Editorials

Heartbreaking events tinge thoughts of 2012

As years go, 2012 isn’t likely to be remembered as one of the better ones. There were too many heartbreaking and destructive events to tarnish popular opinion of a year that began with great expectations. Leading New Hampshire’s list of top stories for 2012 was the tragic ...

Telegraph’s voice will never waver

Saturday’s story about The Telegraph being for sale is not an easy one for us to report. Telegraph Publishing Co. has been in the stewardship of Independent Publications Inc. and the McLean family since 1977. During most of that time, either William L. McLean III, his wife Elizabeth ...

Why does the NRA fear truth on guns?

A week after the gun massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, the National Rifle Association spoke out. As well it should. If only the NRA believed in the right to free speech as fervently as it believes in the right to bear arms. Faced with government-funded research that contradicts NRA claims on ...

Kick the cliff down the road

The world didn’t evaporate with the end of the Mayan calendar on Dec. 21, and the American economy won’t suddenly plunge into recession on Jan. 1, when the federal government officially careens over the dreaded fiscal cliff. As sage and dispassionate observers note, it will ...

Reform needed to curb shootings

During Tuesday’s pre-dawn hours on a picturesque road along Lake Ontario in Webster, N.Y., William Spengler armed himself with several guns, including a .223-caliber semi-automatic Bushmaster rifle, the same make and caliber weapon used in the Newtown, Conn., school massacre. The ...

Cotton Mill project good for Nashua

It’s hard not to be excited about the prospects for an old mill building sitting on the banks of the Nashua River in downtown Nashua. Longtime developer John Stabile is applying for a five-year tax freeze on his Cotton Mill Square project off Front Street. He’s looking to ...

Relax and enjoy the spirit of Christmas

Take a deep breath. Count to three. Exhale slowly. It’s Christmas Eve and, unless you’re a daredevil procrastinator, you now can take some time to savor the true joy and spirit of the holiday season. It wasn’t easy getting to this moment. It never is. The daily ...

Gov. John Lynch’s legacy second to none

Whoever said nice guys finish last never met John Lynch. The four-term New Hampshire governor leaves office next month as the most popular chief executive in state history. If he had chosen to run for a fifth term, he would have won with ease. Never has a governor more closely connected ...

It’s time, finally, to restrict guns in America

Preventing future mass murders like the one that occurred in Newtown, Conn., will take action on many fronts, with the knowledge that those efforts will never succeed completely. On Tuesday, we suggested steps that should be taken to improve the recognition of mental illness and the ...

Nashua school security upgrades long overdue

As was so tragically illustrated at a Connecticut elementary school last week, there isn’t a security system in the world that can keep out a madman bent on causing mayhem. Even a brand-new security system installed earlier this year at Sandy Hook Elementary School was no match for ...

Conserving energy pays off after all

Remember when your mom or dad used to reprimand you for leaving the light on in your empty room? Or when they used to complain that your inconsiderate behavior was driving up the household electric bill? Well, multiply that by a humongous factor of “n” and you will get an ...

Newtown’s heroic educators should never be forgotten

Five days after the horrific massacre of children and staff at a Connecticut elementary school, there is still quite a bit we don’t know – and may never know – starting with the exasperating “Why?” But as news reports continue to filter out ...

No more excuses: It’s time to talk about guns

Maybe this time will be different. Maybe this time the slaughter of young innocents in a Connecticut elementary school will be enough to end the national paralysis that grips this nation every time a madman with access to guns unleashes death and destruction upon an unsuspecting community. A ...

Legalize marijuana for medical use in NH

And then there was one. Effective Jan. 1, New Hampshire will be the only New England state in which patients cannot receive safe, legal access to medical marijuana. Last month, Massachusetts joined Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont and a growing number of other states by voting to ...

NH liquor panel under fire again

More trouble for the New Hampshire Liquor Commission last week underscores the pressing need for fundamental reform to establish broader oversight and accountability to an agency responsible for generating more than $150 million a year in revenue. Owners of the Nashua-based warehouse that ...

At-risk kids need help from state of NH

Budgets are value statements. As the state begins to craft its next budget, we urge lawmakers and Gov.-elect Maggie Hassan to value our at-risk children. In 2010, in the midst of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, Republican House leaders built an austere budget that ...

Nonpublic session gives Nashua a black eye

Admittedly, we don’t know everything that took place during the two-hour nonpublic session conducted by Mayor Donnalee Lozeau and the Board of Aldermen in late October to discuss the acquisition, lease or sale of properties related to the Broad Street Parkway. Perhaps ...

Norquist no-tax pledge taking on water in GOP

How many defections does it take to render a no-tax-pledge meaningless? We’re not sure, but count us among those who would love to find out. Like the drip, drip, drip from a leaky faucet, congressional Republicans are coming forward to disavow the rigid “Taxpayer ...

Commuter rail back on track in NH

The past few years have not been kind to those folks who believe – as we do – that commuter rail should be an integral part of the state’s transportation network: just like cars, buses and airplanes. Thanks to the closed-mindedness of the GOP-controlled ...

Cloudy forecast for jobs in New Hampshire

For years, New Hampshire had built a solid reputation as a state that weathers economic downturns better and rebounds quicker than its New England neighbors, if not many states across the country. Apparently, not this time. At least that is the basic conclusion of a report released at last ...