Opinion

We need better means of detection

Editorials

Thankfully, the would-be suicide bomber who detonated an explosive device in a corridor in the New York subway system was so incompetent he couldn’t kill himself, much less anyone else. His bomb, which may have gone off prematurely, wounded him and slightly injured three other people on ...

Five simple, straightforward facts about the tax plan

Local Commentary

It has been said that budgets are moral documents, an expression of who we are and what we believe. When I build budgets for my home or business, I am doing more than math. I am making decisions that affect the well-being of people I know, the environment around me and people and places far ...

N.H. health workers lend hand

Local Commentary

When Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico in September, our staff from both Southern New Hampshire Medical Center and Foundation Medical Partners, many of whom are proud natives, feared for the well-being of families and communities across the island. The reports in the aftermath of ...

We have waited long enough

Editorials

Wait ’til next year is a common refrain among sports fans whose teams are not doing well. It should not be something you hear from Congress. Both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have approved tax relief bills. All that remains is for the two chambers to reconcile their versions ...

The problem is far from solved

Editorials

U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., resigned on Thursday. He was following U.S. Rep. John Conyers’ lead. Conyers, D-Mich., “retired” earlier in the week. So, the two members of Congress in the news recently for sexual harassment have left. Problem solved? Hardly. The problem is not two sleazy ...

Tree lighting thank you

Letters

On Dec. 2, the town of Windham celebrated its annual tree lighting festivities. It was an incredible event, thanks to the many people, businesses, staff and organizations who contributed. Santa arrived by fire truck, there was a bon fire, cookies and hot chocolate, music, activities and ...

Bell ringers needed

Letters

This is an urgent plea for volunteers to aid the Salvation Army in staffing their holiday season kettles. The Salvation Army does so much good for families year round, but during this season the demand for food and toys for the less fortunate among us is at it’s greatest. For every kettle ...

Costly resignation

Letters

As others have done, I thank Bob Hallowell for his 10 years of service to Nashua through his membership on the Board of Education. I also wish to note that the special election to replace him is going to cost Nashua almost as much as the total he has been paid in 10 years as a Board of ...

Support is appreciated

Letters

The Merrimack Parks and Recreation Department would like to thank all the groups and individuals that attended the 24th annual Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 3rd. The parade kicked off from Commons Shopping Plaza. This year’s parade theme was “A Whoville Christmas,” ...

November cool, very dry with a lack of storms

Local Commentary

NASHUA – November began on a warm note with hopes that the October warmth might last through the final month of fall. That wouldn’t be the case as a weather pattern change about a week into November would bring us back to reality. The final fling of the subtropical ridge would bring warm ...

Charles Franks making significant impact

Local Commentary

There is a special individual in our midst, and it is important to acknowledge his genuine goodness for his efforts to help the animals in our community. Formerly retired from Hewlett-Packard in Nashua after working there for 28 years, Charles Franks has made a real home at the Humane Society ...

Protesting NFL players have the right to take a stance

Local Commentary

Our American flag flies as a symbol of freedom, liberty and human rights. Millions of people have fought for that flag and everything it stands for. People lost their lives so we could live free ones. That flag is here to remind every one of us that we live in a free country and we are entitled ...

An open letter to the clothing designers of planet Earth

Local Commentary

Every year while shopping for holiday gifts, I attempt to also rejuvenate my own wardrobe. This year, I was a desperate woman on a mission. My cold weather duds are so outdated, faded and threadbare. I really had nothing left to wear to my job … and I only work in a middle school, not exactly ...

Focus is needed on spending bill

Editorials

What do immigration law and disagreements over health care policy have to do with ensuring federal agencies have enough money to keep their doors open? Virtually nothing. That did not deter a few Democrats who, for a time, threatened to hold up congressional approval of a major spending bill in ...

Televisions and programming have changed over the years

Local Commentary

TV? Or not TV? That is the Question! With apologies to Mr. Shakespeare. … While channel surfing recently, I spent some time doing a retro check on the TV of today versus the TV of a bygone era. Just what is “good” TV now anyway? One could argue that the programs of yesterday were ...

Lessons still abound 76 years later

Editorials

Seventy-six years ago this week, on the Sunday morning of Dec. 7, 1941, U.S. military bases in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, were assaulted in what has been termed a “sneak attack” by Japan. It was that. There was no reason at all why it should have been what some have called it, a “surprise ...

The gift and grace of true beauty

Local Commentary

“To behold beautydignifies your life; it heals you and calls you out beyond the smallness of your own self-limitation to experience new horizons. To experience beauty is to have your life enlarged.” – John O’Donohue, “Beauty: The Invisible Embrace” True beauty catches us off-guard. ...

Spending at root of national debt crisis

Editorials

Many members of Congress who have opposed tax relief as approved by both houses of Congress insist their concern is increasing the national debt. How reassuring that lawmakers are worried about that – finally. It is estimated that during the next decade, the tax cuts will increase the debt by ...

Tax relief will not create new jobs

Letters

In the tax reform versions now proposed, the standard deduction for both single and married taxpayers doubles, while the personal exemption ($4,050 for every taxpayer and dependent) is eliminated. The child tax credit is increased by $600 per child. Most, but not all, tax rates are reduced. For ...

New Hampshire should not support latest tax plan

Letters

I think tax reform is warranted. But I have been increasingly alarmed at what is trying to be passed for reform. It is instead a tax bill that clearly benefits the very well-to-do. Why? Do not the rest of us need help? Trickle-down economics has been shown to not work. Indeed, CEOs have said ...