Editorials

When lawmakers fail their districts

The New Hampshire House Legislative Administration Committee sent the wrong message recently when it failed to hand down any punishment to (now former) Rep. Robert Fisher for his despicable statements on social media. The House’s failure to censure and condemn Fisher is reprehensible and ...

Boxing gloves are not needed here

Last year, U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster sat down with The Telegraph’s editorial board to speak about her campaign for re-election to the seat representing New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District. During that conversation, Kuster, a Democrat, took pointed questions about her record, her ...

We must remain firm with Turkey

U.S. relations with Turkey are among the knotty foreign policy challenges President Donald Trump faces. The country is an important ally against both Islamic terrorists and Russia. But even in such a critical relationship, there are lines that U.S. officials cannot allow Turkey to cross. One of ...

Losing big money without bee honey

Bees – honeybees in particular – are serious business, and they are in trouble. Pollination of flowers and crops by honeybees is responsible for one in every three bites of food we eat. Bees and other pollinators contribute more than $24 billion to the U.S. economy, by enabling consistent, ...

Nashua nails the landing for skaters

Tuesday marked the groundbreaking of Nashua’s new skatepark, one officials hope will become the best in New England come summertime – in a city that already has an impressive parks system. The new David W. Deane Skateboard Park, which has received support from the city’s School District ...

Common ground needed for the arts

It seems like a little old-fashioned wordplay is the biggest stumbling block keeping the city and the Carter family from reaching an agreement over a handsome sum of money designated for the arts in Nashua. The Carter family said last week they want the city to stop blocking the wishes of ...

Time to examine parking in Exeter

At Town Meeting in 2016, voters rejected a $35,000 request to conduct a study of parking in downtown Exeter. Town officials at the time argued the study was warranted, in part because of the results of a prior study and in part because business prospects in downtown Exeter were on the ...

Pushing STEM to build a workforce

FIRST Robotics has given New Hampshire a blueprint to expand economic opportunities in the state with homegrown talent. Dean Kamen, a New Hampshire inventor and philanthropist, founded FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to promote the subjects he loved to ...

Guest Editorial: Virginia protest has scary echoes

The mayor of Charlottesville, Va., was on the mark when he compared the people who marched with torches on Saturday to protest the planned removal of a Confederate monument to Ku Klux Klansmen, who terrorized Southern nights with cross-burnings and violence. By embracing the symbols and ...

Preventing future malware attacks

Which of government’s protective functions is more important: safeguarding us against computer hackers or detecting and stopping the next terrorist plot or, perhaps, slowing down a rogue nation’s missile or nuclear program? As more and more global extortionists demand money in exchange for ...

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 ...

Providing for kids of fallen patriots

With Memorial Day fast approaching, Gov. Chris Sununu officially proclaimed Saturday, May 13, as Children of Fallen Patriots Day as part of a larger recognition across the country. From the Executive Council chambers, Sununu mourned the loss of lives of those in the military who were killed in ...

Keeping public transit accessible

As the likelihood of a commuter rail line in Nashua grows more bleak this legislative session, the city needs to refocus efforts on other modes of quality public transportation. Fortunately, the Nashua Transit System is prepped to receive about $213,000 in state funds to keep the bustling bus ...

Looking back at the week in news

Salary cap of a different sort for city’s public servants It’s hard to imagine any company at which the CEO isn’t the highest-paid employee. The city of Nashua isn’t a “company,” as such, and its mayor isn’t its “CEO,” but the comparison is fair. As we reported earlier this ...

Guest Editorial: Keep the national parks for all of us

President Donald Trump appears to support a plan to steal some of the land from all of the people and give it to a relative few. Earlier this month, Trump ordered the Department of the Interior to report on every monument over 100,000 acres created by presidential declaration since 1996. He did ...

Guest editorial: Internet should be equal for everyone

Why would anyone want to impose a set of Depression-era regulations on the internet? That’s the question that members of the anti-net neutrality set seem always to ask. As though it bolsters their argument or something. They act as if simply posing the question should end all ...

Appreciating teachers this and every week

Along with the enormous rewards enjoyed by good schoolteachers comes terrible frustration. Many wish they could do more for their students. And when the public focuses on the education system’s shortcomings, teachers sometimes take it personally. They should not. This is National Teacher ...

Art plan solid, but needs investors

The city’s Board of Aldermen heard plans last week to bond more than $15 million to turn the former Alec’s Shoes building into a performing arts and events center. Such a move would provide an anchor downtown to Nashua’s growing arts scene, which includes live music events from ...

It’s time to give the arts their due

Not so long ago, the city of Nashua paid $70 million to build Nashua High School North. The city then spent another $70 million to refurbish the former Nashua High School, which became Nashua High School South. One doesn’t have to drive very far around the city to come across other schools ...

Looking back at the week in news

First-of-its-kind course is a great opportunity for citizens Earlier this week, 30 citizens gathered at the Lake Street Community Fire Station for the inaugural Until Help Arrives course, the first of its kind in the country. The Nashua Office of Emergency Management provided lessons to ...