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Editorials

Pilot program worth look

A new – albeit limited in scope – pilot program being launched by the New Jersey Department of Education is worthy of being watched by educators in other states, even if it doesn’t spur widespread change. Anyone interested in the issue of students’ progress in classrooms should be ...

Romance scams target lonely

The woman’s Facebook page reveals she is a high school graduate, fit and trim-looking and nicely dressed. She lives in small town in the southern U.S. and is a devoted Christian who loves animals. Each photograph shows her with a beaming, trusting smile. She is almost always seen standing ...

There is no debate

By definition, what 14 million viewers watched on TV last Thursday night was not a debate – not even close. Here’s how dictionary.com defines “debate”: “A discussion, as of a public question in an assembly, involving opposing viewpoints ... a formal contest in which the affirmative ...

Who was the real winner?

WASHINGTON – The third Democratic presidential debate Thursday night in Houston was widely billed as a likely war of attrition among front-runners Joe Biden, Elizbeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, and a fight for survival among the others seeking traction under the national television ...

Hong Kong close to destruction

HONG KONG – Physically diminutive, intellectually acerbic and with an eye for the ironic, Margaret Ng – lawyer, writer and former legislator – is, at 71, a member of the generation for which this city’s youthful protesters have scant patience. They say the elders have been too patient ...

Don’t let fear stop suit against Purdue

Multiple states and local governments have filed lawsuits against health care giant Purdue Pharma over its distribution of opioid pain pills that helped fuel the devastating substance abuse crisis. More than 2,000 separate actions, consolidated into one case under a federal judge, are ...

Weighing positives and negatives

Three Democratic candidates for president, and perhaps more, are hoping to gain votes by proposing all-out prohibitions on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, used in the oil and natural gas industries. Sens. Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have all proposed the bans. Look ...

Put the vaping device down

Vaping – use of electronic devices rather than burning tobacco to inhale nicotine – at one time seemed to be a good alternative to smoking. But something seems to have gone badly wrong. Federal officials are investigating a spate of serious breathing illnesses linked to vaping in 33 ...

A look at United We Sleep

I was talking with a friend of mine (let’s call him “Andy”) the other day and he told me that my sales pitch for our sleep out needs a little work. Well, needless to say, I was a little bit dismayed, so I asked him what he meant, and he said “Mike, when you first asked me to participate ...

A taste, and trip, to Italy

Chamber jaunt to Tuscan region set for March 2020; meeting scheduled for Monday The Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce is excited to offer to the community a unique opportunity to travel internationally with us to the Tuscan Region of Italy! You do not need to be a Chamber member to ...

Clean up the mess

The takeover of the Hillsborough County Attorney’s Office by the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office gets more intriguing by the day. The Hillsborough County attorney oversees what is by far the state’s most populous county, and the only one with two jurisdictions: Hillsborough ...

CNN tries to blame Trump

WASHINGTON – Here’s some advice for the media covering President Trump: If you don’t want to be accused of reporting fake news, don’t report fake news. Case in point: On Monday, CNN correspondent Jim Sciutto reported that a highly-placed U.S. intelligence source inside the Kremlin was ...

The mad negotiator

In the “fire and fury” phase of Donald Trump’s presidency, everyone worried that he’d impulsively start a war with North Korea. The worry should have been that he’d, almost on a whim, step across the Korean DMZ in a chummy photo-op with Kim Jong Un. Richard Nixon famously had ...

All hands needed

Despite the genuine efforts of multiple groups across the community, including law enforcement, health care, religious and nonprofit leaders, the opioid epidemic continues in New Hampshire. “Let’s face it - it’s an ongoing problem. It’s something that’s not going to slow down ...

Move would not be prudent

Let’s say you decide to go into business for yourself. You’ve always wanted to be a home construction contractor. Why not? Credit could be a problem. Even if you have socked aside enough to build a few “spec” houses, how will you operate while you wait for them to sell? You’ll need ...

Good cash from bad people

The now-former head of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab went from hero to zero in a couple of news cycles. Once heralded for overseeing projects that use technology for social good, Joichi Ito resigned after revelations that he had tried to hide the source of donations from ...

It’s academic brainwashing

Just when we thought colleges could not spout loonier ideas, we have a new one from American University. They hired a professor to teach other professors to grade students based on their “labor” rather than their writing ability. The professor that American University hired to teach that ...

Today a poignant reminder

Very few students graduating from high school this year were alive when nearly 3,000 people were killed during terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. Even many college graduates have few, if any, memories of the day. Many of those who will vote next year do not recall the ...

Almanac

Today is Wednesday, Sept. 11, the 254th day of 2019. There are 111 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 11, 2001, America faced an unprecedented day of terror as 19 al-Qaida members hijacked four passenger jetliners, sending two of the planes smashing into New ...

True role models

Four Nashua youth have proven that age and life experience isn’t necessary to make a difference in the community. Charging 25 cents a cup and with a little help from their parents, Madaline Lerner, 9, Ava Koser, 7, Zoe Plante, 8, and her sister Hailey, 5, all residents of Monza Road, set up ...