Opinion

Knowledge the key to prevention

Editorials

There are no easy answers to preventing massacres such as that carried out by Nikolas Cruz at a Florida high school. Unless that is recognized, it will be impossible to forestall mass killings. One thing about Cruz does appear clear, however. It is that had his mother, Lynda, not died last ...

Protecting against the flu

Editorials

The flu has taken a toll on the contiguous United States. This year’s flu has been described as a particularly bad strain that has already claimed the lives of about 53 children nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Collectively, our hearts break for these families who ...

Government should take this to heart

Editorials

Inadvertently, former President Barack Obama has provided Americans with a reminder that the “you didn’t do that” private sector often does things much better than big government. Obama presided over severe cutbacks in the nation’s space exploration program. The meltdown was so severe ...

Trump should release memo

Editorials

A few days ago, a memorandum written by Republicans on the House of Representatives intelligence committee created waves in Washington. President Donald Trump insists it exonerates him and his campaign staff of claims they cooperated with the Russian government to influence the 2016 ...

Sununu on point on marriage issue

Editorials

Gov. Chris Sununu has come out in favor of raising the legal marriage age to 16 for teens living in the Granite State. A daily newspaper’s online poll last week indicated that 67 percent of its respondents favored raising that age to 18. A group of people who must be just trolling the poll ...

Improve infrastructure responsibly

Editorials

In terms of our everyday lives, the most important thing President Donald Trump said during his State of the Union speech Tuesday was to call on Congress to approve a campaign to restore and improve the nation’s infrastructure. We drive potholed roads and cross rusty bridges every day. We ...

Hysteria

Letters

In the late 17th century mass hysteria hit New England, known today as the Salem Witch Trials. The period presents a cautionary tale about the dangers of false accusations and failure to follow due process. Today we see allegations, often anonymously, of sexual assault and rape. We see ...

Health program

Letters

Nashua Representative Cindy Rosenwald is the prime sponsor of a bill to re-authorize the New Hampshire Health Protection Program, our version of Medicaid Expansion. I urge readers to contact her to support her efforts and let their own state representatives know they also should support NHHPP. ...

Pumpkin Fest

Letters

From 2000 until 2016, the Milford Improvement Team coordinated the Milford Pumpkin Festival on behalf of the town of Milford and its citizens. When the Executive Director of MIT left the organization in June 2017, no replacement was hired. Not wanting to put the festival at risk for cancelation ...

Gerrymandering: Politics vs. the public good

Local Commentary

If you served in the Legislature and had to choose between what is good for the state of New Hampshire and what is good for your party, what would you do? Our legislators faced this test last year. Most of them failed. The issue was gerrymandering – the drawing of voting districts in a way ...

The Holocaust happened while the world slept

Local Commentary

Today, in this time and this place, even in the face of so many years having now passed by, the unimaginable horror surrounding the systematic extermination of six million human beings by the Nazi Germany’s Third Reich is still all but impossible to comprehend. We simply can’t wrap our ...

Three strikes rule

Editorials

Can anyone doubt seriously that if California teacher Gregory Salcido had lashed out in class with a tirade directed at, say, illegal immigrants, he would have been disciplined harshly? But neither that nor anything else politically correct was Salcido’s target. Instead, his venom was spewed ...

Symphony NH: Breaking tradition by transforming it

Local Commentary

“Without tradition, our lives would be as shaky as a fiddler on the roof.” – Tevye, “Fiddler on the Roof” — The theme of “Fiddler on the Roof” is about holding on to tradition – but also the need to break with tradition, to transform it by creating new traditions. In a ...

FBI needs to clean up its act

Editorials

It should have come as no surprise that some in the FBI have seen their power as something to be protected and perpetuated through political dirty tricks. This is the agency that was ruled over for decades by the late J. Edgar Hoover, after all. The agency’s headquarters, incidentally, is ...

Health care costs still a burden

Editorials

Liberals often claim that because government is too stingy with entitlement programs, some people have to choose between seeing a doctor or putting food on the table. Well, what if people could afford both if government would just butt out of their lives? The Affordable Care Act – Obamacare ...

Focus should be on workers

Editorials

After belittling President Donald Trump’s “America first” economic policies as hopelessly out of step with globalism, some foreign leaders have seen the light. Now, they admit they understand Trump’s reasoning. One wonders how much public opinion in their own countries had to do with ...

Make Medicare efficient

Editorials

Medicare beneficiaries who are prescribed certain medicines must jump through some terribly outdated bureaucratic hoops to get them. Prior authorization is required for Medicare beneficiaries to have some drugs paid for by the government program. Often, that can mean pharmacists must spend time ...

Behavior must be a concern

Editorials

In the aftermath of violent sprees students seem to launch with some regularity in schools, the question asked often is why no one saw it coming. Profiling children as potential killers is such a difficult task it does not even fall into the category of “inexact science.” Deciding ...