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Editorials

Be cautious on New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is a let-your-hair down time for many people. We all enjoy a good celebration. Let’s be certain it doesn’t result in just the opposite. No one likes a driving under the influence ticket and a night in jail. No one enjoys a hospital stay due to injuries suffered in an ...

Communities still need help

Vienna residents voted in October to join five other central Maine towns in the latest coalition seeking to bring high-speed internet to an underserved area of the state. Internet providers have largely ignored these communities, so they are banding together – in central Maine, Down East ...

Giving thanks to those who helped

With Christmas 2019 but a memory, here are a couple thoughts on the holiday season as we prepare to look forward next week to a new chapter in our community. • Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s is a time for family, friends and frivolity. For many, relatives travel from far and wide ...

Safe from scammers

A great deal of the consumer protection advice we receive during the holidays amounts to common sense. How could a reasonably intelligent adult fall for some of the schemes, after all? But some consumer protection watchdogs are offering an important reminder: Adults may have nothing to do ...

The meaning of Christmas

The following is from the Gospel According to Luke 2:1-20: And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one ...

A helping hand

Veterans Count – a program of Easterseals New Hampshire – has long been on the front lines of helping those who have served our country. The work the group does – and the support they lend – is enormous and very much appreciated by not only Granite State veterans, but by those who ...

It’s better to give

The old adage, it’s better to give than to receive, certainly rings true during the holiday season – especially in Greater Nashua. Nearly 200 donors have given almost $30,000 to The Telegraph and United Way’s annual Santa Fund. As Christmas week hits, though, the campaign’s annual ...

Funding should have been nixed

All too often, bad ideas never really go away in Washington. Congress merely reduces taxpayer funding for them, without insisting they be abandoned. That may be the fate of President Donald Trump’s “Space Force.” Trump envisions the force as an entirely separate, new branch of the ...

Retribution should be swift, if needed

Four thousand more U.S. troops will be pulled out of Afghanistan, reducing the force there to about 8,600, it was reported this week. That number is inadequate to do more than protect key U.S. positions and personnel. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw more forces from ...

President should sign bill

Little by little, the bright, appealing shell that is Obamacare is being stripped away to reveal a thoroughly rotten core. More of it was being exposed this week. Former President Barack Obama’s administration went to great pains to shield the truth about Obamacare from the American public. ...

Clean up the mess

Massachusetts has followed suit with many state around the country and has issued new standards for toxic compounds in drinking water. Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, collectively called PFAS, have turned up in public water supplies and private wells around the U.S., and there ...

A step in the right direction

In about two weeks, the legal age to purchase tobacco products in New Hampshire will go from 18 to 19. While that jump isn’t what officials initially wanted, it’s progress. Cities and towns around the country have been taking a fresh look at the issues, with many raising the legal age ...

Affordable housing needed

Housing – especially affordable housing – has long been an issue in New Hampshire. Oftentimes, simply finding a place to live when relocating to or moving within the Granite state is difficult and frustrating. Last week, UnitedStatesZipCodes.org released a study on the New Hampshire ...

Truly great Americans

We Americans have torn down a lot of statues during the past few years. You know the type: Memorials to military and civil leaders of the Confederate States of America. Perhaps it’s time to switch gears and erect a few new statues. Give credit to the people and public officials of ...

Watching terrorist threats

Until they have answers, the top priority for U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies needs to be determining whether Mohammed Alshamrani was a lone-wolf terrorist or part of a larger plot. Alshamrani, an officer in the Royal Saudi Air Force, was being trained at a U.S. naval base at ...

This choice requires vigilance

A significant number of schools throughout the United States have authorized staff members to carry firearms while at work. The idea is that armed educators and school service personnel can protect students in the event of an incursion by someone bent on violence. But an Associated Press ...

Youth value news

Anyone who believes the youth of America fail to connect with newspapers should have fielded a call to The Telegraph’s publisher Sunday. A distraught young man called in and eventually spoke with the publisher about an artist who had touched his life and tragically died. He indicated he and ...

This has been the anti-democracy decade

We’re coming to the end of what might be called the anti-democracy decade. It began Jan. 21, 2010, with the Supreme Court’s shameful decision in Citizen’s United v. Federal Election Commission, opening the floodgates to big money in politics with the absurd claim that the First Amendment ...

We can’t deny our public school kids’ gift

Education in New Hampshire must evolve to meet the needs of our growing high-tech workforce. We have a unique opportunity to do this because of a $46 million federal grant that is being offered to New Hampshire public schools through the federal Charter Schools Program (CSP.) Unfortunately, ...

China truly climate’s top enemy

“Do we really want to be remembered as the generation that buried its head in the sand, that fiddled while the planet burned?” asked U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres this past week. He was addressing representatives from nearly 200 nations, gathered in Spain for a meeting on climate ...