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Editorials

Sununu made the right move

There has been much debate and talk about health care during this presidential campaign season. It is safe to say that health care is one of the biggest – if not THE biggest – issues on the minds of voters this year. That said, by the time Jan. 20, 2021, rolls around, it still will take ...

Proposed bill would be beneficial

New Hampshire Sen. David Watters recently introduce a bill that would create a youth climate and conservation council. The council would be made up of people ages 12 to 25, and include one resident from each country, plus four members each from middle school, high school and college or ...

FDA makes obvious decision

Earlier this week, the Food and Drug Administration banned the use of electric-shock devices intended to correct or stop half self-harming or aggressive behavior in those with intellectual or behavioral disabilities. The ban, although nationwide, is aimed at the Judge Rotenberg Educational ...

We can’t be the world’s police force

A peace agreement signed Saturday between U.S. officials and representatives of Afghanistan’s Taliban organization is long overdue, as far as Americans are concerned. We have spent far too much and lost too many lives in what has become the longest armed conflict in our nation’s ...

A focus on Super Tuesday

First, Tom Styer. Then, Pete Buttigieg. Finally, Amy Klobuchar. Three more Democrats have ended their bid for the presidency, with two – Buttigieg and Klobuchar – endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden. As Super Tuesday dawns, it is safe to say Biden and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, ...

Treat issues as they deserve

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) criticizes Democrats for lacking the courage to think big. But it takes no courage to promise impossible levels of new spending and programs that could not work as advertised. It takes courage to level with voters. Mr. Sanders’s rivals for the Democratic ...

Census participation matters for everyone

Learning how many people live in the United States — and how they live — is important for any number of reasons. That is why the census is conducted every decade. Information the census collects is of interest not just to demographers. It is used to apportion states’ members of the ...

Stay safe from coronavirus

So, how worried should I be about COVID-19? What do I need to do to keep myself and my loved ones safe? There is reason for concern about COVID-19, the coronavirus that has spread to 50 countries after breaking out in China. As of Thursday morning, the disease had killed about 2,800 people. An ...

Should a child be arrested?

Children, even very young ones, can be very difficult. On occasion, parents, teachers and others supervising them have to be very strict to protect the youngsters and others around them. But should a 6-year-old be arrested and carted off to any sort of detention by law enforcement ...

Heart disease can be prevented

For the first time in more than a decade, heart disease surpassed cancer as the leading cause of death in New Hampshire, statistics from 2018 – released Monday – showed. More than 2,600 New Hampshire residents died from heart disease that year, the state Department of Health and Human ...

We don’t need to make it worse

Last week, the New Hampshire House again passed a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana, this time without trying to establish a regulated commercial market for it. Under the bill, adults could possess up to three-quarters of an ounce of marijuana, five grams of hashish and up to ...

Honoring Hudson’s hero

No matter how careful we are, or how healthy we believe we are, not one among us is guaranteed to wake up tomorrow. Though everyone’s life features a certain amount of risk, those who serve as members of the military, police officers or firefighters often face particularly dangerous ...

Technology helps with Census

The once-a-decade collection of information about Americans may well go down in history as the first digital Census. Let us hope it also is not recorded as an electronic fiasco. Officials at the U.S. Census Bureau will be utilizing tons of state-of-the-art technology in gathering information ...

Three-day wait is reasonable

The New Hampshire House of Representatives this week passed legislation that would impose a waiting period between the purchase and delivery of a firearm. Last year, a similar bill was vetoed by Republican Gov. Chris Sununu. The difference with this year’s bill is that it shortens the ...

Three-day wait is reasonable

The New Hampshire House of Representatives this week passed legislation that would impose a waiting period between the purchase and delivery of a firearm. Last year, a similar bill was vetoed by Republican Gov. Chris Sununu. The difference with this year’s bill is that it shortens the ...

Graffiti can leave a lasting mark

Earlier this week, one of the most iconic monuments in the nation was vandalized. On Monday, tourists and officials arrived at Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts to find it defaced with red spray paint. In addition, the Pilgrim Maiden statue, two scallop shells statues and a commemorative bench ...

We have a long way to go

In a recent article for the website Zippia, writer Kathy Morris highlights the 10 worst states for black Americans. In compiling the list, factors like income gap, education gap, home ownership disparity and incarceration rates per 100,000 were used. Unfortunately, New Hampshire made the ...

Virus could be much worse

China’s experience with the deadly new coronavirus labeled COVID-19 has “bought the world time” to plan our own strategies against the disease, the head of the World Health Organization commented a few days ago. Well, yes. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is correct ...

Words of wisdom

In honor of President’s Day, we present thoughts from former commanders-in-chief. “True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity, before it is entitled to the appellation.” – George Washington “Determine never to be idle. No person ...

Look at issue in different light

On Friday, members of the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee tabled talks on a $46 million federal grant aimed at funding additional charter schools in New Hampshire. This is the third time the topic has been tabled by the committee. “Commissioner (Frank) Edelblut may have made cosmetic ...