Local Commentary

Edelblut wrong for schools

I like Frank. Although we do not see eye-to-eye on many issues, Commissioner of Education designee Frank Edelblut and I have never shied away from candid conversations about the challenges facing our state. When I ran Open Democracy and the NH Rebellion, Frank was one of the few Republican ...

President Trump, Mexico and American workers

President Trump's commitment to fight for American workers is a big reason he's president. To deliver on that commitment, he should consider a lesson from the Gemini space program. Back in the 1960s, NASA engineers were learning how spaceships could rendezvous and dock. It looks easy in the ...

The ‘Right to Work’ debate

We hear a lot about the way New Hampshire is losing its young people, and we hear a lot about the need for the state to attract new businesses to retain these young people. There are surely many reasons why people leave the state for jobs elsewhere, but one of the most obvious ones is that ...

Yes, all politics is local

This last week has been an anxious one for a lot of people who read this paper, and throughout the rest of the country, as our new president was sworn into office two days ago. I use the word anxious because there are many people here in Nashua and across the country who did not vote for him ...

The NHRS pension fund must be restructured

The soundness of a retirement plan is measured in terms of its ability to pay the accrued benefits for its contributing members and retirees. The total asset of the New Hampshire Retirement System (NHRS) is $7.5 billion and the present value of pension obligations for its past and present ...

Granite State workers need more support, not less

Granite State workers need more support, not less When I read the Jan. 15 column from Greg Moore, two well-known cliches came to mind - "consider the source" and "follow the money." Both apply because the hype around the American Legislative Exchange ...

The erosion of education

We are facing yet another educational budget crisis. Severe and dramatic cuts are imminent. I understand the desire to stay under the spending cap and the burden placed on homeowners. However, as an educator in Nashua with more than two decades of experience, I also understand the continued ...

‘Advance Care Planning’ is correct, no PC needed

In her Jan. 6 article "Deadly End of Life Myths," columnist Betsy McCaughey touts Medicare as a success in promoting the compression of morbidity, delaying the time between disability and death. Advances in medical science, along with other determinants of health ...

City’s public works pension program works

Most taxpayers are aware Nashua's current budget crisis is due to the state's mismanagement of the state retirement system and its refusal to keep its word on chipping in 30 percent of the retirement cost. What most taxpayers don't know is that this financial crisis would be much worse if the ...

Right-to-Work will improve lives of Granite Staters

For the past half-decade, our state hasn't experienced the economic growth that we could have, leaving thousands of our friends, family, and neighbors behind. That's partly because in 2011, then-Gov. John Lynch vetoed a Right to Work bill that would have given more freedom and opportunity to ...

Improving mental health, substance use treatment

Readers of this column will by now be aware that United Way focuses on fighting for the health, education and economic mobility of every person in our community. This month, I have chosen to address a major new initiative in Greater Nashua which will, over the next few years, bring much ...

Getting fit in the new year is easier than expected

As I pulled into our work parking lot in early January, I couldn't help but to shake my head and do a few extra loops to find a spot that seemed to be a mile away from where I usually park. As many people observed Monday, Jan. 2 as a holiday, I was right back at work in the one place that ...

One week down, 51 to go

So, how do you like 2017, so far? One week down and only 51 to go on all your New Year resolutions, that is unless you've already broken yours. I used to tell people that, every year when the ball dropped in Times Square, that my New Year's resolution was to not make a resolution. It seemed ...

Getting past a tough year

Let's face it: 2016 was one tough year. In no particular order, there was Syria, Orlando, Dallas, San Bernardino, Charlotte, Nice, and Berlin. There was flooding, warming, droughts, Zika, and Flint. There was Bowie, Ali, Cohen, Michael, Fisher, Yelchin, Wiesel, and Prince. And yes, there was ...

Technology makes holiday jobs harder to come by

Students looking to put some extra cash in their stocking this holiday season may end up with a lump of coal instead. Traditional youth holiday job opportunities are increasingly being automated. Online shopping rates are expected to reach all-time highs this holiday season, growing 18 ...

Holding my breath, crossing my fingers with Russia

In less than a month Donald Trump will be sworn in as our next president. His loose language and irresponsible behavior are keeping a lot of us up at night. While the jury is still assembling, the early signs on who he will be as the leader of the "Free World" are not ...

Building community leaders

Readers of my monthly column know that I use this opportunity each month to highlight something happening behind the scenes to move our city of Nashua forward, and these things are typically very much "under the radar" to most of us. The point of this column therefore is to ...

United Way is looking forward to a productive 2017

Let's all take a deep breath as we attempt to put the contentious year of 2016 firmly in our rear-view mirrors. This was a year dominated by the presidential campaign and punctuated by headlines at the top of which was the opioid crisis. Upon further reflection, however, we have much to be ...

In these challenging times

Semiquincentennial. Chew on that for a minute. I had never even heard of the word before reading The Telegraph's Nov. 17 editorial. Nor had I ever given any thought to the fact our country will celebrate its 250th - or (you guessed it) semiquincentennial - anniversary as an independent nation ...

Looking at a movement from pro-birth to pro-life

If we can trust the polls, the people who identify themselves as Evangelicals swung the election for Donald J. Trump; he received 81 percent of their vote. For a few reasons, the evangelical vote for Trump is perplexing; Evangelicals are known as "values voters" and he ...