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Cabinet Editorials

Up in vapor

We are not sure how, or exactly when, vaping liquid nicotine became such a supposedly cool thing for teens to do. At least we are not alone. “It took us by surprise,” Nashua High School South Principal Keith Richard said during a Monday discussion about vaping, adding that he and fellow ...

New Hampshire citizens need a budget now

This past week, lawmakers had the opportunity to vote on a budget compromise – HB 3 and 4 – that makes meaningful budget concessions to accommodate Governor Sununu’s concerns, including further reductions in spending, a conditional extension of business tax breaks, and the preservation of ...

Weighing positives and negatives

Three Democratic candidates for president, and perhaps more, are hoping to gain votes by proposing all-out prohibitions on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, used in the oil and natural gas industries. Sens. Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have all proposed the bans. Look ...

A look at United We Sleep 2019

I was talking with a friend of mine (let’s call him “Andy”) the other day and he told me that my sales pitch for our sleep out needs a little work. Well, needless to say, I was a little bit dismayed, so I asked him what he meant, and he said “Mike, when you first asked me to participate ...

Strengthening security in New Hampshire

No one should fear for their life when they enter a house of worship to reflect and pray. But in New Hampshire and across the country, religious institutions are facing growing threats. Domestic terrorists have attacked houses of worship including an Oak Creek Sikh temple, a Charleston church, ...

Gun debate heats up

On Aug. 9, Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed three gun-control bills passed by the Democratic-controlled New Hampshire Legislature. This instantly led several Democratic leaders in both the House and Senate, as well as lobbying organizations that favor gun control, to distribute statements reflecting ...

We are fooling ourselves

Really thinking about what we read so often in the wake of mass killings is the only way we Americans can find a way to curb them. Taking the easy way out by concluding, as presidential candidate Joe Biden apparently has, that outlawing so-called “assault rifles” will do the trick, is ...

State should help fund new water mandate

Last month, New Hampshire adopted some of the country’s toughest drinking water standards for a class of chemicals collectively known as PFAS. This decision occurred just two weeks after New Hampshire legislature mandated the lowest arsenic water standards in the nation. We are by no means ...

Use technology safely

Technology and access to the internet have done incredible things for education – but they also bring a danger to our schools. As with many shiny new trends (in all industries, not just education), it is only after we are past the point of no return that we realize some drawbacks. Providing ...

Where is the deodorant?

Being a teenager is enough of a challenge for anyone under the best of circumstances. However, imagine having to go to school without access to deodorant, soap or toothpaste. Most of us take such items for granted, but there are undoubtedly some who are so poor that they lack access to such ...

Have you ever wondered about being homeless?

Personal story. About 2 years ago my mother-in-law got really sick and my wife had to go abroad to take care of her. What started out as an anticipated visit of 2 or 3 weeks ended up becoming a 7-month ordeal for our family. My wife left Nashua just before Thanksgiving and couldn’t return ...

Library event is worth attending

Local libraries have a lot going on, even in the summer. One event we recommend is the Eat Well, Live Well, Play Well discussion on July 31 at the Amherst Town Library. It will be hosted by nutritionist Gail Parker who, wants to show how to make better choices about fitness and nutrition in ...

Putnam Pond improvements welcomed

Lyndeborough’s Putnam Pond is a great place to launch a small boat and, given the town’s plans to clear and develop the launching area off of Cemetery Road, it’s going to be an even better place. Removing dead and dying trees from around the parking area, as suggested by Selectman Fred ...

Gives thanks to a teacher

Recently, fourth graders from Florence Rideout Elementary School in Wilton spent a day touring historic sites in Wilton and Lyndeborough as part of their study of local history, and they even went to visit our State House. We don’t know who came up with this idea -- it’s only been going ...

Denny Claire is much more than a coach

Denny Claire sure knows how to make an exit. His Wilton-Lyndeborough Warriors softball team ushered him into retirement with an amazing victory over undefeated Epping in the Class IV championship game at Plymouth State University, a game they really weren’t supposed to win and almost ...

Thumbing the Files

71 years ago, 1948 Milford’s Hayward Farms ice cream stand was adding a self-service frozen food store featuring 192 items including fish, meat and poultry. Rehearsals were underway for a minstrel show to be sponsored by Lyndeborough’s Pinnacle Grange at Citizens’ Hall. A pickup ...

USMCA would boost jobs, economy in New Hampshire

Free trade is critical to the success of the economy of New Hampshire and to the economy of our country. Many businesses across our state, especially manufacturers, or their customers, rely on exports to and imports from other countries to keep production robust and business booming. That’s ...

Ending hunger in school

Over the past year, one of our Fiscal Agency partner programs called “Meals Matter” has worked diligently and creatively to put an end to food insecurity in the Nashua Schools. While many kids can afford to bring or buy lunch in school, and others qualify for “free and reduced lunch” ...

Pope Francis’ changes to the Lord’s Prayer irks aunt

The other day, my aunt who was once a Catholic but now attends a Presbyterian church, was irked that Pope Francis changed the language of The Lord’s Prayer. The Pope replaced “lead us not into temptation” with “do not let us fall into temptation.” She defended the “old” ...

Pattern of disrespect

So it appears that the Milford School Board has some concerns about the ability of the district’s teachers and staff members to remain civil. Otherwise, why would the board have two police officers at a meeting where teachers were expected to demand answers to questions about the ...