Local Commentary

Listen to teachers on NGSS

The first time I heard about the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) was in a Nashua Telegraph article about a Nashua Board of Education motion to wait yet another year to review science standards and move to new ones. After reading the article and doing some research on the internet, I ...

Going ‘Over the Edge’ to support the community

There is very little more fundamental to the existence of any nonprofit organization than fundraising. Every nonprofit needs to raise enough money to sustain itself and do its good work in the community. One dilemma which I see frequently in our community, however, is that there are a limited ...

Don’t bail out commercial landlords with tax money

Politicians shouldn’t mandate that tax monies be used to benefit special interests, much less themselves. But they do it anyway. It’s true in New Hampshire as well as in Washington, D.C., and that’s why a bill being debated in Concord reminds us of the need to “drain the swamp” in ...

UNH failing in free speech

Across the nation, free speech on college campuses is under attack. From riots at UC-Berkeley to violence at Middlebury next door in Vermont, many Granite Staters have watched these events unfold in disgust, while regarding it as a problem that happens somewhere else. While we have so far ...

Offering a new lens on life for the visually impaired of New Hampshire

About 2,500 of your friends and fellow community members are living with profound sight loss in the Nashua area, and they are not receiving the services they could be; currently, fewer than 100 people are. Statewide, that number is closer to more than 30,000 Granite Staters who need help living ...

Ten small ways you can help the planet

Maple syrup production in the United States peaked in 1860. This had nothing to do with agricultural trends or culinary tastes. It was political and moral beliefs in action. The Northern states were abolitionist, but their political efforts to end slavery in America had gone nowhere. That was ...

Will Concord cancel clean energy?

I never thought much about fuel growing up in rural New Hampshire. Summer air conditioning was out of the question, on account of the pond nearby. Winter chores included chopping kindling and hauling cords of wood to keep the wood stove crackling – a warm welcome after a cold day skiing on ...

You can learn a lot from a 9-year-old

April was a whirlwind of a month. Starting with my wedding and ending with a much-anticipated honeymoon to Germany, I closed out the month with a lot of firsts. The honeymoon was my first official adult vacation. It also happened to be the first vacation my husband and I went on together that ...

Legalizing casino gambling wrong for New Hampshire

For more than 40 years New Hampshire Legislatures have debated the merits of legalizing casino gambling, and for 40 years they have rejected it. On May 4, when it next convenes, the New Hampshire House will debate and vote on it once again. Casino gambling would be wrong for New Hampshire. We ...

Protecting our Earth, protecting livelihood

Thankfully, the majority of American dinner table conversations regarding climate change have moved past denial. According to a 2016 Gallop Poll, 64 percent of Americans worried a “great deal” or “fair amount” about global warming, up from 55 percent at the same time last year. Many ...

How municipal assessments impact electric bills

Cities and towns throughout the state are inappropriately taking advantage of their ability to independently assess electric, gas and water infrastructure (buildings, pipes, transformers, poles and wires). Many are using unjust assessments and collecting excessive property taxes from utilities. ...

Destroying NH’s ‘Wait List’

In 1991, New Hampshire was the first state to close its institution for individuals with developmental disabilities. All Granite Staters have a right to be proud of the closure of Laconia State School, which acknowledged the right of our residents with developmental disabilities to live ...

Innovative way of dealing with opioid crisis

As we all are so painfully aware, our community has been hit by one of the worst and most challenging health-care crises it has ever faced, the opioid addiction epidemic. One of our most innovative efforts to counter this crisis is named “Safe Stations.” Early indicators suggest this ...

Senate focused on New Hampshire’s budget process

Much has been said in the past few weeks about the New Hampshire House failing to send a budget over to the Senate. Regardless of the drama you may read about, one thing is certain: the process to craft the state’s operating budget for the next two years will continue. I’m pleased to have ...

Saving vets from red tape

This month marks the three-year anniversary of the earth-shattering scandal involving veteran health care at the Phoenix VA. The deaths of dozens of veterans and needless suffering of thousands more proved the life-threatening dangers of government bureaucracy run amok. Yet for many of New ...

Delay of area voting due to snow storm was a good call

We are a group of New Hampshire town moderators with no political agenda other than trying to run our town meetings fairly and legally. We have watched in dismay over the past few weeks as the issue of postponing town meetings turned into a political sideshow and a cynical attack by state ...

Don Quixote and power costs

The fictional character Don Quixote maintained a staunchly hopeful attitude in his gallant adventures. His comportment reminds me of those who think New Hampshire and New England can solve our electrical energy cost crisis by simply investing more in energy efficiency and renewable energy like ...

Ratpocalypse Now: They’re coming, and they can read our minds

Robert Frost famously wrote “Some say the world will end in fire, / Some say in ice. / Some say bourbon is best, / but they never had, / Riunite on ice.” (He wrote a lot of jingles toward the end of his career. Look it up.) Frosty’s wrong, of course. Bourbon is best, and the world is ...

Getting hitched: Because it’s worth it for millennials

By the time this prints, there will be about 24 hours left until my wedding day and possibly a foot of snow on the ground. Mother Nature can be funny like that around April Fool’s Day. In the weeks leading up to the big day, between dress fittings, gym sessions, and facial treatments, I’ve ...

Protecting NH’s Medicaid

Will New Hampshire rush into turning over its Medicaid long-term care program to private managed care insurers? The fate of its most vulnerable citizens â€Â” including over 4,200 nursing home residents â€Â” is at stake. While managed care has had success in ...