Editorials

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 ...

Hudson Babe Ruth baseball falls victim to the times

For old baseball players, there is a bit of sad news coming out of Hudson that will make them feel even older. The Hudson Board of Selectmen has approved a new lacrosse program, which will be run through the town’s Recreation Department. The program will replace the floundering ...

NH legislative leaders set the right tone

The newly sworn-in members of the New Hampshire Legislature didn’t sit in a circle, hold hands and sing “Kumbaya” on Wednesday, but they might as well have. On the procedural first day of the new session, Democrats and Republicans could not have said nicer ...

Fossil-fuel push must be rebuffed in NH

Last week, the United Nations reported that an area of Arctic sea ice larger than the United States melted. At this very moment, a tanker carrying natural gas is making its way through the normally frozen Arctic Ocean from Norway to Japan, where the natural gas will be burned, releasing carbon ...

A healthy trend in hospital care in NH

As coincidences go, they don’t get much more on point than two health care-related developments that occurred last week. On Thursday morning, three health care executives – led by Dartmouth-Hitchcock President and CEO James Weinstein – told a Greater Nashua ...

NTU key factor in Race to Top

Two years ago, we didn’t mince words when we called out the Nashua Teachers Union for helping to sabotage the state Department of Education’s bid for millions of dollars in federal Race to the Top education reform funding by refusing to sign off on its application. We were ...

Families, children counting on the Santa Fund

Nearly every day, it seems, there are signs the U.S. economy continues to recover – albeit ever so slowly – from the depths of the Great Recession of 2008-09. Employment is up. Home sales are up. Consumer confidence is up. The stock market is up. But statistics are one ...

NH open government shouldn’t be a burden

During a public hearing last week on his budget request for the next two years, Attorney General Michael Delaney mentioned how responding to Right-to-Know requests is putting a strain on his staff and his budget. In the current two-year budget cycle, he said, his office had spent 3,983 staff ...

Editorial: Telegraph’s Nashua 50 project is one for the ages

Since May, The Telegraph has embarked on its most ambitious project ever. It’s called Nashua 50. Already, you’ve read 40 stories and editorials highlighting the city’s business achievements during the past 50 years. You’ve read about major milestones ...

NH must review its ‘felon’ election statute

Stacie Laughton will not represent Nashua’s Ward 4 in the House of Representatives for the next two years. After several days of intense waffling, she acknowledged on public access television Thursday that she‘s not entitled to serve because of several felony convictions. ...

If not an income tax for NH, then what?

The constitutional amendment considered by New Hampshire voters last month wasn’t precisely a referendum on a personal income tax, but it was pretty close. And the vote was clear: 57 percent of voters favored a permanent ban on such a tax. The only reason they didn’t ...

So far, Hassan setting the proper tone

Making promises on the campaign trail is easy. Keeping them once in office is not. That’s one of the early challenges that will test Democratic Gov.-elect Maggie Hassan as she makes the transition from successful candidate to the 81st governor of New Hampshire. And nowhere will it ...

Mass. timeline opens door for first casino in NH

For the past few years, one of the biggest fears of pro-gambling advocates has been that Massachusetts would beat New Hampshire out of the gate by opening a casino within a short drive of the state line. And those fears escalated last November, when Gov. Deval Patrick signed into law a bill ...

Laughton owes Nashua voters an apology

Rep.-elect Stacie Laughton did the right thing Tuesday by announcing she would give up the seat she won three weeks ago to represent Ward 4 in the House of Representatives for the next two years. She just did it for the wrong reasons. On Tuesday, the Nashua Democrat chose to relinquish the ...