Editorials

Refreshing

After months of investigations, hearings and headlines, New Hampshire officials this week decided to impose strict new limits on the amount of PFAS material allowed in the water supply. The chemicals are formally known as per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances, but they are collectively called ...

Reaching for the stars; it can happen again

For some Americans, the 1960s was a time when it was easy to worry about both our individual futures and that of our nation. A bloody war in Vietnam dominated headlines. The young president who inspired us to ask what we could do for our country had been assassinated. We watched in horror as ...

Where is the deodorant?

Being a teenager is enough of a challenge for anyone under the best of circumstances. However, imagine having to go to school without access to deodorant, soap or toothpaste. Most of us take such items for granted, but there are undoubtedly some who are so poor that they lack access to such ...

Consider BOA run

Rarely does a day pass that we do not get a phone call, email, Facebook message, or some other form of communication complaining about something going on in our city. On Tuesday, we might field a complaint about streets filled with potholes. On Wednesday, it could be a someone upset with used ...

Look for experience

The fact that Attorney General Gordon MacDonald has never served as a judge seemed to get lost in what Gov. Chris Sununu called the “hyperpartisan” debate about MacDonald’s nomination to serve as chief justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Wednesday, the Democratic-controlled ...

Put them behind bars

Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein may yet spend an appropriate amount of time in a federal prison. He should have been sent away years ago. Why that did not happen needs to be explained. Epstein, 66, has been arrested by federal authorities in New York, on charges of sex trafficking involving ...

Puppy power in Nashua

It seems quite clear Nashuans love dogs. In fact, some of us are so friendly with our canine companions that we even take them out to eat with us in the outdoor seating areas of downtown restaurants. However, there are some obvious restrictions when it comes to dogs in Nashua. For example, ...

A step in right direction

Trust that Roman Catholic Church officials will do the right thing about allegations of sexual misconduct by members of the clergy is in question in many countries, not just the United States. What Pope Francis and others in the Catholic hierarchy do about the matter is watched closely ...

Steyer copies Trump

Let us know if you have seen this once already. A self-made billionaire who has never previously sought political office decides to run for president. He shows up talking about corporations are ripping people off and rigging the political system. The last person who did that was Donald J. ...

Equal pay for women

Equal pay for equal work has been one justification cited by those who believe the U.S. Soccer Federation’s World Cup-winning women’s team should be paid as much as those on the men’s team. But that is misleading: In an important way, the women are doing more valuable work. U.S. Sen. ...

Progress on opioids slow, steady

We are heartened by statistics released last week by American Medical Response that show a positive trend in Nashua’s ongoing battle with fentanyl, heroin and other opioids. The number of overdoses in the city attributed to opioids through the first half of 2019 was 146. While that is 146 ...

Spend within means

Nashua city officials should not take their 3-2 New Hampshire Supreme Court victory in the spending cap case as a mandate to go on a freewheeling shopping spree on the taxpayers’ dime. After all, Board of Aldermen members are still accountable to the voters. Last week, three of the five ...

Consider using all available tools

Substance abuse is both a personal crisis and a public health challenge. Resources to battle it need to be viewed in that light. If a new study of how people purporting to be heroin users are treated by some health care providers is any guide, relatively minor federal policy changes could ...

Get ready New Hampshire

New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 11, which is only about seven months from now. We would suggest these seven months are going to be like nothing before seen in the Granite State’s long and illustrious history of presidential ...

Top 5 Dems in 2020

Reparations to African-Americans. Cancellation of $1.6 trillion in student loan debt. Total elimination of all fossil fuels from the U.S. energy portfolio. Removing the existing barriers at the border with Mexico. Direct monthly cash payments of $1,000 to every American. Free abortions for ...

Welcome to Nashua, Amazon

Online retail titan Amazon hopes to employ about 400 people at its new delivery station, which officially opened on Tuesday at 10 State St. in Nashua. Officials said this is the company’s first New Hampshire facility, while emphasizing they are glad to be in Nashua. “The community is ...

Something worth celebrating

What comes after the phrase, “and the pursuit of happiness ...”? Today, we Americans celebrate the Declaration of Independence. Our focus is what the document meant – creation of a new nation. But what the document itself says about the Founders and about what they intended for us is ...

Get PAC right

For several months, we have observed as Nashua officials continue to make progress on the downtown Performing Arts Center, planned for the former Alec’s Shoes building at the corner of Main and West Pearl streets. What was once reported as a $15.5 million endeavor has now been reduced in ...

Be cautious when swimming

The pleasant days of June are behind us, with the hotter temperatures of July and August just ahead. With the mercury and, often, humidity high, a cool dip in the pool sounds really good. Notice we did not write about diving into the river, a local creek or a farm pond. The risks there are ...

Help save the elephants

Elephants are among the most majestic creatures on the planet. Yet in some places, they are being killed off at an alarming rate. Poachers, who often cut the tusks out of dead elephants and leave their carcasses to rot, are responsible for many of the killings. Ivory still can bring a nice ...