Local Commentary

How to use #MeToo to begin healing process

I came to young womanhood at the time of Second Wave Feminism. My aunt and her partner wrote two ground-breaking books on sexist language – the Handbook for Nonsexist Language is still in use. Those were heady times of consciousness raising, speak-out rage and feminists tearing into the ...

A community conversation about veterans, mental health, the law

Back in October, I wrote in this column about the “Veterans Court.” At the time, I indicated that “The Nashua Veterans Court has been operating since 2014 and began as an outgrowth of our Mental Health Court. The basic premise is really quite simple, but also profound: combat veterans, ...

Five simple, straightforward facts about the tax plan

It has been said that budgets are moral documents, an expression of who we are and what we believe. When I build budgets for my home or business, I am doing more than math. I am making decisions that affect the well-being of people I know, the environment around me and people and places far ...

N.H. health workers lend hand

When Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico in September, our staff from both Southern New Hampshire Medical Center and Foundation Medical Partners, many of whom are proud natives, feared for the well-being of families and communities across the island. The reports in the aftermath of ...

November cool, very dry with a lack of storms

NASHUA – November began on a warm note with hopes that the October warmth might last through the final month of fall. That wouldn’t be the case as a weather pattern change about a week into November would bring us back to reality. The final fling of the subtropical ridge would bring warm ...

Charles Franks making significant impact

There is a special individual in our midst, and it is important to acknowledge his genuine goodness for his efforts to help the animals in our community. Formerly retired from Hewlett-Packard in Nashua after working there for 28 years, Charles Franks has made a real home at the Humane Society ...

Protesting NFL players have the right to take a stance

Our American flag flies as a symbol of freedom, liberty and human rights. Millions of people have fought for that flag and everything it stands for. People lost their lives so we could live free ones. That flag is here to remind every one of us that we live in a free country and we are entitled ...

An open letter to the clothing designers of planet Earth

Every year while shopping for holiday gifts, I attempt to also rejuvenate my own wardrobe. This year, I was a desperate woman on a mission. My cold weather duds are so outdated, faded and threadbare. I really had nothing left to wear to my job … and I only work in a middle school, not exactly ...

Televisions and programming have changed over the years

TV? Or not TV? That is the Question! With apologies to Mr. Shakespeare. … While channel surfing recently, I spent some time doing a retro check on the TV of today versus the TV of a bygone era. Just what is “good” TV now anyway? One could argue that the programs of yesterday were ...

The gift and grace of true beauty

“To behold beautydignifies your life; it heals you and calls you out beyond the smallness of your own self-limitation to experience new horizons. To experience beauty is to have your life enlarged.” – John O’Donohue, “Beauty: The Invisible Embrace” True beauty catches us off-guard. ...

Event full of holiday tidings

On Friday, a little more than a week after the official kickoff of the holiday season, I found myself not quite in the Christmas spirit. It’s not that I was being Grinch-like, it was simply because I hadn’t really taken the time to breathe following the busy time in the newsroom the week ...

‘Running Start’ picks up steam

Nashua Community College, along with our high school partners, is proud to see the Running Start program create new opportunities for students each year – but the past fall has been one of marked growth. This is due in large part to local high schools since they deliver college courses that ...

Preventing wandering: Pinpointing the cause

Sixty percent of people with dementia will experience wandering, which can be dangerous for your loved one and quite scary for you as a caregiver. While some people wander for no specific reason, there is often a cause. Once you’re able to pinpoint the cause, wandering can be easier to ...

Public art in Nashua leaves positive mark on city

“Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” – Pablo Picasso Nothing transforms a place quite like public art. Sun and wind come and go; weather is transitory, but art, strategically placed, not only transforms a place, it actually creates new space. A psychic space, emotional ...

Tower of Gratitude – for the women!

“Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.” – Lionel Hampton All Americans owe their freedom, their lives and this Thanksgiving Day to the few – the very few. Through the centuries, the few have carried the safety, livelihood and the American way of life on ...

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 ...