Editorials

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 ...

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 ...

Armstrong’s ‘one small step’ still a giant feat

Shutdown. At 4:17 p.m. on July 20, 1969, only a handful of people in the world understood the historical significance of that word. It was the first word from Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong confirming that “Eagle,” the low-on-fuel lunar module he had just piloted ...

City has real gem in Silver Knights

Beyond their second league championship and a significant increase in their attendance at Holman Stadium, the most promising moment for the future of the Nashua Silver Knights came after the lights went out and the players went home. “From an operations standpoint, there are things ...

GOP sees Ayotte as a future leader

Even with nearly 20 years of experience in Granite State government and politics, the past 20 months surely have been a little overwhelming for first-term U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte. Freshman senators usually spend their first congressional session simply learning the rules and rituals of life ...

Genuine threats come to small-town America

More than 30,000 people gather each August on the grounds of an airport in Jaffrey to watch the late-summer night sky explode with a dazzling display of light and color. The long-running Festival of Fireworks there brings dollars to local businesses and smiles to the faces of spectators who ...

‘Deadly force’ sheriff candidate unworthy of post

What do you say about a candidate for public office who says he would arrest any doctor performing an elective or late-term abortion? What do you say about a candidate for public office who says he would not rule out the use of deadly force to prevent that abortion from taking place? What do ...

This can’t be what Romney-Ryan ticket had in mind

So far, Mitt Romney’s choice of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan to be his vice-presidential running mate has worked out brilliantly – for Democrats. The early spin on Ryan was that he would bolster Romney’s effort to put heat on President Barack Obama by focusing his ...

LGC’s $50m loss is cities and towns’ gain

For the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire, the old English proverb, “Good things come to those who wait,” couldn’t be more prophetic. For more than a decade, the state association of firefighter unions has waged a pitched legal battle against the New ...

Candidates hold key to success of our voter guide

One of the disadvantages of having the fourth-largest legislative body in the world is that it’s next to impossible to get to know all the candidates running for 424 seats in the Statehouse every two years. Especially when the time period between the last day to file for public ...

Brookline going down wrong road

What was Brookline Selectman Clarence Farwell thinking when he voted to give a contract to his son’s company to repave Hood Road? We can’t answer that, but his explanations certainly don’t make sense. First, he said he didn’t think he voted for it, but ...

We hope ‘Debt’ series was an asset

If you were to convene a meeting of the state’s top lawmakers and higher education administrators, we’re pretty sure they would quickly agree that maintaining a highly educated workforce is absolutely critical to maintaining the “New Hampshire ...

Female inmates have strong case in NH

Courts rule. Commissions present their findings. Corrections commissioners come and go. Governors and legislatures change; lawmakers and prison inmates alike die, only to be replaced by a new set of lawmakers and prisoners. What has remained unchanged for decades is the unfair, immoral and ...

Voters not tuned in yet to governor’s race

In meeting with the candidates for governor this summer – part of our ongoing commitment to provide readers with essential information come Election Day – we’ve had a sneaking suspicion that not many people are paying attention. And if you believe the findings of ...

Surprise! Election fraud is virtually nonexistent

For the past two years, we’ve spoken out repeatedly against GOP-driven efforts to enact a voter ID law on the state’s electorate. We argued such a law would impose obstacles on voters who don’t have a photo identification card, particularly the elderly, poor and ...

US women shine at London Games

Of all the inspiring story lines to come out the London Olympic Games, none is more compelling than the historic performance of America’s women athletes. The United States won the most overall and most gold medals because of our women’s impressive achievements in a wide ...

Ryan VP pick could be good news for all voters

If you believe everything you hear, both sides are absolutely ecstatic over Republican Mitt Romney’s selection of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan to be his running mate this fall. Republicans – especially the conservative wing of the party – are happy because Ryan ...

Nurse-in protest unfair to owner

Standing up for your own rights doesn’t mean you have to trample on the comfort levels of those around you in public places. A New Hampshire businessman recently learned just how much of an impact a hot topic could have on his local business, after his manager asked a breast-feeding ...

‘Degrees of Debt’ seeks solutions

For more than three decades, New Hampshire’s economy has been among the strongest in the nation. Historically, the Granite State has been the last to feel the negative effects of economic downturns and the first to benefit from the eventual upturns. Unfortunately, there are several ...

Ayotte for veep not so far-fetched

You know what’s not the craziest idea ever? New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte as Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s running mate. It was Sen. John McCain who got us thinking about it – not that he’s necessarily the best picker of VPs ...