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Editorials

NH not ready for legalized pot

Colorado and Washington are the two states where marijuana use is legal. If Rep. Steve Vaillancourt, R-Manchester, gets his way, New Hampshire would join that elite club. It’s not going to happen, and it shouldn’t – especially in a state that is above the ...

News about drug abuse in NH is not good

“The misuse and abuse of prescription drugs has become a leading cause of harm among New Hampshire adults, resulting in more deaths each year than those caused by car crashes.” So begins a sobering report issued two weeks ago by the New Hampshire Department of Health and ...

Veto override, if it comes, could be harbinger in Nashua

It comes as no surprise that Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau used a line-item veto to strike down the portion of the Police Supervisors Association contract that allows accrued sick days to be used to pay off retroactive increases in health care costs. The mayor has repeatedly voiced strong ...

Nashua’s residents deserve the facts

In the last line of her extraordinary press release in which she accuses the Nashua Police Department of launching a politically motivated investigation targeting her and her husband, Mayor Donnalee Lozeau writes, “I look forward to a public conversation about the conduct of all ...

The phenomenon of Ray Burton

Even those in southern New Hampshire who know the name might not quite understand the phenomenon that is Ray Burton, or why his announced retirement from the New Hampshire Executive Council this past weekend was such a big deal. It’s not just that Burton is the longest serving ...

Nashua police commission can do better

Seven months after the chairman of the Nashua Police Commission said that the board’s agendas and meeting minutes would be posted on the city’s website like other city boards, it has yet to happen. But it’s not for lack of desire, according to Commission Chairman ...

Two-tiered justice system in NH

It’s hard to see how one could reasonably argue that prosecutors should be permitted to operate under different sets of rules. Unfortunately, it appears something like that could be happening as the result of a decision by some county attorneys in New Hampshire not to turn over to ...

We’ve cleaned up our act

Harbin, northeast China’s largest and most important city, shut down many normal operations last week – including schools, airport and bus routes – because of choking smog that made it difficult to see the hand in front of one’s face. Fine particulate ...

Public will take it on the chin

Anytime someone from government says “We’re going to try to balance the interests of the public and (insert government entity here),” you can be sure the public is about to get the short end of the stick. So it is in Concord, where Attorney General Joe ...

Lights at UNH? Don’t do us any favors

We realize that University of New Hampshire officials probably thought they were raising a selling point when they announced that putting lights in at Cowell Stadium would allow them to host high school championship games in outdoor sports, but as soon as they announced it we could hear many ...

These could turn out to be the good old days for the ACA

The Affordable Care Act is taking on water and a frustrated President Barack Obama stepped up with his pail and started bailing this week. No one is more upset than he is about the colossal failure of the Healthcare.gov website, the president said Monday. He maintains the overall plan is ...

Tag a secondary issue for Nashua district

It’s clear Nashua’s Charlotte Avenue School Principal Patricia Beaulieu didn’t expect the broad backlash she received from her decision to ban the game of tag on the school’s playground. After The Telegraph published the original story, it was picked up ...

Nashua aldermen vote was unusual

It’s probably not overstating it to say that the relationship between Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau and the city’s police department is frosty, at best. Give Lozeau credit for this much, though: When it comes to the police department, she’s been consistent in ...

Hassan is right to take on bullying

Gov. Maggie Hassan’s decision to proclaim Nov. 18-33 as “anti-bullying week” in New Hampshire strikes us as a particularly creative and apt use of the “bully pulpit” that the governor has at her disposal. Using the governor’s office ...

School enrollment drops, spending doesn’t

Increases in student enrollment are often used by school administrators to justify increases in school budgets. Using the rationale that fewer pupils in a classroom generally means students can get more individualized help from a teacher, school officials have traditionally made the case that ...

Stay in the pink, know your risks

One month a year our lives are awash in pink. It floods sport stadiums in the form of socks, armbands, towels, cleats and gloves. It’s seen in ribbons that grace cars, posters and advertisements. It has even flooded the coupons in The Sunday Telegraph and the website of the Concord ...

Both sides must ready for change

The salient question, now that the federal government is back at work and debt default has been diverted, is whether anything meaningful has changed in Congress or if in a couple of months the country will once again face the prospects of fiscal and economic calamity as a consequence of ...

A look back at the week in news

Nashua candidate’s attempt to justify slur raises question The recent conduct of Peter Silva, Republican nominee for the Nov. 5 Nashua Ward 8 special election for state representative, raises an important ethical question. Is it a more serious moral breach to utter an ethnic slur, ...

Shaheen, Ayotte led the way out

We were reminded of the old saying that “politics is the art of compromise” by watching New Hampshire’s two U.S. senators during the fight to end government shutdown and raise the ceiling on how much the government can borrow. The actions of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, ...

Hudson police should provide answers

When police are called to respond to a suicidal person, they have an obligation to act. When Hudson police were called to the home of Matthew Banks, they found a tube connected to the tailpipe of his car. They had evidence he tried to take his own life and had a duty to protect him. Instead, ...