Opinion

Fix our corrupt political system

Local Commentary

On Wednesday, I did what every responsible citizen does on April 15: pay my taxes. On Saturday, I’ll march in protest. I do not protest the idea of paying taxes to a government that represents the people. In fact, I consider it the mark of a civilized society when citizens come ...

Liquor Commission settlement has a certain odor

Editorials

There are two ways to interpret the state’s decision to settle for $2.5 million the lawsuit brought by Nashua’s Law Warehouses Inc., that accused the New Hampshire Liquor Commission of bid-rigging, corruption and antitrust violations when it awarded a competing bidder the ...

Modernizing visa system would help nation’s economy

Local Commentary

When I retired after a career in the U.S. Marines, I wanted to find a way to continue to meaningfully contribute. So, I searched for a cutting edge technology to bring to market. Fortunately I was introduced to Dartmouth College chemistry professor Joe BelBruno, a leading expert in materials ...

Building a future through the past

Editorials

What do the American Red Cross, Catherine the Great and Eddie Van Halen have in common? Maybe nothing except that those were among the research projects undertaken by students from Merrimack High School as part of the annual National History Day competition. National History Day, for the ...

North, South turn out winners

Editorials

As contests go, this one was a winner. Sure, Nashua High School South topped their rivals from Nashua High School North, but the real winners may not emerge until years down the road, when a life gets saved. The competition was to see which school could get the most students to learn CPR ...

NH voter ID law imperils privacy

Local Commentary

Since the House vote on the state budget, significant attention has rightly been paid to decisions by the Republican majority to cut funding to social service programs, reduce scheduled payments to municipalities and raid dedicated funds to pay for operating expenses. What hasn’t ...

NH energy deal is badly flawed

Local Commentary

New Hampshire is on the cusp of something big and it all starts with our energy choices. We’ve seen the facts: burning dirty coal is bad for our health. Air pollution from burning coal is linked to chronic asthma, respiratory disease, reproductive and developmental harm, and even ...

Issue is worthy of some exploration

Editorials

Quite a bit has been made in recent weeks about the fact that Chris Williams, the CEO of the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce, is still holding the position weeks after he announced he would be stepping down to explore a run for mayor of Nashua. Almost nobody expects Williams not to run. In ...

Don’t downshift taxes onto cities and towns

Letters

The state of New Hampshire needs revenue to fund vital state services. “Gifting” tax relief to 35,000 New Hampshire businesses reduces state revenues and downshifts business taxes to city and town taxpayers. Those 35,000 businesses should pay their own taxes. Donald Jean Nashua

Columnist was right, editorial was wrong

Letters

I suggest that you reread George Scione’s column (“ESPN gives life lesson...,” April 10). I was disappointed that you perpetuated an attitude that George and I agree is “clueless.” Sam Holtz was not eligible to enter the ESPN bracket contest. ...

A parent looks to the Senate

Letters

I am an older parent of a 31-year old daughter who has multiple, severe disabilities. My husband and I worked hard to keep her home and depended upon in-home support services that allowed her to stay healthy and saved the state many thousands of dollars over the years. Emily is complete care ...

A foreign policy for suckers

Letters

After a Russian reset, leading from behind, troop withdrawal, video prompted murders, red lines, MRE’s to Ukraine, Yemen success and now nuclear negotiations, I have finally figured out our foreign policy. After channeling Teddy Roosevelt’s motto, President Obama decided to ...

Teaching child the wrong lessons

Letters

A 12-year-old boy enters a contest whose rules explicitly state you have to be 18 or older to win. You want the contest organizers to pay him because he got some other part of the contest right. He did not win. He could not win. To win you have to meet all the rules. What lesson are you ...

NH should support access to oral chemotherapy

Local Commentary

“He was urgent, pragmatic and insistent.” So begins the description of Dr. Sidney Farber in Ken Burn’s three-part documentary, Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, which recently premiered on PBS. Dr. Farber is widely regarded as the father of modern ...

Good cops need not fear cameras

Editorials

“You don’t get to shoot a non-violent offender in the back. It’s fundamental,” former FBI Assistant Director Ron Hosko told the Huffington Post in the wake of last week’s shooting of 50-year-old Walter Scott in North Charleston, S.C. Hosko is ...

Child protection in NH has come a long way

Local Commentary

While recognizing Child Abuse Prevention Month, we in New Hampshire can rest assured that our state has the appropriate statutes and that law enforcement is committed to doing what it can to prevent child abuse. Law enforcement can only bring to justice those who violate the law. As with all ...

Disgracing citizenship

Local Commentary

In 2012, on the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks against this country, 2,500 immigrants stood on the floor of the TD Garden in Boston, raised their right hands and swore an oath vowing, among other things, to “support and defend the Constitution and laws of the ...

Looking back at the week in news

Editorials

Worldwide Leader should do right by kid who nailed pool Just pay the kid already. We know he’s only 12, but Sam Holtz just beat 11 million other people who tried to pick the field for the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. He entered the contest using his ...

We all need to be educated about abuse

Letters

Thank you for printing the article about the domestic abuse struggles and eventual triumphs of Jo Fonda and her family (“14 years later,” April 7). As her daughter’s Brownie leader at the time, I was always impressed with Jo’s intelligence and her ...

Holocaust memorial will hold services

Letters

On Thursday, April 16 at 4 p.m., led by Rabbi Jonathan Spira-Savett from Temple Beth Abraham in Nashua, we remember the Holocaust in the New Hampshire Holocaust Memorial in Nashua’s Rotary Park. On Sunday, April 19, at 1 p.m., Rabbi Henry Morse from Congregation Sha’ar ...