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Cabinet Editorials

State needs to address difficulties

The coronavirus pandemic has been going on for nearly two months now. In that time, businesses have either temporarily or permanently closed, sending thousands of workers to the unemployment line. In a report released this week, data shows that the unemployment rate caused by COVID-19 is more ...

Stop littering

One need not look very hard when traversing grocery and convenience store parking lots – and even Greater Nashua’s roadways – to see protective masks and gloves strewn about. With coronavirus precautions being taken by many in our area – which is a good thing – the downside is an ...

New fund should help bridge the gap

Businesses at some point will have to reopen as our state continues to navigate COVID-19 and its far-reaching impact. Greater Nashua cities and towns may not have direct control over what will open and when, but it’s reassuring to look toward the future and some support that is forthcoming ...

Local efforts elicit smiles

The ability to make someone smile is among the greatest of talents, we believe. Often, it costs nothing. However, this weekend, there are some inexpensive ways in which those who are capable can a profound impact in the lives of others. In support of 12 different local food pantries and ...

Don’t become complacent

On Friday, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu extended his state of emergency declaration – originally issued March 13 – for another 21 days. Further extension is necessary given that the pandemic has caused an unprecedented public health emergency and economic devastation, he ...

Protesters need to keep calm

On Saturday, dozens of Granite Staters gathered at the State House in Concord to persuade Gov. Chris Sununu to end his stay-at-home order. Sununu issued the decree on March 27 to limit the spread of the coronavirus. The order mandates that people stay home unless they are working in ...

Testing should increase

Each week, The Cabinet publishes an update with the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in New Hampshire. A map – provided by the state and documenting case numbers by county and/or region – usually accompanies this figure. As of Wednesday night, state health officials reported 788 ...

Beware of scams

Where most of us see tragedy, a few scum see opportunity. Their newest crime is preying on people who expect federal payments to help them get through the COVID-19 outbreak. Needless to say, senior citizens are the preferred targets. Some are receiving calls offering to help them register for ...

Living the new normal

We live in the new normal. So, when was your last day of the old normal? Were you heading into work? Dropping off your dry cleaning or the children at school? When’s the last time you sat in a restaurant and had dinner? Some of us can vaguely remember the last time we shook someone’s ...

State legislators are working together

In the last few weeks, life in the State House and our state has changed dramatically. To help stop the spread of the coronavirus and protect the health and wellbeing of our members, staff and the public, we made the unprecedented decision to suspend all legislative activities through May 4, in ...

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 ...