Editorials

Why N.H.?

Why President Donald Trump scheduled a re-election campaign rally for New Hampshire baffles us. Even if Trump somehow managed to win New Hampshire in next year’s Electoral College – something NO Republican presidential candidate, not even the popular late John McCain, has done since 2000 ...

What will they learn at college?

For many parents, August is a month of both pride and tears. Pride because their teenager is taking that big educational step and tears because for many it’s the beginning of an empty nest. Yet, there’s a going-away-to-college question that far too few parents ask or even contemplate: What ...

Throwing America under bus

Beto O’Rourke has taken the measure of America and found it wanting. “This country, though we would like to think otherwise,” he intoned over the weekend, “was founded on racism, has persisted through racism and is racist today.” This is now a mainstream sentiment in the ...

Address homeless problem

Quite frankly, we are tired of writing about the growing problem of homelessness in Nashua. However, it seems the situation is getting worse instead of better, so we have an obligation to keep it in the minds of the public. Last week, Nashua Alderman Tom Lopez told our reporter he believes ...

Distrust could hurt us all

All Democrats want to take your guns. All Republicans are racist. So is law enforcement, and police brutality is commonplace. Of course, none of those statements are true, but they highlight the groupthink that has infected the national conversation. When a police-involved death occurs, it ...

Trump: Vote for me, or else

During a December 2015 debate among Republican presidential candidates in Las Vegas, former Florida governor Jeb Bush said to Donald Trump: “You can’t insult your way to the presidency.” Never mind. The question for next year’s election is whether the insulter-in-chief can use the ...

Talk is cheap

Getting U.S. troops out of Afghanistan would be quite a coup for President Donald Trump. It would give him a foreign policy advantage going into next year’s election – one no Democratic candidate could criticize. But would it also be setting the stage for a bloodbath? Would it mean a ...

Get the count right

In 1991, very few people had ever used a cellphone or the internet, while hair and clothing styles that now seem absurd were quite popular. The year 1991 also marks the last year that Nashua officials conducted a full measure and list of property within the city. That’s right: It has been ...

Who’s funding war on ICE?

All the gun control zealots out in full force last week have apparently gone to the beach. An alarming shooting took place at a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices in San Antonio on Tuesday. Local media reported that “multiple shots were fired on two floors targeting ICE ...

Boycott Trump’s friends?

New York real estate developer Stephen Ross was reportedly shocked by calls to boycott his businesses. The issue was the fundraiser he held last weekend for Donald Trump. “Steve, welcome to the world of politics,” Trump joked at the posh luncheon. This was one of two back-to-back ...

Get active to aid homeless

Last month in this space, I wrote about the overall issue of homelessness in our community and how we are seeking to deepen the conversation through our upcoming event, United We Sleep, on Sept. 20. More information about that event can be found on our website, unitedwaynashua.org, under the ...

Compromise?

Two decades ago, my wife, Dr. Mary Pearson, and I founded a family practice medical and counseling center in Kingston. As I talk with patients and clients in our waiting room, I continually hear stories of people in genuine need, many of whom I’ve come to know and love. As a clergyman for ...

Homes needed

Nashua’s homeless population is growing at such a rate that more accommodations are needed. In response, officials with the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter hope to raise $3 million to transform the former Sacred Heart School at 35 Spring St. into a new homeless facility by 2021. However, ...

Increasing access to vital substance misuse treatment is imperative

It defies logic that a doctor who can prescribe opioids, is in many cases, not also permitted to prescribe vital treatment for people struggling with substance use disorders. That needs to change, which is I why I have proposed bipartisan legislation to remove the needlessly burdensome ...

China, not Russia, the greater threat

Ten weeks of protests, some huge, a few violent, culminated Monday with a shutdown of the Hong Kong airport. Ominously, Beijing described the violent weekend demonstrations as “deranged” acts that are “the first signs of terrorism,” and vowed a merciless crackdown on the ...

Mistakes were made

The Jeffrey Epstein case establishes beyond a doubt that if you’re a sexual predator, it pays to be a rich and connected sexual predator. Epstein, now dead of an apparent suicide before his accusers had their day in court, worked the system and benefited from advantages and breaks ...

Unfunded mandates

Often, a state or federal agency establishes new requirements for local officials to meet, only to not offer them any help with reaching the new standards. This is an unfunded mandate. Unfortunately, it seems New Hampshire officials may have created such a situation with their recent ...

Enacting the plans

Everyone knows there is a clear difference between merely having a plan ... and actually following through with said plan. It seems Nashua School District Superintendent Jahmal Mosley and his assistants spent an inordinate amount of time formulating the new five-year strategic plan. “When ...

Campaign of hate, fear over

Tonight, Donald Trump will make his first visit back to New Hampshire for his re-election campaign. Even though we are still in the midst of a very competitive and exciting First in the Nation Democratic presidential primary that’s bound to have some twists and turns, one thing is ...

Look into issues at prisons

The apparent suicide of rich pedophile Jeffrey Epstein while in federal custody continues to make headlines. For a time, the murder of vicious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger at a federal prison in West Virginia was big news. But what about the other prisoners who die violently while in ...