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Editorials

The day Nixon routed the establishment

What are the roots of our present disorder, of the hostilities and hatreds that so divide us? When did we become this us vs. them nation? Who started the fire? Many trace the roots of our uncivil social conflict to the 1960s and the Johnson years when LBJ, victorious in a 61% landslide in ...

A real double standard

Many Americans are aware that Congress writes laws for the rest of us but often excludes itself as an institution and themselves as individuals from having to comply. The same goes for what is deemed politically correct. Imagine how a member of Congress, Republican or Democrat, would reply if ...

Johnson headed to victory?

It has been 1,225 days since an all-time-high turnout of British voters chose, by a 52 to 48% margin, to Leave rather than Remain in the European Union. Now with a general election set for Dec. 12, it looks like Britain is finally about to escape the EU’s “ever closer union.” The issue ...

Riddle me this: Taking a personality quiz

While recently bored, a common plague I endure – I’m often too bored to grapple with being simply restless – I decided to take an online personality quiz. As I teetered between Cosmopolitan magazine’s “Who said it best, a Kardarshian-Jenner or Ernest Hemingway?” or “How Texan ...

Beware the back of the room

I read the recent article regarding the opposition at “the back of the room” to affordable housing, with interest and a bit of chagrin. Funny thing is, unless they were born lucky, most of those people at the back of the room probably spent some portion of their early adult lives in ...

Vote for cost-saving, clean energy

Election Day is around the corner here in Nashua, and we voters have money on our minds. As a Nashua homeowner and business person, I pay my taxes expecting city officials to spend my hard-earned dollars wisely: Is that new building or piece of equipment the Mayor is proposing really needed? ...

City made the right decision

“It’s as much fun to scare as to be scared.” – Vincent Leonard Price Jr. (1911-1993) The Halloween season officially came to a close Saturday night – albeit two days later than normal – with children dressed as ghouls, goblins, ghosts and comic-book characters traversing Gate City ...

The best Trump defense

Republicans have had trouble mounting an effective defense on Ukraine because they haven’t put down their stakes on the most defensible ground. Complaints about House Democrats’ less-than-transparent impeachment process, though justified, were clearly perishable once Democrats adopted ...

‘Rodents’

We are going to bet that if you had to deal with rats or mice running near you in your workplace, you probably would not be quite as productive as if you did not face this. Nashua Public Works Director Lisa Fauteux hopes a new strategy will allow her employees to operate without this safety ...

Let’s pray for our dog

The Washington Post obituary read, “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State, dies at 48.” “(A)ustere religious scholar”? How about terrorist?! After Twitter world went berserk, The Post obituary reappeared with a new headline: “Abu Bakr ...

Would Biden have done the same?

WASHINGTON – President Trump deserves credit for ordering the operation that killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. It was a high-risk mission that required U.S. forces to fly hundreds of miles into al-Qaida-controlled territory to storm a heavily armed terrorist compound. If ...

Let’s hope NCAA has a good plan

Especially at major powers in the collegiate sports world, purely amateur athletics has been a myth for many years. Under-the-table gifts by well-to-do boosters have ensured that. Now, however, even the pretense may be about to end. This week, the NCAA Board of Governors voted to allow ...

Solidarity

It is doubtful that ISIS – the Islamic State terrorist organization – was without a leader for more than a few hours after its former head, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, died by his own hand rather than be captured in a raid by U.S. forces in Syria. ISIS already had a succession plan in place ...

Another one bites the dust

Only extreme partisans intent on denying President Trump any credit for any success would be critical of the operation he ordered that resulted in the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. These extreme partisans include Speaker Nancy Pelosi who, while praising the “heroism” ...

Gun grabbers misleading us

Gun control did not become politically acceptable until the Gun Control Act of 1968 signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The law’s primary focus was to regulate commerce in firearms by prohibiting interstate firearms transfers except among licensed manufacturers, dealers and ...

COLA not cutting it for seniors

Most Social Security recipients are rightly disappointed in the 1.6 percent cost-of-living increase that they will be receiving in 2020. As in most years of the recent past, they will complain that the “yardstick” for determining if they will receive an increase — and if so, how much ...

Who Commits Suicide?

As odd as it might seem, suicide used to be against the law in the United States. How in the world could you punish a dead person for taking that final, fatal act? Still, some states continue to have laws on the books labeling attempted suicide as a criminal act, although prosecutions have been ...

Trump hogs all the glory

WASHINGTON -- When President Trump informed the world about the raid that killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, he as usual placed himself in the forefront. The night before, he tweeted a teaser: “Something very big has just happened!” apparently to whet the news media’s ...

They don’t need fixing

Women are not the problem. There has always been something grotesque about the idea that they are. But to embrace that idea in the #MeToo era is not just grotesque, but clueless. It suggests that you slept through a reckoning that has shifted the Zeitgeist. So somebody please tell Ernst ...

Weak parties smooth the way for demagogues

WASHINGTON – There are political moments, and this might be one, in which worse is better. Moments, that is, when a society’s per capita quantity of conspicuous stupidity is so high and public manners are so low that a critical mass of people are jolted into saying “enough, already.” ...