Editorials

Hudson elementary students may be on the move

Hudson Superintendent Bryan Lane was under no delusions when he put forward a dramatic redistricting plan to boost student achievement in the town’s elementary schools. He knew it would be controversial and told the School Board as much at its March 18 meeting. “This is a ...

Defiling Nashua cemetery an egregious act

We have absolutely no idea what would motivate people – juveniles or adults – to wantonly vandalize dozens of stone monuments marking the graves of those who have passed on before us. But we do know this: Once apprehended, they should not be treated as ...

Vets have a point on Distinguished Warfare Medal

It isn’t easy to get veterans all riled up over the creation of a new medal to honor meritorious service, but that’s exactly what departing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta appears to have done shortly before stepping down last month. In mid-February, in one of his final ...

NH Food Bank making something out of ‘Nothing’

Whether to heat or eat shouldn’t have to be a choice. But this time of year, with the New Hampshire Food Bank’s food supply low, it’s a question on the minds of many. There are nearly 150,000 people in the state who don’t know where their next meal is ...

Iraq war at 10: An anniversary to forget

The 10th anniversary of the Iraq war passed last week with perfunctory attention and no reason to commemorate. As each year passes from that fateful March day in 2003, the war stakes a deeper claim to America’s most misbegotten act of jingoism. There were no weapons of mass ...

The story behind Romney’s ‘47 percent’ video

Even in New Hampshire, whose residents have more access to presidential candidates than those in any other state, it has become harder and harder to know who the candidates really are and what they really think. Presidential contenders, especially those at the top of the field, are guarded, ...

Foolish fears mar serious talks on gun checks

Ordinarily, politicians like nothing better than to know the public is on their side when they are about to cast a vote on a major piece of legislation. That makes perfect sense. There are exceptions to everything, of course, and congressional Republicans appear to have found one in the ...

Infrastructure report card has message for NH

As the New Hampshire Legislature debates whether to raise the gas tax in order to repair and maintain its aging roads and bridges – and, if so, how high – a new national report suggests the nation’s infrastructure could use some immediate attention. On Tuesday, ...

Now about those early meeting times in Nashua …

When Alderman-at-Large Jim Donchess introduced a resolution last month to amend the city charter to force the Board of Public Works to change its meeting time, we couldn’t support it – and we said so. But it wasn’t because we disagreed with his basic premise. A ...

Expand Medicaid to help uninsured in NH

The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote Wednesday on former House Speaker William O’Brien’s bill that would prohibit the state from expanding Medicaid in conjunction with the Obama administration’s signature health reform law. When it does, it should ...

New Telegraph blog shines light on public records

On Friday, staffers for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen had a conference call with New Hampshire housing officials who are in charge of millions of dollars of federal funds from the U.S. Department Housing and Urban Development. On the call was Lynn Censabella, executive director of the Nashua Housing ...

Pope Francis man of grace, humility

In Pope Francis, the conclave of Catholic cardinals last week chose a man admired for his humility, compassion and congeniality. The Argentine native is the first non-European and Jesuit to become pope. He’s regarded as someone who can repair the church’s tarnished image ...

Want to filibuster? Then start talking

Last week, Sen. Rand Paul did something that hasn’t been seen in Washington D.C. for two years – the Kentucky Republican held the Senate floor for 13 hours in a filibuster, ostensibly opposing President Barack Obama’s nomination of John Brennan for director of the ...

Shutting Nashua airport tower just doesn’t fly

Six months ago, Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta was in town for the official opening of the new and expanded runway at Boire Field, part of a $25 million upgrade that was expected to make the city’s municipal airport more accessible to corporate ...

Town voters weren’t in much of a giving mood

Fishing for trends the day after the annual town elections is always a challenging exercise, given what happens in one community doesn’t ordinarily have much bearing on what happens next door. Still, there were some common threads to pick through in reviewing the results of ...

Hey, hands off our superior courthouse in Nashua

Exactly one year ago – March 13, 2012 – we published an editorial praising those in the community who rallied to defeat legislation that would have shut down superior court operations in Nashua and moved them to Manchester. And we concluded that piece (“Nashua ...

For NH town voters, duty calls Tuesday

Admit it: After November’s national election, getting motivated to go to the polls Tuesday to vote in New Hampshire town elections isn’t easy. Come Wednesday, there will be no new president. No changes to the state’s congressional delegation. No switch in party ...

NFL crossed line with sexual orientation inquiries

On April 12, 66 years to the day when Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier playing second base for the Brooklyn Dodgers against the Boston Braves at Ebbetts Field, a biographical movie is set to be released across America. MLB, never shy about congratulating ...

Fighting for your right to know

If you have been blazing through the state’s toll booths without paying, don’t worry. Nobody will find out how much you owe the state in unpaid fees. Or if you’ve been parking downtown illegally and racked up a pile of unpaid parking tickets, fret not. The city ...

Obama’s reversal on money, politics

On one subject or another, and to one degree or another, every president disappoints his supporters. Progress in a democracy can involve compromise (on budgets and taxes, for example); also, there are times when a president simply lacks the votes in Congress to get promised things done (such ...