Lt. Col. John Coughlin

Former Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau and Dr. Griffin Dalianis pin a Combat Action Badge onto then-Lt. Col. John Coughlin for his actions in Baghdad, Iraq, in this 2012 file photo.

Here is some good news for the citizens and voters of Hillsborough County: John Coughlin wishes to again serve as county attorney.

It is an office that clearly needs an experienced leader capable of restoring this important cog in the wheel of justice. This is especially so in regards to criminal cases. The latter were so badly handled by the inexperienced incumbent that the New Hampshire attorney general had to take temporary charge of the office. That wasted time and money.

That won’t be the case if John Coughlin is elected. And he not only has his tenure in that office to recommend him. Coughlin has just retired after serving for 16 years as a circuit court (formerly district court) judge. Add to that his multiple tours of military service in Iraq and a more compelling resume is hard to imagine.

It is also in sharp contrast to Coughlin’s opponent in the Republican primary this September 8.

Atty. Daniel Hynes has had his criminal record for extortion annulled but the fact of it remains. So too does the one-year suspension from the state bar that the state Supreme Court saw fit to apply in the wake of his conviction.

John Coughlin is far and away the better choice for voters, in September and then in November’s general election.

Friday, May 14, 2021

Some cracks are apparently surfacing in the legislative push to junk New Hampshire’s state election system by means of much earlier primary contests (in June instead of September). The goal, proponents have said, is to give challengers a better shot to oust incumbents.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Turning portions of Manchester’s Maple and Beech streets into one-lane roads with bike lanes won’t stop all the maniacs who drive them at outrageous speeds, but it will slow down some of them.

Selectmen have an often thankless job. They must make decisions that are not always popular but without them, towns would have no way to govern themselves apart from the annual town meeting. The latter is a decidedly impractical vehicle for many issues.

Sunday, May 09, 2021

If it hasn’t happened already, a date will soon be set for an audit of certain voting results in Windham from last November’s election. The entire process is to be live-streamed at so that the public can observe.

Friday, May 07, 2021

Is New Hampshire no longer the Live Free or Die state? When did it become so government-controlling as to dictate what type of drinks may be served at one’s ax-throwing emporium?

Amuri Diole should never have been released from state custody. That he was, and is now charged with a brutal assault and rape mere yards away from the jail that held him, is a travesty of justice and a mastery of finger-pointing.

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…