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No drug tests for welfare aid in New Hampshire

When did being poor mean it was OK for state lawmakers to treat you like a common criminal? On Tuesday, the House Health, Human Services and Elders Affairs Committee took testimony on such a bill (HB 121) filed by two Greater Nashua legislators. If approved, it would require drug testing for ...

NH police gun raffle one big misfire

Ever since the senseless slaughter of 20 first-graders and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school last month, law enforcement officers across the country have stepped up to try to combat gun violence on their own. Consider: • In Compton, Calif., the Los Angeles County ...

R&D tax credit bill off to a good start in NH

If there ever were a symbol for the shenanigans that dominated the Republican-controlled House of Representatives in 2011-12, it might very well be sabotaging a popular bill to double the research and development tax credit available to state businesses. The Senate approved the bill ...

Obama inaugural address a call to action

President Barack Obama’s second inaugural address won’t be remembered as the longest in American history; that honor belongs to William Henry Harrison, who died of pneumonia one month to the day after delivering his 8,460-word, 100-minute address on a cold, blustery day in ...

Right call on freshman writing course in Nashua

As adults, we sometimes forget how fortunate we are that we were taught to write as children. Even with advancements in technology allowing for on-the-fly spell-check, grammar edits and voice-to-text dictation, the computer will not write a good cover letter nor make a convincing argument. ...

Lance’s legacy: A cycle of lies

Lance Armstrong’s mechanical interview with Oprah Winfrey last week further illustrates that the disgraced and dethroned winner of seven Tour de France bicycle races is among the more practiced Machiavellian personalities of our time. There is the altruistic Lance Armstrong. A ...

Raise the gas tax? Well, it’s about time

The backfires could be heard within hours of Rep. David Campbell’s reasoned proposal Wednesday to raise the state gasoline tax from 18 cents per gallon to 30 cents. Campbell, a Nashua Democrat and chairman of the House Public Works and Highways Committee, also wants to increase ...

Make mental health a budget priority in NH

If ever there were a time for mental health organizations to pitch the need for more funding to state lawmakers, now would appear to be it. So it made perfect sense that a Concord-based organization representing 10 community-based mental health centers chose Monday – the one-month ...

President Obama keeps his Newtown pledge

Shortly after the horrific massacre of 20 first-graders and six educators at a Connecticut elementary school last month, we called on our elected leaders in Washington to engage in a serious national debate over what can be done – if anything – to curb such senseless ...

Don’t use the debt ceiling to set fiscal policy

Suffice to say, it isn’t often that President Barack Obama and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich actually agree on something – at least publicly. So we took particular notice Tuesday when Gingrich chastised his Republican colleagues for threatening to take the nation to ...

NH school-funding amendment can wait

Ever since the New Hampshire Supreme Court struck down the state’s inadequate method of funding public education in the 1990s, lawmakers have made more than 80 attempts to amend the state constitution to undo the so-called Claremont decisions. All have failed. That includes last ...

MLB tarnished by Hall of Fame vote, too

One of Major League Baseball’s many obituaries was written during and after the 1994-95 players strike. That labor-management war obliterated nearly a half-season of games and one entire postseason. Common wisdom, which is not always rooted in superior insight, wrote off the ...

Amherst experiencing an Orwellian fantasy

There is increasingly justified citizen concern in Amherst over the conduct of its Board of Oligarchs. Of course, the official title is Board of Selectmen, but its five members are running things as if they have been conferred an indisputable and impenetrable right of rule. Of course, that ...

New Hampshire should not hide criminal records

At least two New Hampshire lawmakers want the state to deliberately block employers’ ability to know whether a job candidate has a criminal record. We think this is a terrible idea. The lawmakers want to amend New Hampshire’s criminal-annulment law, RSA 651:A, that was ...

Vaccine best bet to fight off the flu

Wash your hands. Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Keep your hands away from your eyes, mouth and nose. The same things your mother told you as a child are still critical today as the nation experiences what is expected to be its worst flu season in a decade. And it’s ...

NH rail study picking up steam – again

When the Executive Council meets next month, it may have an opportunity to take the first step toward doing what its predecessor should have done last year: sanction the use of federal funds to study an expansion of commuter rail in New Hampshire. That’s because Gov. Maggie Hassan ...

Laughton out, but NH ‘felon’ candidate law in limbo

At first blush, you might think we know everything we need to know about the long-running soap opera surrounding Stacie Laughton’s on-again, off-again bid to represent Nashua in the House of Representatives. Nov. 6: Elected as one of three Democrats to represent Ward 4. Nov. 29: ...

Greater Nashua blood donation could save a life

Were you unable to donate blood this weekend during Saturday’s winter blood drive in Nashua? Well, cheer up. There are a dozen other opportunities coming up in Greater Nashua this month to ensure the American Red Cross has enough blood on hand to meet any emergency during the ...

‘Cliff’ deal kind to US industries

If you thought Congress’ year-end rush to avoid the “fiscal cliff” was all about the Bush tax cuts, unemployment benefits and halting the dreaded sequestration, think again. Turns out, it also was about quietly renewing a host of temporary tax giveaways ...

Nashua policy proposal for ‘double-dippers’ refreshing

School officials in Nashua are considering putting a one-year freeze on retirees who want to reapply for a job within the school district. We believe such a change makes sense on a number of levels. First, we applaud the Board of Education for being one of the only groups in the area to ...