Editorials

Ayotte misses mark with gun points

Sen. Kelly Ayotte made several strong points in a recent op-ed piece defending her vote against the failed Manchin-Toomey compromise plan to extend gun purchase background checks to gun shows and internet sales. Sadly, most of her points weren’t germane to the issue or they ...

A look back at the week in news

House vote on Tremblay comments a good first step By suggesting the Boston Marathon bombings could have been a U.S. government “black ops” inside job and that there was something fishy about the life-threatening injuries suffered by Nashua Costco employee Jeff Bauman, ...

Refugees deserve warm welcome

Mayor Donnalee Lozeau concluded her annual State of the City address in February, as she often does, praising the community’s collective spirit. The city rates among the country’s best, she said, because community members share common goals and neighbors look out for each ...

Passenger service deserves local look

Passenger rail service could one day pay big dividends in Nashua. To reap the rewards, city officials have to help lay the tracks now. Board of Alderman President Brian McCarthy dismissed a proposal this week for an ad hoc committee to study the effects of passenger rail in the area. Alderman ...

Gas tax hike a good investment

New Hampshire’s tax advantage was up for debate again this week at the Statehouse. This time it wasn’t one of the usual suspects. Instead of wrangling over sales, income or business taxes, lawmakers and special interests clashed over the state’s gas tax. Several ...

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. ...