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U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen last week voted against a COVID-19 stimulus package proposed by senate Republicans, and once again, funding to help those struggling to put food on the table or pay their employees has been delayed by party politics.

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In this very troubling year of COVID-19, economic stress, racial justice and protests, plus other stressors, Americans seem to be embracing more and more outlandish conspiracy theories.

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A recent letter in the Granite State News from the two Republican candidates for state representative was very succinct and to the point. It urges people to vote on the single issue of taxes, quoting Calvin Coolidge, the president who ushered in the Great Depression. It concludes with: “A vo…

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In 2016, a Bernie Sanders sign stood in my front yard, and I didn’t support him because he was impersonating a Democrat. I had already disassociated myself from that party in 2004, finding Democrats perfectly pusillanimous in their opposition to neo-con Republicans. Too many prominent Democr…

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Like many this year, I have been struggling. Specifically, with the ugliness on display in this country: the racism, the misogyny, the sexism, the homophobia, the transphobia, the xenophobia. These things have always existed, but they seem to have moved to the forefront. Or maybe I am just m…

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At this juncture in the COVID-19 tribulation, most have wishes, some profound, some frivolous, most unfulfilled.

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Do you think guests at Santa’s Village in Jefferson will be using hand Santa-izer this fall?

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Wherever traditional public schools are faltering or failing, private school and alternative public-school options have become enormously popular. Those whose livelihoods depend on public education now regard stifling such competition as crucial to their economic and class survival, and Demo…

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We are all excited that students are beginning to return to school after an almost six months hiatus that has been stressful for all. We all agree that in-person education is superior in many ways to virtual education and that working parents, special needs students and others require suppor…

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There were many power brokers in the old Washington, hidden figures of influence never referenced in civics textbooks or examined in graduate-level political science seminars. There was the operator of the center elevator on the Senate side of the Capitol, the one reserved for lawmakers' use…

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Last week, I picked up a piece of stone from the ground in Fryeburg where a machine of some sort had cut into an old riverbank. It was unlike any other stones around it because it came from a cave on Mount Jasper in Berlin 45 miles away. Archaeologists and geologists call it “Mount Jasper Rh…

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The Republican convention is over and the transition is complete. Republicans are no longer the party of Lincoln; they are the party of Trump. They didn’t bother to write a new platform — it is whatever Trump says it is.

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Most of my news this week comes from Kansas, where the Democratic administration was recently caught crafting a slyly misleading graph to illustrate the “success” of Gov. Laura Kelly’s mask mandate. Despite that ultimately false claim, and a per-capita death rate less than half of New Hampsh…