Editorials

Money should stay for city arts

The plan to send nearly $1 million in Nashua arts funding to Manchester seems misguided, considering the possibilities right here in Nashua. Last week, we learned the trustees of the Nashua Center for the Arts filed motion in probate court seeking to dissolve the organization and send its ...

Improving our happiness index

The World Happiness Report was released last week, with Norway topping the list as the happiest nation on Earth. Its Scandinavian neighbor Denmark finished No. 2 after previously holding the title. The U.S., meanwhile, finished 14th in the United Nations agency’s report. The rankings are ...

Keeping veterans in stable housing

On Friday, Greater Nashua joined an impressive list of cities that have accomplished the goal of the Mayors Challenge to end veteran homelessness. Three federal agencies certified the Nashua region, including Amherst, Brookline, Hollis, Hudson, Litchfield, Mason, Merrimack, Milford and Mont ...

Looking back at the week in news

Expanding Granite Hammer is a positive step for the state The New Hampshire Senate on Thursday approved a measure to provide an additional $2.4 million to expand the Granite Hammer program, which has been on the forefront of taking down drug dealers in the region, as well as expanding options ...

Jobless number is only half true

President Donald Trump has received an enormous amount of criticism – much of it justified – for some of his off-the-cuff comments. One, about unemployment in the United States, was right on target, however. Earlier this year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the nation’s ...

A pitch for NH taxpayer relief

The House Finance Committee on Tuesday presented two initiatives for its chamber’s state budget bills geared toward returning money to New Hampshire’s cities and towns. House Speaker Shawn Jasper, R-Hudson, and other committee leaders included provisions to add $25 million annually in aid ...

U.S. needs to keep promise to allies

The United States has been involved in an ongoing military conflict in Afghanistan for more than 15 years, with nearly 2,000 American troops killed in action. Some of our best partners in this battle half a world away are the thousands of Afghans who have worked on behalf of the U.S. government ...

Earmarking cash to roads, bridges

Shipping surplus funds back to taxpayers is usually very popular in a Republican-led Legislature, but so is attracting new economic development. It is the latter that most likely prompted conservative leaders in the New Hampshire House and Senate to offer an amendment that sends surplus cash ...

Towns make the sensible decision

Southern New Hampshire was slammed with a late-winter storm, and many voters were able to spend the morning shoveling out rather than casting a ballot. A majority of towns in Greater Nashua opted to delay their town elections, slated for Tuesday, to Thursday or later in the month instead of ...

Rating shows a push for stability in Nashua

Nashua announced on March 8 the city’s Standard and Poor’s global rating was upgraded to AAA, citing its strong management procedures and improved local economy. Such a rating shows a borrower, in this case the city, has a high capacity to repay its debt. And Nashua, which also has a ...

Looking back at the week in news

NH license plate bill for Purple Heart vets a nice touch The New Hampshire Senate this week passed a bill to expand the veteran’s plates to include Purple Heart recipients at no cost to the driver. As with the other special number plates for veterans, this is a great way to honor those would ...

Mixed messages on NH voter bills

The New Hampshire Senate is sending us mixed signals: supporting an electronic poll book project this week, but tossing aside online voter registration. The Senate majority nixed a measure to authorize a pathway to register over the internet, a move 38 states have already taken to add a ...

Keeping atop of the opioid crisis

Embattled Attorney General Jeff Sessions made a surprise visit this week to the New Hampshire Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness, reaffirming the well-known actuality that “too many people” are falling into the clutches of addiction. While in Manchester, the former federal prosecutor ...

Keeping aware of a common cancer

One of the most common cancers in the United States is also one of the most unpleasant to discuss. March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month, raising the public consciousness of this disease that does not discriminate against any racial and ethnic group, but is most often found in ...

Still no solutions on massive debt

The Congressional Budget Office has projected a $9.4 trillion cumulative increase in deficits over the next decade. While provisionally there are greater threats to the American public, nothing will grind down our economic stability and quality-of-life standards in the long term more than an ...

Looking back at the week in news

Just who is running things with Nashua’s school system? The Nashua Board of Education has approved teaching coding and Microsoft Suite to kindergartners. “Based on my experience, let them have it,” board President George Farrington said. “You can’t hold them back; they want it, and we ...

The risks behind unlicensed work

Greater Nashua has had three incidents of unlicensed nonspecialists making headlines over the last week. Police arrested six men on suspected illegal gas work charges Tuesday for allegedly allowing unlicensed persons to work on furnaces in three city properties. A driving school instructor in ...

Government seeds are planted locally

The following is a worm-eaten chestnut that has been generally ignored over the course of time: Democracy is a particiption sport. Then there is this addendum: You get the government you vote for. Routinely these bromides are served up as exhortations for citizens to get out and vote. Now they ...

Looking back at the week in news

Taking issue with an issue in Merrimack’s school district An agreement has been reached to allow drug-sniffing dogs at Merrimack High School, which is a great idea – if your goal is to keep drugs out of schools. If your goal is to keep drugs out of students’ hands, well, then, not so ...

No comparison with The Donald

Comparisons are easy. Instead of making a detailed case why a young baseball player is worthy of being drafted in the first round, the scout exclaims, “He could be the next Mike Trout.” When a Turkish assassin kills the Russian ambassador in Ankara, amateur historians rush to Twitter to ...