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Editorials

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 ...

Race is now wide open

The world’s oldest political party set an all-time record Tuesday night, with 12 presidential candidates on a single stage in Westerville, Ohio. That’s a suburb of Columbus, the fastest-growing big metro area in the Midwest, in Franklin County, which voted Republican in every presidential ...

‘Texodus’ bodes badly for GOP

WASHINGTON – “I am a classically trained engineer,” says Rep. Will Hurd, a Texas Republican, “and I firmly believe in regression to the mean.” Applying a concept from statistics to the randomness of today’s politics is problematic. In any case, Hurd, 42, is not waiting for the ...

Is foreign aid being used wisely

Encouraging people in pain to use opioids for relief if effective alternatives exist is, in a word, insane. Yet the federal government does just that, according to two U.S. senators from states hit hard by the drug abuse epidemic. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, ...

Bridge over troubled water

Can poor oral health kill you? The answer: “Yes,” and, “It’s complicated.” In her landmark book Dying of Dirty Teeth – Why the lack of proper oral care is killing nursing home residents and how to prevent it, Angie Stone writes, “There are several causes of death that can be ...

ACEs, trauma, toxic stress

What would you do or say if somebody came along and told you the secret to living 20 years longer? What if somebody told you they had the secret to reducing suicide risk by 1,200 percent? How about if they told you they knew how to reduce the likelihood of you becoming addicted to alcohol by ...

Debate shuffles the deck

WASHINGTON – The dozen Democratic presidential candidates who spent nearly two hours trying to distinguish themselves from the pack Wednesday night succeeded in one thing. They essentially agreed that Donald Trump must go, while offering their own best alternatives for the post-Trump ...

Elizabeth Warren is not honest

If you want to run for office, political consultants will hammer away at one point: Tell stories. People respond to stories. We’ve been a storytelling species since our fur-clad ancestors gathered around campfires. Don’t cite statistics. No one can remember statistics. Make it human. Make ...

It really is a war

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 ...

Halt the fishing expedition

Democrats in the House of Representatives remind us of the old West judge who promised defendants he would give them a fair trial – then hang them. The “impeachment inquiry” engineered by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is no more than her attempt to pursue a vendetta. Our nation’s ...