Only if bury means kill

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Dear Bury Northern Pass advocates and friends: Way back when, I said and wrote that if we got sucked into the void of arguing the how and why of this horrendous project, we were done, finished, nada – killed by arguing about the minutia. For me, it’s always been to oppose the project, period. I bemoaned this group’s very name, “Bury Northern Pass,” because to some it connotes acceptance of … 4

Monitor Board of Contributors: Know your biting bugs (and how to protect from them)!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Once again, the thick of bug season is upon us. It’s hardly a joke when they say the New Hampshire state bird is the mosquito! So I thought it was time for some practical advice on insects and insect bites. First, let’s start with the less toxic insects. Black flies are abundant at … 3

My Turn: New Hampshire can and must do better for veterans

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

We all agree that the men and women who put their lives on the line for our country deserve to be treated with dignity and appreciation when they return home. Unfortunately, the recent VA scandal and high unemployment rates among young veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are painful reminders that we are falling short of our duty to take care of these … 3

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My Turn: A unique take on women’s sexuality and abortion

Saturday, July 5, 2014

This summer, there’s a film offering a refreshing change from the regular blockbuster, action-movie fare – and it is challenging how the entertainment industry approaches a personal and complex topic. It marks an exciting major turning point in … 0

My Turn: In a welcoming community, poems tend to write themselves

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Maybe you should write a poem about the Fourth of July, you offered. I was sitting with this beautiful lady, sharing a glass of wine on her porch. We had just met this evening as I walked past … 0

My Turn: Murder-suicide took a toll on my family but didn’t destroy it

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

On June 26, 2001, my family experienced one of those most awful events, that, if we thought about it, would have said, “I could never get through it.” Over in the small town of Hillsboro, on a very … 1

My Turn: U.S. has moral obligation to protect children

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

In 1939, 937 Jewish refugees fled Hitler’s Europe aboard the ship St. Louis and tried to immigrate to the United States. Our State Department prevented the ship from docking and denied the passengers entry. A desperate appeal to … 14

My Turn: Growing Farms – Agriculture is making a comeback in New Hampshire

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

It sure seems like there are more roadside farm stands, and certainly more roadside “eggs for sale” signs around New Hampshire these days. There has certainly been a noticeable growth in the number of farmers markets, and some … 0

My Turn: U.S. role in Iraq should be humanitarian

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

It has been 11 years since President George W. Bush declared “mission accomplished” in Iraq. Rarely have words been so wrong. We can now look back and see that Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and their crew of neoconservatives cluelessly opened Pandora’s box in Iraq. The costs have … 2

My Turn: A health care opportunity for New Hampshire

Monday, June 30, 2014

For many, July 1 is about gearing up for summer. But this year, it marks the beginning when people can start applying under the New Hampshire Health Protection Program for affordable health insurance coverage effective Aug. 15. My colleagues and I in the state Senate worked very hard … 7

My Turn: New Hampshire’s path to a solar future

Sunday, June 29, 2014

As the chairman of the Bristol Energy Committee, I would like to make the public aware that right-sized and appropriately funded solar arrays in New Hampshire provide a practical approach to renewable energy in this state and should be a larger part of the developing 2014 Energy Strategy … 14

My Turn: A clear view from an empty nest

Sunday, June 29, 2014

We have joined the ranks of the notorious empty nesters. I say this with eyes wide open, knowing that Empty Nest Syndrome is actually a diagnosable disorder, treatable with antidepressants and counseling, according to WebMD. Somehow, my husband … 7

My Turn: Americans shouldn’t have to choose between jobs, families

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Forty years ago this weekend, my father died of a heart attack at the age of 52. I was 12, so as time goes by I remember less and less about him. But one vivid memory is of him always coming to my baseball games. And so when … 0