FRANKLY SPEAKING: Keeping Protection in Place: Renewing the Violence Against Women Act

By the time you finish reading this column, 80 women across the United States will be victimized by some type of domestic violence. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports a 2010 study found a woman is raped, physically abused or stalked in our country – almost every 10 seconds. New Hampshire isn’t immune to the problem. The Governor’s Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence says 44% of all domestic homicides...

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FRANKLY SPEAKING: Sometimes, a child reminds us

On almost any weekday, the halls of Congress are filled with hundreds of people hurrying to meet with Congressmen and Senators. I make a point of sitting down with a wide array of folks from New Hampshire representing all points on the political spectrum and listen as they share their views on various issues and legislation. This is the way the Founding Fathers designed our system to work, and I’m honored to carry on the tradition of...

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FRANKLY SPEAKING: The Path to Prosperity is a Path to New Jobs

It’s spring in Washington. The baseball season is about to begin, the cherry blossoms are blooming, and the House of Representative is fulfilling its annual responsibility to produce a federal budget for the coming fiscal year. The House Budget Committee (on which I serve) presented our spending plan for FY 2013 a few days ago. It’s called the Path to Prosperity, and it’s a productive package of reduced spending, lower debt and...

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FRANKLY SPEAKING: New Hope for “The Cemetery America Forgot”

It sprawls over 17 acres, an open space that has partially returned to its jungle origins. There are patches of weeds, overgrown grass and trash that a half-looted steel fence no longer keeps vandals from dumping. There are countless small monuments and markers obscured from view, some still scarred by machine gun and artillery fire from World War II. Thick layers of volcanic ash cover everything, too. And hidden underneath it all are...

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FRANKLY SPEAKING: Saluting Our Shipyard

Imagine working in a space so small, there’s barely enough room to turn around. Imagine moving through passageways barely wide enough to accommodate you, with pipes and electrical wires protruding above your head. Now imagine living in those same cramped, crowded conditions for weeks on end, far below the ocean’s surface. No, it’s not a scene from “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” That is what life is like every day for the 134 officers...

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