Editorials

Politics’ third rail remains in limbo

We have no idea what President-elect Donald Trump really thinks about Social Security and Medicare, those mainstays of old America. On the campaign trail, he said nice things about both. We do know that Trump promised to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, this era's effort to improve ...

Poem: ‘A visit from St. Nicholas’

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there; The children were nestled all snug in their beds; While visions of sugar-plums danced in ...

Beck’s stunning political reversal

Back when the Tea Party was generally considered a haven for right-wingers, it can be reasonably suggested Glenn Beck was its conductor. First on radio, then on CNN and later Fox News, Beck was a ratings king and a lightning rod for all things conservative. He used a rhetorical blow torch in ...

No-win Afghan issue for Obama

President Barack Obama may have to make a heartbreaking decision before he leaves office. It is whether to leave an American woman, her husband and her children in the hands of terrorists in Afghanistan or risk many other lives by getting them released. More than four years ago, Caitlan ...

Vaping trend is not without risk

Just as possession of marijuana for personal enjoyment becomes legal in this state, the U.S. surgeon general issued a warning to Americans about another supposedly benign habit with potentially harmful consequences. In a report released last week, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy called ...

Cyber threats are a bipartisan issue

Cyber security is a critical issue demanding a bipartisan approach, Republicans and Democrats alike agree. Or at least, they say they do. But now, in relation to one of the biggest cyber security threats in the world, the issue has become politicized. That needs to end. At issue is whether ...

Staying safe on state’s roadways

This weekend, the New Hampshire State Police announced they will be out in force to ensure safe travels, not just related to the nasty winter weather, but to patrol for impaired motorists returning from holiday festivities and parties. Known as Combined Accident Reduction Effort (CARE) Life ...

Looking back at the week in news

AP's Jim Cole was a New Hampshire primary legend For more than three decades, Associated Press photographer Jim Cole has been more of a New Hampshire primary institution than the ballot box at Dixville Notch. Cole was one of the 25 staff members laid off by the AP last week following a ...

Contempt is not a necessary skill

Donald Trump's selection of Rick Perry to pilot the U.S. Department of Energy is a head-scratcher less because the former Texas governor once called the future president a "toxic mix of demagoguery and mean-spiritedness and nonsense," but because of something he infamously ...

Fixing the VA’s broken system

The body of a military veteran was left in a Veterans Affairs health care facility shower room for more than nine hours before someone finally had it moved to a morgue, the Tampa Bay Times in Florida reported last week. Then, once their negligence came to light, some staff at the Bay Pines VA ...

Before tweeting, we had legends

Anyone can have a bad day at the office, but few will outdo Ralph Branca. His workday of woe happened at age 25, and it nagged at him for the rest of his life. Branca, a former Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who died last week at age 90, was the victim, along with Dodgers fans everywhere, of the ...

The price of the opioid epidemic

No penalty in the world will bring back Michelle MacLeod to her family. Senior Assistant Attorney General Ben Agati said the Dec. 7 sentencing of Kevin Manchester, a Nashua man who pled guilty to selling lethal doses of fentanyl to MacLeod in January, was an appropriate and fair ...

Looking back at the week in news

Nashua's possible ski slope a slide in the right direction New Hampshire is known far and wide as a skiing hot spot, if you will. Cannon. Sunapee. Gunstock. Waterville Valley. Pats Peak. Those are only a handful of the numerous resorts in the state that are not only great places to ski, but ...

Protecting NH’s working farms

The last working farm in Nashua could remain protected indefinitely if the city finalizes its agreement with the multigenerational landowners. Municipal officials, the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests and the owners of Sullivan Farm, a 50-acre property on Coburn Avenue, are ...

The Texas-sized fiscal dilemma

Everything is bigger in Texas, they say. While most people would associate this with Texas-style barbecue, chili, football and ten-gallon hats, how many would think of bankruptcy? Believe it or not, Texas's third-biggest city, Dallas - ninth-biggest in the United States - may be on the verge ...

The struggle at Standing Rock

LaDonna Brave Bull Allard was a child when the floods came. "Where the Cannonball River joins the Missouri River ... there used to be a whirlpool that created large, spherical sandstone formations," Allard wrote in Yes! Magazine on Sept. 3. "The river's true name is ...

The right way to serve the public

Politicians of all stripes routinely pledge to function in an open, forthright way - after all, is there a voting niche out there proposing that secrecy an smoke-filled rooms are the foundation of good government? The buzzword is transparency, and promising to operate in its sunshine is on ...

Looking back at the week in news

In this case, justice proves to be a terror to evildoers With Katlyn Marin's sentencing on Friday, justice has been done. Marin, who was convicted in August of second-degree murder, will serve 45 years-to-life in prison for the death of her 3-year-old daughter Brielle E. Gage in November ...

Trolling the new administration

Jill Stein's cynical push for recounts in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan has two obvious goals: to raise more political cash, and to "troll" President-elect Donald Trump. She's succeeding on both fronts - the interests of the nation be damned. It's a pander to liberal ...

Money well spent in opioid battle

New Hampshire has caught been in a well-documented opioid struggle for several years now, and officials have been throwing any and all possible solutions against the wall to see what sticks. Nashua, which has not been immune to the heroin crisis, has found a model that provides assistance to ...