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Local races vital

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So much of a person’s life involves interactions with government. Issues that come to mind include tax rates, spending plans, health care, education, crime, climate change, and many others. In New Hampshire, the state widely known for its first-in-the-nation presidential primary, matters ...

Aquatic center will be welcome addition

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During Thursday’s Nashua Planning Board meeting, a civil engineer representing the YMCA said a new aquatics center will include a clubhouse building, an outdoor pool and splash pad and accompanying parking and site improvements. Tom Zajac of Hayner/Swanson Inc. went before the board ...

Candidate recognizes problems

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The first step in solving a problem is to acknowledge there is a problem. This probably doesn’t seem complicated to most of you, but it occasionally eludes Democratic politicians these days. For example, instead of recognizing the loss of millions of manufacturing jobs across the Midwest ...

Mystery continues

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Nearly two years since the closure of the former Daniel Webster College in Nashua, the building and property appear to be in virtually the same state. And no one locally seems to know what the future may hold for the 50-acre campus, which sold for nearly $12 million in late 2017. “Nothing ...

Education and support: It truly takes an entire village to end stigma

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“Pat’s” story: When I was 19, I was diagnosed with depression. I understood that this was an illness and spoke very openly to my friends, family and even publicly about my diagnosis. In my 20s, I was having trouble with friendships and co-workers. I didn’t understand why, so I talked ...

One for the history books

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Millions of people across the country – and many right here in Greater Nashua – tuned in Sunday night to watch the New England Patriots claim their sixth Super Bowl crown. In typical Pats fashion, Tom Brady and Co. dominated the Los Angeles Rams, posting a 13-3 win, the lowest total score ...

Human right

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Access to health care should not be a matter of luck – where you were born, whether your employer offers insurance, what health issues you encounter. For many, it is actually a matter of life and death. It is the difference between paying attention in school and being too sick to learn. It ...

Simplicity is the best approach

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Milford’s war monuments are all simple and respectful, and we believe all future monuments should be too. So we agree with Vietnam War veteran Rodney Richey’s assessment that the proposal for a Vietnam War memorial would be best as, in his words, “a simple granite memorial and ...

Grammar Part Doo: Malaprops and other onset disasters

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I was at Walmart recently, as part of my community service, and overheard a woman asking her friend, “Where do they sell landmines. Do they still make rotisserie phones? Ah the malaprop. Tuned like a fine audiobook, the malaprop is a word used in belief that it has the meaning really ...

Put students, families first

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Education has always been expensive. Throughout the history of the United States, only affluent families were able to buy for their children a good formal education. Nevertheless, American families of modest means have been able to educate their children for generations by pooling their ...

N.H. should not commercialize marijuana

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There is growing evidence that people with serious mental illness, including depression and schizophrenia, are more likely to use cannabis or have used it for long periods of time in the past. Regular use of the drug has appeared to double the risk of developing a psychotic episode or ...

Towing costs excessive

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We hope we’re not the only ones who find a $320 towing bill for spending an hour in a Nashua parking lot on a Saturday evening excessive. That is just what happened to Nashua resident Chris Pierdominici last week. According to his post on Facebook, Pierdominici had gone to dinner at The ...

Taliban must be dealt with

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To Americans of a certain age, the conflict in Afghanistan is beginning to look a lot like the Vietnam War. There are crucial differences, however, and they need to be borne in mind. U.S. troops continued to fight – and die – in Vietnam long after Washington stopped trying to win that ...

Remove area from list

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The United States has become the world’s leading producer of petroleum, beating even Saudi Arabia. That means we can be somewhat choosy about where we drill for oil. Two key conflicts exist in that regard. One, of course, is protection of the environment, including natural treasures that, ...

A good read

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After reading Kevin Scully’s rant against the Dems (I’m so glad I’m an Independant), and then reading the article Lets Go To The Movies by Don Canney, I decided to take a deep breathe and join Mr. Canney down memory lane. Although I’m older than he is, I was very much ...

A sad day for Nashua

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The Nashua Board of Education needs more than one negotiator for each of the district’s union contracts. At their Jan. 8 meeting, the board president nominated one board member, Gloria Timmons, as sole negotiator for the AFSCME contract, currently at a four-year impasse. Ms. Timmons also was ...

Finally, a response

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Earlier, I wrote a letter to the editor lamenting the fact that neither of our U.S. senators responded to my inquiry about their goals for 2019. On Jan 28, Sen. Hassan’s office replied. Here is her response. Dear Mr. Watkins, Thank you for contacting me about my priorities for the 116th ...

No expectations

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The Federal Government has made itself responsible for providing myriad services to the American people, and employs masses of federal employees to do this. These employees are dependent upon their salaries to meet their expenses, and the citizenry are dependent upon the services which they ...

Thank you

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I am writing to thank Milford residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season. Because of the generosity of donors in Milford and across the United States, Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, collected more than 8.8 ...

Bloomberg is fighting uphill battle

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Is it realistic to consider a guy who runs a global media company and is worth an estimated $47 billion an underdog at anything? When it comes to former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s presidential aspirations, we would have to say “yes.” Tuesday, Bloomberg made several stops ...