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Editorials

A look back at the week in news

Begin again: New logo an opportunity for Nashua As part of Nashua’s rebranding effort, a new logo and tagline were released at an aldermanic committee meeting this week. The circular logo features the city’s two rivers entwined to form a blue infinity sign in the middle, ...

Town hall format shouldn’t be easy

‘Summertime and the livin’ is easy,” wrote the novelist DuBose Heyward in the lyrics to a famous George Gershwin song. He could have served in Congress, where members take the entire month of August off whether they’ve accomplished anything meaningful ...

We know how to incarcerate, but can we do so humanely?

We know how to incarcerate, but can we do so humanely? Prison is one of the most important institutions in American life. About a quarter of all the world’s prisoners are behind bars in the United States, a total of roughly 2 million people. It costs about $60 billion a year to ...

Romney’s role: Speak your mind

It is, perhaps, only fitting that former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney chose a New Hampshire event to make his first public appearance after last November’s election defeat at the hands of President Barack Obama. Romney was the primary attraction at a state GOP fundraiser attended by about ...

O’Brien would be natural in DC

Former House Speaker Bill O’Brien’s remarks at an Americans for Prosperity rally last week comparing the Affordable Care Act to the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 are a stain on the New Hampshire House to which he was elected, the towns of Mont Vernon and New Boston that ...

Rubens no slave to party dogma

As unconventional Republican candidates go, former state Sen. Jim Rubens ranks right up there. The Etna businessman is a former hippie who once lived in a Canaan commune and successfully started a recycling business before it was trendy. After serving two terms in the state Senate during the ...

NSA debate isn’t so cut-and-dried

It might be easier to feel sympathy for Edward Snowden if the former National Security Agency worker hadn’t high-tailed it out of the country after leaking classified documents. Those documents disclosed programs that show the U.S. government has been accumulating phone and Internet ...

Completing the sentence circuit

Robert Tulloch teamed up with James Parker to bludgeon to death Half and Susanne Zantop, two popular Dartmouth College professors, in their Etna home in January 2001. Tulloch was tagged as the mastermind of the crime that shocked not only the college community, but the state as well because of ...

Looking back at the week in news

Gaming authority may give state casinos a new chance Senate President Peter Bragdon told The Telegraph’s editorial board this week he does not believe casino gambling in New Hampshire is inevitable. With Gov. Maggie Hassan going “all in” this past legislative ...

A word of hope from a new pope

Do not adjust your set or tweak your Twitter feed. Your glasses are clear and your hearing aid, if you have one, does not need to be recalibrated. You heard the pope just fine. Kind of a stunner, huh? In case you missed it, Pope Francis rocked the Catholic world this week when he told a ...

Spader records deepen darkness

The more that is learned about convicted murderer Steven Spader, the less sense his life seems to make. Many people would prefer not to think at all about the 21-year-old Spader, who orchestrated the savage October 2009 murder of 42-year-old Kimberly Cates and attacked her then-11-year-old ...

Party flap hardly voter fraud case

To hear New Hampshire Republican Party Chair Jennifer Horn tell it, Democrats are trying to steal elections in the state. Horn recently wrote state Attorney General Joe Foster, asking him to investigate media reports that state Sen. Martha Fuller Clark, D-Portsmouth, allowed four Democratic ...

Wheels greased for debt gridlock

Shortly before he left office, CNBC asked former U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg what America might look like down the road if it failed to get its debt under control. “Greece,” the New Hampshire Republican replied. “This nation is on a course where if we don’t do ...

Replace weak Nashua Aldermen

It is so sad that none of our downtown trees will be saved. Some members of the Board of Aldermen wish to save the trees. One member of the Board of Public Works (me) wishes to save the trees, and a vast majority of the citizens of Nashua wish to save the trees. The problem is the mayor of the ...

Town right to ask for accountability

“Trust, but verify,” goes an old Russian proverb used by the late President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s to characterize his approach to dealing with the former Soviet Union. We thought of that when reading about recent agreement between the town of Merrimack and the ...

Slow approach to Cannabis is right

At The Telegraph, we are committed to identifying issues important to our readers and then taking the time to investigate them with the goal of increasing public understanding and highlighting solutions. We have explored the rising costs of higher education with our series “Degrees ...

A look back at the week in news

Shea-Porter, Kuster split on NSA bill, clarity of explanation With Edward Snowden hoping that a grant of temporary asylum in Russia will allow him to finally move out of the Moscow airport where he’s been living for more than a month, the U.S. House of Representatives this week ...

State’s days of CHINSanity over

A little sanity returned to the state’s juvenile justice system this week when Gov. Maggie Hassan signed a bill restoring the program commonly known as CHINS. It stands for Children in Need of Services, and it was gutted two years ago during the legislative session presided over by ...

Part-time job, at $117K, too sweet

The state Department of Education proposed hiring a consultant for 30 hours per week at a cost of – gulp! – $117,000. Nice work if you can get it, but it appears that only Karen Soule was ever really in that line. Soule left her other part-time job at the Department of ...

A lot of ‘what-ifs’ haunt Martin case

Trayvon Martin is dead. George Zimmerman is not guilty. Except for the people involved in the case, the rest of us should move on. Before we do, there is a cautionary lesson to be learned about guns, the people who carry them and the rest of society. It’s easy to see how this ...