Editorials

Ruling won’t end health care debate

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has concluded three days of historic oral arguments on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, countless words will be spoken and written by pundits, politicians and others on what the nine justices ultimately will say. Will ...

Stakes are high with casino vote

There was a time not that long ago when the debate over introducing casino-style gambling into New Hampshire was all about whether the projected revenue would be enough to offset the associated social costs – both in dollars and to the state’s quality of life. And up until ...

Crime map plots a helpful picture

By design, there are many times when newspapers and police departments are going to knock heads over the release of crime-related information; newspapers want to share it with readers as quickly as possible, while law enforcement wants to consider how doing so might impact its ...

City seating ban needs revising

Downtown restaurants and their patrons got a breath of fresh air last week when the city lifted its seasonal ban on outdoor seating on city sidewalks a few weeks earlier than usual. On Thursday and Friday, amid summer-like temperatures, diners got to sit out in the open and soak up a little ...

CASA volunteers do great work

Sometimes, those who walk softly don’t get the credit they deserve. Witness the Court Appointed Special Advocates of New Hampshire (CASA), a special group of more than 400 volunteers and 20 staffers who quietly carry out some very special work with little to no attention. These ...

Should chancellor’s office stay or go?

Trustees for the University System of New Hampshire argue that a move by the N.H. House to eliminate the chancellor’s office is ill-conceived. For their part, House members supported a bill to do just that by overwhelming numbers, voting 247-105 last month in favor of HB 1692. ...

Same-sex marriage vote a proper one

There are moments when the New Hampshire House of Representatives makes the right decision for the right reasons. One of those times was Wednesday, when it convincingly defeated legislation that would have rescinded the state’s 2-year-old law legalizing same-sex marriage. While, at ...

Formal driver ed falls short of goals

Opposition is growing to legislation allowing New Hampshire residents younger than 18 to get a driver’s license by taking online education courses combined with behind-the-wheel training from parents or guardians. Detractors were caught off guard last week when the measure breezed ...

House must sustain gay marriage law

It’s a foregone conclusion the New Hampshire House of Representatives is likely to vote to repeal gay marriage Wednesday. What else would you expect from a deliberative body that wants to force schoolchildren to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance. “Live sort of free or ...

Time running out in Afghanistan

American troops are scheduled to be out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014. It has become an essentially meaningless date because, for all intents and purposes, the United States has lost much, if not all, of its ability to affect positive change in the country that coddled the 9/11 ...

Let’s not reverse parking changes

A group of disgruntled downtown business owners has asked the Board of Aldermen to reverse recently implemented parking rate increases. Sue Reynolds, owner of Chuck’s Barber Shop on Main Street, said many owners feel the changes are either making customers feel rushed when they are ...

Not all willing to let sunshine in

Each year, Sunshine Week reveals a wealth of information about the activity of municipal officials and how government chooses to spend your tax money. Last week, readers learned how overtime payments boost public employees' pensions; how officials in Nashua use city-issued credit cards; and ...

St. Hilaire should change rail vote

The 3-2 vote by the Executive Council against accepting federal funding to study the economic viability of extending passenger rail service through central New Hampshire is proof yet again of the wisdom of most of the other colonial states. They abolished their executive councils in the name ...

Social media have a place in schools

Facebook: Friend or foe? That is the question education leaders across the country have been wrestling with ever since Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites became ingrained in American culture. Teachers use them. Students use them. But should teachers and students use them together ...

Town elections yield few trends

Local voters made some important decisions Tuesday during Town Meeting Day, giving thumbs up or thumbs down to candidates for public office, town and school budgets and big-ticket purchases, to name a few. These are decisions that will have a direct impact on the bottom line of their tax ...

It’s back to school for truancy court

Declaring it “back by popular demand” may be overstating the case, but count us among those pleased to learn that Nashua High School North is once again playing home to a visiting truancy court. Last winter, as part of a broader effort to combat chronic absenteeism in city ...

Nashua stepped up in court showdown

There are few things more satisfying in the public arena than a community coming together to fight something that would be detrimental to the place it calls home. That’s how we feel about last week’s vote in the House of Representatives that quietly squashed – at ...

Blow the whistle on NFL ‘bounties’

Every major professional sports league vigorously protects its reputation, particularly when it comes to the health and safety of its players. For instance, as sports-related concussions emerged as a hot topic in recent years, each league quickly implemented measures to ensure that players ...

Sun shining on right to know

City and town officials are charged with spending your tax dollars responsibly. Far too often, they want the people who pay their salaries to trust they are acting in the public’s best interest simply based on what they say. Trust is built on transparency, and transparency is what ...

Snowe’s exodus a loss for us all

Read the words of Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe, written two days after she announced she will not seek a fourth term in the United States Senate: “The great challenge is to create a system that gives our elected officials reasons to look past their differences and find common ground if ...