Editorials

Health care ruling should be on TV

After answering the question of what to do about the economy, the future of health care reform portends to be the hottest issue of the 2012 presidential campaign. That became clear by the acute attention paid to it during the Republican primary, as Mitt Romney’s adversaries pummeled ...

A nonprofit that’s changed the state

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is low key. Its name doesn’t announce what it does. It doesn’t collect donations by payroll deduction like the United Way. It doesn’t have cans on store counters, send people door to door or raise money by direct mail. As a ...

No one earns ‘W’ in Clemens’ trial

To the surprise of very few who paid attention to the proceedings, Roger Clemens received a not-guilty verdict last week from the jury on charges of perjuring himself before a congressional committee in 2008. It is never a good sign when the judge admonishes the prosecution in midtrial for ...

Nashua officials feeling heat again after pool belly flop

To quote that great philosopher-king Yogi Berra of New York Yankees fame, “It’s deja vu all over again.” That’s the first thing that came to mind as we watched Nashua officials jump through hoops Wednesday to open one of the city’s three ...

In NH, a big election year by the numbers, too

If you thought the dysfunction that marked Congress and the Statehouse these past two years would discourage people from running for public office this fall, think again. Based on the first phase of the candidate-filing period that ended Friday, roughly 160 more Democrats and Republicans ...

Disease brings need for safety to light

The unsettling outbreak of hepatitis C cases at Exeter Hospital points out the fragility of public confidence in institutions entrusted with protecting a community’s health and well-being. When patients go to a hospital to be treated, they assume effective policies are in place not ...

Foul-mouthed bylaw may violate rights

‘Watch your mouth.” The admonition often conveyed by parents of potty-mouthed children may now be heard echoing through the picturesque streets of Middleborough, Mass. And if the bawdy philistines of all ages don’t heed the warning, they might have to fork over ...

Greek elections matter here, too

It’s rarely big news when Greek voters go to the polls to elect a new government. In the past, not much of what has happened in Greece has made a big difference to the rest of Europe and especially the United States. Not any more. With Europe in the clutches of what is being ...

Time to reassess UNH fundraising post

University of New Hampshire officials found themselves again in the middle of a financial fracas recently with the resignation of chief fundraiser Peter Weiler. After only serving the university since 2010, Weiler is leaving his $300,000-a-year post to become the new vice president for ...

Ticketing ‘Taste of Downtown’ patrons hurt city’s image

The city of Nashua and the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce are spending more than $100,000 to develop a new brand for the city. In today’s image-infatuated world, it’s a noble and needed pursuit for a city working hard to maintain economic and social viability in these ...

Eight years later, shoppers get new outlet in Merrimack

George W. Bush was serving the first term of his presidency. “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” was the reigning Oscar winner as best picture. The Red Sox had yet to end their 86-year drought as World Series champions. That’s how long it has been ...

Lynch veto of J.D. Salinger bill right thing to do

Gov. John Lynch made the correct call Tuesday when he vetoed legislation intended to prohibit the commercial exploitation of individuals without their consent. Not because we aren’t sympathetic to the original intent of the bill (SB 175), but because the final version – as ...

Resist distortion of NH biz image

Every two years, when it comes time to mount a political campaign in New Hampshire, it’s not unusual for candidates for state office to tout the need to attract new businesses to the state – and rightly so. Such policies are critical to the fiscal health of any state, but ...

Seeking the truth one step at a time

The journalistic exercise of fact-checking is not a perfect science. Think of it more as the media equivalent of instant replay. Politicians, especially on the campaign trail, take credit for all kinds of things, like lower taxes, creating jobs and keeping promises. Sometimes they stretch the ...

Blame game rings hollow for O’Brien

It comes as no surprise that when New Hampshire House Speaker William O’Brien failed to achieve one of his most cherished legislative priorities – passage of a proposed constitutional amendment to strip the Supreme Court’s ability to oversee education policy ...

Some good news on tuition front

This year marked the third time since 2006 that New Hampshire’s system of seven community colleges succeeded in not raising tuition. The colleges should be congratulated for their accomplishment. But unless the Legislature, which cut the system’s budget by 20 percent last ...

Keep politics out of police budget

A public debate over whether a municipal police department has the necessary resources to serve and protect its community is certainly one worth having – and doing so around budget time isn’t unreasonable on its face. But there is something downright fishy about the way ...

Election season – it’s now official

Yes, candidates for federal and state offices have been crisscrossing the state for what seems like months now – there even was a Democratic gubernatorial debate last week in Henniker – but there is still something special about the official start of the candidate filing ...

Please leave our constitution alone

On Wednesday, the New Hampshire House of Representatives and Senate will decide whether voters should be given an opportunity to vote on any of three proposed constitutional amendments Nov. 6. Here’s why lawmakers should resist the urge to do so in all three cases: • CACR ...

Nashua to benefit from UNH grant

The announcement last month that the University of New Hampshire had received a $1.8 million federal grant to train and certify Nashua teachers in English to Speakers of Other Languages marks another positive step in the district’s commitment to educating all students – ...