Opinion

Just how tight is Nashua’s budget?

Editorials

Nashua residents have, for months now, heard the city will have to tighten its belt straps this budget season, given the financial obstacles connected to the imprudent pension problems at the state level and a jump in employee health insurance costs. That’s why it was a little surprising last ...

Letters to the Editor: April 30, 2017

Letters

Science march was very impressive I went to a March for Science event in Wilton recently and could not have been more impressed. Music, food, lectures, hikes and 30 booths providing more solid information than a person could integrate in a two-hour period. All science based, too. More vital ...

Looking back at the week in news

Editorials

Humane Society stepping up to save the lives of 23 cats We ran a heartwarming story by reporter Derek Edry this week about the Humane Society for Greater Nashua receiving a shipment of 23 cats rescued from a shelter in South Carolina. Our local Humane Society took the cats on because they were ...

Millenials are our best hope

National Commentary

On college campuses across America, spring semester is coming to an end. This can be an emotional time, I’ve discovered, for those of us who relish the company of these millennials. No one warned me about this. Three semesters ago, I agreed to teach at the journalism school that launched me ...

Surveillance is a bipartisan issue

Editorials

Much of the media attention on the intelligence community’s surveillance activities has focused on top government officials, right up to and including President Donald Trump. But what about the rest of us? Is the government snooping on Jane and John Q. Public, too? Some members of Congress ...

Shutdown showdown, again

National Commentary

[expletive]As Donald Trump approaches the 100-day marker of his first year in office, he has defined himself not as the Dealmaker in Chief but as The Backdown President. What a deliciously strange irony that until Monday night he set the stage for a government shutdown over, of all things, his ...

The continuing saga between Hillary and the FBI

National Commentary

The New York Times recently published a long piece about the effect the FBI had on the outcome of the 2016 presidential campaign. As we all know, Donald Trump won a comfortable victory in the Electoral College while falling about 3 million votes behind Hillary Clinton in the popular vote. I ...

Expertise is now no longer needed

Editorials

It’s not exactly breaking news that experts are no longer held in high regard. Donald Trump’s rise to the presidency certainly was fueled by voters who believe that expert opinion has little claim to deference. But they are not by any means the only Americans convinced that uninformed views ...

Letters to the Editor: April 27, 2017

Letters

Let’s send sewage right to Washington President Trump’s executive order about coal mining permits mining companies to dump wastes into streams and rivers. Municipalities are much larger job creators than coal mining companies and one would assume they too are now permitted to dump wastes ...

Bernie Sanders fires up the crowd as he speaks during the "Come Together and Fight Back" tour at the Rail Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, Friday April 21, 2017.  (Steve Griffin/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Will Bernie Sanders run for Senate again?

Editorials

Sen. Bernie Sanders is asking his supporters to contribute money to his campaign for re-election in 2018, but he and his staff refuse to say whether he is running for re-election. Sanders has become one of the nation’s leading political figures, heading out on a national tour with the new ...

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Protecting our Earth, protecting livelihood

Local Commentary

Thankfully, the majority of American dinner table conversations regarding climate change have moved past denial. According to a 2016 Gallop Poll, 64 percent of Americans worried a “great deal” or “fair amount” about global warming, up from 55 percent at the same time last year. Many ...

Respect and enforce the laws in place

Editorials

Some government officials are being condemned by millions of Americans for a strange reason: They are enforcing the law. That makes no sense except to those who have forgotten our very freedom is based on rule by law, not by the whims of powerful individuals or whatever happens to be the ...

How municipal assessments impact electric bills

Local Commentary

Cities and towns throughout the state are inappropriately taking advantage of their ability to independently assess electric, gas and water infrastructure (buildings, pipes, transformers, poles and wires). Many are using unjust assessments and collecting excessive property taxes from utilities. ...

Finding respect at Berkeley

National Commentary

Reading through a recent issue of Forbes Magazine, I came across a wonderful quote from inventor R. Buckminster Fuller. He observed: “You cannot change things by fighting existing reality: To change things you must build a new model to make the existing model obsolete.” I saw the truth and ...

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Gov. Chris Sununu touts his meetings with more than 100 businesses in 100 days, though none have yet committed to coming to New Hampshire.

We require more than a parlor trick, Gov. Sununu

Editorials

There are many great old brainteasers to flex our mental muscles and improve problem-solving abilities. Here’s a classic: The person who makes it, sells it. The person who buys it never uses it. The person who uses it doesn’t know it. The answer? A coffin. But Gov. Chris Sununu gave Granite ...

Destroying NH’s ‘Wait List’

Local Commentary

In 1991, New Hampshire was the first state to close its institution for individuals with developmental disabilities. All Granite Staters have a right to be proud of the closure of Laconia State School, which acknowledged the right of our residents with developmental disabilities to live ...

Reading the Kansas 4 and the Georgia 6 tea leaves

National Commentary

What to make of the results of the first two of this spring’s special House elections? Start off by putting them in perspective. They pose a challenge to both political parties, but especially to Republicans, who have been used to an unusually stable partisan alignment, an alignment that has ...

Innovative way of dealing with opioid crisis

Local Commentary

As we all are so painfully aware, our community has been hit by one of the worst and most challenging health-care crises it has ever faced, the opioid addiction epidemic. One of our most innovative efforts to counter this crisis is named “Safe Stations.” Early indicators suggest this ...

Socialist Party implodes in French presidential race

National Commentary

On Sunday, France will head to the polls to vote in the first of two rounds of its presidential election. Barring the unlikely event of any candidate winning more than 50 percent of the vote, a runoff on May 7 will determine the winner. One of the most remarkable aspects of this race is the ...