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‘We need to take seriously the public health aspect of opiate addiction and overdose’

Saturday, November 14, 2015 Carol Robidoux 2
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.

Queen City politics must focus on the public good

Saturday, September 12, 2015 Carol Robidoux 3
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
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Hirschmann was flat-out wrong to oppose teachers’ contract

Tuesday, September 8, 2015 Carol Robidoux 0
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 2015: A New Hope for Labor

Monday, September 7, 2015 Carol Robidoux 0
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
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Ideology is a poor substitute for budget math

Saturday, August 29, 2015 Carol Robidoux 0
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.