Editorials

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 Ronny Jackson has withdrawn from contention as the new head of the Department of Veterans Affairs.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 ...

Diplomacy approach working

One chorus in which President Donald Trump’s critics delight in singing is that he is ruining our relationships with other countries. Not really. Consider what happened Friday and Saturday: That night, armed forces from the United States, England and France joined in an attack on chemical ...

Equal treatment for all

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee will take up House Bill 1319, a piece of legislation that will provide protections for transgender residents seeking employment, access to housing, access to public places and equal treatment. Freedom New Hampshire, a nonpartisan coalition, and other ...

More funding is needed

Federal officials plan to spend $4.6 billion to battle the opioid addiction crisis this year. That represents a substantial new emphasis on dealing with a very real crisis. But is it enough? Drug abuse is killing about 42,000 people a year in the United States. Yet much more federal money is ...

What is Ryan’s motivation?

House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said this week he is leaving Congress because he doesn’t want his children to reach adulthood having experienced only a “weekend dad.” After 20 years in Congress, Ryan’s decision is understandable in that light. But one wonders if Ryan, ...

Spending plan needs second look

For a time, President Donald Trump said, he thought about vetoing the $1.3 trillion spending bill Congress laid on his desk a few weeks ago. Too much money was being spent unnecessarily and some priorities had been ignored, he explained. In the end, Trump signed the bill. Now, he reportedly is ...

School board politics hurting the district

At Monday night’s Board of Education meeting, Superintendent of Schools Jahmal Mosley issued a plea to board members to “do better” and to treat one another with respect. In theory, this should have been a wake up call. In all actuality, nothing is likely to change. This was evident by ...

Jackson deserves a chance

For years, the essential task of reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs has been entrusted to career bureaucrats, most recently David Shulkin. Now, President Donald Trump has fired Shulkin and replaced him with an outsider, and the concern among some in Washington seems to be whether the ...

Pruitt should be accountable

Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, has been praised by many for rolling back unreasonable Obama-era regulations, including some that affect the coal industry. Good for him for pursuing President Donald Trump’s agenda energetically. Questions about Pruitt’s ethics ...

Terrorists can’t be rehabilitated

Two members of “The Beatles,” Islamic State terrorists so named by their captives because they are British citizens, have provided a reminder of why it is imperative to destroy, not “contain,” such organizations. The most notorious “Beatle,” nicknamed “Jihadi John,” was killed ...

Let’s hope Kim does right thing

Diplomacy often is the art of saying things you don’t mean, in order to put an opponent off guard or ingratiate him to you personally. Let us hope President Donald Trump was engaged in such a manipulative technique in a tweet he issued Wednesday. It appears Trump and North Korean dictator Kim ...

Officials should be on guard

During the Ohio State Fair in Columbus last year, a thrill ride, the Fire Ball, broke apart. Several people were injured. An 18-year-old man was killed. The previous year, a water park in Kansas unveiled a 17-story water slide. A raft carrying a 10-year-old boy down it went airborne. An ...

Government should work for all of us

His days as U.S. secretary of state near at end, Rex Tillerson knows full well when President Donald Trump ousted him. The two men simply did not get along. And in some ways, Tillerson was just too diplomatic for the president’s taste. But in a way, Tillerson’s departure is a victory for ...