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On the downhill side of the season

It’s all downhill from here, and we’re not talking about the approach of Christmas, or the end of 2013 and impending New Year. The days are going to start getting longer from here on out, now that we’ve passed the winter solstice. That milestone happened ...

Hacked Target should zero in on an explanation

In-store Target shoppers got a big lump of coal deposited in their stockings this week when the nation’s second-largest discounter reported that information contained in 40 million credit and debit card accounts had been stolen. It was a stunning reminder that the amazing ...

Olympics remain favored stage for gamesmanship

The Olympic Games are often interlaced with geopolitical intrigue, dating back to 1936, when Jesse Owens foiled Adolf Hitler’s hope that the Berlin games would be a showcase of Aryan superiority. Jimmy Carter stopped U.S. participation in the 1980 Moscow games to protest the Soviet ...

Money is the ultimate drug

There’s something sickening about the practice by which pharmaceutical companies pay doctors large amounts of money to recommend certain drugs to their peers. Sometimes the payments take the form of fees to speak at a conference put on by the pharmaceutical industry. Other times, ...

Public watchdog group welcome

New Hampshire residents should be encouraged by the formation of a group earlier this year dedicated to strengthening the state’s Right to Know Law. That law, which spells out the parameters under which the public can access the meetings and records of public bodies, is sadly in ...

Budget deal is unfair to country’s veterans

Where were the rest of our congressional representatives when Sen. Kelly Ayotte was standing up for military retirees? The drafters of the budget agreement mention that military retirement after only 20 years is such a “generous retirement program” that they can absorb a 1 ...

Scott Brown and the Granite State

Chances are, Scott Brown has been hearing a lot of whispers lately. “Scott Brown, your state needs you,” the voices say to the former U.S. senator from Massachusetts. If he whispers back at all, it’s probably something along the lines of, “I ...

Another gain for workplace equity

Funny how, sometimes, the public doesn’t see a milestone until it’s almost in our rear-view mirror. Frances Perkins was appointed Labor Secretary by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1933, making her the first woman to serve in a president’s cabinet. She was one of ...

What do we do about the NSA?

A presidential commission established to look into the operations of the National Security Agency and its practice of collecting data from Americans’ cell phone, email and Internet traffic has concluded that the widespread collection should continue, but with restrictions that ...

Newtown pain hasn’t gone away

A year later, and still there are no words to adequately describe the horror and how it made us feel. It was a year ago Saturday that Adam Lanza entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and gunned down 26 people, including the principal and 20 students. Those children ...

AG’s office sends wrong message

The conclusion reached by the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office that three allegations against former New London Police Chief David Seastrand did not rise to the level of criminal conduct raises some troubling questions. Seastrand resigned in disgrace earlier this year after a ...

South Africa story was ripe for misinterpretation

At first, it was a story good for a laugh. The sign language interpreter at the memorial service for South Africa’s Nelson Mandela was tagged a “fake” for using incomprehensible hand gestures. But as the story unfolded, it became a much more serious event. The ...

Francis has changed church’s direction since his ascention

Francis has changed church’s direction since his ascention Time magazine’s yearly selection for “Person of the Year” often sparks controversy and misunderstanding. Its 2013 pick of Pope Francis is no exception. Conservative radio talk show host Glenn ...

Gridlock takes a holiday as GOP stands up to tea party

It was big news this week when the House of Representatives approved a federal budget bill that raises spending over the next two years in return for $23 billion in deficit reduction over the next decade. It’s even bigger news, though, that the plan represents an effort by centrist ...

How bad was Kuster ambush video? Very

Anybody who wants to see what a political train wreck looks like probably need look no further than the video making the rounds of U.S. Rep. Ann McLane Kuster answering – or not answering, more accurately – a constituent’s question about her position on the 2012 ...

A smart choice to lead aldermen

Nashua voters should feel good about David Deane being chosen president of the city’s board of aldermen when they convene with a new lineup next year. It is a sign, among other things, that the city may be returning to a two-branch system of government. Deane was chosen Monday night ...

Bob Smith Senate run is about Bob Smith

It is a sad commentary on the state of the New Hampshire Republican Party that they have no candidate for governor and their best-known candidate to challenge a sitting U.S. Senator is a man who succeeded in making a mockery of his own political career before voters mercifully removed him from ...

City officials should help soup kitchen, but keep it simple

Occam’s Razor is a precept of logic and reason which holds that, among conflicting possibilities, the simplest answer to a problem is usually the correct one. Its modern-day equivalent is the old KISS adage to “Keep It Simple, Stupid.” Nashua officials would do ...

A life and legacy: Nelson Mandela

Those who only knew Nelson Mandela as a free man walking the international stage – which is to say, people in their 20s or younger – might not fully grasp why his life, and thus his death, means so much to so many. For parents and grandparents of millennials, however, ...

Helping panhandlers down the road

We understand that life’s road can get bumpy and people need help sometimes. We don’t begrudge those who need such things as a hot meal, a place to sleep or counseling services. That some people fall through the cracks of our economic system is just a fact of life. It has ...