Editorials

Silver Knights are an asset to be treasured

Less than a month from now, the lights will shine at Holman Stadium when the Nashua Silver Knights open their 2013 season. This year, the team will play for more than just wins on the field. The Silver Knights kick off their critical third year June 7, So far, the team’s product on ...

Path is clear for marijuana bill

The smoke is finally starting to clear at the Statehouse, where lawmakers are ready to pass a long-awaited medical marijuana law. It’s about time. The Senate Health, Education and Human Services Committee on Tuesday became the latest panel to endorse the proposal that allows ...

Lead lures not worth the price

Lead-based fishing lures are heavy. They’re durable, and they’re cheap. But the lures, which are popular among New Hampshire fishermen, also have shown to be lethal to loons around the state, and that’s why they must be dropped. State lawmakers are weighing a ...

Congress must act on Head Start cuts

Eleven days ago, in a moment of rare bipartisanship, members of Congress joined together to suspend aircraft workers’ furloughs and get flyers back in the sky. Now that some of the country’s poorest children are the ones being grounded, it’s even more essential ...

Local businesses suffer in disputes

It wasn’t a good week for local businessmen trying to renew their contracts with the state. First, the Liquor Commission tried to drive a lucrative $200 million state contract away from Law Warehouses, a contract the company has had for decades. Two liquor commissioners had to ...

Liquor board in need of oversight

The argument that New Hampshire needs a totally independent and unfettered liquor commission got a whole lot tougher to make last week as the soap opera about the awarding a $200 million, 20-year state liquor warehousing contract played itself out in Hillsborough County Superior Court. This ...

State needs to revisit elderly exemption

Elderly tax exemptions in New Hampshire serve an important purpose – to keep our citizens who have been paying taxes in the Granite State for a number of years in their homes longer. However, it’s becoming clear the exemption, which is quite generous in some communities, ...

A look back at the week in news

Rep. Tremblay further embarrasses New Hampshire State Rep. Stella Tremblay, R-Auburn, further disgraced New Hampshire this week. As proof of her belief the federal government was behind the Boston Marathon bombings, she offered the fact that Jeff Bauman was not “screaming in ...

Old Man in need of a new legacy

Ten years ago to the day, the state of New Hampshire lost its oldest friend. Early on the morning of May 3, 2003, the Old Man of the Mountain, the famed rock formation which symbolized New Hampshire’s quiet strength and natural beauty, crumbled to the ground in Franconia Notch. ...

Ticket program good for police and public

For local drivers, the long and anxious wait when receiving a speeding ticket could be shorter next time. New Hampshire State Police, along with several local departments, are piloting an innovative new electronic ticket program that could save time for officers and motorists. Under the new ...

Early enrollment would be an asset

Elias and Myra Nikita’s 4-year-old son missed next year’s kindergarten enrollment cutoff by less than a month. But the boy’s parents feel he is ready to start school. We believe the Nashua School District should provide parents the opportunity to prove their case. ...

Call for student debt relief is warranted

The average college graduate entered a tight job market in 2011 owing $26,600 in student loans – the most since the start of keeping records in 2005. In New Hampshire, the situation was considerably worse with the average graduate owing $32,440, the highest in the country and 22 ...

Cotton Mill Square great starting point

For those waiting to see the redevelopment of the Nashua riverfront, the future has arrived. Several weeks after they began construction, developers held a formal ground-breaking ceremony Monday for Cotton Mill Square, a 109-unit apartment complex city leaders hope will usher in a new era of ...

Time to strengthen city taxi codes

Last week, the owner of a Nashua taxi company delivered her own taxicab confession. Samia Khoury, the owner of S.K. Taxi, a cab company on High Street, acknowledged conducting annual inspections on her vehicles at a garage she also owns. There’s nothing wrong or illegal about ...

Congress on target with furlough vote

The eleventh hour came and went last week, and there was no filibuster in Washington, D.C., no angry standoff, and no threats of a government shutdown. Instead, Democratic and Republican lawmakers came together to pass a common sense bill that saves travelers time and aircraft workers money. ...

Redistricting needs chance to succeed

Less than a year into the job, new Hudson Superintendent Bryan Lane has hitched his wagon to a controversial school overhaul that has not helped his popularity around town. Since he released his proposal last month, Lane’s plan to reconfigure the town’s elementary schools ...

More proof needed for voter ID rules

Considering the bile-infused partisan logic affecting virtually any and all political debate in America today, it’s not surprising that New Hampshire’s voter identification debate has been needlessly tainted by a reckless disregard for common sense. One side of the debate ...

The week in review

How can we miss Spader if he won't go away?Thanks to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that mandatory life without parole sentences for juveniles are illegal, convicted killer Steven Spader was back in court Wednesday, afforded the opportunity to present evidence why his sentence should be ...

Web page a good transparency start

How much does it cost to replace the sidewalks in downtown Nashua? According to the city website, concrete, brick and other materials for one block alone cost the city $111,600 last year and streetlights added another $111,500. Taxpayers, who are footing the bill for the city’s ...

Sens. took right stance on Internet taxes

Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen don’t often take the same side, but this week, they joined forces to try to protect New Hampshire businesses. The U.S. Senators have emerged among the leading critics of the Marketplace Fairness Act, a bill that would authorize states to require large ...