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Cabinet Editorials

Be kind, courteous to others

As schools, businesses, libraries and nonprofits call off events because of the coronavirus – and general concerns increase – local residents have shifted their attention to stocking up on essential supplies. This, of course, is smart and – in essence – human nature. That said, ...

Adult Day Programming key to community

At United Way, we often talk about the need for a strong safety net which guarantees access for all residents to the building blocks of a good life – health, education, and economic mobility. Occasionally, then, I will use this space to do a deeper dive into pieces of that safety net which ...

Coronavirus outbreak: The resiliency and spirit of Granite Staters is unmatched

Over the last few days, the COVID-19 outbreak in New Hampshire has rapidly evolved here in New Hampshire. On Friday, March 13 I declared a state of emergency – a proactive step that allows us to take preemptive measures to ensure that we have the resources and flexibility needed to respond to ...

Participation matters

Learning how many people live in the United States — and how they live — is important for any number of reasons. That is why the census is conducted every decade. Information the census collects is of interest not just to demographers. It is used to apportion states’ members of the U.S. ...

Three-day wait is reasonable

The New Hampshire House of Representatives this week passed legislation that would impose a waiting period between the purchase and delivery of a firearm. Last year, a similar bill was vetoed by Republican Gov. Chris Sununu. The difference with this year’s bill is that it shortens the ...

Protect our residents

On Thursday, the New Hampshire Senate approved several bills aimed at protecting the state’s drinking water from harmful chemicals. Lawmakers unanimously voted to approved legislation that set strict standards for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl – collectively known as PFAS. The ...

Staying relevant and other successes

Having just come through our successful annual giving season, I thought it might be useful this month for me to share a few of the conversations I often have with companies and individuals who are considering donating to United Way. The questions I get when “on the road” are often very ...

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 ...

Granite State shines

The Granite State proved once again Tuesday night to be rock solid, when it came to delivering comprehensive, accurate voting totals from our first-in-the-nation primary. It was a far cry from the Iowa Caucus fiasco of just a week ago, when days later Democrats in that state and informed ...

A benefit to Southern New Hampshire

Last week, the Souhegan Valley and Merrimack chambers of commerce announced they will form a partnership and will unite as the Greater Merrimack-Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce. In announcing the venture, officials noted the two groups share a similar philosophy, “To promote, maintain ...

Vote with your heart and mind in the primary

With much talk of we only have one choice or the other, there are many choices for our primary voting here in New Hampshire. Bernie Sanders (an Independent running as a Democratic candidate), former Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg (both Democratic ...

Stay safe on N.H. roadways

So far this year, seven people have been killed in traffic incidents in the Granite State. An alarming number, indeed, considering it’s only 27 days into the year. The Office of Highway Safety said Friday two of them involved pedestrians, and officials say the deaths highlight the need ...

Proceed cautiously on plan

Several New England governors remain concerned about the recently proposed Transportation and Climate Initiative, which they say may increase gas prices throughout New England. The initiative is aimed at a dozen Northeast and mid-Atlantic states and would take effect in 2022. It would address ...

Way Home, Friends of Aine seeking volunteers 

Guest Columnist 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 ...

Funding will be a big help

Described as a “mental health emergency” by U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas, youth suicide has skyrocketed to the second most common cause of death among young Americans. Late last week, Pappas, fellow U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster and U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan announced more than ...

Local control is best

The New Hampshire Legislature last week tabled two bills involving the start date for schools throughout the Granite State. One bill would have enacted a mandatory start date after Labor Day each year. The other would have specified that local school districts have the authority to set their ...

Smoke alarms can save lives

Last week, nearly a $3 million mansion in Concord, Massachusetts went up in smoke. The cause is reported to be a chimney fire. It quickly engulfed the house and took hours to reduce. A lesson can be learned in the new year, which quickly came and went. Hopefully, it’s a fond memory for ...

Prevent nicotine sales to youth

It is illegal throughout the United States for retailers to sell nicotine products including both cigarettes and electronic versions of them to anyone under 21 years of age. The provision became law Dec. 20, when President Donald Trump signed a bill approved overwhelmingly by ...

The Roaring ‘20’s: high-tech trends for this year

Remember ’60’s television shows, such as where “Danger, Will Robinson,” became part our syntax as a mild-mannered family and an evil Dr. Smith got “Lost in Space?” Or the Jetson’ flying cars and Astro the dog’s treadmill walks? (The latter is probably true in the 21st century.) ...

PLUS Company, Red Cross seeking volunteers

The holidays are a time of year when many people’s thoughts turn to volunteering and working to make a difference in our community. Volunteer Greater Nashua, a web portal hosted by United Way of Greater Nashua and The Telegraph is a great place to start your search for the perfect volunteer ...