Editorials

Money could be used

Do you have $15.4 billion socked away for a rainy day? We didn’t think so. But your government does, and the bureaucrats, backed by liberal lawmakers, don’t want to give it up. Analysts in President Donald Trump’s administration have found that amount of money locked up in inactive ...

Salute Old Glory

Today is Flag Day, on which really thoughtful Americans pay homage not to a mere piece of red, white and blue fabric, but to our nation for which it stands. But now also is another of the times in our history when critics of our government commit the error of assuming the flag represents it ...

Temple makes right decision

Last week, Hillsborough Superior Court Judge Charles Temple recused himself from the voter residency requirement case. In stepping aside, Temple cited his long-standing personal relationship with Bryan Gould, who was recently hired by the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office to assist ...

Transgender bills a big step forward

Last week, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu signed a pair of bills into law that will help to protect our transgender citizens. The first measure bans discrimination on the basis of gender identity in employment, housing and public accommodations. The second bans therapy that is aimed at ...

Lasting legacy

There are few people in life who truly have a lasting impact on individuals, shaping the way they carry themselves, their work ethic and their overall moral compass. One’s parent - for many - certainly may fall into that category. Teachers or professors also often fill that influential role ...

Voters send the right message

It may have been the fact that lots of young men get drunk and still manage to refrain from raping women that spelled the end of Santa Clara County, Calif., Judge Aaron Persky’s career on the bench. Persky drew fire two years ago when he sentenced Stanford University athlete Brock Turner to ...

Suspicion of power is needed

It is unfortunate in a way that even Republicans in Congress sometimes refuse to go along with President Donald Trump’s initiatives. But after eight years of former chief executive Barack Obama’s imperial presidency, one can hardly blame lawmakers for being on their guard. Another example ...

Crack down on immigration

A massive raid on a gardening and landscaping company in northern Ohio is a reminder that many illegal immigrants would not be in our country without active encouragement from a few unscrupulous business owners. More than 200 federal agents arrested 114 people in the raid on Tuesday. They ...

Bassett will do our state proud

Last week, the United States Navy commissioned the USS Manchester, a combat ship, that continues the service’s use of “littoral” combat ships, something it began in 2008. The Manchester will be the seventh such ship in what is known as the Independence Class, described as a program to ...

Money can’t buy immunity

The entertainment world’s dirty little secret – that money trumps morals – was on display again this week. After actress Roseanne Barr was fired by ABC over a racist tweet, stories of other questionable behavior began surfacing. An old picture of her dressed as Adolf Hitler and pulling ...

Bigotry can not be allowed

Social media is like alcohol, in some respects. When not handled with care, it can loosen inhibitions and affect judgment adversely. But also like alcohol, social media need not be harmful if used intelligently and in moderation. Ask Roseanne Barr about that. The entertainer’s career is a ...

Sugar tariffs may sink icon

You may want to pick up a pack of Necco Wafers or one of those little boxes of candy hearts while you can. It is possible they may not be around for long. If so, part of the blame rests with Uncle Sam. The New England Confectionary Co., maker of those and other candies, has filed for ...

Complaints should be investigated

Members of Congress made their bipartisan frustration with the Department of Veterans Affairs clear last week. The U.S. Senate approved a bill expanding accessibility of veterans to private health care providers as an alternative to the VA system. The vote was 92-5. Previously, the House ...

Remember

In large cemeteries in our cities and small ones on our hills and in our valleys, they lie. Some rest in churchyards, others in family plots. Some never made it home at all, remaining where they fell in far-off lands. We will mourn them all on Monday, Memorial Day. We celebrate their lives, ...

Congress should repeal Dodd-Frank

Liberals in Congress are livid that conservatives would dare to meddle with the Dodd-Frank financial regulation law. It is needed to safeguard Americans against predatory bankers, say some Democrats. Had Dodd-Frank been in effect a decade ago, the 2008 financial crisis might never have ...

Doing the right thing

Exactly what triggered Friday’s murderous rampage by Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, at his school in Santa Fe, Texas, has not been determined. But this week, his father speculated the boy may have been bullied in school. School officials say they have investigated allegations Pagourtzis was ...

Jong Un calculating and cold

When President Donald Trump returns from a meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in June – assuming it happens – he will not be able to get off Air Force One waving a piece of paper and proclaiming it represents peace in our time. Unfortunately, that is the reality of the ...

Obama policy takes hit

Former President Barack Obama’s attempt to establish an imperial presidency running roughshod over Congress took another hit this week. You may remember Obama’s comment that regardless of what Congress wanted, he would get things done with his pen and phone. He was not as open about some ...

More bullying

For decades, North Korean leaders have been masters of using the carrot-and-stick approach to getting what they want. The key has been their ability to switch between the two with lightning speed. This week, dictator Kim Jong Un did just that. He called off high-level talks between his regime ...

It’s a part of history

Terming a statue on the waterfront in Jersey City, N.J., “gruesome,” the leader of a group planning to renovate a plaza there, facing the New York City skyline, wants it removed. City officials have agreed. It is gruesome. And in some ways it may not be politically correct. But it needs ...