Local Commentary

Community investment includes health care access

Very frequently part of my job at United Way is to speak with employers and employees about how the donations they make funnel through our process to make an impact in the community. As an organization, we focus on the needs of the overall community in terms of health, education and economic ...

Redistrict with math, not politics

Every 10 years the census is taken and then follows the job of reapportioning the voting districts in the state. This is a job done by the Legislature, and inevitably it is affected by the perspectives and desires of the members, especially the members in the majority party. Sometimes the ...

Increasing resilience in our children

Resilience refers to one's capacity to cope effectively or "bounce back" when faced with changes, trauma or adversity. A variety of intrinsic factors (those innate to the individual) as well as extrinsic factors (those nurtured by the environment) contribute to an ...

Older workers in our state offer experience, value

About 500,000 Granite Staters over 50 continue to contribute to the state's workforce, economy, and social fabric. In the now noisy norm of news and politics, our focus has shifted off of this group (unless, of course, we're talking about its alleged drag on society). More than one-half ...

Great pride in Nashua police

I've worn many hats since taking my first paying job at the ripe, old age of 16. For a whopping $1.25-an-hour ($50 a week before taxes), I spent the summer of 1965 oiling soles at the former Sportwelt Shoe Co. on Lake Street. Back then, leather soles were dyed black by dipping them in a big ...

Proud member of the most stressed-out generation

Has the universe ever sent you multiple signs pointing to a recurring message, the cosmic equivalent of a friendly, yet persistent poke? That's how the practice of mindfulness was introduced to me. I am someone who is often described as anxious, high-strung and a worrier. I've been known to ...

Keeping bad guys from guns

"The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," according to NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre just after the Sandy Hook massacre. If a "bad guy" pulls out a gun and starts shooting, the only answer, according to Mr. ...

The left won’t stop threatening violence against President Trump

We're barely a week and a half into President Trump's administration, and the left is in sheer panic mode. We've seen headlines blaring that Trump instituted a Muslim ban (he didn't). We've seen speculation that the Trump White House's failure to clearly inform the Department of Homeland ...

Senate should deny Pruitt’s nomination as EPA head

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has made a lengthy career of challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and putting the interests of polluters over the health of its citizens. He has challenged the EPA in over 14 cases threatening public health safeguards, such as the Clean ...

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 ...