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Opinion

Is foreign aid being used wisely

Editorials

Encouraging people in pain to use opioids for relief if effective alternatives exist is, in a word, insane. Yet the federal government does just that, according to two U.S. senators from states hit hard by the drug abuse epidemic. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, ...

Bridge over troubled water

Editorials

Can poor oral health kill you? The answer: “Yes,” and, “It’s complicated.” In her landmark book Dying of Dirty Teeth – Why the lack of proper oral care is killing nursing home residents and how to prevent it, Angie Stone writes, “There are several causes of death that can be ...

ACEs, trauma, toxic stress

Editorials

What would you do or say if somebody came along and told you the secret to living 20 years longer? What if somebody told you they had the secret to reducing suicide risk by 1,200 percent? How about if they told you they knew how to reduce the likelihood of you becoming addicted to alcohol by ...

Debate shuffles the deck

Editorials

WASHINGTON – The dozen Democratic presidential candidates who spent nearly two hours trying to distinguish themselves from the pack Wednesday night succeeded in one thing. They essentially agreed that Donald Trump must go, while offering their own best alternatives for the post-Trump ...

Elizabeth Warren is not honest

Editorials

If you want to run for office, political consultants will hammer away at one point: Tell stories. People respond to stories. We’ve been a storytelling species since our fur-clad ancestors gathered around campfires. Don’t cite statistics. No one can remember statistics. Make it human. Make ...

It really is a war

Editorials

The standard measuring stick for determining the human cost of the drug abuse crisis tends to be the number of lives claimed by it – more than 70,000 annually in the United States. As we have pointed out, that exceeds the total number of U.S. deaths in the Vietnam War (58,220). But an ...

Halt the fishing expedition

Editorials

Democrats in the House of Representatives remind us of the old West judge who promised defendants he would give them a fair trial – then hang them. The “impeachment inquiry” engineered by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is no more than her attempt to pursue a vendetta. Our nation’s ...

Curb the damage

Editorials

Members of Congress who want to “overturn” President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria are engaging in an absurd performance of political theater. Many lawmakers, both Republican and Democrat, have been critical of Trump’s decision to abandon Kurdish separatists in ...

Rethink the approach

Editorials

Conventional wisdom – even its more intuitive cousin, common sense – sometimes needs to be tested scientifically. This year’s winners of the Nobel Prize in economics are living proof of that. Michael Kremer of Harvard University and Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo of the Massachusetts ...

Opportunity faces Dems

Editorials

WASHINGTON – The dozen 2020 Democratic presidential candidates debating on a single stage in Ohio tonight have a choice. Each of them can use the event to explain why he or she is best qualified to beat Donald Trump next year. Or they can focus on his illegal use of his presidential power to ...

Intolerance in academia

Editorials

If you need an accurate update on some of the madness at the nation’s institutions of higher learning, check out Minding the Campus, a nonprofit independent organization. John Leo, its editor in chief, says that the organization’s prime mission is dedicated to the revival of intellectual ...

Media bias

Editorials

Since America’s colonial days the press has been a target of those who believe journalists have a point of view that shapes their reporting. There have been numerous articles and studies revealing a journalistic predisposition to opinions and subjects that reinforce liberal points of ...

Facebook needs to face facts

Editorials

Say you invented something that became so popular more than a billion people around the globe used it. Wow! You’d be famous worldwide and one of the richest people on earth. But then, say you discovered some of your customers were criminals using your product in nefarious ways. Terrorists ...

Facts should guide inquiry

Editorials

It seems few days have gone by recently without some new revelation regarding the House of Representatives impeachment inquiry that targets President Donald Trump. Clearly, the president and some of his allies used their positions in efforts to advance Trump’s political prospects. Whether ...

It can happen here

Editorials

I was maybe 10 years old when this happened. Mom is driving, I’m in the back seat. It’s night. She’s trying to cross Vermont, a busy L.A. thoroughfare, from a side street. Southbound traffic is jammed, but a guy in a truck makes a hole and waves us through. We’ve almost cleared the ...

Is impeachment inevitable?

Editorials

“There go the people. I must follow them, for I am their leader,” is a remark attributed to a French politician during the turbulent times of 1848. Joe Biden’s Wednesday declaration that President Donald Trump should be impeached is in that tradition. Joe is scrambling to get out in ...

Kindness and compassion

Editorials

What happened in a Dallas, Texas, courtroom last week ought to be celebrated as an unexpected triumph of compassion — not slammed as an alleged case of misbehavior by a judge. If you have not heard about the trial of ex-Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, you should. And you should look at ...

Keeping families in their homes

Local Commentary

The rising cost of rent is squeezing too many hard-working New Hampshire families. A recent report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition showed that our state ranks 12th worst in the country for rental housing affordability for workers. Addressing this issue requires a comprehensive ...

Learning the ropes

Editorials

Quite obviously, working as a firefighter is a hazardous job under any circumstances. Therefore, anyone who decides to put his or her life in danger to protect others deserves to have the best training and equipment possible. Currently, Nashua Fire Rescue newcomers Alex Smith, Kyle Lewis, ...

Investigate situation

Letters

As your article stated, Hunter Biden accepted a position on the board of Burisma Holdings in the Ukraine when his father was vice president of the United States and was paid the handsome sum of $50,000 a month, not $50,000 a year as was stated in your column. Burisma Holdings was being ...