Local Commentary

Growing up Nashua

Note that the title isn’t, “Growing up in Nashua,” but just Growing up Nashua. When you grow up in this city, and I imagine any city, it becomes a part of your life forever. OK, I admit, I haven’t actually lived in Nashua for the past 30 years, moving to Litchfield quite some time ago. ...

New way for volunteers to connect … coming soon

If you ask any nonprofit leader, they will tell you that volunteers are the lifeblood of their organizations. In today’s world, volunteers perform many roles. They organize events. They write grants. They help with collections. They drive, pack, mentor and paint. In fact, you can probably ...

New England’s autumn jewel reminds us life involves trade-offs

Although I grew up chiefly in the northeastern United States, I wasn’t much familiar with New Hampshire until I unexpectedly moved here over three decades ago; whereupon I promptly discovered that, like the rest of the region, there’s much to commend the Granite State. Since then, I’ve ...

1,000 Conversations Across Political Differences

Last week’s local elections were a breath of fresh air. For the most part, they were contested on the issues, and many of us saw more qualified, engaged people on the ballot than we could vote for. National political debate – not so positive. We don’t have to tell you how hard it has ...

Where do we go on guns? We must stand up for safety

Growing up in small-town New Hampshire, guns were just another part of life. When I was 9 or 10, I saved up and bought a BB gun with my brother to shoot tin cans out back. Although it lacked much kick, it was more exciting than my homemade crossbow. Then, there were my uncle’s rifles at the ...

Center will bring positive returns to city

Each year in New Hampshire, the arts generate $120 million in economic activity, in just four cities in the state. That impact translates to 3,851 full-time equivalent jobs, $81.6 million in household income and $12.4 million in local and state government revenues. (Source: NH Business Review, ...

Taxpayers will bear the burden

I’m writing this op-ed as this is the last chance to give an opposing view regarding the proposed Performing Arts Center before Election Day. On Tuesday, we will have a referendum question (which I’m opposing) that is NON-BINDING: “Shall the Board of Alderman pass the following resolution ...

Court Street needs another look

Nearly 25 years ago, the city bought the Arts and Science building at 14 Court St. for about $650,000, in part for the culture and in part for the parking lot next to the public library. An experienced arts director was hired, exciting plans were made … until reality set in. The building and ...

Take advantage of open enrollment

There is understandably some confusion about where things stand with the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Despite what you may have heard about what has been happening in Washington, the Affordable Care Act remains the law of the land, and with open enrollment for plans covering ...

There’s fascinating stuff promised in some of those dots

For me, it commonly begins with a mark on paper; or more recently, on a computer screen. They’re just tiny spots on maps – old-fashioned, unfold-and-spread-out-on-the-hood-of-the-car maps or those accessed courtesy of the internet – but they often end up irresistibly fascinating me. I’m ...

Giving thanks for the blessings of 2017

The leaves are changing colors and that reminds me that the holidays are just around the corner. My favorite holiday is and always has been Thanksgiving. I love the idea of sitting back, taking stock and expressing gratitude for the good things in our lives, whether those be personal, ...

Registering to vote: It’s the first step

A share in the sovereignty of the state, which is exercised by the citizens at large, in voting at elections is one of the most important rights of the subject, and in a republic ought to stand foremost in the estimation of the law. – Alexander Hamilton Nashua’s ...

The case for bigger government

For about four decades, conventional wisdom has been telling us that government is too big. How much of our federal taxes go to paying civil servants inside the Beltway? Or outside it? And what do these federal employees do? I recently read that there are approximately 2.1 million federal ...

Relationships at the root of true gratitude

Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about gratitude. It’s the season of fruitfulness, of harvest, of the regal color of late flowers as though the garden is building a great crescendo, the last hurrah before the killing frost. But I don’t sense a lot of gratitude around me. In fact, I ...

Stricter gun control means government tyranny

The gun smoke had barely cleared from the 32nd floor room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino where Stephen Paddock committed his atrocity, before Democrat politicians, late-night TV hosts and other left-wing types were calling for “common sense gun laws” to prevent further such acts. It ...

NCC sees increase in student success

NASHUA – Organizations sometimes carry preconceived notions about what they stand for, or what they are capable of accomplishing. For some, community colleges are not seen as a reliable pathway to success. But the truth is in the numbers. The parent organization of NCC, the Community College ...

Exciting changes at Science Cafe; events move to new location

Science Cafe New Hampshire is pleased to announce that we’re moving to DOWNTOWN Nashua! Starting Tuesday, we will be hosting Science Cafe Nashua at The Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar, 35 Railroad Square. We’re excited to bring science conversations to such an awesome venue and offer this ...

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, ...