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Editorials

New Jersey governor makes presidential declaration

New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie effectively announced his campaign for president Tuesday, declaring in his re-election victory speech: “I know that tonight a dispirited America, angry with their dysfunctional government in Washington, looks to New Jersey to say, ...

Ayotte’s bipartisan coup

More than just slightly noticeable the past several weeks is U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s efforts to forge bipartisan solutions on Capitol Hill. The New Hampshire Republican was at the forefront of bringing an end to the government shutdown, and this week took center stage attempting to ...

Mangipudi election included strong message from voters

Considering that she almost wasn’t on the ballot, victory was no doubt sweet for Nashua’s Latha Mangipudi, who won election to the New Hampshire House of Representatives from Ward 8 over Peter Silva on Tuesday. The initial tally in September’s Democratic primary ...

The challenges of Northern Pass

Those who are pushing the proposed $1.4 billion Northern Pass project to import Canadian hydropower through New Hampshire’s North Country – to be fed into the New England power grid – tout it as a solution to many of the region’s future energy needs. ...

When the Yankees ruled baseball and Republicans ruled NH

‘Can’t anybody here play this game?” the late New York Yankees manager Casey Stengel once asked in a moment of frustration. Of course, by then, Stengel was managing the 1962 New York Mets, the worst team in modern baseball history. New Hampshire’s ...

Time to expand Medicaid options

There may well be good reason for New Hampshire’s Republican state senators to vote against expanding Medicaid when it comes up during the special legislative session that starts this week, though we can think of about 23,000 reasons to vote for it, too. That’s the number ...

Whose side is DES on?

If you ever needed an example of the downside of trying to run state government on a shoestring, you could do worse than to consider the contaminated Beazer Materials property near Greeley Park in Nashua. It is the state of New Hampshire’s dirty little secret – or one of ...

Police flap puts city in bad state

There are two critical lessons to be drawn from the political thunder that rocked Nashua last week after Mayor Donnalee Lozeau accused the city’s police department of launching a politically motivated smear campaign against she and her husband, David. The mayor stopped short ...

A tip of the cap to team of stand-up guys

The 2013 World Champion Boston Red Sox are a lot like New England’s version of the 1969 New York Mets. Utterly amazing, and all the more so for being so unexpected and hard to define. So let’s just say they were a team of stand-up guys. This wasn’t like the 2004 ...

NH not ready for legalized pot

Colorado and Washington are the two states where marijuana use is legal. If Rep. Steve Vaillancourt, R-Manchester, gets his way, New Hampshire would join that elite club. It’s not going to happen, and it shouldn’t – especially in a state that is above the ...

News about drug abuse in NH is not good

“The misuse and abuse of prescription drugs has become a leading cause of harm among New Hampshire adults, resulting in more deaths each year than those caused by car crashes.” So begins a sobering report issued two weeks ago by the New Hampshire Department of Health and ...

Veto override, if it comes, could be harbinger in Nashua

It comes as no surprise that Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau used a line-item veto to strike down the portion of the Police Supervisors Association contract that allows accrued sick days to be used to pay off retroactive increases in health care costs. The mayor has repeatedly voiced strong ...

Nashua’s residents deserve the facts

In the last line of her extraordinary press release in which she accuses the Nashua Police Department of launching a politically motivated investigation targeting her and her husband, Mayor Donnalee Lozeau writes, “I look forward to a public conversation about the conduct of all ...

The phenomenon of Ray Burton

Even those in southern New Hampshire who know the name might not quite understand the phenomenon that is Ray Burton, or why his announced retirement from the New Hampshire Executive Council this past weekend was such a big deal. It’s not just that Burton is the longest serving ...

Nashua police commission can do better

Seven months after the chairman of the Nashua Police Commission said that the board’s agendas and meeting minutes would be posted on the city’s website like other city boards, it has yet to happen. But it’s not for lack of desire, according to Commission Chairman ...

Two-tiered justice system in NH

It’s hard to see how one could reasonably argue that prosecutors should be permitted to operate under different sets of rules. Unfortunately, it appears something like that could be happening as the result of a decision by some county attorneys in New Hampshire not to turn over to ...

We’ve cleaned up our act

Harbin, northeast China’s largest and most important city, shut down many normal operations last week – including schools, airport and bus routes – because of choking smog that made it difficult to see the hand in front of one’s face. Fine particulate ...

Public will take it on the chin

Anytime someone from government says “We’re going to try to balance the interests of the public and (insert government entity here),” you can be sure the public is about to get the short end of the stick. So it is in Concord, where Attorney General Joe ...

Lights at UNH? Don’t do us any favors

We realize that University of New Hampshire officials probably thought they were raising a selling point when they announced that putting lights in at Cowell Stadium would allow them to host high school championship games in outdoor sports, but as soon as they announced it we could hear many ...

These could turn out to be the good old days for the ACA

The Affordable Care Act is taking on water and a frustrated President Barack Obama stepped up with his pail and started bailing this week. No one is more upset than he is about the colossal failure of the Healthcare.gov website, the president said Monday. He maintains the overall plan is ...