Opinion

Self-reflection is needed in politics

Editorials

It would be difficult these days to find a member of Congress not concerned about acrimony in politics spurring a few crazies to commit violent acts. Even Montana Rep.-elect Greg Gianforte, convicted earlier this month of assaulting a reporter, is calling for more civility. But some of the very ...

Is it smart to have automatic citizenship upon birth?

National Commentary

A reader from New Hampshire wrote to me to ask: “Why, just because you are born here, are you an American citizen? I know the history of this law but it is out of date and just encourages more illegal immigration.” Well, I cannot argue with that. The reader, who goes by the handle ...

Character beyond measure

National Commentary

Americans have reason to trust in progress. By so many different yardsticks, we can gauge improvement just over the past half-century. We are indisputably more tolerant and accepting than we were in the 1960s. The percentage of American women with a college degree is five times greater today ...

Is Big Pharma to blame for crisis?

Editorials

An important question for the nation as it struggles with its opioid epidemic is whether, or to what degree, Big Pharma is behind the disaster. Were doctors too often swayed by drugmakers in prescribing painkillers needlessly? Were the drugmakers aware of the dangers of addiction but unwilling ...

Privacy push helps crime

National Commentary

Next time you set out to commit armed robbery, leave your cellphone at home. Timothy Carpenter was convicted of robbing a string of T-Mobile and Radio Shack stores, stealing smartphones. But he wasn’t too smart himself. He used his cellphone to call 15 getaway drivers. The calls were his ...

Is Trump the subject of a criminal investigation?

National Commentary

I was surprised when one of President Donald Trump’s lawyers told my colleague Chris Wallace twice on “Fox News Sunday” that the president is being investigated by the FBI and then told him twice that he is not. This same lawyer repeated the “not being investigated” argument on a ...

Right to Know in NH hits 50 years

Editorials

In the next few days, New Hampshire will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the passing of the state’s Right to Know Law. The legislative push for more transparency and openness in state and local governing entities was signed June 27, 1967, in what is still known as the Access to Governmental ...

Greeley Park proposal is just more city overreach

Local Commentary

An interesting piece of local legislation is currently under review at City Hall. This past week, the editorial staff of The Telegraph wrote a piece in favor of this particular legislation. I respectfully disagree with their editorial, and encourage our Board of Aldermen to use caution with ...

How to stop Kim Jong Un

National Commentary

Otto Warmbier’s death is one of hundreds of thousands at the hands of the most brutal regime in the world, North Korea’s. The American student went to North Korea on a tour in 2016 and did something foolish: He tried to steal a propaganda poster from the wall of his hotel, an act captured ...

It’s not about Trump, it’s about his voters

National Commentary

In Election 2016, Democrats seemed to assume that the unpopularity of Donald Trump would be enough to keep him out of the White House. It’s true that most Americans viewed him unfavorably, but the same was also true of Hillary Clinton. Given such an unappealing choice, millions of voters ...

Losing health care is unacceptable

Letters

Our voices are being silenced in Washington.   GOP senators are meeting in secret to write their version of the American Health Care Act, the House bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). They are excluding Democrats from their deliberations and there are no plans ...

GOP in a bind over government role in health care

National Commentary

There’s considerable irony in the sudden and desperate quest of Republicans in Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare, in light of the party’s longstanding dread and disdain of government involvement in any sort of national health care. For decades, the GOP war cry of “socialized ...

Lawmakers derelict of duty on issue of guns

Letters

The newest report from the Center for Disease Control concluding that “firearm-related deaths are the third leading cause of death overall among U.S. children aged 1 to 17 years, surpassing the number of deaths from pediatric congenital anomalies, heart disease, influenza and/or pneumonia, ...

Extra protection good for Greeley

Editorials

The Planning & Economic Development Committee will host a public hearing this evening about the proposal to amend Nashua’s zoning map to add Greeley Park to the Historic Overlay District. On the surface, such a move seems little more than more bureaucratic mumbo jumbo to toss on another ...

A return to civility in DC

National Commentary

Sometimes terrible tragedies can bring us together, and I’m hopeful that somehow a lasting good will come out of the ballfield shooting in Alexandria, Virginia. And maybe even a rebirth of civility, which has virtually disappeared from politics, and perhaps our culture as well. Rep. Steve ...

Trump now under suspicion of obstructing justice

National Commentary

After months of chasing lesser suspicions of general political malevolence by Donald Trump, the investigative arm of the U.S. government appears finally to be focusing on the one feasible avenue to force him from the presidency: the charge of obstruction of justice. The newly appointed Justice ...

Protections from all unwanted calls

Editorials

Email inboxes are like gardens: The longer you go without tending to them, the more daunting the task becomes. Until recently, voicemail boxes have been largely free of the kind of digital weeds that dominate most email inboxes, but that would rapidly change if the Federal Communications ...

Trumpcare changes for NH

Local Commentary

The Congressional Budget Office has now officially “scored” Trumpcare and has estimated that 23 million will lose their health insurance. Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act has made it possible for nearly 50,000 citizens of New Hampshire to get health insurance. The vast ...

Jeff Sessions and the Senate’s sock puppet show

National Commentary

Watching Attorney General Jeff Sessions confound Senate Democrats during his Intelligence Committee testimony was like watching a puppet show. Sessions was the hand. And the Democrats were the socks. Oh, they flapped their mouths, occasionally twisting their necks, and grimaced before the TV ...

Differences can’t lead us to violence

Editorials

James T. Hodgkinson wanted to know whether the members of Congress practicing baseball at a field in Alexandria, Va., were Republicans or Democrats, according to multiple media reports. Told they were GOP lawmakers, Hodgkinson walked back to his car. He retrieved a rifle and opened ...