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Giving thanks to those who helped

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With Christmas 2019 but a memory, here are a couple thoughts on the holiday season as we prepare to look forward next week to a new chapter in our community. • Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s is a time for family, friends and frivolity. For many, relatives travel from far and wide ...

Safe from scammers

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A great deal of the consumer protection advice we receive during the holidays amounts to common sense. How could a reasonably intelligent adult fall for some of the schemes, after all? But some consumer protection watchdogs are offering an important reminder: Adults may have nothing to do ...

Santa always comes through

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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 ...

Christmas tradition: ‘Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus’

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Editor’s Note: Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of the New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper ...

‘Twilight Zone?’

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This year we ended celebrating Thanksgiving with Bill’s family the week before Thanksgiving. One reason was that his sister and brother-in-law, who host the holiday, were going to be traveling on the actual Thanksgiving Day, and they called us and asked us if we would mind coming down a week ...

The meaning of Christmas

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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 ...

Nashua officials must be realistic

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I consider it an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens of Nashua in my capacity as a Commissioner of Public Works. I take my oath of office very seriously. The sad truth is that our Public Works facilities are in deplorable condition, riddled with health hazards for employees and ...

Honoring the sacrifices of those who fought in the Battle of the Bulge

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In December 1944, Nazi Germany launched what would be its last major offensive campaign during World War II. This attack caught the Allied forces in the Ardennes Forest by surprise, and in the ensuing battle – the Battle of the Bulge – our troops faced record low-temperatures, dwindling ...

A helping hand

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Veterans Count – a program of Easterseals New Hampshire – has long been on the front lines of helping those who have served our country. The work the group does – and the support they lend – is enormous and very much appreciated by not only Granite State veterans, but by those who ...

Time to deck those halls

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Just a little over a week remains until that big day when many of us gather with friends and family, compete with ourselves to overeat yet again only about a month after Thanksgiving and try not to stress out over choosing gifts for those on our shopping list. But first, there is the ...

We should work harder to use every tool available

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A recent column by Dan Weeks attacked the Granite Bridge natural gas pipeline project and argued New Hampshire homes and businesses don’t need natural gas to stay warm because they can just use heat pumps and solar panels instead. But as I read through this column, I had a sneaking suspicion ...

Some verses and curses for the holiday rush

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T’was a few days before Christmas And I went to the mall When a jerk snagged by parking space Nice holiday gall! I braved the madness Must have been out of my head The people lugging their bags Looked like the Walking Dead I ventured to Macy’s Had one last present to ...

It’s better to give

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The old adage, it’s better to give than to receive, certainly rings true during the holiday season – especially in Greater Nashua. Nearly 200 donors have given almost $30,000 to The Telegraph and United Way’s annual Santa Fund. As Christmas week hits, though, the campaign’s annual ...

What IS the Republican’s plan?

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The Telegraph’s Thursday, Dec. 19 editorial railed against “Obamacare” (formal name: the Affordable Care Act, or ACA). In The Telegraph’s eyes, and that of most Republicans, it’s a BAD thing and the courts are right to strike it down as a law. Republican claims are that it’s ...

Thank you

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I want to thank the voters of Nashua who have entrusted in me. Twenty years ago, I decided to launch a campaign to seek election to this very board and I won! I look forward to working with the other eight members of this board and the administration and it’s staff and all others who share ...

House was absolutely correct

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There are times I must agree with the Democrats. We must impeach or even indict those who force foreign powers to buckle to wishes in order to receive foreign aid. We must also rail against those who hold Congress in contempt, easy as that is to do and easier still to justify. It might be ...

Funding should have been nixed

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All too often, bad ideas never really go away in Washington. Congress merely reduces taxpayer funding for them, without insisting they be abandoned. That may be the fate of President Donald Trump’s “Space Force.” Trump envisions the force as an entirely separate, new branch of the ...

Retribution should be swift, if needed

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Four thousand more U.S. troops will be pulled out of Afghanistan, reducing the force there to about 8,600, it was reported this week. That number is inadequate to do more than protect key U.S. positions and personnel. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw more forces from ...

President should sign bill

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Little by little, the bright, appealing shell that is Obamacare is being stripped away to reveal a thoroughly rotten core. More of it was being exposed this week. Former President Barack Obama’s administration went to great pains to shield the truth about Obamacare from the American public. ...

Clean up the mess

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Massachusetts has followed suit with many state around the country and has issued new standards for toxic compounds in drinking water. Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, collectively called PFAS, have turned up in public water supplies and private wells around the U.S., and there ...