Local Commentary

A Litany of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a particular time, like the bright and shining poetic moments of Camelot, to express gratitude for our own particular circumstances. It has been my custom for several years now to share with you my own personal litany of Thanksgiving. Looking over these pieces for the last ...

Pilgrims’ contributions didn’t stop with Thanksgiving

The Pilgrims are much on folk’s minds this time of year: iconic images of families huddled aboard the Mayflower as she churns, North America-bound, through the cold Atlantic, a hardy band of pioneers with their belt-buckle hats and muskets, their later feasting with nearby Wampanoag peoples, ...

Thankful

In recent years, a popular trend on social media has been to name something in which you are thankful for each day in November. Not one to follow trends, it did get me to thinking about what I am most thankful for in my life. So, here goes – 30 things for which I am thankful – some ...

All I want for Christmas …

With Christmas shopping season about to commence Black Friday with the fury of a Filene’s Running of the Brides, I put down my Costco sale flyer long enough to steal a glance at Esquire magazine. The feature, “34 Unique Gifts for Men,” seemed like it would be helpful for whoever gets my ...

Fiscal agency: Being smarter with our community’s resources

Please raise your hand if you think we need more nonprofits in Greater Nashua? You might be surprised to learn that a simple search on GuideStar shows that there are over 400 registered nonprofits in our community. Some of these are very large with budgets in the tens of millions of dollars, ...

NCC set to host conference

New England governors and college leadership teams will come together at Nashua Community College Nov. 28 - 29 for the next Governance Institute for Student Success. The Governance Institute for Student Success helps leaders in higher education make the best decisions for student success ...

Thanksgiving here already? Let’s turn back the clock and slow it down a bit

Seriously? Thanksgiving is really less than a week away? Talk about sneaking up on us. Or is it just me once again forgetting to watch my back? Well, the upside, I suppose, is an early Thanksgiving always means a late Christmas, as the late linguist Yogi Berra might say. Speaking of ...

First Church and 333 years of community

“The opposite of poverty is not wealth, but community. In community, individuals become rich, rich in friends who can be trusted, rich in mutual help, rich in ideas and power, rich in the energies of solidarity.” – Jurgen Moltmann How does architecture shape space, reinvent place and ...

If you really want to treat yourself, get a pedicure

I think that everyone should get pedicures. And massages, too. But let’s talk feet, shall we? I don’t think I had a pedicure before say, the age of forty. And I cannot remember what occasion demanded I get a pedicure – perhaps attending a summer wedding, but after I had my first one, ...

The search for alien life

November’s Science Cafe Nashua blasts off on a discussion of space, the final frontier and the search for alien life, more specifically. This week we will again bring a panel of experts together with a public invitation to a conversation about “Space, SETI and Little Green Men.” As ...

Remembering Armistice Day: Pay tribute and stop going to war

Those of us of a certain age may remember that Veterans Day used to be called Armistice Day – the day the guns fell silent in war-torn Europe at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. The Great War, the Global War that we now call World War I, had reached a ...

Time and turkey: preserving nature takes patience

“There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time, we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story.” —Linda Hogan A turkey is a turkey is a turkey. Or not. In this season of thanks, cornucopias and the glorious bird, we might learn a ...

A thank you and an offer

Our area’s Jewish community has been touched and overwhelmed by all the support we have received beginning a week ago Saturday, after news of the murder of 11 people in Pittsburgh attending Shabbat services at the Tree of Life Congregation. If you want to know something about Jews, it’s ...

Cemetery Sentiments – Cathedral of the Pines and Armistice Day

“They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.” – Laurence Binyon The nature of remembrance is as fragile as it is important. And it takes many ...

Let’s get it right this time

It is common knowledge that New Hampshire once had a mental health care delivery system that was a model for the entire country. Today, the state continues to be in the midst of a deepening crisis; compounded further by the ravaging opioid crisis that has a stranglehold on New Hampshire ...

Protecting health care

Make no mistake, this Nov. 6, protecting Granite Staters with pre-existing conditions is squarely on the ballot. From children with asthma, to folks with diabetes or heart conditions, if you have any chronic illness in your background, your health care is at stake. With the Trump ...

Repel the blue wave of tyranny at the midterm election

A tsunami of juvenile anger has become the energizing force within the Democratic Party. The hard left has indeed become a mob, as it has abandoned all norms of civilized debate in favor of suppressing free speech and launching personal attacks intended to intimidate. Speeches by ...

For working families: Paid family leave, as our families should come first

Across our state, there are stories of heartbreak. I’ve heard them from people who couldn’t afford to take time off to be with their loved ones, usually at times of great crisis or illness, but also at the birth or adoption of a new baby. I’ve talked with mothers and fathers and sons ...

ACLU-NH: Taxpayer standing holds the government accountable

The ACLU of New Hampshire encourages voters to vote “yes” on Ballot Question 1, which would restore the historic standing of taxpayers to challenge illegal and unconstitutional government actions. Government accountability goes to the heart of our democracy. A key mechanism for ...

Kelly wants N.H. to return to her past

New Hampshire has a glorious history and respecting that past can give us a bright future. While the Sons of Liberty gathered around a tree in Boston before the Revolution, the glory of New Hampshire was that before Paul Revere rode, we had the Pine Tree Riot to rebel against paying the ...