Opinion

Pruitt should be accountable

Editorials

Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, has been praised by many for rolling back unreasonable Obama-era regulations, including some that affect the coal industry. Good for him for pursuing President Donald Trump’s agenda energetically. Questions about Pruitt’s ethics ...

Terrorists can’t be rehabilitated

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Two members of “The Beatles,” Islamic State terrorists so named by their captives because they are British citizens, have provided a reminder of why it is imperative to destroy, not “contain,” such organizations. The most notorious “Beatle,” nicknamed “Jihadi John,” was killed ...

Lost & Found: What could possibly go wrong?

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Looks like I still have some good karma left in the bank. I recently forgot my credit card at a St. Patrick’s party where I was running a tab at the bar. Gee, what could possibly go wrong here? Let’s examine the facts. I’m celebrating a holiday where drinking is the objective. I’m ...

Let’s hope Kim does right thing

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Diplomacy often is the art of saying things you don’t mean, in order to put an opponent off guard or ingratiate him to you personally. Let us hope President Donald Trump was engaged in such a manipulative technique in a tweet he issued Wednesday. It appears Trump and North Korean dictator Kim ...

Officials should be on guard

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During the Ohio State Fair in Columbus last year, a thrill ride, the Fire Ball, broke apart. Several people were injured. An 18-year-old man was killed. The previous year, a water park in Kansas unveiled a 17-story water slide. A raft carrying a 10-year-old boy down it went airborne. An ...

Youth philosophy conference generates wonder

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“Wonder is the feeling of the philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder.” – Plato Wonder is a good thing. When I came away from the 9th Annual HYPE (Hosting Young Philosophy Enthusiasts) Conference held two weeks ago at the University of New Hampshire, I came away with more questions ...

Government should work for all of us

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His days as U.S. secretary of state near at end, Rex Tillerson knows full well when President Donald Trump ousted him. The two men simply did not get along. And in some ways, Tillerson was just too diplomatic for the president’s taste. But in a way, Tillerson’s departure is a victory for ...

Enact current safeguards

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High school students demanding that Congress enact laws to protect them against mass murder may want to reconsider. Instead of seeking new legislation, they may want to demand that existing safeguards be used, not ignored. Since Feb. 14, when Nikolas Cruz massacred 17 people in a Parkland, ...

From the cosmos to the coral reef: A tribute to mathematical women

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“She who influences the thought of her times, influences all times that follow. She has made her impression on eternity.” – Hypatia (415 A.D.) Last night the earth passed through the Vernal Equinox, that tipping point when the days and nights reach a momentary equilibrium, that moment ...

Misuse of funds wrong

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Members of Congress concerned about Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s use of taxpayers’ money for travel received a dressing down from him Tuesday. At one point during a hearing, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., asked Zinke about spending $12,375 to charter a private jet for a flight from Las ...

Parks should remain affordable

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is right about one thing. Our national parks may be the last of the true bargains. They were never intended to be a money-making proposition, and should not be converted into one. Zinke has suggested fees charged to enter some parks should be increased ...

The Civics of Civility: The art of the question

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“The man who never changes his mind is like still water and breeds reptiles of the mind.” – William Blake Socrates, the most famous of teachers, was not renowned for what he taught but how he taught. He did not just focus on the question, he dwelled on it. In the wake of a question lies ...

We need to do much more

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Three in five people who die of drug overdoses had been treated in hospital emergency rooms for previous overdoses, a study in Maryland found. That ought to be impetus enough for Congress to approve a bill introduced recently. The measure is intended to promote medication-assisted treatment of ...

Sunshine Week is about your right to know

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Snow is once again in the forecast for this week. No matter the accumulation, the white fluffy stuff will not dampen one of the brightest weeks of the year. Sunshine Week begins today. It may only last seven calendar days, but for citizens who rely on a transparent government to operate openly ...

Government owns these tragedies

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As of this writing, it has been almost two weeks since the tragedy in Florida and I feel I must write this. Ever since the shooting, we have been flooded by the media, whether it be by newspaper or TV talking about what happened. I can understand the media coverage, but what bothers me is all ...

It never hurts to get a little nostalgic about Nashua

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Some of you may remember an article I wrote back in November titled, “Growing Up Nashua,” where I discussed growing up on the Tree Streets of our city. Much like an episode of “Happy Days,” I once again have some thoughts of Nashua in a nostalgic light and a bygone era. From the 1960s ...

Let’s change discussion from gun control to safety

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Guns are a legal part of the American culture, enjoyed by a meaningful proportion of U.S. citizens. Guns are deadly. It is long past time to address the perceived conflict between these two statements with meaningful action to reduce our country’s burden of firearm-related injury and death. ...

Arming teachers is a valid, necessary discussion

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I am not a member of the NRA, never have been. I do not own any guns. Never have. I am not a teacher, but my daughter is. I am, however, retired from the Army after 36 years. You may hate the NRA, but not everything they say is wrong. Even a broken clock is correct twice a day. When there is a ...

It’s time for another Constitutional Convention

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Per the Second Amendment: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” The right to bear arms is for the purpose of arming a well regulated Militia. Today, we don’t have a well regulated ...

Keyes Memorial Park: Yesterday, today, tomorrow

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It’s important to understand how past decisions made us who we are and how today’s decisions will affect our future. An understanding of choices, decisions and actions helps guide us to a more productive, clearly defined tomorrow. As a volunteer on the Recreation Commission, I have had the ...