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Cabinet Editorials

Collaboration is how to solve the mental health crisis in a pandemic

In February 2013, I wrote an Op-Ed about a new record number of individuals who were stuck in New Hampshire hospital emergency departments waiting for a psychiatric inpatient bed for an involuntary emergency admission (IEA). There were 44 individuals waiting on February 4, 2013. Eight years ...

Resilience, COVID, safety net and implicit bias

Have you ever had the experience of many random thoughts, seemingly disconnected, yet somehow related, and then finally had that “a-ha” moment where you realize that it is all actually different sides of the same coin? I would like to think I am not the only person to whom this has happened ...

COVID-19 has serious impact on people with mental illness

Over the last several months there has been growing awareness of the damage done by the COVID-19 pandemic to not just our physical health, but also our mental health. Ten months of staying at home, wearing masks, working and going to school remotely, and being separated from family and friends, ...

House Republicans ready to work for New Hampshire

There is no secret that this legislative year will be different. Not only are we dealing with how to do our job for our constituents and the people of New Hampshire in the midst of a pandemic that has taken so much from us already, but sadly we are doing it in an ultra politicized environment ...

People need and deserve access to affordable medicines

All Democrats and many Republicans are committed to making prescription drugs more affordable. There is one strategy that is likely to make things worse: overriding patents on drugs developed with the help of federally funded research. This “march-in” option is not a good idea. It ...

Coming together to support our kids

I would very much like to begin by wishing each of you a Happy New Year. Let us all hope that 2021 will bring many blessings and perhaps a little bit of hard-earned and well-deserved normalcy. My column this month will be a little bit different than others I have written in the past. What I ...

As pandemic and poverty persist, so does Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter

The nation is hurting as a whole. Our trust has been broken, lives have been shattered, and our nerves are raw. Even before the coronavirus hit our shores, homelessness and food insecurity was proving to be a fierce adversary. As COVID-19 continues to ravage our communities, the ever-changing ...

Take a closer look

When politicians talk about “the science,” they often limit discussion to their science. A long as we understand that, we can defend ourselves by checking more reliable sources. But what happens when the politicians start tinkering with primary sources – with reports from government ...

Inspiration for the new year

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King Jr. “There are only two ways to live your life. One ...

2020 winds down in our community and at the United Way

Hello, good friends. First and foremost, I would like to wish each of you a wonderful holiday season. As we near the end of 2020, I think it makes sense to reflect for a moment on the year which we are soon to put in our rear-view mirror. I think it is fair to say that this has been a different ...

The meaning of Christmas

The following is from the Gospel According to Luke 2:1-20: And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one ...

Santa always comes through, and he always will

And finally it’s Christmas. A time for remembrance of happy Christmas past; for enjoying happy Christmas present; for anticipation of happy Christmas future. Many years ago, Francis Church of the New York Sun wrote a famous editorial in reply to a letter from an 8-year-old girl, Virginia ...

This Christmas will be a Christmas like no other

This time of year, we often see musings written about what Christmas means to different people, with a popular approach being that of a list of those thoughts spelling out the word Christmas. I am reminded of the popular Christmas tune that begins; “C is for the Christ child, born upon this ...

Rational or disastrous?

During his successful election campaign, President-elect Joe Biden insisted he did not favor a “green new deal” approach to energy. Now, however, it appears he may be poised to deliver a one-two punch in that very direction. First, Biden said he will name former secretary of state John ...

Punishment should be severe

If the authorities are correct in their allegations against a group accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the 13 men ought to be viewed with a mixture of horror and disgust. Real Americans do not attempt to change either society or government by force. Those who do so, ...

Punish those who harm law enforcement

By the end of September 2019, 30 U.S. law enforcement personnel had been killed while on duty. Thirty-seven have been killed this year. Non-fatal injuries have soared, too. It is not being inaccurate to note that many, probably most, police officers, sheriff’s deputies and other law ...

Take voter intent into account

There is one safe bet regarding the upcoming presidential election: If vote totals in any of the states are close, there will be controversy over how ballots were handled. That will be so whether President Donald Trump or Joe Biden appears to have the edge. Ballot battles are nothing new, of ...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be missed

The Notorious RBG, as some admirers referred to her, is gone. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday, at 87, of cancer. She was an icon to Americans with certain political positions — a scourge to others. Already, the battle over a successor has become heated, with ideology ...

Weird science: Things people are doing during COVID

Cabin fever is running rampant. Claustrophobia, panic attacks and manic behavior abounds. And that’s just when I’m taking a shower. People are waving their feral freak flags as we continue to cope with COVID-19. I cope by wearing a mask when I’m out. That way I can mutter dirty things ...

Congress must act fast

Debate over a new coronavirus relief package continues in Congress and at the White House. Disagreements are both legitimate and political, but one thing ought to be obvious to all involved: Millions of Americans will be in very real financial trouble if a deal is not achieved ...