Opinion

The gift and grace of true beauty

Local Commentary

“To behold beautydignifies your life; it heals you and calls you out beyond the smallness of your own self-limitation to experience new horizons. To experience beauty is to have your life enlarged.” – John O’Donohue, “Beauty: The Invisible Embrace” True beauty catches us off-guard. ...

Spending at root of national debt crisis

Editorials

Many members of Congress who have opposed tax relief as approved by both houses of Congress insist their concern is increasing the national debt. How reassuring that lawmakers are worried about that – finally. It is estimated that during the next decade, the tax cuts will increase the debt by ...

Tax relief will not create new jobs

Letters

In the tax reform versions now proposed, the standard deduction for both single and married taxpayers doubles, while the personal exemption ($4,050 for every taxpayer and dependent) is eliminated. The child tax credit is increased by $600 per child. Most, but not all, tax rates are reduced. For ...

New Hampshire should not support latest tax plan

Letters

I think tax reform is warranted. But I have been increasingly alarmed at what is trying to be passed for reform. It is instead a tax bill that clearly benefits the very well-to-do. Why? Do not the rest of us need help? Trickle-down economics has been shown to not work. Indeed, CEOs have said ...

Continued tax increases hurt those on fixed incomes

Letters

Well, here we go again! Another round of tax increases for Nashua residents. We seem to have a mayor that caters to the city’s unions’ never ending cry for increasing wages, benefits and fat pensions. Wish I could belong to a union where I could get yearly raises. These tax hikes are ...

Don’t hamper free speech

Editorials

You may have seen anti-abortion displays similar to that which Students for Life planned to erect on Miami University’s Hamilton, Ohio, campus earlier this year. They feature a number of crosses, with signs explaining each one represents a baby aborted during a specified amount of ...

U.N. probe should tell whole truth

Editorials

Next month, a United Nations special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights will travel through the United States to “investigate government efforts to eradicate poverty in the country, and how this relates to America’s obligations under international human rights law.” It would ...

Event full of holiday tidings

Local Commentary

On Friday, a little more than a week after the official kickoff of the holiday season, I found myself not quite in the Christmas spirit. It’s not that I was being Grinch-like, it was simply because I hadn’t really taken the time to breathe following the busy time in the newsroom the week ...

‘Running Start’ picks up steam

Local Commentary

Nashua Community College, along with our high school partners, is proud to see the Running Start program create new opportunities for students each year – but the past fall has been one of marked growth. This is due in large part to local high schools since they deliver college courses that ...

Conservation funding must stay in place

Editorials

The Great Lakes, shared by the United States and Canada, are among the world’s most majestic and important bodies of fresh water. But their health is threatened on several fronts. Unless dramatic action is taken to safeguard them, the lakes may become an aquatic disaster area. Pollution and ...

Laying a strong foundation

Letters

Opponents of Medicaid expansion invoke the value of personal responsibility to oppose government-sponsored healthcare. They say that it is the fault of the individual for lacking the ability to afford healthcare and that government programs such as Medicaid encourage dependency. Additionally, ...

Republican tax cut scam

Letters

I am a CPA with 40 years of experience as a financial manager for a variety of large and small high-tech companies. The Republican tax cut is a giant scam on the American middle class. Follows are some Republican claims. Claim: It will create jobs. I have never been with a company that hired ...

No sacrifice

Letters

The proposed New Hampshire Community Rights State Constitutional Amendment, CACR19, has faced criticisms that community rights don’t exist, and that upholding these rights blindly blocks development. I respectfully refute these assertions. The community’s right to local self-determination ...

Stop conning us

Letters

You can’t believe a word this president says. He conned American voters. It was obvious then as it is now. The Republican Party got behind him, pushed for him, voted for him, lied about Hillary and supports him to this day. There is so much wrong with this leadership. But, when a president ...

Rushing the tax bill

Letters

There is good reason the Republicans are rushing the tax legislation: It is a lie. The longer the public has to review it, the more it smells. First, it will cost the middle class. A very modest tax cut now is due to expire in a few years and middle class taxes will go up. The tax cut to the ...

Preventing wandering: Pinpointing the cause

Local Commentary

Sixty percent of people with dementia will experience wandering, which can be dangerous for your loved one and quite scary for you as a caregiver. While some people wander for no specific reason, there is often a cause. Once you’re able to pinpoint the cause, wandering can be easier to ...

Public art in Nashua leaves positive mark on city

Local Commentary

“Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” – Pablo Picasso Nothing transforms a place quite like public art. Sun and wind come and go; weather is transitory, but art, strategically placed, not only transforms a place, it actually creates new space. A psychic space, emotional ...

Real tax relief plan is needed

Editorials

Is it possible to have a tax cut worse than no tax cut? It may be. Leave it to Congress to find a way to make Americans look a gift horse in the mouth. Republican leaders in the Senate are scrambling to ensure they can muster a majority when their chamber votes on a tax reform bill, sometime ...

The freedom to speak

Editorials

Conservative speaker Lucian Wintrich clearly should not have done what he did when protesters disrupted a speech he was trying to present Tuesday night at the University of Connecticut. To judge by a video showing the altercation, police were right to charge Wintrich with breach of the ...

Old-fashioned shopping the way to go

Editorials

On Monday, did your children or grandchildren get to tell a virtual Santa Claus what they want for Christmas? Did you try to guess how the magician you watched on your smartphone made the rabbit disappear? And, how about that ice skating app? Pardon our sarcasm, please. It is aimed, if you ...