Editorials

Don’t dismiss NH gas-tax bill out of hand

Sometime in the coming weeks, a bill will be introduced before the state Legislature that calls for raising the gasoline tax to help pay for much-needed repairs to our state’s roads and bridges. When it does, we ask lawmakers to resist the knee-jerk reaction to reject it out of hand ...

The GOP’s about-face on immigration reform

It seems like just yesterday that the Republican Party’s idea of comprehensive immigration reform consisted of electrified border fences, cracking down on “anchor babies” and self-deportation. At least that’s what it sounded like during the long GOP ...

Is toll relief in sight for Merrimack this year?

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: On Wednesday, there will be hearing before a legislative committee on a bill to remove one of the three exit tolls on the F.E. Everett Turnpike in Merrimack. That’s what we thought. Ever since the ramp tolls and connector roads at ...

Sex trafficking out of the shadows in NH

When it comes to identifying the major issues facing state officials this year, it’s a safe bet that human trafficking and the exploitation of young girls for sex isn’t at the top of the list. Yet, there was Attorney General Michael Delaney presiding over a news conference ...

Pennichuck ruling strikes blow against transparency

In a ruling that has us mystified, Hillsborough County Superior Court Judge Jacalyn Colburn ruled against The Telegraph’s request to require that Pennichuck Corp. and Pennichuck Water Works Inc. make public the salaries of employees. Colburn ruled that Pennichuck Corp. and ...

Lawmakers should roll back ‘stand-your-ground’ law

The previous New Hampshire Legislature too frequently adhered to the principle “if it ain’t broke, try to fix it anyway.” It envisioned nonexistent hobgoblins and fashioned needless and often wasteful “solutions” to assuage its paranoia. So ...

Court good place for school tax credit law

On June 27, 2012, the New Hampshire House and Senate overrode a veto by former Gov. John Lynch and passed a law that diverts public tax dollars for use in private secular and parochial schools. During hearings, both the House and Senate were warned that the law was unconstitutional and were ...

No drug tests for welfare aid in New Hampshire

When did being poor mean it was OK for state lawmakers to treat you like a common criminal? On Tuesday, the House Health, Human Services and Elders Affairs Committee took testimony on such a bill (HB 121) filed by two Greater Nashua legislators. If approved, it would require drug testing for ...

NH police gun raffle one big misfire

Ever since the senseless slaughter of 20 first-graders and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school last month, law enforcement officers across the country have stepped up to try to combat gun violence on their own. Consider: • In Compton, Calif., the Los Angeles County ...

R&D tax credit bill off to a good start in NH

If there ever were a symbol for the shenanigans that dominated the Republican-controlled House of Representatives in 2011-12, it might very well be sabotaging a popular bill to double the research and development tax credit available to state businesses. The Senate approved the bill ...

Obama inaugural address a call to action

President Barack Obama’s second inaugural address won’t be remembered as the longest in American history; that honor belongs to William Henry Harrison, who died of pneumonia one month to the day after delivering his 8,460-word, 100-minute address on a cold, blustery day in ...

Right call on freshman writing course in Nashua

As adults, we sometimes forget how fortunate we are that we were taught to write as children. Even with advancements in technology allowing for on-the-fly spell-check, grammar edits and voice-to-text dictation, the computer will not write a good cover letter nor make a convincing argument. ...

Lance’s legacy: A cycle of lies

Lance Armstrong’s mechanical interview with Oprah Winfrey last week further illustrates that the disgraced and dethroned winner of seven Tour de France bicycle races is among the more practiced Machiavellian personalities of our time. There is the altruistic Lance Armstrong. A ...

Raise the gas tax? Well, it’s about time

The backfires could be heard within hours of Rep. David Campbell’s reasoned proposal Wednesday to raise the state gasoline tax from 18 cents per gallon to 30 cents. Campbell, a Nashua Democrat and chairman of the House Public Works and Highways Committee, also wants to increase ...

Make mental health a budget priority in NH

If ever there were a time for mental health organizations to pitch the need for more funding to state lawmakers, now would appear to be it. So it made perfect sense that a Concord-based organization representing 10 community-based mental health centers chose Monday – the one-month ...

President Obama keeps his Newtown pledge

Shortly after the horrific massacre of 20 first-graders and six educators at a Connecticut elementary school last month, we called on our elected leaders in Washington to engage in a serious national debate over what can be done – if anything – to curb such senseless ...

Don’t use the debt ceiling to set fiscal policy

Suffice to say, it isn’t often that President Barack Obama and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich actually agree on something – at least publicly. So we took particular notice Tuesday when Gingrich chastised his Republican colleagues for threatening to take the nation to ...

NH school-funding amendment can wait

Ever since the New Hampshire Supreme Court struck down the state’s inadequate method of funding public education in the 1990s, lawmakers have made more than 80 attempts to amend the state constitution to undo the so-called Claremont decisions. All have failed. That includes last ...

MLB tarnished by Hall of Fame vote, too

One of Major League Baseball’s many obituaries was written during and after the 1994-95 players strike. That labor-management war obliterated nearly a half-season of games and one entire postseason. Common wisdom, which is not always rooted in superior insight, wrote off the ...

Amherst experiencing an Orwellian fantasy

There is increasingly justified citizen concern in Amherst over the conduct of its Board of Oligarchs. Of course, the official title is Board of Selectmen, but its five members are running things as if they have been conferred an indisputable and impenetrable right of rule. Of course, that ...