Editorials

Obama policy takes hit

Former President Barack Obama’s attempt to establish an imperial presidency running roughshod over Congress took another hit this week. You may remember Obama’s comment that regardless of what Congress wanted, he would get things done with his pen and phone. He was not as open about some ...

More bullying

For decades, North Korean leaders have been masters of using the carrot-and-stick approach to getting what they want. The key has been their ability to switch between the two with lightning speed. This week, dictator Kim Jong Un did just that. He called off high-level talks between his regime ...

It’s a part of history

Terming a statue on the waterfront in Jersey City, N.J., “gruesome,” the leader of a group planning to renovate a plaza there, facing the New York City skyline, wants it removed. City officials have agreed. It is gruesome. And in some ways it may not be politically correct. But it needs ...

Progress versus history

So, here we go again: Another piece of Milford history is for the chop. Years ago, it was the Stone House on Nashua Street. It was preserved, sort of. Now there’s a granite building on Tonella Road soon to fall to development, although the developer, kindly, as agreed to save the stones ...

Something must be done

Former President Barack Obama and his aides were very good at one thing – painting the nation into corners. They did it with health care, their campaign against coal and affordable electricity, and their deal with Iran. Irreparable damage was done in every case. It remains for President ...

Campaign is overdue

First lady Melania Trump has an excellent idea with her “Be Best” campaign to help children. Too bad so many in the media, after listening to her unveil it Monday, focused most of their reporting on her relationship with her husband, President Donald Trump. It is true. Approximately half ...

Is Kim playing a game?

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un may be telegraphing his punch. If so, it would answer the question of what his charm offensive is designed to accomplish. President Donald Trump and Kim plan to meet in person to discuss a way to alleviate tension over Pyongyang’s weapons buildup. High ...

CIA nominee deserves fair shake

To her credit, Gina Haspel, nominated by President Donald Trump to head the CIA, offered last week to withdraw from contention. Reportedly, White House officials, no doubt with Trump’s knowledge, told her she retains the president’s confidence. Good. Haspel spent much of her career at ...

Others should take notice of ‘head tax’

Events in Seattle are re-emphasizing a point about economic development that too many government officials seem to have forgotten: Don’t bite the hand that feeds you. Officials in that West Coast city have said they plan to establish a new “head tax” on businesses that gross more than ...

Farmers Market move would be beneficial

Today, the Downtown Improvement Committee will discuss and decide on a plan to fund the costs associated with moving the Nashua Farmers Market to Main Street. The proposed relocation plan was presented last week by Great American Downtown, and involves the closure of Main Street between Temple ...

Don’t let him get away with it

Disgraced, fired FBI Director James Comey is saying that attacks on the agency are dangerous because they undermine public confidence in the nation’s top law enforcement institution. Nonsense. Comey is wrong, and we suspect he knows it. In a telephone interview with The Associated Press, ...

Is Kim Jong Un playing games?

What sort of game is North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un playing? The question became more difficult to answer during the weekend, in the wake of an historic meeting between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. A spokesman for Moon told reporters Kim assured the South Korean leader he ...

Conviction a real milestone

Last week’s conviction of entertainer Bill Cosby on a charge of sexually assaulting a woman was a milestone, in a way. Some people consider Cosby the funniest man they ever heard deliver a monologue. For years, millions of Americans viewed him as a model for fatherhood. And many black ...

Veterans deserve better than Jackson

White House physician Adm. Ronny Jackson has withdrawn from contention as the new head of the Department of Veterans Affairs. He continues to insist allegations about his character are false. Perhaps, perhaps not. Sterling character should be a prerequisite for the VA secretary post. But ...

A question of preservation

Red wolves once were common in Southeast states. By 1980, they were considered extinct in the wild. That resulted in establishment of a captive breeding program meant to establish a new population of the animals in an area of eastern North Carolina. In 1987, the captive breeding program began ...

Don’t overlook small details

Safety against violent intruders has become a major concern in planning construction of new schools and renovation of existing ones. That can mean expensive provisions such as “mantrap” entrances and metal detectors. Let us not overlook the little things. A commission investigating the ...

A job well done

Last week, dozens of volunteers descended on the city’s many parks and green spaces to do their part in helping Nashua shine. On Saturday, Great American Downtown coordinated an Earth Day eve event that saw residents scour downtown parks, sprucing them up by gathering litter, raking debris ...

Is North Korean stalling?

North Korea’s claim it will suspend testing of nuclear weapons is the show of good faith that absolutely had to precede direct talks between that country’s dictator, Kim Jong Un, and U.S. President Donald Trump. But Trump is right to adopt what, at first glance, may seem to be a ...

Officials must look into incident

In August, the Federal Aviation Administration proposed making ultrasonic inspections of the fan blades in Boeing 737 aircraft engines mandatory. The agency never issued a final decision, however. The engine’s manufacturer had recommended such inspections be conducted within a year. On ...

Barbara Bush will be missed

Barbara Bush was more than a beloved first lady to many Americans. In some ways, she felt like the first grandmother. Bush died this week at age 92, after instructing her doctors to stop treatment that might have prolonged her life. It was typical of a woman who, while in the White House, made ...