Editorials

School repairs should be a top priority

This week, Nashua School District officials said Elm Street Middle School needs at least $50 million in repairs and renovations. That, though, is just an initial estimate, as when – and if – work begins, other issues could be uncovered during the process. Board of Education President George ...

Getting the truth is important

For eight years, it seemed as if then-President Barack Obama had unleashed every weapon in the bureaucracy’s arsenal against the coal mining industry. Then, Obama invented some new tools to harass coal country. In that context, President Donald Trump’s plan to roll back the regulatory ...

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 Fred Teeboom for his efforts with New Hampshire’s lone public ...

Sending the wrong message

Government has no business telling fashion companies they cannot use ultra-skinny models. The companies should be doing that voluntarily. A new law in France, set to go into effect Oct. 1, provides such a ban. It requires both male and female models to obtain certificates indicating they are in ...

Arts center plan gets a big boost

On Thursday, the proposed performing arts center in downtown Nashua gained a bit of ground. Manchester’s Currier Museum of Art announced it wants to be a part of the new complex by creating a gallery space in the center. The plan would have the Currier develop a space inside the facility to ...

Contract must be approved

By all accounts, this school year is off to a near-perfect start. Nashua School District Superintendent Jahmal Mosley said Wednesday that the academic year is off to an “exciting” start and that teachers and students are moving “full steam ahead.” With nearly all students back in class, ...

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 Nashua School District and Superintendent Jahmal Mosley for ...

Give police credit for Va. response

Some of those involved on both sides in the violent confrontation in Charlottesville, Va., agree on one thing: Blame the police. Could law enforcement officials and officers have done anything better in their reaction to the mayhem last week? Perhaps. Rest assured, they have been analyzing ...

Duterte’s threat can’t be allowed

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s frustration with Maoist terrorists in his country is understandable. When he extends an olive branch, they take bloody advantage of it. Just last week, as peace talks were going on between his government and the rebels, they attacked his presidential ...

Remembering D-Day in Nashua

It may have been more than 3,300 miles from Nashua almost three-quarters of a century ago, but D-Day continues to have a strong connection to the Gate City. Tuesday marks the 73rd anniversary of the D-Day invasion, perhaps the most important feat of the Greatest Generation. More than 160,000 ...

Lack of openness is very alarming

Last Friday, it came to light that two high-ranking administrators at Ledge Street Elementary School were no longer with the district. This information, unfortunately, did not come through the Nashua School District. Instead, concerned parents tossed a little sunshine on the sudden departure of ...

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 ...

Civics bill not a bad idea for NH

New Hampshire senators this week will vote on a bill to mandate that every public high school student take a civics course before receiving his or her diploma. At a time our state and nation are experiencing vastly differing opinions on politics and the role of government, it is more ...

Trump can’t keep Pence in the dark

Several presidents have treated their vice presidents notoriously and sometimes irresponsibly badly. The late President Harry Truman knew all about that. When he took office upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, he had to be told about the atomic bomb. Roosevelt had kept him in the ...

Fraud claim puts integrity at stake

The Trump administration's easily disproved claims of rampant voter fraud in New Hampshire, repeated by the president and his associates this past week, remind us of a scandal that took place during President George W. Bush's second term. "In 2007, the Justice Department was upended ...