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Editorials

Disappointing news plagues nation’s employment front

It was a mixed week on the jobs front. On Thursday the U.S. Labor Department reported that the number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell 15,000 last week and the four-week average in down more than 9,700. Then on Friday came word that the country added 74,000 jobs last month, the ...

Legislators need to try again to protect NH oil consumers

As they say, timing is everything. If not for the well-publicized troubles of Hudson’s Fred Fuller Oil company this week, legislation aimed at protecting consumers against fuel oil companies that go belly-up would have died without a whimper during Wednesday’s opening ...

Death penalty leaves no margin for error

Among the changes in state law being considered by New Hampshire legislators in the session that started this week is one that, if passed, would repeal the death penalty. The state hasn’t executed anyone since 1939. We have just one death row inmate, Michael Addison, who was ...

Aldermen got off to a bumpy start

Watching the mini-revolt at the year’s first meeting of the Nashua Board of Aldermen under the guidance of new board President David Deane, one couldn’t help but think: Well, that could have gone better. Deane was criticized for his decision on which aldermen to assign to ...

Towing fees: How high is too high?

It’s easy to understand the frustration on the part of motorists who had their cars towed from Nashua’s streets on Thursday night. With a snowstorm barreling down on the region, city officials declared a weather emergency that included an overnight parking ban to allow ...

Attack on Shaheen no doubt just the beginning

For months, Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and her friends have been sending out fundraising emails that proclaimed the sky to be falling. One day they cite the expected run of former Mass. Sen. Scott Brown; the next day they announce that the Koch brothers are pouring some of their ...

Excuses left oil customers cold

In New Hampshire, on the coldest day of the year, with temperatures below zero, having heating oil in your tank at home is not a luxury. It’s a necessity. Customers of Fred Fuller Oil and Propane company learned this lesson the hard way last week as delivery trucks that were ...

Time growing short in Reams case

State and federal officials should pick up the pace in the case of suspended Rockingham County Attorney James Reams. Reams was suspended by New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster on Nov. 6. It was all very mysterious at the time, and for the most part, still is. No charges have been ...

New technology lighting the way

It was such a bright idea that it became a universal symbol for the bright idea. We refer, of course, to the simple light bulb, that iconic shape that appeared above the head of countless cartoon characters for decades. As of the first of this year, the most popular light bulbs in the country ...

NY Times’ story should end the Benghazi conspiracy talk

The most notable about the year-long strident banter over what really happened in Benghazi, Libya, has been the lack of facts. That changed this week with an exhaustive report by the New York Times based on months of painstakingly thorough interviews and analysis. The question now is whether ...

The evidence is abundant and clear: seat belts work

The southern-central part of the state has been hit hard by a series of tragic auto accidents this holiday season, the most recent of which occurred in Derry on New Year’s Eve, when two teens were seriously injured when their car ran off the road and hit a tree. Often, auto accidents ...

Happy New Year; now, get to work

Happy New Year. Now, get off your butt and get a job. That’s the message Washington is using to ring in the New Year for those in our country who have been out of work the longest. In recent years, when a person’s state unemployment benefits run out after six months, ...

When politicians and ducks collide

If there’s one group of people we Americans love to hate, it’s politicians. And it’s not like they don’t give us some good reasons. The worst of them are arrogant, smug, often wrong but never in doubt, and sometimes act like they’re smarter ...

It’s time to stop texting charade

What’s the difference between a driver who’s drunk and one who’s reading a text message on their cell phone? There’s at least a fair chance that the drunk has their eyes on the road. The issue of texting while driving has again been brought into the ...

The year’s most surprising trend

The most significant and unforeseen trend of 2013 is the increasing legal and social acceptance of gay marriage. When the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the issue in March, same-sex marriage was permitted in nine states and the District of Columbia. Today, that number has ...

The pros and cons of football

We interrupt this holiday week to bring you a few notes on the football season. First, the Patriots have had a good run and it was nice the way they won their division, but this is not a team that’s going to bring home the Lombardi Trophy for winning the Super ...

No help for state’s prebuy customers

On too many occasions in the last several years, thousands of New Hampshire homeowners have shelled out large sums of money to prebuy an entire season's worth of heating fuel only to have their oil company go out of business, leaving those customers without oil in the tank or ...

Stories to warm hardest of hearts

In case you missed them, the stories are enough to soften the hardest of hearts: The St. Christopher School in Nashua ran its Christmas Shoebox Drive service project for the third consecutive year and, within two weeks, 150 shoeboxes arrived at the school decorated for Christmas and ready for ...

Good response to one bad Santa

There are many lessons to be learned from the unfortunate incident at the Hollis Primary School last week when a well-intentioned man posing as Santa Claus caused a near panic. It happened Wednesday morning when a local resident decided he would spread a little spontaneous holiday cheer by ...

Thank you for your kindness in donating to The Telegraph Santa Fund

More than a century ago, a column appeared in The New York Sun, a prominent newspaper at that time, under the heading: Is There a Santa Claus? It’s the story that includes the famous line: “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.” Written by Editor Francis P. ...