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Bus passengers save the day

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A Monday ride on a Nashua Transit bus proved to be anything but ordinary for Lizette Markham and seven other passengers. As the bus rounded a turn on Burke Street Monday morning, Markham noticed the vehicle began drifting to the right. Before she and her fellow passengers knew it, the bus ...

Safety tips for cold weather

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With temperatures plummeting to near zero the next few days in Greater Nashua, safety in these bitter-cold conditions must be top of mind. Factoring in wind chill, temperatures will hover around the negative 5- to 10-degree below zero mark at night, making any long exposure to the elements ...

War on opioids ongoing

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On Jan 7, we acknowledged progress in the continuing battle against fentanyl, heroin and other opioids, as fatalities directly attributed to these drugs in the city of Nashua dropped from 45 in 2017 to 33 in 2018. The main factors in the decline, officials believe are the increased availability ...

Make wise use of $800,000

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A grant of nearly $800,000 from the New Hampshire Department of Transportation will help widen sidewalks, plant new trees, turn Lock and Whitney streets into one-way streets flowing traffic in opposite directions, and create bicycle lanes in Nashua’s French Hill neighborhood, community ...

A brighter future for students

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New Hampshire has a rich tradition of thinking outside the box and experimenting with new solutions, which often leads to accomplished results for our citizens and our businesses. It is one of the reasons why the Granite State is consistently given high marks when compared to other areas of the ...

Necessity, unfortunately, wins out

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Is there a more common phrase during local budget season than this: “Seems like a nice thing to have, but not a necessity.” Perhaps “We can’t afford it,” but they’re close. The latest use of the “Seems like a ...” phrase came from Peter Moustakis of the Amherst Ways & ...

Let’s go to the movies…

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As a kid growing up in Nashua, the words, “Let’s go to the movies” would always catch my attention and get me pumped up for an afternoon of fun. I grew up in a single-parent household as my Mom was a widow, so it was typically one of my sisters who were “assigned” to take me. Back in ...

Health and Wellness Fair set

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Join the Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce and Southern New Hampshire Health for the 5th annual Community Health and Wellness Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 2. This free, fun and informative event will take place at the Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley, located at 56 Mont ...

It’s the economy, stupid: We’ll suffer from Democratic Party rule

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I admit to being shocked when the November election saw the Democrats take over the New Hampshire House of Representatives, the state Senate and the Executive Council. I was shocked, because I never expected such a wholesale change when things were going so well. Now, New Hampshire’s ...

New tech equipment a big help

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Thanks to the Boston Celtics and Southern New Hampshire University, students at Fairgrounds Elementary School have a new science and technology lab, complete with Chromebooks, iPads, green screen equipment, 3D pens and printers and Code-a-Pillars. This is the 12th technology lab created in ...

Whatever happened to American rugged individualism?

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The U.S. government shuts down “non-essential” jobs, and you’d think the sky is falling. How many live paycheck to paycheck, not a penny saved, unable to be prepared for and cope with the slightest adversity? Generations weaned on government checks. Able bodied men and women, unable or ...

Publication was bad timing

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Imagine waking up on the day of your final exams and seeing your name mentioned in the local newspaper in relation to a public controversy. That is what I imagine happened this week to Jamila-Ashanti Scales and George Eid, juniors at Nashua North and Nashua South. They were recently selected ...

Sending the wrong message

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On Jan. 31, the New Hampshire House will meet in the State House’s Representatives Hall to debate and vote on the first bills of this biennium. Debate is known to become heated with emotions running high. In fact, after one state representative threatened to shoot the speaker during one ...

An open letter

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Donald Jean; Thanks for your response. I want to point out that the most important stat from the ERO data is the 11 percent increase in arrests. The increase is most likely a result of one of two things. Either law enforcement is doing a better job, or there are more people to arrest. I ...

Difference between life and death

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Suicide is preventable. It is the second leading cause of death for people ages 12-18. In 2017, New Hampshire had the highest teen suicide rate that had been seen in more than 20 years. So, how are we going to address this critical issue? Gov. Chris Sununu is spearheading the charge for ...

A creative and bipartisan-friendly approach to ‘free college’

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I never would have guessed that I would hear a “free college” proposal from a Republican politician. Then, I heard about Gov. Chris Sununu’s inaugural speech, and I’m happy to be wrong. With New Hampshire’s student debt climbing to astronomical levels, something needed to be ...

Repeat problem

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John Broderick, former chief justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court, asked a question about the stigma of mental health care. I’d much prefer he had asked about people who direct that prejudice. They have done much harm. What we are encountering, is the same prejudice we once ...

Assistance during the shutdown

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If you have been affected by the recent government shutdown and are in need of assistance, the Bedford Community Food Pantry can provide non-perishable food as well as meat, produce and dairy items at no charge. The Bedford Community Food Pantry seeks to provide access to adequate food for ...

Foster homes needed

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Foster children come from your town, your neighborhood and your school. They are friends of your child, members of your church and kids on your Little League team. They are babies, toddlers, school-aged kids and teenagers. They are brothers and sisters who need to stay together. Due to a ...

We were more safe two plus years ago

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I know firsthand the work of Martin Luther King Jr. I protested under his banner in a successful effort to integrate a downtown Greyhound Bus Terminal in Austin, Texas, in 1960. I vividly remember being told by another protester during our non-violent training that he was sure he could take any ...