Opinion

Police Athletic Leagues are fighting the literal good fight

Editorials

It is evident when law enforcement truly cares about its community, investing countless hours off the clock toward volunteer programs and public forums to ensure residents know police policy once a shift begins. The Nashua Police Athletic League is going above and beyond to invest in this ...

Concerns raised in Venezuela vote

Editorials

A few countries have shaky economies, with double-digit unemployment, crumbling treasuries and even food shortages. One of them has the largest petroleum reserves in the world. It is Venezuela. Months of demonstrations in the streets have left nearly 100 Venezuelans dead and at least 1,500 ...

Amherst Street halfway house a necessary facility

Editorials

There are few institutions, except perhaps prisons and adult video stores, that raise more eyebrows in a community than plans to open a halfway house. People’s minds run wild with negative assumptions about recovering addicts. The NIMBY concept – Not In My Backyard – plays a prominent ...

Fiscal irresponsibility a product of partisan politics

Local Commentary

Gov. Chris Sununu and our friends in the Republican majority chose a partisan path for the budget, one even former House Speaker Bill O’Brien has praised. Gov. Sununu’s partisan Republican budget spends tens of millions more now and hundreds of millions more in the future on additional tax ...

How to stop Kim Jong Un

National Commentary

Otto Warmbier’s death is one of hundreds of thousands at the hands of the most brutal regime in the world, North Korea’s. The American student went to North Korea on a tour in 2016 and did something foolish: He tried to steal a propaganda poster from the wall of his hotel, an act captured ...

Trumpcare changes for NH

Local Commentary

The Congressional Budget Office has now officially “scored” Trumpcare and has estimated that 23 million will lose their health insurance. Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act has made it possible for nearly 50,000 citizens of New Hampshire to get health insurance. The vast ...

The impeachment battle

National Commentary

American politics is now, in large part, a fight about whether or not Donald Trump will be impeached. No one is saying it explicitly, but these are the stakes in the Russia controversy and its spinoffs and in the 2018 midterms. If Democrats take the House with anything like a comfortable ...

Firearms plus children equals potential tragedy

National Commentary

Summertime is upon us, the season when out-of-school kids are frequently left alone in the house. Here’s a question for all parents and grandparents out there: Do you have guns in your home? According to a new report from the Children’s National Hospital, 20,000 American children – yes, ...

Virginia shows the future

National Commentary

Without Virginia, we probably never would have become the United States. It was Virginian leadership and talent that created the nation. Think first of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe, and don’t forget Chief Justice John Marshall, Patrick Henry ...

Remembering D-Day in Nashua

Editorials

It may have been more than 3,300 miles from Nashua almost three-quarters of a century ago, but D-Day continues to have a strong connection to the Gate City. Tuesday marks the 73rd anniversary of the D-Day invasion, perhaps the most important feat of the Greatest Generation. More than 160,000 ...

Milking victims’ emotions

National Commentary

Familiar rituals followed the terrorist bombing at the arena in Manchester, England. Flowers piled up near the site of carnage. Reporters plumbed every line of the attacker’s profile, speculating on what may have inspired his vile act. Rallies called for solidarity and a rejection of ...

Going ‘Over the Edge’ to support the community

Local Commentary

There is very little more fundamental to the existence of any nonprofit organization than fundraising. Every nonprofit needs to raise enough money to sustain itself and do its good work in the community. One dilemma which I see frequently in our community, however, is that there are a limited ...

Lack of openness is very alarming

Editorials

Last Friday, it came to light that two high-ranking administrators at Ledge Street Elementary School were no longer with the district. This information, unfortunately, did not come through the Nashua School District. Instead, concerned parents tossed a little sunshine on the sudden departure of ...

Caring for planet is everyone’s concern

Letters

With America’s strong economy, variety in wildlife and iconic hypothetical freedom, it’s hard not to be proud of our country, the home of the brave. But recently elected people in the government might change all that, beginning their destruction with the beautiful planet we live on, depend ...

Democracy requires an informed public

Letters

To keep our precious democracy working, we need informed and engaged citizens.  Engagement is fundamental to the social fabric of our nation. It helps each of us, and our friends and neighbors, think about our human experience; our hopes, our struggles and our ...

Protecting NH’s Medicaid

Local Commentary

Will New Hampshire rush into turning over its Medicaid long-term care program to private managed care insurers? The fate of its most vulnerable citizens â€Â” including over 4,200 nursing home residents â€Â” is at stake. While managed care has had success in ...

Tricked into shopping trip

Archive

It finally happened, my wife found a way to trick me into buying a new shirt. It’s not that I don’t like having nice things, or looking nice, or what have you. Well, to be honest, I might. But the overriding issue is that I just hate buying clothes. The whole experience of going into a ...

Still no solutions on massive debt

Archive

The Congressional Budget Office has projected a $9.4 trillion cumulative increase in deficits over the next decade. While provisionally there are greater threats to the American public, nothing will grind down our economic stability and quality-of-life standards in the long term more than an ...

We went solar, so can you

Archive

I’ll never forget the first thing I learned in Economics 101 – there is no such thing as a free lunch. In the 20 years since that high school class, I have found the law holds true not just when it comes to lunch but also to gas in my car, electricity from the grid, and everything else ...