Editorials

Mitt Romney for president

Four years ago, with little hesitation, we endorsed then-Sen. Barack Obama to become the 44th president of the United States, saying it was a time for “new leadership, a new approach to governing, a new way of conducting the people’s business.” So the basic ...

Pignatelli for executive councilor

When The Telegraph editorial board met last week to discuss endorsements for the Nov. 6 election, most came down to making a difficult choice between two qualified candidates. The Executive Council race for District 5 wasn’t one of them. As we’ve done repeatedly since she ...

Maggie Hassan for governor

New Hampshire voters have three well-qualified candidates to choose from when voting for the successor to Gov. John Lynch, who leaves office after an unprecedented four terms as one of the most respected political leaders in state history. Whoever wins the election Nov. 6 faces a difficult ...

Bipartisanship key to Telegraph endorsements

Starting Monday, The Telegraph will begin to roll out its endorsements for federal and state offices in anticipation of the Nov. 6 election. Before we do, however, we thought it would be beneficial to explain the criteria used by our five-member editorial board this year to assess each of ...

Billing president embarrasses New Hampshire

For 60 years, New Hampshire has enjoyed the honor of holding the first presidential primary election in the nation. The tradition has served the state and the nation well. And while we don’t think it will end because officials in some communities bill candidates, and even sitting ...

Zach’s Stadium one step closer to goal in Hudson

There’s something truly special about a community coming together in response to adversity and rallying around a common goal. We see it after natural disasters. We see it after devastating fires. We see it after unthinkable crimes. None of those specific examples apply to what is ...

Register to vote this week, not at the polls

Ever since the state Legislature enacted a same-day voter registration law in 1993, New Hampshire residents have enjoyed the luxury of registering to vote at the polls on Election Day. To hear Nashua City Clerk Paul Bergeron tell it, however, it will be anything but a ...

Hollis Brookline earns high grades for class-rank approach

Before we become immersed in political endorsements and related issues leading up to the Nov. 6 election, we would like to pause and make note of last week’s decision by the Hollis Brookline Cooperative School Board to eliminate class rank for its students. Not so much because we ...

NH’s class dunce status not shocking

If states were awarded diplomas for helping students afford a quality college education, New Hampshire would be far from the class valedictorian. No speeches would be given by the state where costs are high, scholarships are nonexistent and state aid to higher education is treated like a ...

Supersonic jump one for the ages

When we set our minds to it, we can do anything. Austrian Felix Baumgartner proved that yet again recently when he became the first skydiver to go faster than the speed of sound and shatter the record for the longest free fall while doing it. In 2005, Baumgartner determined to be the ...

‘Broken Athletes’ sounds an alarm

All last week, The Telegraph featured a series of stories on the physical perils of young athletes participating in competitive sports. Parents of athletes, and their children, for that matter, would do well to review the series, if they haven’t already. It represents months of ...

Identifying ‘johns’ fair in Kennebunk case

As part of the ongoing and outstanding coverage by our sister publication the York County Coast Star, on Tuesday the Portsmouth Herald published the names of the first 21 men charged with engaging the services of alleged prostitute and Kennebunk, Maine, Zumba studio owner Alexis Wright. ...

Debates not doing much to sway undecided voters

To borrow a phrase from the late comedian Rodney Dangerfield, undecided voters aren’t getting much respect these days. Last month, “Saturday Night Live” did a humorous skit on the estimated 5-7 percent of voters who say they still are undecided in the ...

Telegraph to host forum Thursday on youth sports injuries

Tough it out. Shake it off. You’ll be fine. Parents and coaches have been telling young athletes things like that for ages. Many of us have uttered these exact phrases to our own kids. But an increase in the number of youth athletic injuries, especially a dramatic spike in the ...

Lax oversight played role in meningitis outbreak

That more than a dozen people have died from what is believed to be tainted steroid medications manufactured by a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy is a tragedy. That federal health officials and members of Congress have known about the potential dangers posed by these large, unregulated ...

Presidential debates must be kept in proper context

There has been no shortage of advice directed at President Barack Obama in recent weeks in the wake of his – to be kind – lackluster performance in the first of his three presidential debates against newly energized Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Be aggressive. ...

Please, just leave those campaign signs alone

Which one of these doesn’t belong: A) Baseball. B) Hot dogs. C) Apple pie. D) Vandalizing campaign signs. If you guessed D, you are correct, of course, at least according to the TV jingle that Chevrolet made famous during the mid-1970s. But despite the warnings issued every campaign ...

Nashua 50 Editorial: Nashua River needn’t remain a ‘hidden’ asset

In Nashua, a river runs through it – and few pay attention. We all know the stories. New England towns built factories on the banks of rivers, forming the backbone of industry in the 1700s and 1800s, and then used those same rivers as dumping points for all manner of pollutants and ...

NH high schools must narrow college prep gap

Roughly 95 percent of the students who attend one of the state’s seven community colleges come from New Hampshire. Though many performed well academically in high school, 65 percent of all entering freshmen need some degree of remedial help, according to Ross Gittell, chancellor of ...

No punishment good enough for Sandusky

When a judge is contemplating a prison sentence for a 68-year-old convicted of heinous crimes, a minimum of 30 years in prison might seem more than enough. After all, assuming the inmate were to live that long, he or she wouldn’t be eligible for parole until age 98. That’s ...