Editorials

The Telegraph: End of an era, start of new one

With today’s edition, Independent Publications Inc. ends it 36-year stewardship of The Telegraph. With Monday’s edition, ownership passes to Ogden Newspapers Inc., a diversified media corporation that publishes 40 daily newspapers, several magazines and weekly newspapers in ...

Big Mac, fries and a Mercedes

In recent weeks, auto dealers have been touring the state and writing commentaries to newspapers promoting SB 126, much-needed amendments to the state’s Dealers Bill of Rights.  Carrying water for the opposition is Daniel Gage, director of communications/public affairs for the ...

NH education tax credit: Bad vote, bad law

The Senate’s decision to block repeal of the education tax credit law on a strict party-line vote certainly didn’t come as a surprise Thursday. But that doesn’t mean we have to feel good about the continued existence of this program, which diverts money otherwise ...

NH’s civic health among the best in US

New Hampshire residents have long taken pride in their civic engagement, especially when it comes to state and national politics. If anyone doubts that, they haven’t been paying attention every four years when would-be presidents come courting in anticipation of the ...

NH GOP back in news – for the wrong reason

Whatever one might think about the policy stands of the 2013-14 edition of the New Hampshire Legislature, we suspect most would agree that it has conducted itself to date with a sense of professionalism and decorum. Gone are the days of making national news for the wrong reasons, such as ...

Boston Marathon won’t ever be the same

There have been countless memorable moments in the proud 117-year history of Boston Marathon: Bill Rodgers winning the race four times in a six-year span during the 1970s, setting course records in 1975 and 1979. Rosie Ruiz earning acclaim as the women’s winner in 1980, only to be ...

City spending tax dollars to make tax dollars

The city of Nashua isn’t in the business of letting people get out of paying their taxes. Even if you think your taxes are too high, the city will tell you to pay up. If you are among the few willing to challenge the city to an appeals board, or even the courts, the city ...

Obama makes few friends with tough-love budget

Presidential budget offerings are often as much exercises in political theater as they are hard-line spending plans. Because their finer points are dulled by the months of partisan wrangling that follow introduction, budgets are principally intended to set the debate agenda. The budget ...

AG mishandled nude photo case

What kind of message is the New Hampshire attorney general’s office sending to police officers in the state by refusing to press charges against the New London police chief, who resigned after being accused of trying to coerce a female Colby-Sawyer student into giving him nude photos ...

At long last, let the debate over guns begin

Four months ago, when the senseless slaughter of 20 children and six educators in a Connecticut elementary school clung to America’s conscience like an open wound, we called for an “open and honest debate” among our elected leaders about guns in America (Dec. 18, ...

Lot riding on Bridge Street revitalization hearing

It’s not every day that community leaders have an opportunity to transform a gateway into the downtown from an eyesore into a vibrant neighborhood with public recreation along the riverfront. And generate millions of dollars in new tax revenue each year to boot. But that is exactly ...

Greater Nashua phone book doesn’t ring true

What happens when two competing companies make business decisions based solely on their own best interests? Sometimes, it doesn’t work out well for either of them – and certainly not for their irritated customers. That was our initial take upon learning last week that the ...

Merrimack voters have some work to do Tuesday

There is nothing out of the ordinary about community newspapers encouraging their readers to vote in an upcoming election. Heck, we do it all the time. Civic duty. An opportunity to shape the future direction of the nation, state, county or community. And, only partly in jest, a legitimate ...

Red Sox home opener a time for renewal

If nothing else, it took the Red Sox just two games to assure themselves of starting their home season Monday afternoon with a better record than they carried into their 2012 home opener. They beat the Yankees twice in two games last week; they were 1-5 on the afternoon that they celebrated ...

Don’t get too attached to NH House budget

The New Hampshire Senate begins work on its version of a two-year state budget Monday, when it takes up the $11 billion spending blueprint approved last week by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives. What finally emerges from the Republican-led upper chamber will be vastly ...

Thresher at 50: A tragedy never to be forgotten

On April 10, 1963, those living and working in the Seacoast region of Maine and New Hampshire stopped in stunned silence as word spread the USS Thresher and its crew of 129 had been lost at sea. The nuclear-powered attack submarine Thresher, having left the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, was some ...

Toss away the key on private prisons in NH

While there may be some things the private sector can do better and more efficiently than government, we never believed managing the state’s prison population was one of them. So count us among those pleased with the state’s decision Wednesday to cancel the bidding process ...

Two suggestions for Nashua Police Commission

If there were any doubts that the Nashua Police Commission should reconsider the early morning starting time of its monthly meetings, they were swept away by one of the numbers we uncovered during our recent examination of more than three years of minutes. And that number was ...

Veteran Nashua alderman still doesn’t get it

Should an alderman employed by a nonprofit organization be permitted to chair a committee that plays a role in the distribution of federal money to such groups, including his or her own? Frankly, we don’t think so, but we’ll leave that more nuanced argument for another ...

For NH Vietnam veterans, it was a long wait

No, it didn’t come nearly soon enough. Nor do we suspect it erased the bitter memories of coming home from a war waged more than 6,000 mile away, only to be treated like one of the enemy. Booed. Shunned. And worse. But what transpired this past weekend in New Hampshire may have been ...