EIGHTY-FIVE years ago today President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law. This program has since become the foundation of retirement security for nearly 65 million Americans, including 305,000 Granite Staters, who utilize Social Security every day to pay bills, rent, and to put food on the table. Social Security also provides for our neighbors living with disabilities. Simply put, the fundamental level of support offered by Social Security is critical to the well-being of so many Granite Staters.

As your former governor, I oversaw New Hampshire’s Social Security administration and know the importance of its commitment. The New Hampshire I know is full of people who are tough, and they do not ask for much from their government — just that it keeps its promises to them. There are not many promises Granite Staters have made with Washington more sacred than Social Security: they have been working hard and paying into it for decades with the promise that the money will be there for them when they retire.

We now know, however, that President Trump simply does not care about keeping that promise to New Hampshire — he has made this abundantly clear. This past weekend, he signed an executive order unilaterally cutting off the primary source of funding for Social Security — and said that if re-elected, he would end this funding permanently. What’s more, he has created uncertainty and anxiety for seniors amid a pandemic that continues to claim lives and devastate the economy.

In New Hampshire, we have lost more than 400 lives to the virus, and just a few months ago our state’s unemployment was the highest it has been since 1976. The coronavirus crisis has upended the lives of family members, neighbors and friends. Now is not the time to pull a lifeline from our seniors and the disabled. As with so many of the Trump administration’s actions, this idea was as cruel as it was poorly thought out.

But we don’t need to accept this as our new reality. We have a candidate with a plan to protect Social Security and strengthen benefits like Medicare for the millions of Americans who depend on them every day. That candidate is Joe Biden.

Biden’s plan will not only make Social Security solvent, it will also prevent any cuts to retirees or widows and widowers who are receiving benefits. Biden’s plan rejects proposals to gamble with our money in the stock market through privatizing the program, or to introduce means testing, whereby benefits would only be provided to individuals who met a certain level of income. Biden’s plan will address the long-term strength and stability of Social Security funding.

The bottom line is Joe Biden believes that Granite Staters should be able to retire with dignity. That shouldn’t be a partisan issue.

That is the kind of leadership our seniors and families desperately need right now. The president of the United States should not be working to take away a vital source of financial security for those who need it most, in the middle of a pandemic or otherwise. Granite Staters deserve a president in the White House who will lead our nation to unite around real solutions to the issues facing our communities. I am confident that leader is Joe Biden.

Joe Biden understands that Social Security is an American promise, and it’s one worth fighting for. So, in November vote like Social Security is on the chopping block — because it is.

John H. Lynch was the Democratic governor of New Hampshire from 2005 to 2013. He lives in Hopkinton.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

WHILE THE primaries are a fading image in the rear-view mirror and the chosen candidates are fully immersed in their general election stumping, there are still some interesting lessons to be learned from the results of those primary contests.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Monday, September 14, 2020

I’VE BEEN an activist since I was eight years old. As a kid of Polish descent growing up in Minnesota, other kids would tease me for my funny-sounding name (it’s pronounced My-ka). I could sit there and take it, or I could stand up for myself. I chose the latter and I’ve been doing so ever since.

IN CELEBRATION of the start of hunting season, Andy Schafermeyer devoted his September 6 “Adventures Afield” column to advertising different ways to hunt black bears. Bear hunting season in New Hampshire began Sept. 1.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

AFTER A TOUGH primary, we can only win when we stand united. In New Hampshire with a short general election — seven weeks at most — and an evenly divided electorate, in order for Republicans to win, all candidates and their supporters must come together as soon as possible to support the tic…

THE 2020 legislative session has been unlike anything we’ve faced before as a Legislature. Our work, and the way we fulfill our constitutionally appointed duties, has changed and adapted in response to the coronavirus. Throughout everything, I am proud of the work and dedication of the New H…

Thursday, September 10, 2020

ANTI-ASIAN racism, from the assaults in towns, to the fear of East Asians, to President Donald Trump’s name calling, continues to pervade the country. COVID-19 is being used as the fuel to justify these thoughts and actions. If xenophobia of East Asians continues to spread, the effects could…

WHILE I AM hesitant to borrow the title from Thomas Paine’s famous Revolutionary War pamphlet, I believe this is just what we need now — an injection of some much-needed common sense into the 2020 election debate before it’s too late and Donald Trump somehow gets re-elected.

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

WHILE SOME readers of this piece may know me as a state representative, others know that I’m also still a college student. As myself and my classmates begin this school year, please keep in mind that it begins with a grave risk to our health and that of college staff and surrounding communities.

Sunday, September 06, 2020

EACH YEAR on Labor Day, we celebrate and honor the people who do the work in our communities and those in our history who have contributed to the struggle of labor. But this year there are no picnics, parades, or celebrations, as working families hold their breath hoping for the best. Job lo…

Thursday, September 03, 2020

UNTIL RECENTLY, the Executive Council has been a lesser-known institution in New Hampshire, but more and more Granite Staters are recognizing the important role it plays in protecting our fundamental rights and ensuring that the state’s money is wisely spent in a way that benefits all.

Wednesday, September 02, 2020