Editorials

Scaling heights of fundraising

The United Way of Greater Nashua has stepped up fundraising in the region. About 24 stories up. Later this week, the United Way will hold its inaugural collaborative fundraiser to benefit 10 local nonprofits. As many as 70 volunteers will rappel the Brady Sullivan Tower, the second-tallest ...

Vouching for a bus pass for kids

The city’s Division of Public Health & Community Services opened a summer recreation bus route for 2014 and 2015, making stops at selected sites in a continuous loop each weekday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Last summer, the program was changed to allow children to use free vouchers to get on and ...

Business knows how to grow city

Perhaps the most well-known slogan in business is “The customer is always right.” But what happens to customers when business is largely overlooked? In Nashua, downtown businesses have advocated for several actions, including passenger rail and a Main Street arts center, as many on the ...

A great need for our roads, bridges

Roads and bridges across Greater Nashua should receive a facelift in the coming months thanks in part to Gov. Chris Sununu signing into law a measure that returns roughly $37 million in surplus funds for local infrastructure projects. The region will receive several million dollars back, ...

Time to make the nation civil again

The animosity is real in Washington, D.C. Truthfully, the political climate of these United States is more cantankerous than ever. Believe it or not, there was a time when Republicans and Democrats actually practiced what President Donald Trump would call “The Art of the Deal.” It seems ...

Twitter shows a new media frontier

President Donald Trump is more than a fan of Twitter. He appears to be addicted to it. And unfortunately for too many people in the news industry, they are fueled by Trump’s need to tweet. For every important issue facing our country today, including health care, immigration and foreign ...

Our Declaration of Independence

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent ...

Why civics, and civility, matter

It is difficult to imagine a lawmaker in New Hampshire happier with the signing of Senate Bill 45 this week than Sen. Lou D’Allesandro. The former civics teacher praised the legislation that strengthens civics education in our schools. It requires a half-year civics course before high school ...

Ignoring voters is never a good idea

Brookline residents will gather Thursday evening in the Capt. Samuel Douglas Academy cafeteria to hear about a proposed sidewalk and bridge project in town. This public hearing isn’t the first time the proposal has been reviewed. It isn’t even the second time to discuss the possibilities of ...

Self-reflection is needed in politics

It would be difficult these days to find a member of Congress not concerned about acrimony in politics spurring a few crazies to commit violent acts. Even Montana Rep.-elect Greg Gianforte, convicted earlier this month of assaulting a reporter, is calling for more civility. But some of the very ...

Is Big Pharma to blame for crisis?

An important question for the nation as it struggles with its opioid epidemic is whether, or to what degree, Big Pharma is behind the disaster. Were doctors too often swayed by drugmakers in prescribing painkillers needlessly? Were the drugmakers aware of the dangers of addiction but unwilling ...

Right to Know in NH hits 50 years

In the next few days, New Hampshire will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the passing of the state’s Right to Know Law. The legislative push for more transparency and openness in state and local governing entities was signed June 27, 1967, in what is still known as the Access to Governmental ...

Remembering D-Day in Nashua

It may have been more than 3,300 miles from Nashua almost three-quarters of a century ago, but D-Day continues to have a strong connection to the Gate City. Tuesday marks the 73rd anniversary of the D-Day invasion, perhaps the most important feat of the Greatest Generation. More than 160,000 ...

Lack of openness is very alarming

Last Friday, it came to light that two high-ranking administrators at Ledge Street Elementary School were no longer with the district. This information, unfortunately, did not come through the Nashua School District. Instead, concerned parents tossed a little sunshine on the sudden departure of ...

Still no solutions on massive debt

The Congressional Budget Office has projected a $9.4 trillion cumulative increase in deficits over the next decade. While provisionally there are greater threats to the American public, nothing will grind down our economic stability and quality-of-life standards in the long term more than an ...

Looking back at the week in news

Just who is running things with Nashua’s school system? The Nashua Board of Education has approved teaching coding and Microsoft Suite to kindergartners. “Based on my experience, let them have it,” board President George Farrington said. “You can’t hold them back; they want it, and we ...

The risks behind unlicensed work

Greater Nashua has had three incidents of unlicensed nonspecialists making headlines over the last week. Police arrested six men on suspected illegal gas work charges Tuesday for allegedly allowing unlicensed persons to work on furnaces in three city properties. A driving school instructor in ...

Government seeds are planted locally

The following is a worm-eaten chestnut that has been generally ignored over the course of time: Democracy is a particiption sport. Then there is this addendum: You get the government you vote for. Routinely these bromides are served up as exhortations for citizens to get out and vote. Now they ...

Looking back at the week in news

Taking issue with an issue in Merrimack’s school district An agreement has been reached to allow drug-sniffing dogs at Merrimack High School, which is a great idea – if your goal is to keep drugs out of schools. If your goal is to keep drugs out of students’ hands, well, then, not so ...

No comparison with The Donald

Comparisons are easy. Instead of making a detailed case why a young baseball player is worthy of being drafted in the first round, the scout exclaims, “He could be the next Mike Trout.” When a Turkish assassin kills the Russian ambassador in Ankara, amateur historians rush to Twitter to ...