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Editorials

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.” ...

Consider Klobuchar

Although public opinion polls continue to show her trailing the leaders in the Democratic presidential race by considerable margins, we believe Minnesota’s Amy Klobuchar is worthy of another from Democrats seeking to win the general election next year. For several months, the top five ...

Whatever happened to tail fins?

While reading a recent story about a concours car show in Rhode Island at the super luxurious Breakers, it called to mind some of the beautiful American cars of the past that once cruised the streets of Nashua. It prompted the question: What ever happened to tail fins? The iconic Chevys, Fords ...

Why I’m running for governor

My amazing wife Erin and I live on Hope Avenue in the South End with our two wonderful daughters, Iris and Josie, our two dogs, Franklin and Roosevelt, and, like a lot of working families, a whole bunch of student loan debt. Right out of law school I had the honor of working as a legal aid ...

Plethora of issues for aldermen

Nashua’s population and economy continue to grow, developments which are obviously good in the overall scheme of things. No matter where one seems to go in the Gate City, some sort of housing, retail, or commercial development seems to be taking place. On the other hand, homelessness and ...

Operate within limits

Former President Barack Obama’s abuse of executive orders to get his way when Congress refused to go along with him – or when he simply did not want the American people to know what he was doing – was wrong. President Donald Trump’s critics now point to the fact that his use of ...

The problem with Pence

Republican senators will soon be receiving an invitation to tear apart the GOP ahead of the 2020 elections, and they are going to decline to accept it. It’s a trope of pro-impeachment commentary that it should be simple for Republican senators to swap out President Donald Trump, who puts ...

Defending the quid pro quo

During the last impeachment, the Latin expression coitus interruptus got a workout. This time, it’s quid pro quo. Republicans lashed themselves to this mast when the White House’s own rough transcript of the Donald Trump/ Volodymyr Zelensky call was disclosed. That document, so damaging ...

Don’t abandon textbooks

In the age of smartphones, tablets and pads, at least one Nashua Board of Education candidate wants to eliminate the use of textbooks and other printed materials from the curriculum. Call us old fashioned if you choose, but we believe this would be a profound mistake - especially at a time ...

Main Street Money: Does the common man really need to see a financial adviser?

People often express doubts to me about how much impact a financial adviser can have on a “regular” person. Many believe advisers are the sole province of the wealthy, and that one with modest means would be wasting their money. Thinking about what I wanted to say about this subject, my ...

Identity politics a dead end

In her post-mortem on Hillary Clinton’s failed candidacy, Donna Brazile noted that her students at Georgetown University truly disliked identity politics. “They thought that Hillary spent too much time trying to appeal to people based on their race, or their gender, or their sexual ...

U.S. is in a moral decline

Last week, U.S. Attorney General William Barr told a University of Notre Dame Law School audience that attacks on religious liberty have contributed to a moral decline that’s in part manifested by increases in suicides, mental illness and drug addiction. Barr said that our moral decline is ...

Bigotry is not acceptable

We know no one in our area who reacted to the attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue nearly a year ago with anything other than sorrow and anger. We doubt that you know anyone with a different opinion, either. But a microscopically tiny number of people viewed the assault, in which 11 worshippers ...

The Hillary-Tulsi smackdown

A new wrestling league is being promoted during TV coverage of Major League Baseball’s post-season. The ad promises more action, more spectacle and includes women as well as men grappling with each other. I have two candidates for their consideration: Hillary Clinton and presidential ...

Trick-or-treat: Halloween traditions were simple

When I was a little girl, Halloween was a holiday exclusively for children. It was simple: You dressed up on the night of Halloween and walked around your neighborhood with a pillowcase collecting candy. Depending on the school you went to, there may or may not have been a Halloween costume ...

Should you expect privacy?

Imagine a day when hardly anyone is able to get away with murder. Think about that. If there were a way to almost guarantee a killer would be discovered and punished, wouldn’t the murder rate go into freefall decline? Frivolous thinking, you say? Well, consider the forensic crime-fighting ...

A war we still are losing

The standard measuring stick for determining the human cost of the drug abuse crisis tends to be the number of lives claimed by it – more than 70,000 annually in the United States. As we have pointed out, that exceeds the total number of U.S. deaths in the Vietnam War (58,220). But an ...

Vets deserve better

If allegations against the Department of Veterans Affairs are valid, Congress should take a hard look at the approximately $220 billion in taxpayer dollars the VA requested from this year’s budget. A department that cannot be trusted even to verify whether it is hiring people who are ...