Editorials

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 ...

Threat of sharks no laughing matter

Sometimes, kids know best. Summertime at the beach brings thoughts of hot sun, sand sculptures and cool ocean waves, but it can also raise anxiety about what lurks below the surface. New Hampshire resident Walter Szulc Jr. originally laughed off his teenage daughter’s advice to ...

Sandusky report far from last word

If you are a fan of Penn State, especially of its football program and former head coach Joe Paterno, there is nothing good in the independent investigation of Jerry Sandusky’s 14-year reign of sexual-abuse terror released Thursday. Longtime football coaching lieutenant Sandusky ...

Time to end fight over health care law

Majority Republican lawmakers in New Hampshire, and Maine’s Republican governor, have done everything in their power to stop implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The time has come to start working with federal officials to make the law work efficiently ...

Reardon’s gone, but questions linger

We’re sure Tara Reardon learned quite a few things during her three-year stint as commissioner of the state Department of Employment Security. Apparently, how to resign with dignity wasn’t one of them. On Wednesday, the embattled commissioner submitted her resignation to ...

Welfare card talks to be contentious

State Rep. Peter Leishman, D-Peterborough, is quite correct when he says welfare fraud is not a “partisan issue.” We would like to think everyone – Democrats, Republicans and independents alike – would agree that the use of welfare money for ...

NH’s new home-school laws weren’t necessary

Let’s be clear from the outset: We have nothing but the utmost respect for those parents who take it upon themselves to educate their children at home. We can think of few greater acts of love and commitment than investing that time toward the future well-being of their ...

Daniel Webster College in search of a new identity

If Michael Diffily were in the restaurant business, he would be wondering how to attract new customers to a popular eatery after it removes its most popular entree from the menu. Diffily isn’t in the restaurant business – he is the president of Daniel Webster College ...

Fiscal fix can’t wait for election

Friday’s dismal jobs report is another sobering reminder that the U.S. economy is stuck, if not headed in reverse. Employers added a modest 80,000 jobs in June, falling short of the 100,000 gain that economists surveyed by Bloomberg News had predicted. That rate is nowhere near the ...

Hospital CEO pay report a head scratcher

At first blush, it seems undeniably unfair that compensation paid to the executive officers of New Hampshire’s 23 nonprofit hospitals jumped more than 18 percent from 2006 to 2009, when wages for private-sector workers increased less than 5 percent during the same time. The bounty ...

Turns out O’Brien can be petty, too

Speaker of the House William O’Brien has been called a bully. His leadership style has been described as dictatorial. During a House debate, a fellow legislator shouted a Nazi salute at him after being ordered to sit down. And those bombs were being thrown at him by people in his ...

Pelham fireworks mishap dampens holiday

The Fourth of July is a time for family fun and recreation, whether it be hosting neighborhood cookouts, lining sidewalks for holiday parades or gathering at dusk for celebratory fireworks displays. Getting rushed to the hospital isn’t supposed to be on the list. Yet, every year ...

GOP, campaign need to talk

When Rick Santorum called former rival Mitt Romney “the worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama,” because of the former governor’s ties to health care reform in Massachusetts, he had no idea the U.S. Supreme Court would uphold the ...

NH’s community colleges in capable hands

When our editorial board meets with politicians, business leaders and newsmakers to dissect the issues of the day, it’s not unusual for some of our requests for data – budget numbers, percentages, etc. – to be met with a polite “I’ll have to ...

NCAA big winner in football playoffs

For those who loathe big-time college athletics, and even for those who enjoy the games but feel nothing but disdain for the profiteers who belly-up to the big-money trough, last week’s decision to institute a four-team playoff likely elicited reactions ranging from head-shaking to ...

‘Rx’ series over, our coverage is not

Thursday’s public forum on prescription drug abuse sponsored by The Telegraph underscored the premise of our six-day “Rx addiction epidemic” special series that New Hampshire in general and Nashua in particular are just coming to grips with this destructive social ...

NH doesn’t have immigration issue

In a case of insisting on a solution to a problem that does not appear to exist, House Speaker William O’Brien says police in New Hampshire should be empowered to check the immigration status of anyone they stop for whatever reason. The imperative from the Mont Vernon Republican ...

Landmark health care ruling not the final word

With its landmark 5-4 ruling Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court settled once and for all whether the Obama administration’s signature health care reform law is constitutional. It is. Whether the law will be on the books long enough for some of its major provisions to take effect in ...

Sidewalks trip up mayor, aldermen

If you took 100 people familiar with downtown Nashua and placed them in a room, you would be hard-pressed to find more than a few who didn’t believe fixing sidewalks should be a top priority. Unfortunately, some of those people appear to be members of the aldermanic Budget Review ...

Join us Thursday for Rx chat, forum

There are times when telling a story isn’t enough. The power of being able to see someone, hear their story first-hand, and ask questions can bring a deeper meaning to a complex subject. Addiction is one of those issues. If there’s any question whether prescription drug ...