Editorials

Law change will only hurt victims

A false accusation is a terrible burden for an innocent individual to carry, but nowhere near as scarring as surviving sexual assault. New legislation, discussed Tuesday in the New Hampshire House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, would add another layer of scar tissue for the ...

A worthy legacy to promote action

During a recent visit to Nashua, the Rev. Willie Bodrick II paid homage to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the civil rights leader's birthday weekend, telling a packed church it is time to make his dream a reality. King's "I Have A Dream" speech more than a half century ago ...

Congress needs to act on Russia

The allegations that the government of Russia actively sought to interfere with the 2016 presidential election are chilling and if true represent a significant threat to the security of the nation and to the very principles of democracy. It is incumbent on the U.S. Congress to uncover the ...

An advantage for Nashua students

New Hampshire used to always have an edge. Heck, we even have a name for it. Whether it was with lower taxes, attractive business incentives or any other quality Granite Staters were proud to tout, the "New Hampshire advantage" has slowly declined in a Greater Boston ...

Looking back at the week in news

Pedestrian bridge good for trail, park A pedestrian bridge is expected to connect the Heritage Rail Trail with Mine Falls Park soon. We learned this week the project will likely go to bid this autumn with little cost to the city taxpayers. Despite some initial concerns from homeowners in the ...

To control debt, review all options

Fiscal irresponsibility seems to remain a bipartisan affair. Members of a Republican-led Congress have pitched a budget resolution this month to add $9.7 trillion of new debt over the next 10 years, a move that would increase the total shortfall to $29 trillion. The resolution was justified ...

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 ...