Editorials

Vouching for a bus pass for kids

The city’s Division of Public Health & Community Services opened a summer recreation bus route for 2014 and 2015, making stops at selected sites in a continuous loop each weekday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Last summer, the program was changed to allow children to use free vouchers to get on and ...

Business knows how to grow city

Perhaps the most well-known slogan in business is “The customer is always right.” But what happens to customers when business is largely overlooked? In Nashua, downtown businesses have advocated for several actions, including passenger rail and a Main Street arts center, as many on the ...

A great need for our roads, bridges

Roads and bridges across Greater Nashua should receive a facelift in the coming months thanks in part to Gov. Chris Sununu signing into law a measure that returns roughly $37 million in surplus funds for local infrastructure projects. The region will receive several million dollars back, ...

Time to make the nation civil again

The animosity is real in Washington, D.C. Truthfully, the political climate of these United States is more cantankerous than ever. Believe it or not, there was a time when Republicans and Democrats actually practiced what President Donald Trump would call “The Art of the Deal.” It seems ...

Twitter shows a new media frontier

President Donald Trump is more than a fan of Twitter. He appears to be addicted to it. And unfortunately for too many people in the news industry, they are fueled by Trump’s need to tweet. For every important issue facing our country today, including health care, immigration and foreign ...

Our Declaration of Independence

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent ...

Why civics, and civility, matter

It is difficult to imagine a lawmaker in New Hampshire happier with the signing of Senate Bill 45 this week than Sen. Lou D’Allesandro. The former civics teacher praised the legislation that strengthens civics education in our schools. It requires a half-year civics course before high school ...

Ignoring voters is never a good idea

Brookline residents will gather Thursday evening in the Capt. Samuel Douglas Academy cafeteria to hear about a proposed sidewalk and bridge project in town. This public hearing isn’t the first time the proposal has been reviewed. It isn’t even the second time to discuss the possibilities of ...

Self-reflection is needed in politics

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 Big Pharma to blame for crisis?

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 ...

Right to Know in NH hits 50 years

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 ...

Extra protection good for Greeley

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 ...

Protections from all unwanted calls

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 ...

Differences can’t lead us to violence

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 ...

Looking back at the week in news

New measure will save lives as NH fights opioid epidemic Gov. Chris Sununu on Friday signed into law Senate Bill 234 that exempts residual amounts of controlled substances in hypodermic syringes and needles from the provisions of the controlled drug act, as well as authorizes the operation of ...

Guest Editorial: We must become civically engaged

In America, the people are supposed to run the government, and not the other way around. Unfortunately, far too many Americans fail to understand how rare and precious their rights are, or the responsibility they have to be well-informed about civics and history. Many Americans are shockingly ...

NH tops list of women in power

Four years ago, U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster declared pink as the new power color in New Hampshire after voters sent the first all-female delegation to Congress in history. This was a considerable milestone, but putting women in positions of power is nothing new in the Granite State. And this week, ...

Keeping tabs on world leadership

As often is the case, Americans last year may have established a model to be emulated by the rest of the world. This one involves politics, not technology or culture, however, and the ramifications could be earth-shaking. Last year’s election of Donald Trump as U.S. president was not as much ...

Superheroes lead to super readers

Besides the possibility of a nasty paper cut, Sunday’s Kids Con New England convention offered nothing but positive, family-friendly activities and an atmosphere specifically designed to encourage literacy through superheroes and graphic novels. This year, the daylong festival, complete with ...

Afghanistan needs a new approach

Even by the grim markers of the 16-year war, last week’s car-bomb attack in the Afghan capital of Kabul, which killed at least 90 people, was a grave and stunning setback in the fight against global terror. Coming as strains are appearing in the Trump administration’s relations with ...