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Sununu made the right call

Monday afternoon, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu ordered all bars and restaurants in the Granite State to close to in-person patrons, effective midnight Tuesday, over coronavirus concerns. This follows a similar order by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Sunday. Under the governor’s ...

Celebrate Sunshine Week

“Wherever the real power in a Government lies, there is the danger of oppression. In our Governments, the real power lies in the majority of the Community, and the invasion of private rights is chiefly to be apprehended, not from the acts of Government contrary to the sense of its ...

Be kind, courteous to others

As schools, businesses, libraries and nonprofits call off events because of the coronavirus – and general concerns increase – local residents have shifted their attention to stocking up on essential supplies. This, of course, is smart and – in essence – human nature. That said, though, ...

This, too, shall pass

If the booming stock market during the past couple of years has prompted you to consider whether your 401K will permit early retirement, forget it. Stocks, and thus pension funds on which many Americans rely, have taken a beating during the past month. How bad is it? During the month that ...

School closings may be prudent

By Thursday, 1,561 schools throughout the United States had been closed because of concern that keeping them open might help COVID-19 — the coronavirus — spread. Both at the local level in our area and among state officials, the COVID-19 situation is being watched warily. It may prove ...

Are drug companies lying too?

Big tobacco lied for many years about the adverse health effects associated with its product. We know that. It has been proven in court through billions of dollars in settlements by some companies. The same goes for some in the drug industry, who knew even as they were reaping windfall ...

Stop the panic and calm down

After a trip to the grocery or department store, it becomes abundantly clear that many are in panic mode over the coronavirus. The shelves are not only devoid of hand sanitizer, but medical mask and toilet paper supplies have been decimated. Just scrolling down one’s timeline on social ...

Get out and vote today

Today, citizens in towns throughout Greater Nashua and the Souhegan Valley will head to the polls to cast their votes on a variety of issues, including who will lead their respective towns and school boards, and what warrant articles they support. There are several key articles throughout our ...

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 ...