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Local Commentary

Oppose HB 481

On behalf of the New Hampshire Academy of Family Physicians, I speak in opposition of HB 481. As a family physician, the commercialization of marijuana would adversely affect the health and safety of our most vulnerable population, children. While, the Academy supports research and ...

The power of belief: The power to change

“Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.” – William James Imagine a solar-powered sign that supplies power to local schools. If the sun hits the sign the same place every day, why not harness that power to make a difference? Imagine planting 1.5 ...

Where Nashua once worked

Long before today’s global economy, with its technology and service industry employment base, many Nashuans got up every morning, drank their coffee, got ready and headed to work. Some travelled by car, many on foot, to our city’s thriving manufacturing plants. Sadly, most of these ...

New Hampshire has a new clean energy consensus

If there’s one thing Republicans and Democrats can agree on, it’s that they agree on nothing at all. At least that is the impression you get watching cable news these days or reading the latest dispatch from Washington or Concord. Yet in spite of the polarized nature of American politics, ...

Stop the silence: Preventing child abuse is everyone’s responsibility

Twenty-three were four-years-old. Thirty were 14-years-old. Twenty-two were six-years- old. Twenty-one were 10-years-old and all are children that were reported victims of child abuse that occurred in our community.  These are some of the 285 abuse allegations from Cheshire County referred for ...

The real gift of failure: The matter or manner of making mistakes

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” – Scott Adams We all make mistakes. What matters is how we react – what we do with our mistakes? Thomas Edison experimented with more than 6,000 materials to use as a filament in a light bulb ...

We’ll be back, right after this

While perusing an archived copy of a June 1965 Nashua Telegraph, I happened upon this old TV and Radio listing. It brought back not only memories from classic TV shows (Patty Duke, Dobie Gillis and Ozzie and Harriet), but it prompted flashbacks of some of the old commercials that aired for ...

March 2019: Chilly, very dry, normal snowfall

March 2019 came into town as a tamed lion but exited like a lamb. Cold temperatures and quiet weather were in play across southern New Hampshire to begin March, but winter-like weather would take hold not far into the month before spurts of spring would arrive later in the ...

We must enforce SB 365

The date is July 3, 2019. A couple in their late 50s is sitting at the kitchen table, looking out at nearly $2 million of parked logging equipment and trucks in the yard. The man sighs, “Well, this is it.” His wife gently clasps his hand. “Can’t you wait ‘til the end of the ...

We must get our priorities in order on mental health funding

As we move into the Senate phase of the State budget, issues have come up over the past week or so that raise concerns about much-needed funding for the mental health system in New Hampshire. These include proposals for building a new forensic hospital, moving children with mental health issues ...

Rebuilding community system will help solve mental health crisis

New Hampshire is facing important choices about how to improve our mental health system. It has been troubled for years, leaving many without adequate care and triggering multiple lawsuits. Despite repeated recognition that a neglected community service system is the cause of increased demand ...

Colossal waste of money

Each year we encounter a “horror story” in the school department, always needing more funding. A dozen years ago it was “previously undiagnosed autism” that caused rapid expansion to the current enrollment of 2,054 SPED students, or 18 percent of the Nashua public school enrollment ...

Gardening is a real science

Before we talk about this month, a word about last. Science Cafe hosted a session on forensic science that was wildly popular and resulted in huge attendance to the point where people were turned away and service for those in attendance was a challenge. We apologize to any who were ...

Science is nature: Making a case for the mystery, wonder of the world

“Science already tells us that we are cosmic creations, animated stardust capable of wondering about its origins, the way the universe thinks about itself. Isn’t that magical enough?” – Marcelo Gleiser We are stardust. Think about it. The mystery and wonder of it leads you to science, ...

Quickbooks training on tap

For more than 30 years, the Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce has been dedicated to serving the 11 towns of the Souhegan Valley by promoting regional business and community prosperity through advocacy, economic development, networking opportunities and business education. We also represent ...

Lessons from dead feminists – how women make a difference

“To show what she has done. I have gathered from the records of the world the names and histories of all distinguished women, so that an exact estimate of the capabilities of the sex might be formed by noting what individuals have accomplished through obstacles and discouragements of every ...

Governor’s budget falls short

Putting the state budget together is never easy. There will always be perceived winners and losers, but historically New Hampshire could always count on the process being as fair and equitable as possible for all Granite Staters. What makes Gov. Chris Sununu’s budget so troubling is that this ...

Late December, back in ’63

Oh, what a night it was indeed. It was late December (31st) back in ’63 and the only real tie in the title of the Four Seasons song has with the crux of this story is the title itself. That night, Nashua was in the middle of a brutal cold snap, with record temps of 22 below zero. Everything ...