Editorials

Several goofy bills a waste of time

With 400 members seeking to prove their worth, it’s expected the New Hampshire House of Representatives will generate a few goofy legislative initiatives every session. This year though, our diligent lawmakers may have outdone themselves. To it’s credit, Republican ...

Patriots are winners despite game results

There’s never been a better time to be a fan of New England professional sports. With seven major league championships since 2002, no other region of the country can boast a greater level of playing field success. It’s especially sweet that our natural born metropolitan ...

End marriage fight; it’s time to move on

Nothing has raised the ire of readers in recent times more than the editorial board meeting last month with Scott Moody of Cornerstone Policy Research over the issue of gay marriage in New Hampshire. In its wake, Foster’s Daily Democrat received a torrent of responses condemning ...

Romney’s ‘poor’ choice of words

Shed no tears for tin-eared Mitt “Antoinette” Romney. Criticism being heaped upon him for his statements Wednesday that he’s “not concerned” about poor Americans is deserved. He was not taken out of context. He was not misinterpreted. A ...

Lynch stands firm in his final address

Much has changed between the two parties since John Lynch took office in January 2005 to serve the first of what would turn out to be a precedent-setting four terms as governor. Should anyone need convincing, all you need do is compare the tone of Lynch’s first State of the State ...

One wasted year for commuter rail

When our editorial board chose the expansion of commuter rail as one of our Focus 2011 priorities early last year, the hope was the state would make some progress toward determining whether such a move made sense for New Hampshire - economically or otherwise - before the year came to ...

Some issues came into focus in 2011

Twelve months ago, our editorial board unveiled Focus 2011, six issues that we felt were deserving of extra attention entering the new year. As such, they became common themes not only on our Opinion pages, but on our news pages as well. Here, then, is a look back at the first three of those ...

Aldermen could use more leaders

During the last election, we heard the candidates for aldermen all say Nashua was due for something big. Big improvements to the downtown, a big performing arts center, maybe even a major conference center in the city. The city needs leaders who are willing to take a stand, who have vision ...

Judicial review worth preserving

The notion that the separation of governmental powers is essential to a democratic society is more than 2,500 years old. The ancient Greeks first grasped and passed to the Romans the concept of dividing government into independent branches with relatively equal powers so that no one branch ...

Don’t tie the hands of future legislators

Apparently convinced that their children and their children’s children won’t have the good sense to handle New Hampshire’s state finances properly, a group of legislators in Concord has set out to protect those successors from themselves. In a 257-101 vote last ...

Brace yourself for taxing debate

President Barack Obama didn’t have any difficulty identifying critical issues facing the nation during his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night. Jobs. The economy. Manufacturing. Foreign trade. Education. Energy. Housing. Financial regulation. ...

A momentous day in Nashua history

Slowly but surely, the last pieces of the complex puzzle that is the city’s acquisition of Pennichuck Corp. have fallen into place these past few months. The final regulatory approval by the Public Utilities Commission. The appointment of nine directors to run the new city-owned ...

Parental rights law goes too far

One would think it would be pretty difficult to find fault with legislation that encourages parents to take an active role in their children’s education. After all, one of the long-standing complaints of educators in this country is that parents don’t take enough interest ...

Gingrich surprise recasts GOP race

Looks like we can now add master of the understatement to Mitt Romney’s much-touted resume in the private and public sectors. “It was not a great week for me,” the former Massachusetts governor told host Chris Wallace during an interview on “Fox News ...

Online shopping not without risk

Keeping it simple isn’t safe online. As we leave a season of significant growth in online shopping, another story questions the security of online shopping. Zappos, a popular online retailer, revealed Jan. 15 that more than 24 million of its customers’ records were stolen ...

Writing on wall for SOPA, PIPA

This past week brought two strong examples of just how much the information technology revolution is changing the world. Organizations and companies once considered cornerstones of American society are being pushed aside by entities better tuned to the fundamental changes occurring in the way ...

2012 could mark primary swan song

It started with Nixon, or more accurately, with the 1960 televised debate between a handsome and charismatic John F. Kennedy and a sweating Richard Nixon, whose 5 o’clock shadow made him look like a crook. Technology continued to change presidential election campaigns, and ...

What’s the harm in sitting together?

There is nothing unusual about newspaper editorial boards urging elected officials where to stand. But today we want to encourage them where to sit – in this case, together, with a member of the opposing party, when the president delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday on ...

Superior court should stay put

Cost savings? What cost savings? We’re not sure what else to say after getting our first look at the projected “savings” now being associated with the ill-conceived bid to consolidate Hillsborough County’s two superior courts in Manchester, essentially ...

Income tax ban shortsighted idea

Let’s be clear about this right from the start: We oppose a state income tax. We also oppose a state sales tax. We believe the absence of both contributes to a real New Hampshire advantage that is the envy of other states and a key contributor to our coveted quality of life. But ...