Opinion

Do something about panhandling in Nashua

Letters

I don’t understand why our police and our elected officials haven’t done anything to stop the obvious organized panhandling that is causing dangerous traffic situations throughout the city of Nashua. Route 101A now has a panhandler begging for money at so many stop lights ...

Ayotte politicizing trafficking issue

Local Commentary

In 2007, I led the effort to establish a commission to study and make recommendations on addressing human trafficking in New Hampshire. From that commission’s work, many of New Hampshire’s current laws and protections for survivors of human trafficking originated and have ...

Fiscal vs. social responsibility in NH

Editorials

It’s easy to see many of the similarities between New Hampshire and its neighbor to the west. Like New Hampshire, Vermont is mostly rural. Its residents value their state’s traditions. An ethos of independence permeates much of the state more than 5 miles outside ...

ServiceLink cut is a puzzler

Editorials

Of all the cuts included in the $10 billion budget that passed the New Hampshire House last week, the most puzzling is the decision to cut funding for the 13 ServiceLink centers that serve as gateways for elderly and disabled people trying to access needed services. It’s almost as ...

Letter supporters omit enemy addressee

Letters

To paraphrase her own opening sentence, I can’t believe the hypocrisy of Monday’s letter defending the 47 political hacks (and yes, that’s one of the kinder labels applied to those underminers of our commander-in-chief) who addressed their premature complaints ...

Milford: State budget choices are clear

Letters

The phrase “put your money where your mouth is” has never been more spot-on than in the current debate over the New Hampshire state budget. Everyone agrees that we need to keep and attract more young workers in our state. Our state needs new, good-paying 21st century jobs ...

Hillary channels her inner Nixon

Editorials

If the House panel investigating Benghazi really wants to get a look at Hillary Clinton’s emails, perhaps it should subpoena the Chinese military. Beijing –which may have hacked the private server she used to send official email as Secretary of State – is likely ...

Nashua: Spread the word about National Public Health Week

Letters

With National Public Health Week here (April 6-12), I am writing to bring focus and awareness to the issues surrounding access to health care. There is evidence that one’s zip code can give insight to their health status. Residents in areas with lower incomes have poorer health and ...

NH doesn’t need poll tax

Local Commentary

The League of Women Voters New Hampshire was founded 95 years ago by women who fought to secure the vote for women. LWVNH, a nonpartisan organization that works to encourage citizen participation in government, is particularly interested in laws regarding voting and elections. Joseph ...

Cuts have real consequences

Local Commentary

The debate raging in Concord goes far beyond balancing the budget. The privilege of governing necessarily requires an appreciation of life’s fragility and a recognition that many survive thanks to lifelines that aren’t nearly as apparent as the overhead utility lines that ...

The trick facing Senate budget writers

Editorials

Making choices about how to spend other people’s money should never be easy, but it shouldn’t be as painful as the scenario that played out at the Statehouse last week, either. Nor does it have to be. “The House produced a budget that will meet the basic needs of ...

Choice not a great choice when it comes to schools

Letters

Bill Walker, in his guest commentary, says, “We can choose choice for everyone.” Does Mr. Walker claim that the sky’s the limit? People who advocate “school choice” don’t really understand how the free market works. Our choices in ...

Borderick deserves respect and admiration

Letters

For the more than quarter century that we have had the privilege of knowing John Broderick, he has truly been one of the brightest luminaries in our state which boasts more than its fair share of remarkable people. On many occasions we have heard John referred to as New Hampshire’s ...

Hassan should be honest about National Guard troubles

Letters

?How long is the media going to let Gov. Maggie Hassan get away with dodging questions? The alleged problems at the New Hampshire National Guard are just the latest example. It’d be bad enough if the governor’s answer was “I don’t know,” but ...

Woods: Seeking your vote on April 14

Letters

I am a 45-year resident of Merrimack. Kathryn and I raised our family (Amy and Ashleigh) here while completing careers in education. I am writing to ask for your vote for a three-year seat on as town councilor. What should compel you to vote for me? I have served on several boards, commissions ...

Mahon: Seeking one year term on town council

Letters

I am asking for your support for my candidacy for the one-year term on Merrimack’s Town Council. This is the remainder of the term of the late David Yakuboff. Since moving to Merrimack in 1976, I have served in leadership positions on numerous elected and appointed positions. I have ...

Vaillancourt: Seeks town council seat

Letters

I am Jody Vaillancourt and I am running for a three-year seat on the Merrimack Town Council. It is my goal to work toward maintaining quality of life for the residents of Merrimack while keeping the taxpayer in mind. I hope to bring a broad perspective to decision-making processes and ...

My rights and your beliefs

Local Commentary

I am a writer. Words are important to me. I get annoyed – even angry – when they are hijacked and strung into phrases that obscure or even change their meanings for political purposes. The “Patriot Act” has nothing to do with being a patriot – ...

Budget is a twisted tale

Local Commentary

The House Republican budget is a twisted tale of broken promises. It breaks its word to voters, to taxpayers, to employers and employees, to the elderly, to people with mental illness or disabilities, and to our state’s future. It is a budget with shocking and Dickensian assaults on ...