Editorials

Greater Nashua blood donation could save a life

Were you unable to donate blood this weekend during Saturday’s winter blood drive in Nashua? Well, cheer up. There are a dozen other opportunities coming up in Greater Nashua this month to ensure the American Red Cross has enough blood on hand to meet any emergency during the ...

‘Cliff’ deal kind to US industries

If you thought Congress’ year-end rush to avoid the “fiscal cliff” was all about the Bush tax cuts, unemployment benefits and halting the dreaded sequestration, think again. Turns out, it also was about quietly renewing a host of temporary tax giveaways ...

Nashua policy proposal for ‘double-dippers’ refreshing

School officials in Nashua are considering putting a one-year freeze on retirees who want to reapply for a job within the school district. We believe such a change makes sense on a number of levels. First, we applaud the Board of Education for being one of the only groups in the area to ...

Guinta was misguided to his very last vote

Frank Guinta’s short, unhappy tenure as New Hampshire’s District 1 congressman (ended Wednesday) at noon. His final act – voting against the emergency fiscal cliff legislation – epitomized his flawed thinking and the reason he failed to win a second term ...

Hassan lays out vision, sets tone for new session

The Boston Red Sox were still a year away from winning their first World Series in 86 years. “The Lord of The Rings: The Return of the King” was voted Best Picture. Gasoline was about $1.50 a gallon. That’s how long it has been – 2003, to be precise ...

‘Fiscal cliff’ deal leaves everyone hanging

What else should we have expected from a Congress destined to be remembered as the least productive in history? What else should we have expected from a Congress that prompted Standard & Poor’s to lower the nation’s credit rating in response to the Great Debt Ceiling ...

Clearing the air on youth smoking

In the summer of 2011, The Telegraph began publishing an occasional series of stories under the heading “Cuts and Consequences,” which were intended to put a human face on the impact of state budget cuts on state programs during the 2011-12 budget cycle. Human services ...

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 ...