Local Commentary

High 5/Give 5 campaign is underway

Editor’s note: This piece is part of an ongoing series about homelessness in Greater Nashua. The topic will be explored through columns and commentary, profiles about those who are homeless, and in-depth news features about this compelling, complex challenge we face in our community. Other ...

Sleeping in a box to incite change

True story. A few days ago, I received a phone call from a young lady who we will call “Andrea” about a personal and imminent situation she is facing. Andrea will be turning 18 this weekend and has been in foster care since she was 12. She has a job and got her high school GED, and wants to ...

Group announces dates for candidate forum

It is a mystery to many in local government that voters will head to the polls to vote for representatives in Washington D.C., but neglect to vote in municipal elections where their vote has a direct impact on their daily lives. Nashuans have the opportunity to set a positive example for the ...

Come smell the coffee at the Science Cafe

Science Cafe New Hampshire is set to resume after a summer hiatus by tackling the remarkably complex subject of “The Science of Coffee.” Coffee. For many of us, it is synonymous with morning, a Telegraph and the start of a new day. Mild or bold, dripped, perked or pressed; regular, ...

Greater Nashua has much to offer

A few weeks removed from arriving in Nashua, I still am amazed at all the things to see and do in the area. Thus far, every weekend has been a new adventure. Although I still am gaining my navigational bearings, I have become accustomed to the general traffic flow and can at least – most of ...

Board of Education members serve a vital role in community

“Educate and inform the whole mass of the people…they are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” -Thomas Jefferson —- It has been understood since the days of our founding as a nation that education is the key to personal fulfillment and the health and growth of ...

Students, welcome back to school

My name is Jahmal Mosley, and I am your superintendent of schools for the Nashua School District. Today will be the first day of school in Nashua. I am looking forward to getting to know your children over the course of the school year, but first let me take this opportunity to tell you about ...

Global warming is not a myth

There have been many times in the past when we have witnessed deniers of reality. There were those who denied that the Earth revolved around the sun, deniers of the Holocaust, deniers in Weimer Germany, who called Einstein’s theory of General Relativity a hoax and deniers who claimed that ...

It’s tough to sleep with a new nightmare every day

I don’t know about you, but my stress level dropped while President Trump was on his working vacation. It was a vacation of sorts for me, too, from all the White House chaos. I’ll bet the press enjoyed a few days off as well – at least until the president began to hurl insults and ...

Trump need not look far for guidance on N. Korean diplomacy

President Trump has become a one man show. This really shows up in his foreign policy. The sign of a true leader is when that person surrounds himself with the best he can find. No one person knows it all. Escalating tensions between the United States and North Korea have dominated headlines ...

Fueling the drug epidemic

More New Hampshire residents will die from opioid overdoses than car accidents in 2017 and the two statistics are no longer even close to each other. The “Live free or die” state now has the second highest rate of drug overdoses in the country, trailing only West Virginia, the well-known ...

It will take a village to end opioid crisis

I have gone to multiple community forums where the discussion is about “The opioid crisis.” And at these forums, I always hear the same question: “What is being done to solve the opioid problem?” I think this is a good and important question. It is important for the community to stay ...

Tour reveals pressing needs

The New Hampshire Legislature has focused on creating a competitive, business-friendly environment in the state for the last few years. It is important that our state’s businesses are successful in order to continue creating good paying jobs for New Hampshire workers. We know that ...

Partnership gives NH students better options for higher education

The cost of college is a well-known obstacle for students and their families. It’s the reason student debt is now the second highest consumer debt in the country behind mortgages. It’s also the reason many post-graduates are hindered in their abilities to travel, buy a house, or simply to ...

Fiscal irresponsibility a product of partisan politics

Gov. Chris Sununu and our friends in the Republican majority chose a partisan path for the budget, one even former House Speaker Bill O’Brien has praised. Gov. Sununu’s partisan Republican budget spends tens of millions more now and hundreds of millions more in the future on additional tax ...

Trumpcare changes for NH

The Congressional Budget Office has now officially “scored” Trumpcare and has estimated that 23 million will lose their health insurance. Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act has made it possible for nearly 50,000 citizens of New Hampshire to get health insurance. The vast ...

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 ...

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 ...

Tricked into shopping trip

It finally happened, my wife found a way to trick me into buying a new shirt. It’s not that I don’t like having nice things, or looking nice, or what have you. Well, to be honest, I might. But the overriding issue is that I just hate buying clothes. The whole experience of going into a ...

We went solar, so can you

I’ll never forget the first thing I learned in Economics 101 – there is no such thing as a free lunch. In the 20 years since that high school class, I have found the law holds true not just when it comes to lunch but also to gas in my car, electricity from the grid, and everything else ...