Editorials

Officials deserve our thanks

The Nashua Police Department, along with all other agencies involved, deserve a great deal of thanks from city of Nashua residents for keeping everyone safe during the recent Beard Street standoff. Officials moved in quickly and dealt with the situation with professionalism and safety in ...

UN shows lack of understanding

Under their president, Robert Mugabe, residents of Zimbabwe have suffered terribly. A 2008 report from Physicians for Human Rights sums it up: “The government of Robert Mugabe presided over the dramatic reversal of its population’s access to food, clean water, basic sanitation and health ...

Common sense lacking on VA rule

It seems obvious that the scandal-ridden Department of Veterans Affairs needs to have in place – and enforce – a strong code of ethics. Ask any military veteran victimized by “wait-list” schemes at some VA hospitals. But should a VA doctor be told he cannot help educate budding health ...

Rescues come at a steep price

Once or twice a year, it seems, we hear of people who get themselves into serious trouble and have to be rescued, often at taxpayer expense. Boaters who venture out into rough seas and hikers who get lost because they outwalked their skills fall into that category. We’re always glad to hear ...

Weinstein action needed sooner

As the floodgates opened for a tidal wave of sexual assault allegations against former movie magnate Harvey Weinstein this week, quite a few in the entertainment industry have some explaining to do. It appears that Weinstein’s sexual predation was an open secret among many in Hollywood and ...

Intelligence agencies need overhaul

It has been clear for some time that U.S. intelligence agencies need an overhaul. Too much reliance has been placed on technology, with old-fashioned human spying taking a back seat. On Wednesday, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said that is about to change. More intelligence agents will be sent out ...

Government must be more judicious

Unless they are pressed by the government to do otherwise, as they sometimes are in considering mortgage loan applications, private lending institutions look hard at two factors before making loans. First, the borrower’s ability to repay the loan is considered. Second, the value of the ...

We all have a right to know

Government officials and employees are notorious for trying to keep documents secret from the public. That is why, in New Hampshire, we have open records laws requiring release of such information, except in certain circumstances. Reportedly, officials in some other states have come up with a ...

Pelosi on the mark about aid effort

It is rare, but sometimes House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is right. She was last week, in calling for deployment of more military resources to aid the hurricane-ravaged islands of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Pelosi, D-Calif., made the recommendation, as more ...

Release papers on assassination

Despite conclusive debunking of most of the conspiracy theories regarding the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, many Americans believe our government has not told us everything. It hasn’t. At all levels, federal officials insist the basic facts are established: Lee Harvey ...

Obamacare still needs some work

It has been suggested there is no sense in crying over spilled milk. But an enormous amount of it was spilled by the Affordable Care Act – Obamacare – and members of Congress are right to attempt to clean at least some of it up. Their most recent attempt to do so failed dismally this week, ...

Six-nation pact has many flaws

During much of Iran’s drive to build nuclear weapons, the watchdog that was supposed to be preventing that – the International Atomic Energy Agency – often appeared to be wearing blinders. On multiple occasions, the IAEA reported it could find no evidence Iran was doing anything more than ...

Constitution requires defense

So free and, in general, prosperous are we Americans that we sometimes take our blessings as a nation for granted. We should not. They are based on something of a miracle – our Constitution. Each year, we celebrate Constitution Day, which was Sunday. It is both a time for us to marvel at what ...

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 Hudson and Londonderry for their Sept. 11 remembrance events. Both ...

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, ...