Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Editor’s note: During the course of a week, issues are covered that might not lend themselves to full editorial comment, but they are worthy of The Telegraph weighing in – thumbs up, thumbs down or neutral.

Thumbs up and congratulations to all area graduates. As this chapter of your life comes to a close, another more exciting one begins as you travel down the path of adulthood. In the words of Steve Jobs, “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.”

Thumbs up to the Nashua Board of Education for unanimously voting to move forward on plans for a district-wide middle school construction project, which could ultimately cost nearly $80 million. The project will encompass “bricks-and-mortar as well as further development for middle school curriculum and delivery,” district officials said in a statement. Although that is a lot of money, taxpayer money, it should be viewed as an investment in our future.

Thumbs up to the Rotary Club of Nashua for awarding nearly $30,000 in scholarships to local students. That investment will go a long way in making the future of our city bright.

Thumbs down to Milford selectmen for turning down a request to fly a gay pride flag at the Milford Oval. Officials said such an act would desecrate the flag pole, which should only be used for military flags. Even though selectmen OK’d a proclamation designating June as Gay Pride Month, officials certainly could have come up with a compromise that would have allowed a gay pride flag to be flown somewhere on the Oval. Selectman Paul Dargie, though, deserves praise for disagreeing with the majority.