Editorials

Too many holes in casino bill

Wednesday’s one-vote House committee rejection of legislation to allow a casino is not a death knell for the proposed facility at Rockingham Park, but it raises serious questions whether it’s truly in the state’s best long-term interests. For the record, The ...

The week and review

Gas tax waits in Statehouse purgatory In the upcoming political machinations leading to passage of the next New Hampshire biennial budget, the proposed three-year, 12-cent gasoline tax increase could re-emerge, For now though, it languishes in Senate committee purgatory because of concerns ...

Out-of-state ads out of bounds

Sen. Kelly Ayotte was quick to speak out against out-of-state advertising groups last week as she defended her controversial vote against the Manchin-Toomey gun control amendment. Now that the ads crossing the state airwaves are in her favor, the senator has less to say. This week, a ...

Budget trends raise questions

Mayor Donnalee Lozeau unveiled her 2014 Nashua budget plan to the public this week. At first glance, the proposal seems reasonable. However, a deeper look at the city’s recent budgets reveals some troubling trends. As it stands, the mayor’s proposal would increase spending ...

Making the case for lumber company

Wilkins Lumber Co. is a true throwback. At 205 years old, and in the eighth generation of family ownership, the Milford company is among area’s oldest businesses, and it maintains the region’s only working sawmill. The community shouldn’t let it become a lost ...

Viewers set to change channels

The digital revolution reached New Hampshire this week. It will be streamed – not televised. Aereo, a new streaming-broadcast service, became available in the Nashua-area for the first time Wednesday, bringing welcomed competition to the local cable market. Comcast, the ...

Added school time could cost students

Time is hard to come by in high school. Administrators at Hollis Brookline High School believe they have found a way to give their students more time without adding hours to the day. Members of the Hollis Brookline school board meet Wednesday to consider a plan to add an extra period to the ...

Homelessness an ongoing battle

By best estimates, more than 300 people are homeless in the Nashua area. That’s 300 more than civic leaders wanted 13 years ago when they vowed to bring homelessness to an end within a decade. The goal was admittedly ambitious and looking at all that’s happened since, it ...

Health care costs can vary wildly

People in New Hampshire who want to figure out the difference in health care costs between hospitals are better off than most. New Hampshire is one of the only states with a health care calculator to determine how much certain procedures cost at one hospital versus another. But this little ...

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 ...