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Editorials

Legislation worth exploring

The New Hampshire House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee heard testimony on Tuesday on a bill that would allow children as young as 12 to get counseling without their parent’s knowledge. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Nicole Klein-Knight, D-Manchester. She says ...

Proceed cautiously on plan

Several New England governors remain concerned about the recently proposed Transportation and Climate Initiative, which they say may increase gas prices throughout New England. The initiative is aimed at a dozen Northeast and mid-Atlantic states and would take effect in 2022. It would address ...

Watch out for the boys in blue

On Thursday, Greater Nashua and Alvirne High School suffered a great loss. Katie Thyne, a 24-year-old police officer in Newport News, Virginia, and a 2013 graduate of Alvirne High, died after being dragged by a vehicle during a traffic stop. Thyne had served in the U.S. Navy before joining ...

Stamp out corruption

Puerto Rican Gov. Wanda Vasquez is fighting back against the corruption and inefficiency that has hindered efforts to help hurricane victims on her island. Good for her. U.S. officials should provide all the support at their dispOn Sunday, Vasquez fired the heads of two government agencies, the ...

Close loophole in state law

On Thursday, New Hampshire lawmakers heard testimony about closing a loophole in the state’s sex abuse laws. A pair of bills were filed in response to an incident at Concord High School where a teacher was charged with sexually assaulting a student off school property in Massachusetts in ...

We need an honest approach

Clearly, the developed world needs to do more about how we dispose of our trash. Just as obviously, the United States, often cited as the chief villain in that regard, is far from alone. For years, much of the plastic waste disposed of by prosperous countries – even much of that officials ...

Politicians should take notice

Had 22,000 people showed up in Richmond, Virginia, to demand stronger gun control laws, it is a safe bet that proponents of them would pronounced the crowd to be conclusive proof most Americans want such restrictions. But when a group estimated at that size demonstrated on Monday against new ...

Give Miller the Medal of Honor

Many Americans became heroes on Dec. 7, 1941, during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. One of them, a Navy mess attendant, had been told he wasn’t even supposed to fire guns – because he was black. He was Doris “Dorie” Miller, a young Texan serving aboard the battleship USS West ...

The dream lives on

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, The Telegraph looks back on one of the civil rights icon’s most famous addresses. The “I Have a Dream Speech” was given on Aug. 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The words King used 55 years ago still ring true ...

Funding will be a big help

Described as a “mental health emergency” by U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas, youth suicide has skyrocketed to the second most common cause of death among young Americans. Late last week, Pappas, fellow U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster and U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan announced more than ...

Words from Dr. King

Today, in 1993, our nation celebrated Martin Luther King day for the first time. Following are some words from Dr. King: “Property is intended to serve life, and no matter how much we surround it with rights and respect, it has no personal being. It is part of the earth man walks on. It ...

Stop the bully

“Give me your lunch money or I’ll beat you up,” says the school yard bully. So do Iranian leaders, this week. They never had any intention of canceling their development of nuclear weapons, despite their agreement to suspend the project during former President Barack Obama’s ...

Proposed bill would shackle news media

Newspapers are living history books, cataloging moments in time as they happen. The role of any news organization, including The Telegraph and its sister papers, is to convey accurate information at the time of reporting, while choosing what content to produce based upon the freedoms protected ...

There may be no choice

Iran’s leaders accomplished what they needed to do this week, with a major rocket attack on two areas in Iraq where U.S. troops were housed. They were able to tell their own people they would not allow the “great Satan” — the United States — to push them around. Scores of U.S. ...

Autonomous cars still in flux

The nanny crowd ­– folks who insist only government is capable of protecting us against any hazard – wasted no time in criticizing proposed new federal guidelines for autonomous vehicle makers. “This is a science experiment playing out in real time on our roadways without any safeguards ...

Bloomberg or the field?

If you were nearly 78 years old and worth more than $50 billion, you too might plan to spend $10 million on a Super Bowl commercial to promote your presidential campaign. So is the case it seems with former New York City Mayor and media mogul Michael Bloomberg, who is seeking the Democratic ...

Prevent nicotine sales to youth

It is illegal throughout the United States for retailers to sell nicotine products including both cigarettes and electronic versions of them to anyone under 21 years of age. The provision became law Dec. 20, when President Donald Trump signed a bill approved overwhelmingly by ...

Teach about responsibility and consequences

Should parents need any more reminders they ought to know where their children are, both physical and online, the Cincinnati, Ohio, Police Department can provide one. Last week, the Northgate Mall in suburban Cincinnati had to be shut down on what should have been one of its busiest days of ...

Smoke alarms can save lives

Last week, nearly a $3 million mansion in Concord, Massachusetts went up in smoke. The cause is reported to be a chimney fire. It quickly engulfed the house and took hours to reduce. A lesson can be learned in the new year, which quickly came and went. Hopefully, it’s a fond memory for ...

New year, same goals

We have entered a new year and a new decade. This inspires a season of hope and promise. It is a opportunity to set goals and begin anew. While that likely is the case for many in Greater Nashua, let us not forget those who face a much tougher start to 2020. The reality is local shelters are ...