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Local Commentary

If the shoe fits

After spending time this weekend with my wife and niece in the ultimate hunt for that perfect pair of shoes, I thought about how much the shoe shopping experience has changed over the last few decades. Shoes were once designed and manufactured to be repaired if, and when, they wore out. Today ...

Why I’m supporting Buttigieg

November 2020 will be the most important election of my lifetime, without a doubt. Like so many Americans, I am ready to turn the page on the divisiveness and vitriol of the Trump presidency. When this presidency comes to an end – and it will – our nation will need a leader to heal the ...

Trash and recyclables in N.H.

Guest Columnist This year marks the 50th anniversary of both Earth Day and the introduction of the recycling symbol. A modern reworking of the infinity symbol, in which each arrow in the triad represents a different step in the waste management process, it is as iconic as the peace sign, the ...

Age is just a number

Three years ago, Donald Trump became the oldest person elected president of the United States. When he took office, he was 70 years, seven months, six days old. That distinction was previously held by Ronald Reagan, who was 69 years, 11 months, 14 days old. When Reagan left office on Jan. 20, ...

Funnies about the candidates

As some voters still remain uncertain as to who they’ll vote for here in the Granite State in two days, I’ve compiled a list of unusual facts about the Democratic hopefuls. On the presidential side, did you know that George Washington’s teeth weren’t wooden, but rather made of ...

Volunteer opportunities in Nashua

Southern New Hampshire is fortunate to have such a wealth of people who want to pitch in and lend a hand. We also have a huge number of nonprofits in the area who need help. The web portal, Volunteer Greater Nashua, comes in as a connector between those who want to help and the agencies who are ...

League continues mission

On Jan. 21, 2020, the New Hampshire State House of Representatives brought to committee a resolution that will recognize the passage of the 19th Amendment on Aug. 26, 1920, and celebrate Aug. 26, 2020, as the 100th anniversary of this accomplishment. The Constitutional change that made it ...

Ask about Social Security

Guest Columnist When Democratic presidential contenders debate at St. Anselm College on Friday, they should be given an opportunity to state their positions on the future of Social Security. During the previous seven primary debates, moderators did not ask a single question on this crucial ...

A step in the right direction

In 2018, New Hampshire care providers put up a united front in opposition to managed care insurance companies running the Medicaid program for long-term care payments, and legislators, in bipartisan votes, rescinded a law that would have resulted in this privatization. Going into 2019, ...

Poll offers election insight

Every four years, New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary provides a forum for discussions about public policy, not just for the sake of Granite State voters, but for the nation as a whole. At town halls and in living rooms across the state, candidates are asked their ...

The decline of independent thought

What happened to independent thought in America? The recent Democratic debates brought the expected sparring and little substantive content about how we might address the many serious challenges we face as a nation. It would appear that the only item the candidates can agree on is to condemn ...

Yang’s idea would work for people

Have you ever wondered, “If the economy is going to great, why is everyone feeling so bad all the time?” Well, the answer is simple: the facts and stats that the media and politicians use to evaluate our economy have become completely dislocated from the actual lived experience of the ...

The times they are a changin’

In deference to recent Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan, today’s changing times were no more evident to me than when I was recently forced to upgrade my cell phone. It became futile to attempt to keep it going. I finally admitted my eight-ish year old phone was about ready for the Smithsonian. ...

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar can help unite America

I believe more is at stake in the next presidential election than in my 24 years of public service. With climate chaos, gun violence and increased polarization threatening our communities, we need a leader who can bring people together and get things done. That is why I will be voting for ...

This just in: The ‘Weakly’ news

We’re a busy society. Work, the gym, family obligations. Basically, all things that I avoid. So rather than delve deep into the onslaught of news of the week, I thought, in this ever-distracting world, I would break the news down into palatable morsels. Think of it as the news, ...

Working across the aisle

Last week, I was proud to help pass bipartisan legislation in the House to stop Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos from implementing a new policy – set to apply at the end of June – that would weaken protections for students targeted by predatory for-profit colleges. As we work to expand a ...

Ranking some silly Olympic sports

The Olympics have gone from Ethiopian barefoot runner Abebe Bikila winning the gold in Rome in 1960, to the miracle on ice in 1980, as the men’s hockey team beat Finland for the goal and then Muhammed Ali lighting the Olympic torch in Atlanta in 1996, to the year 2020 Tokyo games, where ...

Way Home, Friends of Aine seeking volunteers 

Many nonprofits in Greater Nashua are frequently in need of volunteers. At the same time, many people in our city are looking for an organization with whom they can share their time and talent. Volunteer Greater Nashua, a website co-sponsored by United Way of Greater Nashua and The Telegraph ...

A backyard winter run with my Corgi Maisy breaking trail

CENTER HARBOR – It is true that you can have too much snow. That is if you are a Corgi and you want to keep up with everyone else who is cross country skiing in the back yard or across the street on the lake. You need a snorkel if it gets up to 8 inches or so of new ...

Building a stronger safety net

I’m often asked about the history of United Way here in Greater Nashua. It’s interesting to note that we were founded back in 1930, during the Great Depression. The year prior, 1929, there was a massive fire in Nashua called the Crown Hill Fire which took out a large portion of the town. ...