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Edmond Burke once wrote, “Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it.” Donald Trump is building his entire candidacy for President on fear, a complete lack of historical knowledge, and a failure to understand the basics of our Constitution. READ MORE
We need to take seriously the public health aspect of opiate addiction and overdose. Instead of focusing on filling more jail cells, we should commit to making more health resources available to those who need them. At the end of the day, drug addiction is solely a medical issue. I have been proud to work with my legislative colleagues here in New Hampshire to tackle these issues in a rational, compassionate way, and urge our representatives in Congress to do the same.
It saddens me to see the decay of democracy over the past decade due to the shift of power from the Board to the Office of the Mayor. The previous system of checks and balances served Manchester well in the time I was an alderman. The City’s successful transition into a modern economy was achieved at a time when there was a proper balance of powers between the Board and the Mayor. It was a system that fostered compromise, the key to a democracy based on promoting the public good. READ MORE
Alderman Hirschmann’s opposition to the contract, like his failed tax cap-compliant budget, is based on false economies generated by ideology, not reality. Ward 12 voters should send him back to school to pursue a degree in economics or, failing that, a refresher course in basic math. Voting my friend Keith off the Board will give him the time needed to seek that remedial education. READ MORE
Labor Day is the unofficial end of the summer and for many people it is an excuse to have everyone over for one last BBQ. Too many have forgotten what Labor Day is all about. They have forgotten why we celebrate Labor Day. READ MORE
One of the main problems, and a primary factor in Governor Hassan’s veto, is that the Republican majority in the legislature is trying to push an ideological tax cut that would have an enormous impact on the budget’s future, and seriously hurt our ability to fund the state going into the 2020s. The problem isn’t just about what these needless cuts will do now, it’s about what they’ll still be doing a decade from now.
On Wednesday the Republican-led Executive Council in New Hampshire upped their attacks on women and working families. In a 3-2 vote the Executive Council voted to defund Planned Parenthood in the NH. READ MORE
As a member of the negotiating team I am disappointed at the outcome of Tuesday’s vote, but I am not giving up. I will continue working for a solution to this situation, which has been ongoing for three years. READ MORE