Opinion

Notable cookbooks 2017: A nod to tradition with extras

Food and Drink

Editor’s Note: All of the cookbooks that appear in this round-up are ones that feature ingredients common or complementary to the New England table. There is an emphasis on recipes, techniques and affordable ingredients for busy people. As befits the healthiest region of the country, an ample ...

Case raises important questions

Editorials

Times have changed. In the news a few days ago was an interesting case regarding a divorced couple in Hawaii. They have a child. One of the divorcees wants to formally sever parental rights. What is unusual – and should not be allowed to get in the way of doing what is best for the child – ...

Revised tax bill should be OK’d

Editorials

Nothing as complex as the U.S. tax code, linked as the process is to the federal budget, can be amended in a manner that will make everyone happy. Negotiators for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives seem to have come up with something close, however. If approved, perhaps this week, by ...

Incident serves as reminder

Editorials

On Dec. 6, local government officials in Mecklenburg County, N.C., got a wake-up call regarding just how reliant they are on computers and networks. That day, computer hackers mounted a cyberattack on the county’s computers, which serve one of the most densely populated regions of the state. ...

How to use #MeToo to begin healing process

Local Commentary

I came to young womanhood at the time of Second Wave Feminism. My aunt and her partner wrote two ground-breaking books on sexist language – the Handbook for Nonsexist Language is still in use. Those were heady times of consciousness raising, speak-out rage and feminists tearing into the ...

Oversight needed on military upgrades

Editorials

America’s armed forces are the very best funded in the world. Given the responsibilities the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard must handle, that is appropriate. But years of neglect have left the military in a rebuilding mode. A $700 billion defense appropriations bill signed ...

‘Most likely to succeed’

Letters

To Milford and surrounding communities: To begin the school year, Milford educators assembled to watch a film titled “Most Likely to Succeed,” a slickly edited chronicle of the project-based learning at San Diego’s High Tech High School, a charter school. The film celebrated the ...

Loan forgiveness facts​​​

Letters

Today’s​ ​editorial – Dec. 15, 2017 – addresses the issue of debt forgiveness for student loans. The essence of the argument is that the student loan forgiveness process under Obama was too lenient on students who were defrauded. But as usual there is no evidence to support the ...

Thrown under the bus

Letters

Trump was absolutely right when he declared that the system is rigged. The problem is, of course, that he is off by 1800. The most recent example of this is the revelation that Sen. Franks offered an aide $5 million to perform some sort of surrogacy. Obviously, his wealth is far beyond what any ...

Tax bill will do harm

Letters

I oppose the unfair and immoral Tax Cuts and Jobs Act built, as it is, on lies. The truth: Corporations expand their businesses and hire workers based on increased demand, not tax cuts; they increase employee wages only when there’s a shortage of workers; on average, corporations already pay ...

Straddling the fence

Letters

How on earth does Gov. Chris Sununu keep straddling that fence? On the left side, he wonders what took Sen. Hassan so long to call for resignation of Sen. Al Franken. Franken admitted wrongdoing and apologized to women he had sexually harassed. Off to the right side of the fence, Gov. Sununu ...

A real conflict of interest

Editorials

Strange, isn’t it, that radical environmentalists have such a two-sided view of conflicts of interest? When climate change research happens to be funded even in part by industry and turns out to ratchet down the near-panic over global warming, it is labeled as bunk. That happens even when the ...

DeVos looking for fair way of forgiveness

Editorials

If you take out a loan to buy a car that turns out to be a lemon, do you stop making payments to the bank? Some do, deciding their vehicles were such bad deals that letting the lender repossess them may be the best way out of a bad situation. Understandably, the bank wants its money. The car ...

We need better means of detection

Editorials

Thankfully, the would-be suicide bomber who detonated an explosive device in a corridor in the New York subway system was so incompetent he couldn’t kill himself, much less anyone else. His bomb, which may have gone off prematurely, wounded him and slightly injured three other people on ...

Five simple, straightforward facts about the tax plan

Local Commentary

It has been said that budgets are moral documents, an expression of who we are and what we believe. When I build budgets for my home or business, I am doing more than math. I am making decisions that affect the well-being of people I know, the environment around me and people and places far ...

N.H. health workers lend hand

Local Commentary

When Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico in September, our staff from both Southern New Hampshire Medical Center and Foundation Medical Partners, many of whom are proud natives, feared for the well-being of families and communities across the island. The reports in the aftermath of ...

We have waited long enough

Editorials

Wait ’til next year is a common refrain among sports fans whose teams are not doing well. It should not be something you hear from Congress. Both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have approved tax relief bills. All that remains is for the two chambers to reconcile their versions ...

The problem is far from solved

Editorials

U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., resigned on Thursday. He was following U.S. Rep. John Conyers’ lead. Conyers, D-Mich., “retired” earlier in the week. So, the two members of Congress in the news recently for sexual harassment have left. Problem solved? Hardly. The problem is not two sleazy ...

Tree lighting thank you

Letters

On Dec. 2, the town of Windham celebrated its annual tree lighting festivities. It was an incredible event, thanks to the many people, businesses, staff and organizations who contributed. Santa arrived by fire truck, there was a bon fire, cookies and hot chocolate, music, activities and ...