Local Commentary

May 2019, Cloudy, cool, less than normal rainfall

May was filled with clouds, chilly temperatures, lots of days with rain, but with a less than normal rainfall total. May isn’t exactly known for generous sun and warmth but the 2019 edition tested the resolve of those looking for an explosion of spring weather. Mother Nature threw rapid ...

Ending hunger in school

Over the past year, one of our Fiscal Agency partner programs called “Meals Matter” has worked diligently and creatively to put an end to food insecurity in the Nashua Schools. While many kids can afford to bring or buy lunch in school, and others qualify for “free and reduced lunch” ...

Maintaining the integrity of our elections is core to our democracy

As the first-in-the-nation primary state, with the eyes of the country upon us, ensuring that New Hampshire’s elections are fair and secure could not be more important. As chair of the Senate Election Law Committee, I am committed to proposing and advancing common-sense, practical legislation ...

USMCA would boost jobs, economy in New Hampshire

Free trade is critical to the success of the economy of New Hampshire and to the economy of our country. Many businesses across our state, especially manufacturers, or their customers, rely on exports to and imports from other countries to keep production robust and business booming. That’s ...

Where Nashua once dined

As we do today, Nashua had a host of places to dine back in the 1960s and 1970s. Some were more well-known than others and depending upon your palette, they offered a variety of menus. Let’s hop into the old Chevy and take a virtual ride around town to reminisce. Heading downtown to West ...

Redistricting reform gives power back to the people, where it belongs

Although we are a proud Republican and a proud Democrat, we are teaming up to end the practice of partisan gerrymandering because this fight transcends ideology and party affiliation. Over the past couple of years, we have both traveled across America to fight for reforms and raise the American ...

March on: Your march for freedom has not been in vain

Sometimes on one of those late spring days when Memorial Day comes, you can almost see them, marching, marching onward, the legion of forgotten dead. In the soft stillness and solitude of a country graveyard in the evening hush, occasionally you can hear the muffled beat of a drum as the ...

Awards spotlight leaders

Each year at the Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Business Awards Dinner, the Chamber honors those individuals and businesses within our region who demonstrate a commitment to community involvement and exemplary business practices.  To be considered for one of these prestigious ...

It’s not just a day off

I can remember as a snot nosed kid growing up in Nashua having the day off from school each Memorial Day. Back then it was celebrated on the actual day, versus the Monday prior. We’d have the usual school assemblies with patriotic flair and sometimes an honored veteran. We’d attend the ...

Specialty treatment courts have tremendous value to community

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 20.2 million adults in the U.S. have a substance use disorder. The misuse of drugs or alcohol can be a risk factor that may lead to criminal activity. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, nearly 60% of state inmates nationwide ...

Global garden, local garden: Spreading the green!

“You want to be a pebble in the pond that creates the ripples for change.” – Tim Cook The ripple effect is a fascinating phenomenon. The beauty of that pebble in the pond is that the ripples go out in every direction touching all kinds of new things in the pond. So it is with a new ...

Mental health court more beneficial than incarceration

In America, approximately 24% of state prisoners have “a recent history of a mental health condition,” according to the Department of Justice. Unfortunately, when those we care about struggle with untreated mental health symptoms, it may often lead to involvement with the criminal justice ...

New ways to encourage

A few weeks ago, United Way, along with the Greater Nashua Food Council and Southern New Hampshire Health, put together a brunch event for seniors to explore new and engaging volunteer opportunities in our community. The truth is, we have an aging population, and it’s VERY important to keep ...

Gratitude for EMS workers

33,699 That’s the number of times an American Medical Response (AMR) ambulance answered a 911 call last year in New Hampshire’s two busiest EMS systems in Manchester and Nashua. As we celebrate National Emergency Medical Services Week (May 19-25), I’d like to take a moment to salute my ...

Shame on the Nashua School Board; changes are needed

Liberals love to talk about a world where there is no bullying, but the progressives on the Nashua Board of Education appear to disagree. What else would you call Heather Raymond’s bullying action against Doris Hohensee, a sitting school board member who has done no wrong. Board President ...

April: Cloudy, mild and wet

Spring’s middle month had no shortage of gloomy, damp weather as the seasons continued to clash. April and May typically are filled with clouds and damp weather before the jet stream lifts northward enough to allow for summer to bloom. Spring comes even more slowly to New England because of ...

Opportunity to open new doors: Seeing one another through

The Surgeon General states that 1 in 5 adults in America experience mental illness. Given enough stress and intensity, any one of us can feel overwhelmed. Who hasn’t had a day that’s been so seemingly difficult that you’re not sure what to do with yourself? A challenging day here and ...

Signs, signs, everywhere a sign

Last week, I was awaiting a traffic light at East Hollis and Main Street facing City Hall, when I glanced to the top of the Spaulding Building to my left and noticed a billboard perched stoically at the top. Billboards are becoming rarer nowadays, what with the negative impact they are ...

Defending N.H. families

People in New Hampshire and across the country have made it clear – they are tired of the partisan attacks on their healthcare. They want Democrats and Republicans to work together to improve access to affordable healthcare and protect those with preexisting conditions. As a member of the ...