Editorials

Olympic stories captivate nation

At their halfway mark, the 2012 London Olympic Games have captured the hearts and minds of Americans. Television ratings are the highest since the 1976 Montreal games, as more than 34 million viewers tune in each night to follow the exploits of compelling young athletes such as Michael ...

Police report law victory for right to know

Without fanfare, Gov. John Lynch has signed into law a common-sense measure that will go a long way toward helping the public keep track of what the local police are up to. At issue are the arrest reports issued by public safety agencies across the state. Until now, there has been little ...

Some good news on the job front

It’s been three years now since the official end of the Great Recession – or what Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke called “the worst financial crisis in modern history” – but there are still days when it seems like any economic news is bad ...

Ayotte, McCain have short memories on sequester

There has been a lot of talk in Washington lately about that dreaded S-word – sequestration – and its potential impact on our military personnel, defense industry and, by extension, our national security. On Tuesday, that discussion shifted to Merrimack, where U.S. Sens. ...

City plays matchmaker in Cotton Mill Square deal

It’s been 17 months since the Planning Board gave final approval to a proposal to build more than 100 units of rental housing downtown along the Nashua River. But as reported on the front-page of The Telegraph last week, it now looks like the pieces are starting to come together on ...

NCC-Granite State College partnership a smart approach

When Ross Gittell met with our editorial board last month, the new chancellor of the Community College System of New Hampshire spoke at length about the challenge of making state residents aware of the many benefits the state’s two-year community colleges have to offer. We ...

Kiplinger ranking is on the money

Much has changed since Money magazine first ranked Nashua as the best place to live in America in 1987. Digital Equipment Corp. is no longer one of the city’s largest employers. The unemployment rate is no longer 3 percent. And $6 will no longer buy you a scallop dinner at a ...

Olympic-sized wish for Summer Games

With a spectacular opening ceremonies presentation – even if the Queen Mum did seem somewhat distracted as the athletes representing Great Britain marched into the stadium – the Games of the XXX Olympiad were turned over to the competitors. At least, that is the plan. ...

Olympic runner is already a hero

A few days ago, the Concord Monitor reported the not-so-inspiring news that New Hampshire was one of just a handful of states without an athlete in the London Olympics to call its own. Turns out, that accounting was premature. New Hampshire now has bragging rights to a marathoner who can be ...

Critics twisting president’s words on ‘you didn’t build that’

Six months ago, in the heat of the Republican primary campaign, we rose to the defense of Mitt Romney when his rivals jumped all over him for saying “I like being able to fire people” at a Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce breakfast. Did he say those exact words? Yes. But ...

Do-little Congress hardly a misnomer

As Congress prepares to shut down at the end of next week for its traditional five-week summer recess, we thought this would be a good time to reflect on all of its accomplishments so far this year. Don’t worry, this shouldn’t take long. Since the start of this year, the ...

NCAA gets it right on Penn State sanctions

Hail to the NCAA for imposing historically severe sanctions against Penn State for its complicity in Jerry Sandusky’s decades-long trail of sexual abuse. The punishment makes it clear, not just to Penn State but to every other university in the country, that unbridled devotion to ...

Colorado shootings tragic on many fronts

There are many things to lament in the aftermath of this past weekend’s senseless carnage at an otherwise nondescript theater complex in the Denver suburb of Aurora, Colo. First and foremost, of course, is the loss of 12 innocent lives – ordinary people who left home that ...

Stolen Valor Act ruling a fair one

Xavier Alvarez, of California, at a 2007 public meeting, said that he received the nation’s highest military award, the Medal of Honor. He lied. Alvarez also claimed he played hockey for the Detroit Red Wings. A lie. And that he married a Mexican starlet. Another lie. But for the ...

Prescription drug abuse gets Congress’ attention

The drumbeat for more to be done to fight the nation’s prescription drug abuse epidemic is getting louder. That’s a good thing. Morris Panner, a former counternarcotics prosecutor who is now an adviser at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, told The New York ...

Gambling remains a bad idea for NH

The editorial board here at Foster’s Daily Democrat would like to differ with a recent statement by gambling lobbyist Rich Killion. “It’s not a question of if any more, it is when,” Killion insisted to Associated Press reporter Bob Salsberg while ...

GOP senators all-too transparent in DISCLOSE Act vote

For the past few days, we’ve worked really hard to understand the objections raised by Senate Republicans to the DISCLOSE Act, common-sense legislation that would have brought a ray or two of sunlight to the dark world of political contributions in the post-Citizens United age. But ...

Memo to Romney: Release your tax returns

As the national drumbeat builds for Mitt Romney to release additional tax returns, we can’t help but wonder if he is the only person on the planet who doesn’t know how his petulant game of keep-away is going to end. Surely, everyone knows he is going to release more of his ...

Specialty food industry hungry for Nashua

It has been nearly 30 years since the grand opening of the Pheasant Lane Mall transformed Nashua into a destination city for retail shoppers, especially for those coming from our neighboring state to the south intent on not paying a sales tax. Now, it appears Nashua could become a destination ...

Wilshire can’t have it both ways

Here’s a good rule of thumb for public officials trying to avoid the mere appearance of a conflict of interest: If you know you can’t vote, then you shouldn’t be a key player in the talks leading up to that vote, either. That basic principle came to mind after ...