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Editorials

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 ...

Celebrate right to debate

Youth activism is something to be celebrated, even if one may not agree with the issue prompting the debate. On Friday, a student-led climate rally took place in front of City Hall in Nashua. Earlier this fall, student activists throughout Greater Nashua staged classroom walkouts and other ...

Democrats can’t help but lie about health care issue

WASHINGTON – In 2009, President Barack Obama promised that under Obamacare, “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.” Millions of Americans believed him, and millions of Americans lost their ...

Impeach and await acquittal

WASHINGTON – House Democrats, having trotted out three academic experts on Wednesday to support the impeachment of President Trump, and House Republicans, having brought out one expert against it, now move on to consider actual articles that the House Judiciary Committee is expected to ...

Area roads, sidewalks hazardous

Hazardous weather conditions that resulted in more than 2 feet of snow in as many days in some parts of the region seem to have taken many by surprise. We’re not sure how or why, but area roadways remained unnecessarily treacherous. Many streets were not plowed in a timely manner – either ...

Taliban attacking our values

The most effective education on world trouble spots requires going there. So, just before Thanksgiving, a group of members of Congress went to Afghanistan. There, they talked with both U.S. forces and officials and Afghans, including that nation’s president, Ashraf Ghani. Making the trip ...

Winter is coming

Temperatures have reached the point where most of us can no longer deny that winter is coming. With the change of seasons comes an increase in the need to heat our homes – and fire departments are warning residents there is also an increased need for caution. One popular way to keep warm is ...

Learn NH voting rules

Temperatures may be dropping outside, but election season is heating up. New Hampshire, which hosts the first primary election in the United States, is a hotbed of activity as candidates make their rounds in anticipation of vying for their party’s nomination. The good news is that even ...