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Fiscal stimulus or fiscal foolishness?

On Dec. 20, 2020, the United States Congress, hopelessly addicted to deficits and the printing press as important sources of permanent economic health and wellness, submitted to the president for his approval, a 5,593-page stimulus spending bill. Also known as The Consolidated Appropriations ...

Annual state audit shows COVID’s impact on finances

The year 2020 will never be forgotten by the people who were alive and old enough to remember. A worldwide pandemic disrupted the daily activity of everyone and upended the world’s economy, including New Hampshire’s. The financial disruption is evident in the state’s Comprehensive ...

Santa always comes through, and he always will

And finally it’s Christmas. A time for remembrance of happy Christmas past; for enjoying happy Christmas present; for anticipation of happy Christmas future. Many years ago, Francis Church of the New York Sun wrote a famous editorial in reply to a letter from an 8-year-old girl, Virginia ...

This Christmas will be a Christmas like no other

This time of year, we often see musings written about what Christmas means to different people, with a popular approach being that of a list of those thoughts spelling out the word Christmas. I am reminded of the popular Christmas tune that begins; “C is for the Christ child, born upon this ...

The meaning of Christmas

The following is from the Gospel According to Luke 2:1-20: And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one ...

Courage and dedication

As most of us are at home celebrating this Christmas Day, many of our friends, neighbors and perhaps family members will be at work. They sacrifice time with loved ones so that our day can be safe, warm and carefree. This Christmas there are many people who have done just that for months on ...

LOVE is the one hope we have for all humanity

For Christians such as me, Christmas has a special meaning. However, many people of other religious beliefs from Jewish to Buddhists, Muslims to Hindus, Native beliefs as well as Atheists still “celebrate” the giving of gifts, enjoying light displays and being including in pre-holiday get ...

The power of Christmas

Of all the great and small events of 1991, the death of CBS News' "60 Minutes" co-host Harry Reasonerprobably rates near the bottom in the amount of attention afforded it by the public. Yet when a keen observer and a person of talent and grace leaves the planet, we are all diminished a ...

Even Trump’s pardons are selfish

The list of President Donald Trump's pardons and clemencies so far looks a lot like a supermarket tabloid: In other words, a lot like Trump's life itself. There's Rod Blagojevich with his saucy smile, and there's smug Joe Arpaio. Every president's pardon list contains some self-serving or ...

Distant Dome: More transparency is needed, governor

The storm this week made it look like Christmas blanketing the hills of New Hampshire with anywhere from a foot to 4 feet of white, fluffy powder. Outdoor enthusiasts celebrated the mega storm, public works departments packed in the overtime, and others dug out over days, not hours. As the ...

2020 winds down in our community and at the United Way

Hello, good friends. First and foremost, I would like to wish each of you a wonderful holiday season. As we near the end of 2020, I think it makes sense to reflect for a moment on the year which we are soon to put in our rear-view mirror. I think it is fair to say that this has been a different ...

Dumpster or no dumpster? An antiques quiz

When cleaning out grandma’s attic, are you making decisions based on memories, just guessing an object’s value as you go? When it comes to your valuable objects, would you recognize the treasures from the trash? My quiz game, “Dumpster or No Dumpster” will help you to use your antiques ...

Thank you

On Thursday, Mother Nature turned cold, dropping more than 10 inches of snow on Greater Nashua and the Souhegan Valley. Along with the white stuff came high winds and bitter-cold temperatures that will last through a portion of the weekend. Braving those condition on Thursday were the men ...

Costs of inaction

As an organization focused on all aspects of justice, Greater Nashua Rights and Democracy strenuously objects to NH Rep. Chris Pappas’s decision to vote against the MORE Act, which proposes decriminalizing marijuana by removing it from the list of scheduled substances under the Controlled ...