Local Commentary

To chart N.H.’s energy future, learn from our conservative past

Last weekend, my family joined hundreds of thousands of others in celebrating New Hampshire’s natural splendor in the White Mountain National Forest. As we took in the fall foliage from the Cog Railway on Mt. Washington and hiked along the Pemigewasset River, it was impossible to imagine that ...

Looking back at events from the fall of 1968

Leave it to a Massachusetts gridiron rival, I said to myself as I perused several Nashua Telegraph stories, published 60 years ago this month, regarding a rather silly controversy that erupted in the weeks after the legendary Nashua High-Lowell High football game ended in an anticlimactic 14-14 ...

Drama Queens: A royal pain; run as fast as you can

Straight, gay, man, woman – drama queens know no boundaries. You see them at the mall, at work, in traffic and staring at you from across the table. Like many things in life, our relationship with drama is a cultural paradox. When we’re on the outside looking in, drama queens can be ...

Fall colors – blue trees: Art outdoors at Manchester’s Currier Museum

“What we do see depends on what we look for….In the same field, the farmer will notice the crops, the geologist the fossils, botanists the flowers, artists the colouring, sportsmen the cover for the game. Though we may all look at the same things, it does not follow that we should see ...

Nashua Soup Kitchen dinner and auction is Nov. 3

I am not a party animal, which you’ve probably guessed by now, if you’ve ever read my column before this one. But one party I always attend is the one that the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter has every year: The NSKS Dinner and Silent Auction. This year is the 18th dinner and silent ...

Sept. 2018 was warm, rainy

Labor Day weekend brought with it weather quite normal for southern New Hampshire to start fall but heat and humidity would make a quick return for most of the remainder of the first week of September. For the second straight month heavy rainfall would encompass the Gate City. After a couple ...

Alzheimer’s and dementia

Science Cafe New Hampshire occasionally tackles difficult topics, and this month, we examine the human mind during our session on Alzheimer’s and dementia. On Wednesday night, Science Cafe will again host a public discussion, and you are invited to join. Aging is the issue that binds us ...

New study on New Hampshire: Number two in freedom?

“We’re number two” just doesn’t sound right, does it? New Hampshire placed second in the latest version of our study, Freedom in the 50 States, and we’ve gotten some flak for it. So why is the Live Free or Die state not number one? First, it is important to note that New Hampshire ...

Camp Resilience: Building veteran resilience outdoors and inside

“The toughest time of my life was not boot camp, or my deployment in Iraq: It was the two years of transition to life back home.” – Brandon Schuster, Marine veteran The word resilience derives from the Latin verb resilire, which means “to jump back” or “to recoil.” The base verb ...

Can good men do bad things?

It’s an absurd question, you say. Of course, some men who are called “good” have also been known to do bad things from time to time. Nobody’s perfect. We all make mistakes. But what if the man in question is someone we think is really good and the thing he stands accused of is really ...

CACR15 will be on Nov. 6 ballot

CACR15 will appear as Question 1 on the ballot for November’s general election. The word “constitution” refers to the New Hampshire state constitution. It will read, “Are you in favor of amending Article 8 of the first part of the constitution to read as follows (addition in italics): ...

Buying a car today isn’t quite like it used to be

Buying a car today can be as simple as click, click, click. Like a pack of gum, one can now even purchase a car from a vending machine! Let’s see, I’ll take the silver Ford Escape, swipe my card or insert A LOT of cash, find slot A1, push and done. I often wondered how much noise cars make ...

Sleeping in a box will not end poverty in Greater Nashua

I just participated in United We Sleep to End Hunger and Homelessness, an effort of the United Way of Nashua to raise awareness of hunger and homeless in our community. In Nashua, as in many other cities throughout our nation, food and shelter have become expensive commodities, and a growing ...

Lasting Legacy: The Sarah Josepha Hale Award to Nathaniel Philbrick

“Next to genius is the power of feeling where true genius lies.” – Sarah Josepha Hale Hale would no doubt agree that much of genius lies in books – the legacy of the wisdom of others left behind. Hail to libraries, bookstores, teachers, books. Hail to Sarah Josepha Hale, national ...

‘Silver Tsunami’ is coming

This year marks a milestone for the Nashua Senior Activity Center, its 40th anniversary. Since its creation, the Center has been the only place in Nashua solely dedicated to seniors. While the mission of the Center has never changed, its programming has been ever-changing, continuing to meet ...

Why strong unions are important to the Granite State

Unions, it would seem, have become a dirty word. That makes me sad. I was a member of the Service Employees International Union back in the 1970s and later a member of the NEA. I know many unions have been, and still are, associated with corruption and organized crime. As a teen, I remember ...

Kavanaugh’s foes ‘hit bottom, still digging’

To put it kindly, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee may be auditioning for future employment, most likely with Barnum and Bailey. For once, the public hearing on the freshly minted accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was scheduled, it was clear at once that we are ...

We need to change the conversation on mental health

Mental health challenges are more common and more treatable than many of us imagine. The fact that we don’t often talk about them – or about the people we know or love who experience them – does not mean that mental illness doesn’t exist. In fact, one in five adults will experience a ...

Successful community spirit

Home Health & Hospice Care, founded in 1883 in Nashua, recently held a month-long Designer Showhouse in the historic 1906 Frank. E. Anderson House at 90 Concord St. The project was a fundraiser to benefit the Community Hospice House, a beloved ten suite facility for end of life care. ...