Local Commentary

Can good men do bad things?

It’s an absurd question, you say. Of course, some men who are called “good” have also been known to do bad things from time to time. Nobody’s perfect. We all make mistakes. But what if the man in question is someone we think is really good and the thing he stands accused of is really ...

CACR15 will be on Nov. 6 ballot

CACR15 will appear as Question 1 on the ballot for November’s general election. The word “constitution” refers to the New Hampshire state constitution. It will read, “Are you in favor of amending Article 8 of the first part of the constitution to read as follows (addition in italics): ...

Buying a car today isn’t quite like it used to be

Buying a car today can be as simple as click, click, click. Like a pack of gum, one can now even purchase a car from a vending machine! Let’s see, I’ll take the silver Ford Escape, swipe my card or insert A LOT of cash, find slot A1, push and done. I often wondered how much noise cars make ...

Sleeping in a box will not end poverty in Greater Nashua

I just participated in United We Sleep to End Hunger and Homelessness, an effort of the United Way of Nashua to raise awareness of hunger and homeless in our community. In Nashua, as in many other cities throughout our nation, food and shelter have become expensive commodities, and a growing ...

Lasting Legacy: The Sarah Josepha Hale Award to Nathaniel Philbrick

“Next to genius is the power of feeling where true genius lies.” – Sarah Josepha Hale Hale would no doubt agree that much of genius lies in books – the legacy of the wisdom of others left behind. Hail to libraries, bookstores, teachers, books. Hail to Sarah Josepha Hale, national ...

‘Silver Tsunami’ is coming

This year marks a milestone for the Nashua Senior Activity Center, its 40th anniversary. Since its creation, the Center has been the only place in Nashua solely dedicated to seniors. While the mission of the Center has never changed, its programming has been ever-changing, continuing to meet ...

Why strong unions are important to the Granite State

Unions, it would seem, have become a dirty word. That makes me sad. I was a member of the Service Employees International Union back in the 1970s and later a member of the NEA. I know many unions have been, and still are, associated with corruption and organized crime. As a teen, I remember ...

Kavanaugh’s foes ‘hit bottom, still digging’

To put it kindly, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee may be auditioning for future employment, most likely with Barnum and Bailey. For once, the public hearing on the freshly minted accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was scheduled, it was clear at once that we are ...

We need to change the conversation on mental health

Mental health challenges are more common and more treatable than many of us imagine. The fact that we don’t often talk about them – or about the people we know or love who experience them – does not mean that mental illness doesn’t exist. In fact, one in five adults will experience a ...

Successful community spirit

Home Health & Hospice Care, founded in 1883 in Nashua, recently held a month-long Designer Showhouse in the historic 1906 Frank. E. Anderson House at 90 Concord St. The project was a fundraiser to benefit the Community Hospice House, a beloved ten suite facility for end of life care. ...

Iconoclast vintner: Finding the poetry of the vine

“Be kind to the grape, but mean to the vine.” – Virginia Carter, vintner This contrary advice sums up the contradictions and paradoxes of winemaking – the key is to embrace opposites and find the balance between extremes. Such was the counsel and has been the experience of vintners ...

Getting property tax relief

As we move forward to the general election, we must remember that state leaders can provide municipal property tax relief through their work on the next state biennium budget and I am asking that they make municipal property tax relief a priority. Local officials and others are well aware of ...

A food tale of two stadiums: Holman and Fenway Park

If you would have told me 10 years ago that someday I’d be able to buy an empanada at Holman Stadium, I’d have asked you what you’re vaping. Historic Holman Stadium has been better known for its parade of minor league baseball teams, including hosting the first integrated baseball team ...

Food security: Where is my next meal coming from?

Have you ever had to ask the question, “Where is my next meal coming from?” For most of us, fortunately, the answer is “no.” For too many in our community, however, this is a very real question and, unfortunately, for many it is a question which gets asked every day. These people are ...

The Remembrance Mural

News reaches me from Nashua that a new mural taking shape in downtown Nashua is, unlike most if not all of its predecessors, causing a little controversy because of its subject matter. The mural, being painted on a wall facing the parking lot adjacent to the American Legion Hall on Court ...

Celebrating Deaf Awareness Month

Throughout September, Deaf communities all over the world celebrate their rich culture while promoting awareness of sign language and their shared experiences living in a hearing world. The last week of September is International Week of the Deaf. The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services at ...

Telluride 2018: From Colorado to New Hampshire

“Film matters because film is us…Film offers us a language to speak to each other across national, class, economic, and racial lines-film is a phenomenon that allows us to understand cultures and people.” – Lincoln Geraghty Unlikely connections often begin with vision. How did a film ...

August 2018 saw milestone warmth; was wet, very humid

If you like summer heat and humidity, then August was your month. Nearly non-stop tropical humidity would keep air conditioners buzzing through the month. A persistent upper level ridge through the eastern U.S. allowed the Bermuda High to flex its’ muscles this summer. While ...

The science of making scientists

As the 8th season of Science Cafe New Hampshire begins, we wanted to tackle a topic that’s critical to New Hampshire’s future and essential to generations to come. For years we’ve wanted to cover ‘The Science of Making Scientists’ and now we will! The Wednesday evening, Science Cafe ...

Air-born: 2018 declared the Year of the Bird

“If you take care of the birds, you take care of most of the big environmental problems in the world.” – Thomas E. Lovejoy, Conservation Biologist Did you know that 2018 was declared the Year of the Bird? As I just learned this fact, I did not want the last quarter of 2018 to begin ...