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Editorials

A look back at the week in news

Is Scott Brown trying to carve out a role for himself? To say New Hampshire citizens are waiting with bated breath to learn if Massachusetts Scott Brown will seek the Republican Party’s U.S. Senate nomination in hopes of taking on incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen would be the ...

Congressional $leight of hand

Looking through The Washington Post’s list of which members of Congress are going to refuse their pay during the current government shutdown, one gets the impression of being at a convention of master illusionists. House members and Senators make $174,000 a year, and the law ...

The next wave of municipal communication

If there was a road closure or major accident in your neighborhood, you’d probably want to know about it. If the city of Nashua put out a boil-water order, that’s the kind of thing you’d probably want to find out sooner rather than later. If there was a missing ...

Time for Internet ideas to gain a little traction

For the longest time, if people wanted answers they turned to their trusty encyclopedias. In the 21st century, the go-to place for ideas is the Internet. But because it is accessible to anyone with a computer, it contains a lot more chaff than wheat and some information that is flat-out ...

We can weather the storm for now

The deadlock in Congress that played out on Monday resulted in 800,000 federal workers being furloughed as of midnight. The ostensible cause of the government shutdown is the insistence by a small number of House Republicans that any continuing resolution – which would allow the ...

Sox improbable ride has been a hair-raiser

Being totally greedy sports fans, we will gladly take a third 21st century World Series title from the Red Sox this fall, should the baseball gods decide to deliver one. But even if the Sox get swept in the first-round of the American League playoffs, fans can hardly complain (though that ...

Mediation program still worthy of shot

Hillsborough County Superior Court seems like a logical place for the state to launch a pilot mediation program aimed at reducing the amount of time it takes to resolve criminal cases. It does, after all, handle 30 to 40 percent of the state’s caseload, and we imagine county ...

Nashua takes a 21st century step

Nashua took one step closer to becoming a real city this week, at least for people living in the downtown looking to park their cars overnight. A city panel recommended a pilot parking program to allow a few hundred city residents willing to buy a $10 permit to park their cars overnight on a ...

On guns, we have made a choice

Inevitably, shootings like the one at the Washington Navy Yard that killed 13 people recently bring about calls for gun reform or improvements to the nation’s mental health system. Our country could use both. The smart money says it will get neither. Sen. Kelly Ayotte is calling on ...

A look back at the week in news

How to begin to judge the success of Nashua effort Although Nashua’s new branding effort has been in the public eye for several weeks, the official launch came Wednesday, when more than 100 local dignitaries and citizens gathered on Water Street, at the banks of the Nashua River, ...

Nashua custodians could really clean up

Now that the Nashua Board of Education has turned down a grievance filed by the school district’s custodians’ union over volunteers being allowed to paint classrooms, perhaps the time is right for union members to do a little reconstruction work – on the ...

We have reasons to engage Iran

There are good reasons for President Barack Obama to reciprocate Iranian President Hasan Rouhani’s diplomatic overtures, and reasons to be skeptical, too. Rouhani last week published an article in The Washington Post in which the relative moderate appeared to soften his ...

Surprise turnaround in Nashua special election

As election reversals go, the one that took place Monday was a whopper. Following last Tuesday’s Democratic primary election in Nashua’s Ward 8, it appeared that former Aldermanic President Carl Andrade had a three-vote victory over Latha Mangipudi for the right to face ...

Nashua alderman’s rental not cause for concern

The best thing about Ward 4 Alderman Arthur Craffey’s living arrangement in which he rents an apartment from the husband of Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau is that everyone is aware of it. Craffey has been renting the Chestnut Street dwelling from David Lozeau since April. Neither ...

‘Swatting’ is a very dangerous game

It’s all fun and games until somebody gets shot and killed. That seems the inevitable outcome of the practice known as “swatting,” whereby a hacker manipulates phones or other communication devices to send police racing toward what they believe is a major crime, ...

Nashua goes to the movies

‘Hey, Bud, let’s party.” It’s fair to say those words – uttered by Sean Penn’s immortal character, Jeff Spicoli, in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” – weren’t exactly what Nashua officials had in ...

The fools on the (Capitol) hill

The Do-Nothing Congress is finally doing something. Unfortunately, they’re making fools of themselves. Not all of them, mind you, but enough so that the country may be in for a bumpy ride over the next several weeks. As you may have heard, the Republican-controlled House on Friday ...

A look back at the week in news

City is doing the right thing returning surplus money When a government entity has a surplus, that’s usually good news. Suffice it to say that it’s better than running a deficit. Having extra money often means spending has been watched carefully and/or revenues are up ...

Anthem plan bridges the great divide

The pigs have been cleared for takeoff. Denizens of hell have ice scrapers at the ready. And it looks like we’ll be admiring that sunset in the east after all. Those are some of the things we thought we’d see before we ever saw traditional opponents on the abortion issue ...

Grant puts a bit of gas in the tank

State health officials released a report earlier this month that showed New Hampshire to be well above the national and New England averages in some areas where we’d rather be near the bottom. Although the state is consistently ranked among the healthiest in the nation, its young ...