Opinion

Expertise is now no longer needed

Editorials

It’s not exactly breaking news that experts are no longer held in high regard. Donald Trump’s rise to the presidency certainly was fueled by voters who believe that expert opinion has little claim to deference. But they are not by any means the only Americans convinced that uninformed views ...

Letters to the Editor: April 27, 2017

Letters

Let’s send sewage right to Washington President Trump’s executive order about coal mining permits mining companies to dump wastes into streams and rivers. Municipalities are much larger job creators than coal mining companies and one would assume they too are now permitted to dump wastes ...

Bernie Sanders fires up the crowd as he speaks during the "Come Together and Fight Back" tour at the Rail Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, Friday April 21, 2017.  (Steve Griffin/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Will Bernie Sanders run for Senate again?

Editorials

Sen. Bernie Sanders is asking his supporters to contribute money to his campaign for re-election in 2018, but he and his staff refuse to say whether he is running for re-election. Sanders has become one of the nation’s leading political figures, heading out on a national tour with the new ...

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Protecting our Earth, protecting livelihood

Local Commentary

Thankfully, the majority of American dinner table conversations regarding climate change have moved past denial. According to a 2016 Gallop Poll, 64 percent of Americans worried a “great deal” or “fair amount” about global warming, up from 55 percent at the same time last year. Many ...

Respect and enforce the laws in place

Editorials

Some government officials are being condemned by millions of Americans for a strange reason: They are enforcing the law. That makes no sense except to those who have forgotten our very freedom is based on rule by law, not by the whims of powerful individuals or whatever happens to be the ...

How municipal assessments impact electric bills

Local Commentary

Cities and towns throughout the state are inappropriately taking advantage of their ability to independently assess electric, gas and water infrastructure (buildings, pipes, transformers, poles and wires). Many are using unjust assessments and collecting excessive property taxes from utilities. ...

Finding respect at Berkeley

National Commentary

Reading through a recent issue of Forbes Magazine, I came across a wonderful quote from inventor R. Buckminster Fuller. He observed: “You cannot change things by fighting existing reality: To change things you must build a new model to make the existing model obsolete.” I saw the truth and ...

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Gov. Chris Sununu touts his meetings with more than 100 businesses in 100 days, though none have yet committed to coming to New Hampshire.

We require more than a parlor trick, Gov. Sununu

Editorials

There are many great old brainteasers to flex our mental muscles and improve problem-solving abilities. Here’s a classic: The person who makes it, sells it. The person who buys it never uses it. The person who uses it doesn’t know it. The answer? A coffin. But Gov. Chris Sununu gave Granite ...

Destroying NH’s ‘Wait List’

Local Commentary

In 1991, New Hampshire was the first state to close its institution for individuals with developmental disabilities. All Granite Staters have a right to be proud of the closure of Laconia State School, which acknowledged the right of our residents with developmental disabilities to live ...

Reading the Kansas 4 and the Georgia 6 tea leaves

National Commentary

What to make of the results of the first two of this spring’s special House elections? Start off by putting them in perspective. They pose a challenge to both political parties, but especially to Republicans, who have been used to an unusually stable partisan alignment, an alignment that has ...

Innovative way of dealing with opioid crisis

Local Commentary

As we all are so painfully aware, our community has been hit by one of the worst and most challenging health-care crises it has ever faced, the opioid addiction epidemic. One of our most innovative efforts to counter this crisis is named “Safe Stations.” Early indicators suggest this ...

Socialist Party implodes in French presidential race

National Commentary

On Sunday, France will head to the polls to vote in the first of two rounds of its presidential election. Barring the unlikely event of any candidate winning more than 50 percent of the vote, a runoff on May 7 will determine the winner. One of the most remarkable aspects of this race is the ...

Feds covering up hospital infections

National Commentary

Going into a hospital? It’s getting riskier because of drug-resistant infections – the kind almost no drug can cure. Despite one federal government “action plan” after another, the germs are winning. Government authorities are clueless about how many infections there are, or how many ...

Looking back at the week in news

Editorials

No children should ever go hungry in Nashua’s schools We reported on Thursday that 42 percent of students in the Nashua School District qualify for free and reduced lunch – more than 4,000 children in our city. Fortunately, the community also includes caring people who try to ensure that ...

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Letters to the Editor: April 22, 2017

Letters

F-35 program good for our region, state As a first generation immigrant, I understand the benefits of hard work. I immigrated to the U.S. to pursue my passion for my career as a speech pathologist and audiologist and the advanced research opportunities that are available here. We are here ...

Infrastructure is a major bugaboo

Editorials

New Hampshire recently came home with the kind of report card that teenagers typically try to hide from their parents in the bottom of their backpack. It was issued by a panel of civil engineers as part of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ assessment of the state’s infrastructure, ...

The battle vs. sex trafficking

National Commentary

Three months ago, State Trooper Jonathan Otto, 33, of the Arizona Department of Public Safety pulled over a car that had caught his attention by traveling 104 miles per hour long after midnight, just south of Kingman. He smelled marijuana in the car. It was driven by a man with an adult female ...

North Korea, Kim Jong Un and the Chicago way

National Commentary

There are many complicated theories on what to do about North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. He’s that crazy little fat guy with nukes and daddy issues who wants to strap his thermonuclear devices to long-range missiles that just might start World War III. Thermonuclear war tends to bother many ...

In this still image from video, Aaron Hernandez, center, is hugged by defense attorney Ronald Sullivan Friday, April 14, 2017, in court in Boston, after being found not guilty of murder in the 2012 shootings of two men in a drive-by shooting in Boston. (WHDH-TV via AP, Pool)

Hernandez saga a total misfortune

Editorials

Aaron Hernandez was a man with many demons. He was a talented young man who grew up in central Connecticut as one of the region’s most highly touted football recruits in recent memory, and headed to the University of Florida and later the New England Patriots as part of a dynamic offensive ...