Editorials

Finding health care alternatives

President Barack Obama may well be hoping to paint congressional Republicans into a corner regarding the health insurance fiasco that bears his name. In reaction to GOP pledges to repeal the Obamacare law, Obama said he has no problem with the idea providing the Republicans come up with ...

The ISIS threat is rising in Asia

How long until Islamic State gets lucky in Asia? ISIS and its followers haven't hit the region with their worst terrorist horrors, but recent arrests in several countries show this isn't for lack of trying. Much of Asia is increasingly fertile ground for terrorist recruitment, and ISIS ...

Trump won’t flip on Russian stance

President-elect Donald Trump was to be briefed Friday on what U.S. intelligence agencies know about alleged Russian efforts to influence the Nov. 8 election. Do not expect Trump to change his mind about the matter. He already has said he does not believe allegations Russian hackers released ...

Looking back at the week in news

Making sure we're here to help during difficult times We posted our Wednesday story about overdose deaths in Nashua on Facebook, and it reached more than 2,000 people in a single day. Among them were two local residents who took the time to comment. One was Nancy McWilliams Bernard, who had ...

Drug companies must aid recovery

Today's nationwide epidemic of opiate addiction was spawned in part by doctors who, with the best of intentions, wanted to help patients in pain, and by drug companies that said they had just the remedy - long-lasting, effective painkillers with none of the addictive qualities of their ...

A healthy new year starts now

Perhaps the most common resolution every January is a vow to improve one's health. Whether it is better utilizing that oft-forgotten gym membership, dropping junk food or simply purchasing more locally grown produce, this is a resolution that is almost universally disregarded before ...

The mantra of our top librarians

Consider this an idea from the Department of Unlikely Tomes: How about a volume about the secret lives of people who forget to return overdue library books? It could include a recent tale of redemption from the Brooklyn Public Library, where Barbara Roston, 72, returned a faded green copy of ...

GOP has an odd comrade for 2017

As the Republican Party looks back at a successful 2016 in which it reclaimed the White House, kept its stronghold on Capitol Hill and dominated in statehouses across the country, many in the GOP are strangely at odds with its traditional hardline stance on foreign policy. President-elect ...

Making NH safer for our children

It was a difficult year for the Division for Children, Youth and Families. Already dogged with staffing shortages and fatigue issues, the agency was hammered for having a majority of its cases assessed in an untimely manner and being inconsistent even within its own policies. In the past ...

When stats go out the window

Statisticians point out we Americans are more likely to die from falls in the bathtub or being struck by lightning than because of a terrorist attack. We shouldn't worry so much about terrorism, we're told. Roughly twice as many Americans have been killed by lightning as have perished in ...

Politics’ third rail remains in limbo

We have no idea what President-elect Donald Trump really thinks about Social Security and Medicare, those mainstays of old America. On the campaign trail, he said nice things about both. We do know that Trump promised to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, this era's effort to improve ...

Poem: ‘A visit from St. Nicholas’

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there; The children were nestled all snug in their beds; While visions of sugar-plums danced in ...

Beck’s stunning political reversal

Back when the Tea Party was generally considered a haven for right-wingers, it can be reasonably suggested Glenn Beck was its conductor. First on radio, then on CNN and later Fox News, Beck was a ratings king and a lightning rod for all things conservative. He used a rhetorical blow torch in ...

No-win Afghan issue for Obama

President Barack Obama may have to make a heartbreaking decision before he leaves office. It is whether to leave an American woman, her husband and her children in the hands of terrorists in Afghanistan or risk many other lives by getting them released. More than four years ago, Caitlan ...

Vaping trend is not without risk

Just as possession of marijuana for personal enjoyment becomes legal in this state, the U.S. surgeon general issued a warning to Americans about another supposedly benign habit with potentially harmful consequences. In a report released last week, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy called ...

Cyber threats are a bipartisan issue

Cyber security is a critical issue demanding a bipartisan approach, Republicans and Democrats alike agree. Or at least, they say they do. But now, in relation to one of the biggest cyber security threats in the world, the issue has become politicized. That needs to end. At issue is whether ...

Staying safe on state’s roadways

This weekend, the New Hampshire State Police announced they will be out in force to ensure safe travels, not just related to the nasty winter weather, but to patrol for impaired motorists returning from holiday festivities and parties. Known as Combined Accident Reduction Effort (CARE) Life ...

Looking back at the week in news

AP's Jim Cole was a New Hampshire primary legend For more than three decades, Associated Press photographer Jim Cole has been more of a New Hampshire primary institution than the ballot box at Dixville Notch. Cole was one of the 25 staff members laid off by the AP last week following a ...

Contempt is not a necessary skill

Donald Trump's selection of Rick Perry to pilot the U.S. Department of Energy is a head-scratcher less because the former Texas governor once called the future president a "toxic mix of demagoguery and mean-spiritedness and nonsense," but because of something he infamously ...

Fixing the VA’s broken system

The body of a military veteran was left in a Veterans Affairs health care facility shower room for more than nine hours before someone finally had it moved to a morgue, the Tampa Bay Times in Florida reported last week. Then, once their negligence came to light, some staff at the Bay Pines VA ...