Editorials

Democrats may lose another seat

The Democrats who cried wolf: President Trump soon may have another chance to nominate a jurist for the U.S. Supreme Court. Democrats undoubtedly will object to Mr. Trump’s next nominee, but they will come to regret the hissy-fit they threw over Neil Gorsuch, the president’s first nominee ...

A business angle for kindergarten

There are many truisms about business and government, mainly revolving around the idea one should operate more like the other. We know of another old chestnut that offers the following advice: When business speaks, government should listen. On Tuesday, we heard from both business and government ...

Nothing is illegal about Brady’s deal

Tom Brady of the New England Patriots is the greatest quarterback in football history. That doesn’t exempt him from criticism when it’s warranted. On April 23, The Boston Globe ran a story about the relationship between Brady and Best Buddies International, a charity that benefits people ...

Adolescents need a few more ZZZs

Studies by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine should serve as a wake-up call for both parents and school officials. They echo calls by some parents in our area for public education officials to rethink school scheduling. In more than a few schools, teenagers and even younger children are ...

Just how tight is Nashua’s budget?

Nashua residents have, for months now, heard the city will have to tighten its belt straps this budget season, given the financial obstacles connected to the imprudent pension problems at the state level and a jump in employee health insurance costs. That’s why it was a little surprising last ...

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 ...

Civics bill not a bad idea for NH

New Hampshire senators this week will vote on a bill to mandate that every public high school student take a civics course before receiving his or her diploma. At a time our state and nation are experiencing vastly differing opinions on politics and the role of government, it is more ...

Trump can’t keep Pence in the dark

Several presidents have treated their vice presidents notoriously and sometimes irresponsibly badly. The late President Harry Truman knew all about that. When he took office upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, he had to be told about the atomic bomb. Roosevelt had kept him in the ...

Fraud claim puts integrity at stake

The Trump administration's easily disproved claims of rampant voter fraud in New Hampshire, repeated by the president and his associates this past week, remind us of a scandal that took place during President George W. Bush's second term. "In 2007, the Justice Department was upended ...

Officials must be held accountable

During President Richard M. Nixon’s nosedive from grace, it was referred to as the non-denial denial – that is, an inference that something may have happened, but the details have been lost in the fog of time. President Trump engaged in this the other day during his ...

Looking back at the week in news

NH Senate made right move passing victims' right bill The New Hampshire Senate issued a strong signal for victim's privacy rights this week with the passage of Senate Bill 9. Lawmakers say this measure protects sexual assault victims from having their consensual sexual history entered as ...

Pakistan remains a global threat

It may be that the most critical foreign relations problem facing President Donald Trump, at least in the short term, is not Russia or China. It is Pakistan, which for years has been enabling terrorist groups in Afghanistan and thus, the rest of the world. During testimony before the Senate ...

Trump’s fantasy of NH voter fraud

The issue of voter fraud keeps circulating around President Trump. And now New Hampshire, and its history of clean voting and electoral integrity, has been questioned by the most narcissistic individual to ever occupy the White House. The president, and later one of his senior advisers, ...

Trump’s election sparked activism

One silver lining for those who oppose the Trump presidency is that his election has stirred up the pot so much it has caused an explosion of anger, sort of a mini revolution that has gotten passive citizens to get off their butts, stand up and let their voices be heard. The massive protest ...

Sensible budget finds compromise

In his inaugural budget, Gov. Chris Sununu and his team crafted a proposal for the Legislature that struck a fine balance between touting New Hampshire's business advantages and funding the well-recognized priorities here. Last Thursday, Sununu pitched a realistic $12.1 billion budget that ...