Editorials

Don’t trust Kim Jong Un’s word

It would be nice to believe news from North Korea this week is evidence that country’s regime is serious about the “denuclearization” deal with President Donald Trump. Indeed, the report sounded very, very good: “North Korea appears to have started dismantling key facilities at its ...

Wilkie needs to shake things up at VA

Ho-hum. Another day, another secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. So, what else is new? Precious little, and that is the problem. On Monday, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Robert Wilkie as VA secretary. He becomes the second person in the position in just 18 ...

Do not abolish ICE

This month, officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested 132 individuals in Virginia and Washington, D.C. Those taken into custody on various criminal and civil violations included: An El Salvadoran national identified as a high-ranking MS-13 gang member; A ...

Affordable housing

A “housing shortage” is the predicament in which Nashua finds itself, according to city Director of Economic Development Tim Cummings. Last week, Cummings told our reporter the average monthly rental cost of a one-bedroom apartment in the Gate City is $1,200, while those with two bedrooms ...

Raise tobacco age to 21

The chances of developing lung cancer, mouth cancer, esophageal cancer, heart disease and stroke increase significantly when a person smokes cigarettes or cigars. Other common impacts include emphysema, bad breath, tooth decay, premature aging and a reduction in disposable ...

MGM’s decision shocks and dismays

So crazy has the lawsuit climate become that a court filing this week probably should have come as no surprise. Still, it is more than a little unsettling. MGM Resorts International, which owns the Mandalay Bay casino-resort in Las Vegas, has filed suit against hundreds of victims of the mass ...

Keep predators out of schools

Children should be able to go to school without fear of being sexually assaulted. Period. It is bad enough to think of a student harassing or assaulting a fellow student. However, the thought of those in positions of authority exploiting children for sexual gratification is, frankly, ...

Apply law fairly

The right to vote is not something to take for granted. It is something to be cherished and exercised by those who have it. The right to vote is also enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. In the U.S., those at least 18 years of can register to vote. How they vote, quite obviously, is up to ...

This should be our real concern

Some liberals upset at new evidence of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election reacted by calling for President Donald Trump to cancel his summit meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. That is nonsense, of course. At the height of the Cold War, when the threat of nuclear war ...

Bias at the FBI

FBI agent Peter Strzok was emphatic to the point of flashes of anger during his testimony Thursday to a congressional committee looking into political bias at the nation’s premier law enforcement agency. In 2016, Strzok made his dislike of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump perfectly ...

Kasich eyeing another run for presidency

Ohio Gov. John Kasich finished a distant second to future President Donald Trump in the 2016 New Hampshire Republican presidential primary. All signs point to Kasich making another run in 2020. He is scheduled to be the featured speaker during the Nov. 15 Nackey S. Loeb School of ...

Much work needs to be done

While the rest of us may be thinking of getting in a few last-of-summer days off in August, our U.S. senators will be chained to their workplace, the Capitol building. Normally, members of Congress are in recess during August. But this year, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has ...

Consider minimum wage impact

Last week, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, signed legislation that will gradually increase minimum wage for those working in the Bay State to $15 per hour. Now, New Hampshire Democratic gubernatorial candidate Molly Kelly wants to do the same in the Granite State. “People ...

Punish those who prey on immigrants

Most illegal immigrants come to our country seeking economic opportunity. A few are fleeing violence or the threat of it. And many, the children to whom our hearts have gone out during recent weeks, have no say in the matter. But some of those coming across the southern border are bent on ...

Officials need to get moving

While the rest of us may be thinking of getting in a few last-of-summer days off in August, our U.S. senators will be chained to their workplace, the Capitol building. Normally, members of Congress are in recess during August. But this year, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has ...

National security reality

U.S. Supreme Court justices who upheld President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban this week made it clear they were not ruling on whether his policy is wise, only on its constitutionality. But, by a 5-4 vote, justices affirmed Trump’s national security responsibilities give him the ...

Cut costs

Customers of Eversource, New Hampshire’s largest electricity provider, will see their bills spike 19 percent on Aug. 1. The state Public Utilities Commission approved the rate increase earlier this month. Eversource and New Hampshire officials said this rate increase will remain in place ...

There must be a better way

The time for Americans to be honest about “recycling” may have arrived. Thank the Chinese for forcing us into a discussion we should have had years ago. Millions of Americans separate materials such as paper and plastic from their garbage, placing the items in recycling bins. Then, ...

Year of the Book a big success

On Wednesday, Dr. Crisp Elementary School concluded its Year of the Book program with a celebration that focused on reading and a visit from an author that taught students how to bellow like howler monkeys. The program was the result of a $25,000 grant that gave each student 10 free books to ...

Keep rental housing affordable

During a conference this week at Saint Anselm College, officials with the New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau said an individual needs to make more than $22 per hour to afford an average two-bedroom apartment in the Granite State. The problem with that is, it was ...