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Editorials

Granite State underdog gets victory over coffee giant

It’s the kind of David-tops-Goliath story that warms the heart. Last week, the 2nd U.S. Court Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a husband and wife micro coffee roasting company in Tuftonboro, N.H., against trademark infringement charges lodged by Starbucks. Starbucks sued ...

But things have been going so well until now

It waits to be seen what the outcome will be of the change in U.S. Senate rules ending the filibuster on executive and judicial appointments, but if angry Republicans are serious about their threats, things are going to get even worse on Capitol Hill. Who would have thought that was even ...

Hudson can take pride in community accomplishment

It’s been a long time coming. More than 20 years, in fact, but life for Hudson’s senior citizens will get a little nicer in March with the expected opening of the town’s new senior center. From Kimball Hill Road, near the main entrance to Benson Park, motorists ...

Pentagon has had time to fix sexual assault problem

This is one battle we’d prefer The Pentagon lose. The opponent is a proposal by New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, D-N.Y., that would take the decision to bring charges in military sexual assault cases out of the hands of military commanders and put them in the hands of ...

NHIAA job still a plum assignment

Now that former Nashua High School and Nashua High School North Principal R. Patrick Corbin has announced he will step down July 1 as executive director of the organization that oversees high school athletics in the state, New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association officials say they ...

Will Republicans tolerate prosperity?

Reps. Carol Shea-Porter and Ann Kuster found themselves in the odd position last week of voting with Republicans in support of a bill that would allow insurance companies to continue to offer health plans that would otherwise be dropped under President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care ...

Veto process not a credit to city

The vote last week by the Nashua Board of Aldermen to sustain Mayor Donnalee Lozeau’s veto of a portion of a labor contract for police supervisors seems to make no sense, given that the exact same board approved the contract just a few weeks ago on a 14-1 vote. It makes more sense ...

With apologies to just about everyone

By one account, President Barack Obama issued some variation of “I’m sorry” 26 times during the press conference on Thursday at which he said he was sorry for the way he and his administration botched the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. In a session that ...

Road to adoption should be easier

It’s hard not to juxtapose the adoption stories of Nashua’s Carol Boudreau and New Hampshire Health and Human Services Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas. Both were in Concord this week to mark the state’s observance of November as National Adoption Month, and both ...

It could be like rain delays at every game

When it comes to waiting for a championship, Chicago Cubs fans are the most patient in history. It’s been 105 years since the Cubbies won the World Series, and a painful 68 years since they even appeared in the Fall Classic. Any team can have a bad century, but the plight of the Cubs ...

Do we really need our kids to learn cursive handwriting?

Throughout human existence, elements of civilization have come and gone, replaced by new ideas and technologies. Those technologies require learning new skills and abandoning old ones that are no longer relevant to everyday life. Enter the debate over the new Common Core set of educational ...

President just seems to be digging himself deeper

Every time President Barack Obama tries to climb out of the political sinkhole known officially as the Affordable Care Act, he just slips deeper into the abyss. His recent slide started when he told NBC’s Chuck Todd he was “sorry” for misleading Americans by ...

Public has a right to yawn

To take a famous Shakespeare quote and turn it on its ear: “A thorn by any other name would be as sharp.” In New Hampshire, it’s called the Right-to-Know Law. They call it the Public Records Law in Vermont, the Public Records Act in Massachusetts and ...

Healthy recipe for Nashua soup kitchen

Opportunities like this don’t come along every day for the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter. They have a chance to parlay small donations from ordinary people into some big money that can make a real difference. In case you missed the story in the Neighbors section of The Sunday ...

‘60 Minutes’ let its viewers down

One night in 1968, CBS Evening News anchor Walter Cronkite closed his venerable program with a startling editorial in which he publicly doubted the claims of top U.S. military officials who insisted that the United States was winning the war in Vietnam. At best, said Cronkite, who had just ...

We can do better for our veterans

On this Veterans Day, we encourage those who care about our nation’s soldiers to read the tragic accounts in the Sunday Telegraph about a pair of New Hampshire veterans who returned home from overseas tours of duty and took their own lives. Army Spc. Christopher Journeau, of ...

Wanted: Strong aldermen board

The clear message sent by Nashua voters Tuesday is that they want to see the Board of Aldermen take a more assertive role in governing the city. Whether it’s more carefully monitoring specific projects, such as downtown sidewalk improvements, or a more diligent review of larger ...

Mayor and police: Just doing their jobs

Now that David Lozeau has released the police file that outlined the case Nashua authorities tried to build against him in a 2009 and 2010 criminal investigation, it is possible to draw a few conclusions about the police conduct and that of David Lozeau and his wife, Nashua Mayor Donnalee ...

New Jersey governor makes presidential declaration

New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie effectively announced his campaign for president Tuesday, declaring in his re-election victory speech: “I know that tonight a dispirited America, angry with their dysfunctional government in Washington, looks to New Jersey to say, ...

Ayotte’s bipartisan coup

More than just slightly noticeable the past several weeks is U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s efforts to forge bipartisan solutions on Capitol Hill. The New Hampshire Republican was at the forefront of bringing an end to the government shutdown, and this week took center stage attempting to ...