The United States’ mission and level of involvement in Afghanistan today are nothing like they were 20 years ago.

President George W. Bush was right back then to go after al-Qaeda and its Taliban helpers after Osama Bin Laden’s murderous attacks on America. The justification was certainly better and more sensible than Bush’s Iraq invasion.

Circumstances have changed much since then. President Joe Biden (and Donald Trump before him) are wrong to frame a withdrawal as an end to a war. Similarly, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is wrong to say we should remain in order to protect women’s rights.

The U.S. now has a small force in Afghanistan that gives us ears on the ground in an important part of the world. For the moment, it also helps keep in check the Taliban’s brutal and primitive ways in Afghanistan.

The Taliban aren’t likely to give up and no doubt Biden’s announcement has encouraged them further. We should not get caught up in any new escalation of troops and treasure, but a complete pullout is a mistake we will regret.

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

The numbers of minority students in Manchester and Nashua public charter schools (a lower percentage than in other city schools) are neither surprising nor should they be considered discouraging. Charter schools are all about providing innovative alternatives to the traditional public school…

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Don’t worry, White people. It’s not your fault that you are racists and that New Hampshire, like the nation, is rife with “systemic racism.” You just don’t know any better. You have “an overly simplistic and inaccurate view of racism.”

Sunday, May 02, 2021

A bill to make public the small list of current New Hampshire police officers who have had credibility issues should not have been necessary. But unanimous passage by the state Senate last week was nonetheless welcome. The House should follow suit.

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U.S. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina gave the official Republican response to President Biden’s address this week. If the GOP ever hopes to recover from its 2020 losses, it will keep Scott in the spotlight.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

It was good to read that Fish and Game Conservation Officer Chris Egan is on the mend from a serious snowmobile accident earlier this year. It’s even better to read that CO Egan is “paying it forward” in appreciation of what others with acute physical problems face down every day.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

There is much wrong with New Hampshire House Bill 544, currently attached to state budget legislation. It would supposedly stop the propagation of such divisive concepts as “Critical Race Theory” (CRT) in public classrooms or in private work spaces.

The Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire was right to oppose HB 544 (see related editorial). Government shouldn’t be telling private companies what they can and cannot address with their employees.

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One of the more uplifting moments of World War II happened this day in the spring of 1945. On April 25th in Torgau, Germany, and elsewhere nearby, Soviet and American troops met, cutting remaining German resistance in two. Hitler would take his own life less than a week later in the rubble o…

Friday, April 23, 2021

We don’t know what intoxicant or drug may have impaired a wrong-way driver on the Everett Turnpike last Friday night week. But the result — two young lives lost — is another reminder of what a potentially deadly weapon we wield whenever we get behind the wheel.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

We hate to rain on anyone’s parade but we wonder what standards were used at the state level in naming Manchester its “School Board of the Year.” Is this for perfect attendance or just for playing well with others?