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Democrats and The Inquisition

Have we reverted back to the Middle Ages? Democrats in Congress would have us believe so. The Spanish Inquisition (1478 to the early 1800s) was established to identify and purify heretics (definition: someone whose ideas go against the norm), and bring them to justice. In their zealousness of ...

Giving back and getting involved

Every so often I feel compelled to throw out a few ideas on how you might want to get involved, and this is especially true during the holiday season. So, this month I’m going to highlight a few things you might not know about, which can make a big difference. These include the Santa Fund, ...

Is America ready for President Pete? Putting goodness first

According to the polls, only a few candidates in the still-sprawling Democratic presidential field have a strong shot at becoming the party’s nominee. To everyone’s surprise, one of them is a 30-something mayor with a funny name you never heard of until this year. With less than three ...

Keeping families in their homes

The rising cost of rent is squeezing too many hard-working New Hampshire families. A recent report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition showed that our state ranks 12th worst in the country for rental housing affordability for workers. Addressing this issue requires a comprehensive ...

Keys to the castle

“I would like you to do us a favor, though.” There it is: the password to political power. Once, before the overwhelming infiltration of big money into politics and politics into big money, we thought the password to government of, by, and for the people was, “Let’s try to do the ...

LWV, library, Telegraph to host BOE forum By THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS Guest Columnists Everyone’s talking about the 2020 elections, and rightly so. But 2019 is an election year, too. All municipal offices in Nashua are elected on odd-numbered years, and this year’s general election is on Nov. 5. The mayor is running for re-election unopposed, but there is an abundance of contested races – Board of Education and Board of Aldermen all the way down to ward offices. The outcomes of those races will play a large part in shaping our city for years to come. We all have a stake in local elections. In many ways, they can affect our lives even more than state or federal elections. The winners make decisions about your children’s schools and how your property taxes are used. You also will be choosing the people who run all our elections in Nashua and are responsible for making sure that election laws are followed and that every eligible voter is able to vote. But it can often be hard to find much information about candidates running for municipal offices. Luckily, this year there are two easy ways to learn about who will be on your ballot and what they stand for. First, a Board of Education Candidate Forum will be hosted by the League of Women Voters at 7 p.m. on Oct. 30 at the Nashua Public Library, co-sponsored by the library and The Telegraph. This is a hotly contested race, and the Board of Education has a huge effect on the lives of all of our Nashua children. We’re thrilled to provide you with the opportunity to hear the candidates speak about their beliefs and goals regarding public education and the issues facing the Nashua schools. You’ll also have a chance to submit your own question for the candidates. We also are excited to announce that Nashua is participating in the League of Women Voters’ non-partisan VOTE411.org Online Voter Guide. Just go to http://www.VOTE411.org, click “Find What’s on Your Ballot,” and enter your address to see a list of all the races and candidates on your ballot as well as candidates’ descriptions of their priorities, experience and more in their own words. Not sure which ward you live in? VOTE411.org makes it easy: enter your address, you’ll see the candidate line-up that will be on your ballot on Election Day. All the candidates at all levels have been invited to participate, and even some of the candidates in uncontested races have graciously submitted answers, so make sure you check out the site to learn more about the people who will be representing you. If you’d like to help protect your voting rights and educate your fellow citizens, we invite you to join the League of Women Voters – a non-partisan group heading into our 100th year. We meet on the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Nashua Public Library. All are welcome. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact us at lwvgreaternashua@gmail.com.

Everyone’s talking about the 2020 elections, and rightly so. But 2019 is an election year, too. All municipal offices in Nashua are elected on odd-numbered years, and this year’s general election is on Nov. 5. The mayor is running for re-election unopposed, but there is an abundance of ...

The Bright Side

Have you ever heard the term “attitude of gratitude”? Does it make you groan some days when you’re in the middle of your morning commute and reading it on someone’s bumper sticker? Well, Dear Reader, I’m writing today to invite you to survey your attitude and encourage you to ...

In marijuana reform policy, Beto O’Rourke’s focus is on racial justice

Advocates are rightfully celebrating the historic vote on the first standalone marijuana reform legislation ever to pass in the House of Representatives. By addressing access to banking, the law potentially creates access to traditional financing products for small cannabis businesses currently ...

O’Rourke is standing up for students

Every day, I go to school not knowing if I will make it home. My friends and I at Nashua High School South live with the fear that we could be the next addition to a list that is already too long. When our biggest worry should be the next test or tonight’s homework, my mind instead fixates on ...

AD HACK: The blunderful world of advertising

Think of it as “badvertising.” Many an ad campaign has been an embarrassment, like the introduction of the Edsel, hocking New Coke, or showing off your cool kicks by walking onto Air Force One while “donning” toilet paper on your shoe. Here are a few of the dumbest advertisements, ...

Volunteer Greater Nashua website is the place for local volunteering

Have you heard about United Way of Greater Nashua’s Volunteer Greater Nashua web portal which was created through a partnership with The Telegraph? Volunteer Greater Nashua is an easy-to-use website that allows people interested in volunteering in Greater Nashua to search for opportunities by ...

A revolution in American Democracy

“As Maine goes, so goes the nation” was a popular expression paying homage to the state’s political instincts from roughly the Civil War to the dawn of the New Deal era. Maine voters reliably backed 15 of 18 winners in presidential contests between 1860 and 1928. The nation again looks ...

Shattering some common myths about the 401(k)

“So, we’d like you to do for our son what you did for us,” Roberta, a long-time client of mine, told me in a meeting not too long ago. “I know we were skeptical 15 years ago, but it has worked out so well for us, we believe it would be great for him as well.” The interesting thing ...

‘A rested mother is a good mother’

My mother believed that an aspirin could cure most things, and that you shouldn’t take one unless you really needed one. She was not a fan of unnecessary trips to the doctor, and our family doctor, Dr. Jacob Spungin, told me once, “If your mother called the office, I always paid attention, ...

Repairing our foundations

Over the past couple of years, a group of local religious leaders has been meeting every two weeks. Some serve as clergy and others are religiously-steeped community leaders in other roles. We have been reflecting on our own perspectives and work related to justice. As we recommended readings ...

There’s an app for that

Is there anything nowadays for which there isn’t an app? Games, shopping, music, movies, TV, maps, books, there’s even an app for apps! We can do just about anything in our homes with an app, like manage security, heating or air conditioning, turn up the volume on a stereo, turn on lights, ...

Time has come for a return to the old tradition of fact-based conservatism

When my family first joined the Republican Party in the 1800s, they were conservatives in the original sense of the term. As farmers and businessmen, soldiers and public servants, my forebears were intent on conserving New Hampshire’s most precious assets, from our land and water to our ...

Let’s move student proficiency north, every year

Fall is in the air. School busses are everywhere. Children are back in their classrooms. It seems there is an article, or editorial, every few days about one educational topic or another. They cover English Language Learners, New Hampshire assessment results, the 5-year strategic plan, cell ...