Editorials

Romney’s ‘47 percent’ remarks beyond the pale

This week was supposed to represent a fresh start for the underachieving Mitt Romney campaign, a much-touted “reset” predicated on telling the American people in greater detail what he would do as president and why his election would be more beneficial than another four ...

Lawmakers should consider UNH tuition freeze deal

It will be another seven weeks before we know who will be the next governor and which party will control the state Legislature for the next two years, but that didn’t stop the University of New Hampshire System board of trustees last week from making like Monty Hall and playing its ...

Another bumper crop for Apple with iPhone 5

There’s something about Apple. As we quietly pick fruit off the trees here in New Hampshire, the most valuable company in the world of the same name unveiled the details of one of the most anticipated telephones ever. The new phone – which was rumored to be faster, taller ...

Offensive display by NH delegation over defense cuts

In a presidential election year, it goes without saying that we will be treated to more than a tolerable dose of political theater of the absurd. But Monday’s carefully orchestrated appearance of New Hampshire’s congressional delegation at Nashua’s BAE Systems ...

Time for voters to grill candidates for governor

Democrat Maggie Hassan and Republican Ovide Lamontagne are running for governor on a promise to focus on jobs and the state’s economy. But here are a few things voters should know and some questions they might want to ask the candidates between now and Nov. 6. The issues that ...

As NH primaries go, it was a real snoozefest

Looking for a word to sum up the results of Tuesday’s state primary election? Try the same one that characterized this summer’s Democratic and Republican campaigns. Boring. Yes, there were a few upsets and some close races further down the ballot, but the top-tier ...

Nation pauses to grieve once more

After last year’s national observance of the 10-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America, it was only natural that this year’s ceremonies would be more subdued in nature. On Tuesday, that appeared to be true nationally and here in New Hampshire. In Nashua, ...

You can still vote Tuesday without a photo ID

Whenever it comes time to vote, there is no shortage of excuses for voters to fall back on to explain why they can’t be bothered to exercise their civic duty. Don’t like politics. Too busy. Weather forecast called for rain. Don’t have a ride. Hate waiting in ...

Plenty of reasons to vote Tuesday

There are several reasons why Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary election is one of the more important ones in recent memory. Of course, on the national level, it’s all about the economy. The next Congress must come to grips with getting the country back on the track of ...

Stage set for more downtown events

While most of us have reveled in the long, hot summer of 2012, downtown Nashua merchants report business has been a mixed bag. “It’s been a rough summer, but it won’t last forever,” Joe Drift, owner of Saffron Bistro on Main Street told our reporter ...

Economic revival needs real solutions

Manufacturing has been declining as a share of the U.S. economy for three decades, but you wouldn’t know it from tuning into the campaign frequencies. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama talk dreamily about a manufacturing revival, with Romney ...

Lamontagne best GOP pick for gov.

The race for the Republican gubernatorial nomination comes down to Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith, two party stalwarts with impeccable conservative credentials. (Robert Tarr, of Manchester, also appears on the ballot.) In fact, there is not a substantive issue of importance to state policy ...

Hassan the clear choice for Dems

For 14 of the past 16 years, a Democrat has been governor of New Hampshire. If the party wants to continue its recent dominance of the corner office, it will select Exeter’s Maggie Hassan as its gubernatorial nominee Tuesday. The former Senate majority leader offers the most ...

US House rematches earn our endorsement

When New Hampshire voters go to the polls next week to vote in the Republican and Democratic primary elections, don’t be surprised if they come down with a sudden case of deja vu. Republican Charles Bass and Democrat Ann McLane Kuster on 2nd Congressional District ...

Specifics needed in credit card policies

It’s just grant money. That was the attitude of Wilton-Lyndeborough school officials who were trusted to use the school district’s credit card for expenses during trips for professional development. During those trips, the card, and taxpayer money, was used to pay for ...

Creating jobs poses challenge for parties

Around the world, the United States economy is considered to be the “cleanest dirty shirt,” a less-than-encouraging reference to the fact that while domestic economic growth remains anemic, many other industrialized nations are in much worse shape. Most notably, the ...

State budget cuts don’t signal end of road

An interesting story about cost downshifting to local communities as a result of the New Hampshire Legislature’s recent knife-happy approach to budgeting came to our attention this week from The Telegraph. The paper reported that in the 8,271-population community of Litchfield ...

Tuition freeze or cuts would do well

One of the bigger budget battles to be played out during the next legislative session will be whether lawmakers will accept the expected offer from the University System of New Hampshire trustees to freeze tuition if the state restores funding to where it was two years ago. The University ...

Can’t aldermen behave without threat of fine?

Good intentions aside, an ordinance allowing Nashua aldermen to fine each other $10 for uncivil behavior likely would create more problems than it solves. While encouraging courteous discussion is laudable, there must be better ways to achieve that goal. During its first eight months on the ...

Nashua 50 project salutes Greater Nashua businesses

For 50 years, Greater Nashua has established itself as the economic epicenter of the state. It’s an area known for innovation, from Ralph Baer, the inventor of the first video game, Pong; to the funny-looking triangular manhole covers that have become signature Nashua icons. It is ...