Local Commentary

Bacon is truly the new bread when hosting an open house

I’ve moved 15 times in my life, and I did not grow up in a military family. I worked in radio, which has a similar transient rate as the U.S. Armed Forces. After five years in my current house, the itch has struck again. Anyone need a condo? What’s wrong with this picture? Lady Baba and I ...

Public awareness

The English Language Learner program in the Nashua School District has seen an increase in students so large within the past few years that the student-teacher ratio seems to be working against the favor of the two dozen or so ELL teachers. With teachers such as Karen Kariger of Elm Street ...

Wanderlust: The rhythm of walking, something more

“In my room, the world is beyond my understanding. But when I walk I see that it consists of three or four hills and a cloud.” – Wallace Stevens Nothing more, nothing less – yet more than it seems. Walking is as close to doing nothing as you can get – yet it is something more. It is ...

Event connects community

At the Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce, we strive to help our member businesses grow and build relationships in the community. Successful businesses result in a better community for everyone. We offer our members networking opportunities; education seminars; and much more. But we also ...

Meditation is not what you think

“The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice.” – R.D. Laing Meditation is not what you think. Meditation, a path to mindfulness, is not flipping a switch and catapulting yourself to some new “place” in your mind. It is not figuring out how to make your ...

Coming soon to a corner near you: Little Free Libraries

There are very few projects that I get involved with that are as adorable as Nashua’s Little Free Libraries. That’s why I’m so excited about what’s coming to our community this September. What exactly is a “Little Free Library?” Well, if you haven’t seen them around town, you can ...

America’s powerful fabric

Immigrant Heritage Month celebrated diversity and multicultural communities throughout the United States, and was especially meaningful here in Nashua, one of the most diverse cities in the Granite State. The powerful national movement found its way into an address from city Mayor Jim ...

Who is the mayor? What does he do?

Public opinion in politics almost always deals with what citizens feel about national issues. Whether it be gun control, immigration or the Federal Reserve, the issue weighing on minds always seems to be one that has its heart in Washington, D.C. For a city as small as Nashua, it is difficult ...

Music and the brain: How does music play us?

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” – Victor Hugo How does music play us? As science and technology become intertwined with every aspect of our lives, we are learning more each day about the mysteries of our brain. Music is a ...

Sununu allows the death penalty in New Hampshire

On June 21, Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed a bill that would have abolished the death penalty in the state of New Hampshire. Twice before in the Granite State has capital punishment come very close to its demise, with an abolishment bill making it to the governor’s office, only to be vetoed each ...

Sununu allows the death penalty in New Hampshire

On June 21, Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed a bill that would have abolished the death penalty in the state of New Hampshire. Twice before in the Granite State has capital punishment come very close to its demise, with an abolishment bill making it to the governor’s office, only to be vetoed each ...

By the time we got to Woodstock

Next year marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most iconic and historic events of our time. Most feel it pales in comparison to another momentous event of that year, when Nashuans were glued to their TV sets watching the late Neil Armstrong proclaim, “One small step,” while becoming the ...

Stop bogus election fraud claims

As the first-in-the-nation state, with the eyes of the world upon us, ensuring that New Hampshire’s elections are fair and secure could not be more important. Yet for far too long, too many lawmakers and state officials have used unfounded claims of voter fraud as a poor excuse to keep ...

July 2018 saw above normal temps

July began with a developing heat wave that began on the final day of June. Hot and oppressively humid weather would linger across the region through July 6. Seven consecutive days would reach or exceed 90 degrees for a high temperature bringing the Gate City its fourth-longest heat wave on ...

For the birds: A parallel universe up in the air

“We know very little of what it might be like to be a bird. If we did, we would be awestruck.” – Sy Montgomery, Birdology. What do you think when you hear a bird sing? When you see a bird fly, soar, glide, perch, dive? The great mystery is that while birds are some of the most common ...

Expanding opportunities in N.H.

Granite Staters have worked for decades to create a vibrant and diverse economy that has attracted and helped grow innovative companies in fields including microelectronics, health care, advanced manufacturing and others. A tribute to this strong economy is one of the lowest unemployment rates ...

Happy birthday, ADA

Happy Birthday Americans with Disabilities Act and Medicaid. July 26 marked the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, signed by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990. July 30 marked the 53rd anniversary of Medicaid, signed into law by President Lyndon B. ...

You really are not getting the full story from everyone

Nothing tugs on the emotions more than the cries of a child. Reasoning and circumstance go by the wayside, because one’s focus is on that poor child. You’re caught up in the moment and you don’t care why the child is crying, you just want to help the child stop crying. Nobody likes to see ...

Despite trepidation, a not so bad trip to the DMV

There is no disappointment as perversely anticlimactic as when an expected debacle fails to materialize. Mention the three little letters, “DMV,” to almost any American and he will blanch, frown, mutter un-Christian language or even fall prostrate to the ground. A trip to the Department ...

Medalist Art Spiegelman: Comics as narrative art

“The true cognoscenti know graphic novels are – at their best – an amazing blend of art literature and the theatre of the mind.” – John Ridley MacDowell Colony Medal Day is nearly here – the one day in the year when the public is invited into the inner sanctum of the artist’s ...