Editorials

Destabilization efforts must stop

Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad may have enjoyed a good chuckle over an Iranian official’s recent warning. Others familiar with the situation may have thought it less humorous. Iran has been wracked by anti-government demonstrations during recent weeks. Recently, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editor’s note: During the course of a week, issues are covered that might not lend themselves to full editorial comment, but they are worthy of The Telegraph weighing in – thumbs up, thumbs down or neutral. — Thumbs up to the city of Nashua and the school district for their recent ...

A slippery slope

On Tuesday, the New Hampshire House of Representatives gave preliminary approval to a measure that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana. The bill allows for adults to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana and to cultivate it in limited quantities. The legislation now advances to the ...

If talks happen, we should be in

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has threatened to attack the United States with nuclear missiles, and is testing rockets meant for that purpose. U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to retaliate, should such an assault occur. So, who’s the bad guy? Who’s the dangerous, unhinged threat to ...

MLK’s words still ring true today

This week, First Baptist Church of Nashua will host its 36th annual tribute to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event, set for 6 p.m. Saturday, typically attracts hundreds of local residents to the church. Julia and Jim Leonard – along with all those involved in organizing this event ...

Charitable giving may be at risk

Tax reform signed into law by President Donald Trump just before Christmas may be detrimental to many charitable organizations, some analysts insist. It should not make an iota of difference in how we Americans respond to need. If you make contributions to recognized charities, you may be ...

Winter safety tips to keep in mind

Although officials did not release the cause of a fire on Gilson Road on Tuesday, they did offer some valuable tips to keep area residents safe as temperatures continue to hover around zero. Nashua Fire Rescue members urge local residents to operate space heaters responsibly. These tips ...

Cover-up needs investigated

The last months of this year have brought a seemingly endless series of revelations about women being harassed and assaulted by the powerful – who got away with it for too long. Let us hope 2018 takes the story into the second phase it needs to enter. That is holding accountable those who ...

Cover-up needs investigated

The last months of this year have brought a seemingly endless series of revelations about women being harassed and assaulted by the powerful – who got away with it for too long. Let us hope 2018 takes the story into the second phase it needs to enter. That is holding accountable those who ...

Viral post highlights bullying issue

You may have seen the video posted on social media by the mother of Keaton Jones, 11, who attends a middle school near Knoxville, Tennessee. In it, the little boy talks tearfully about being bullied in school. “Why do you find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to ...

Case raises important questions

Times have changed. In the news a few days ago was an interesting case regarding a divorced couple in Hawaii. They have a child. One of the divorcees wants to formally sever parental rights. What is unusual – and should not be allowed to get in the way of doing what is best for the child – ...

Revised tax bill should be OK’d

Nothing as complex as the U.S. tax code, linked as the process is to the federal budget, can be amended in a manner that will make everyone happy. Negotiators for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives seem to have come up with something close, however. If approved, perhaps this week, by ...

Incident serves as reminder

On Dec. 6, local government officials in Mecklenburg County, N.C., got a wake-up call regarding just how reliant they are on computers and networks. That day, computer hackers mounted a cyberattack on the county’s computers, which serve one of the most densely populated regions of the state. ...

Oversight needed on military upgrades

America’s armed forces are the very best funded in the world. Given the responsibilities the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard must handle, that is appropriate. But years of neglect have left the military in a rebuilding mode. A $700 billion defense appropriations bill signed ...

A real conflict of interest

Strange, isn’t it, that radical environmentalists have such a two-sided view of conflicts of interest? When climate change research happens to be funded even in part by industry and turns out to ratchet down the near-panic over global warming, it is labeled as bunk. That happens even when the ...

DeVos looking for fair way of forgiveness

If you take out a loan to buy a car that turns out to be a lemon, do you stop making payments to the bank? Some do, deciding their vehicles were such bad deals that letting the lender repossess them may be the best way out of a bad situation. Understandably, the bank wants its money. The car ...

We need better means of detection

Thankfully, the would-be suicide bomber who detonated an explosive device in a corridor in the New York subway system was so incompetent he couldn’t kill himself, much less anyone else. His bomb, which may have gone off prematurely, wounded him and slightly injured three other people on ...

We have waited long enough

Wait ’til next year is a common refrain among sports fans whose teams are not doing well. It should not be something you hear from Congress. Both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have approved tax relief bills. All that remains is for the two chambers to reconcile their versions ...

The problem is far from solved

U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., resigned on Thursday. He was following U.S. Rep. John Conyers’ lead. Conyers, D-Mich., “retired” earlier in the week. So, the two members of Congress in the news recently for sexual harassment have left. Problem solved? Hardly. The problem is not two sleazy ...

Focus is needed on spending bill

What do immigration law and disagreements over health care policy have to do with ensuring federal agencies have enough money to keep their doors open? Virtually nothing. That did not deter a few Democrats who, for a time, threatened to hold up congressional approval of a major spending bill in ...