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Failure to contain pandemic continues to wreak havoc for tourism workers

You could be forgiven if Nashua isn’t the first place that comes to your mind when you think of New Hampshire tourism, even if we do value our Historic District and think people should visit. But while you don’t come to Nashua to go to the beach, or to see fall foliage, chances are better ...

Fire Trump, hire Biden

Here in New Hampshire, labor punches above its weight. From defeating right to work bills to helping flip both chambers of the state legislature, our unions have a track record of coming together and delivering for the working people of the Granite State. But despite our successes, the deck ...

Part II: Spending cap decision: Judicial misconduct

To recap, our complaint to stop the city from eviscerating the Nashua spending cap was dismissed in Superior Court. Not on the merits of our complaint, but on a finding that the cap could not be enforced because its override provision failed to conform with NH state law enacted in year 2011. ...

News alert: The weird and wacky

Wash the orange from your eyes and forget the beltway for the moment; the following is the real fake news: Fowl play: A Nebraska man asked the Lincoln city council to stop restaurants, and others, who insist on referring to chicken tenders as, “boneless chicken wings.” His warbling ...

School before Labor Day not such a big deal

I never imagined that one day school kids would date their papers August-something on the first three or four days of school. Even more unimaginable, being in a family that vacationed during the last two weeks of August since forever, was seeing “first day of school” appearing on the ...

The American public deserves better than this

A recipe for disaster: Late on the night of Tuesday, August 26, Kyle Rittenhouse was walking the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin. He wore a backwards baseball cap embroidered with an image of the American flag, blue surgical-style gloves, and he carried a long gun. He was not seen to be wearing ...

Let’s move New Hampshire forward together

There is a lot at stake in this election. All across our country and across our state, the decisions we make this year will shape a decade of recovery. We are facing the worst economic crisis since the Great Recession and no clear end in sight. COVID has affected all of us in our daily lives. ...

Wearing masks causes another unique problem

As the saying goes, you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. After several months of wearing masks in public to help slow the spread of COVID-19, I’m realizing just how much I miss being able to see people’s facial expressions – and how much that helps us to communicate. In ...

Our veterans deserve better

Perhaps it’s not very surprising that Donald Trump lied to America when he said he would protect our veterans. After all, he’s lied about so many things during his disastrous presidency. But as a 28-year veteran of the United States Air Force, I believe that his broken promises to our ...

Spending cap decision: Judicial misconduct

I have always been astounded by the wisdom of America’s founders to create the 3-branch system of government; each branch exercising checks and balances on the other. Recently, however, my faith in the integrity of the judicial branch has been shaken to extreme. ––––– EDITOR’S ...

What is the net effect of net metering in New Hampshire

I recently sat down with the board of a local nonprofit that works with low-income kids here in Southern New Hampshire. The topic was solar. The goal was cutting costs and carbon pollution on behalf of the children they serve. The Board members wanted to know why my company, an employee-owned ...

Congress needs to learn the meaning of compromise

It’s 4:28 a.m. and I can’t sleep. I’ve had many sleepless nights over the past six months, as my mind works overtime, always strategizing how to ensure our business will survive. This is true of thousands of other small business owners all over this great country. ...

Being bored certainly does have its benefits

Hello, dear readers! Welcome to the end of the summer! I hope you’ve all had some time to get out and enjoy the sunshine, even if it’s from your backyard’s vantage point. I have been taking advantage of the view from my back porch, and although it is beautiful, at times, even that gets ...

Stop the insanity: What do the next six-months hold?

Time for your six-month check-up. You’ve been living in this strange COVID world since March. There have been consequences. Starbucks and Dunkin’ jumped on the pumpkin spice beverage wagon earlier than ever, much to the delight of some and annoyance to the others. Count me among those ...

The mask conundrum

I wear a mask when I’m out. It’s out of respect for others and to protect all of us. It’s also a Nashua city ordinance, but some folks refuse to wear them. I’m pretty sure that wearing a face mask is more comfortable than wearing a ventilator. Growing up, there was always a “no ...

Biodiesel is today’s climate solution

Congress’ Committee on the Climate Crisis recently outlined plans for a carbon-free U.S. economy by 2050. At HERO BX, we started years ago by producing a fuel that achieves measurable carbon reductions, improves environmental health for many communities, and sets the economy on the right ...