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Music and the brain: How does music play us?

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” – Victor Hugo How does music play us? As science and technology become intertwined with every aspect of our lives, we are learning more each day about the mysteries of our brain. Music is a ...

Free press imperative

The frequent use of the term “fake news” has become reckless and damaging. It is treated as a catch-all phrase to discredit anything - including factual reporting - with which someone may not agree. Among those who continue to utilize and promote this “fake news” ideology is President ...

Fill teacher vacancies

Nashua School District students will return to their classroom in less than two weeks. How many of them will not have permanent teachers to lead their studies by Aug. 28 remains to be seen. This week, the district’s website listed more than 70 vacant teaching positions, with the majority of ...

Prison reform: An unlikely issue for Republican Party

Prison reform has normally been an issue embraced by Democrats, not Republicans. But, perhaps, like so many other things in the Trump administration, this, too, is about to change. Last Thursday, President Trump held a roundtable discussion at his Bedminster, New Jersey, property, five ...

Some comic relief

Rick Wilson was minding his own business as a Republican operative when Donald Trump happened. Though his commercials for GOP candidates often pressed thorns in liberal flanks, he won broad respect as a principled conservative. Trump has made Wilson stark raving mad. The charges? Betraying ...

Fill teacher vacancies

Nashua School District students will return to their classroom in less than two weeks. How many of them will not have permanent teachers to lead their studies by Aug. 28 remains to be seen. This week, the district’s website listed more than 70 vacant teaching positions, with the majority of ...

Enough is enough already

During the weekend of Aug. 4-5 (and the preceding Friday night), 12 Chicagoans were shot dead, and 62 others were shot and wounded, the Chicago Tribune reported (https://tinyurl.com/yde7jb83). Before last week’s mayhem, 1,718 Chicagoans had been shot since the beginning of the year, and 306 ...

Stop the spending problem

With a national debt of $21.3 trillion, keeping the federal government’s spending within the limit of what revenue is taken in has become critical. Yet, after decades of warnings that needs to be done, political leaders have not found the will to make it happen. Last week, it was reported ...

Democrats have their own foreign espionage problem

WASHINGTON – Imagine if it emerged that the Republican chairman of the House or Senate intelligence committee had a Russian spy working on their senate staff. Think it would cause a political firestorm? Well, this week we learned that Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., had a Chinese spy on her ...

Stop the spending problem

With a national debt of $21.3 trillion, keeping the federal government’s spending within the limit of what revenue is taken in has become critical. Yet, after decades of warnings that needs to be done, political leaders have not found the will to make it happen. Last week, it was reported ...

Not clear on who will lose

We’re heading into the home stretch in America’s unusually lengthy (six months and nine days) primary election season. Some three-quarters of Americans have had a chance to vote for Democratic and Republican candidates for Congress, and state and local offices. Their choices tell us ...

Don’t ban Alex Jones

It’s just gotten a little easier for the government to control the weather. Social media sites moved en masse to ban Alex Jones, the self-parodic conspiracy theorist. Jones is a poisonous toad who leveraged his compellingly ridiculous persona and bizarre rants into considerable notoriety ...

Warren owes us all an apology

One popular dictionary defines a bigot as “one who regards or treats members of a group with hatred or intolerance.” U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., fits right in. Warren wants badly to be president of the United States. During the weekend, she was in top form during a speech to a ...

Sununu allows the death penalty in New Hampshire

On June 21, Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed a bill that would have abolished the death penalty in the state of New Hampshire. Twice before in the Granite State has capital punishment come very close to its demise, with an abolishment bill making it to the governor’s office, only to be vetoed each ...

Is collusion really criminal?

In the last two weeks, the Trump administration has begun to make a rather interesting legal argument: Collusion isn’t criminal. President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani made this argument on television; Trump repeated it on Twitter. But is it true? Technically, collusion isn’t a crime. ...

Warren owes us all an apology

One popular dictionary defines a bigot as “one who regards or treats members of a group with hatred or intolerance.” U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., fits right in. Warren wants badly to be president of the United States. During the weekend, she was in top form during a speech to a ...

Sununu allows the death penalty in New Hampshire

On June 21, Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed a bill that would have abolished the death penalty in the state of New Hampshire. Twice before in the Granite State has capital punishment come very close to its demise, with an abolishment bill making it to the governor’s office, only to be vetoed each ...

Reading midterm tea leaves

WASHINGTON – Democrats who were looking to Tuesday’s mixed bag of special and primary elections for firm confirmation of their much-sought “blue wave” of public Trump rejection had to settle for an interim maybe. Perhaps the best they had to show for it was a very near miss in a ...

Vocational education

Everyone deserves the opportunity to pursue bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees and doctorate degrees, if they so choose. However, it seems that college is not the correct route for everyone. If it were, the significance of individual academic achievements would be diminished. A clear ...

Anderson House a treasure

If you love Nashua and its great history, then you will thoroughly enjoy a tour of the former Anderson House, at 90 Concord St., currently owned by Thomas More College of Liberal Arts. You will be amazed by the stunning work done by 20 different designers, in support of this fundraising event ...