Local Commentary

We’ll be back, right after this

While perusing an archived copy of a June 1965 Nashua Telegraph, I happened upon this old TV and Radio listing. It brought back not only memories from classic TV shows (Patty Duke, Dobie Gillis and Ozzie and Harriet), but it prompted flashbacks of some of the old commercials that aired for ...

March 2019: Chilly, very dry, normal snowfall

March 2019 came into town as a tamed lion but exited like a lamb. Cold temperatures and quiet weather were in play across southern New Hampshire to begin March, but winter-like weather would take hold not far into the month before spurts of spring would arrive later in the ...

We must enforce SB 365

The date is July 3, 2019. A couple in their late 50s is sitting at the kitchen table, looking out at nearly $2 million of parked logging equipment and trucks in the yard. The man sighs, “Well, this is it.” His wife gently clasps his hand. “Can’t you wait ‘til the end of the ...

We must get our priorities in order on mental health funding

As we move into the Senate phase of the State budget, issues have come up over the past week or so that raise concerns about much-needed funding for the mental health system in New Hampshire. These include proposals for building a new forensic hospital, moving children with mental health issues ...

Rebuilding community system will help solve mental health crisis

New Hampshire is facing important choices about how to improve our mental health system. It has been troubled for years, leaving many without adequate care and triggering multiple lawsuits. Despite repeated recognition that a neglected community service system is the cause of increased demand ...

Colossal waste of money

Each year we encounter a “horror story” in the school department, always needing more funding. A dozen years ago it was “previously undiagnosed autism” that caused rapid expansion to the current enrollment of 2,054 SPED students, or 18 percent of the Nashua public school enrollment ...

Gardening is a real science

Before we talk about this month, a word about last. Science Cafe hosted a session on forensic science that was wildly popular and resulted in huge attendance to the point where people were turned away and service for those in attendance was a challenge. We apologize to any who were ...

Science is nature: Making a case for the mystery, wonder of the world

“Science already tells us that we are cosmic creations, animated stardust capable of wondering about its origins, the way the universe thinks about itself. Isn’t that magical enough?” – Marcelo Gleiser We are stardust. Think about it. The mystery and wonder of it leads you to science, ...

Quickbooks training on tap

For more than 30 years, the Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce has been dedicated to serving the 11 towns of the Souhegan Valley by promoting regional business and community prosperity through advocacy, economic development, networking opportunities and business education. We also represent ...

Lessons from dead feminists – how women make a difference

“To show what she has done. I have gathered from the records of the world the names and histories of all distinguished women, so that an exact estimate of the capabilities of the sex might be formed by noting what individuals have accomplished through obstacles and discouragements of every ...

Governor’s budget falls short

Putting the state budget together is never easy. There will always be perceived winners and losers, but historically New Hampshire could always count on the process being as fair and equitable as possible for all Granite Staters. What makes Gov. Chris Sununu’s budget so troubling is that this ...

Late December, back in ’63

Oh, what a night it was indeed. It was late December (31st) back in ’63 and the only real tie in the title of the Four Seasons song has with the crux of this story is the title itself. That night, Nashua was in the middle of a brutal cold snap, with record temps of 22 below zero. Everything ...

Why raise the tobacco age to 21?; saving our youth from addiction

Doctors say that the younger a brain is the more susceptible it is to nicotine addiction. The younger a person is when they become addicted the more difficult it is for them to overcome the addiction. The tobacco age of 18 enables people who don’t know better to become addicted to a substance ...

A heartfelt thank you from the family of Nashua Alderman Brian McCarthy

Dear members of the Nashua community, I’m writing to you today on behalf of my daughter, Kim, my son, John, and his wife, Alicia, and our extended family to take a few minutes to thank everyone that has offered support to us and our family over the past few months since the passing of my ...

Why the facts don’t matter

As the head of a nonprofit known for taking principled stands, I believe the truth is important. Foundational to our organization is the belief an informed electorate is critical to our republic. So, before taking a stand or sharing information, we also do our homework to make sure we know what ...

Legalization has a bad track record

At the end of last month, a bill to legalize marijuana passed a key committee in the New Hampshire House. While the bill certainly has an uphill climb, no lawmaker who truly has the interest of public health and safety would let this proposal see the light of day. To find out why, let’s take ...

Helping the village feed itself

Occasionally, somebody says something to me that is humbling, in that it seems like something I should have known but did not. When this happens, if often gets my mind spinning on what can be done to possibly effect change. I want to share with you a story about just such an incident that ...