Commentary

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Commentary: Ivermectin is a Nobel Prize-winning wonder drug – but not for COVID-19

BY: - October 14, 2021

Ivermectin is an over 30-year-old wonder drug that treats life- and sight-threatening parasitic infections. Its lasting influence on global health has been so profound that two of the key researchers in its discovery and development won the Nobel Prize in 2015. I’ve been an infectious disease pharmacist for over 25 years. I’ve also managed patients […]

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Commentary: How the climate crisis is transforming the meaning of ‘sustainability’ in business

BY: - October 13, 2021

In his 2021 letter to CEOs, Larry Fink, the CEO and chairman of BlackRock, the world’s largest investment manager, wrote: “No issue ranks higher than climate change on our clients’ lists of priorities.” His comment reflected a growing unease with how the climate crisis is already disrupting businesses. Companies’ concerns about climate change have typically […]

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Editor’s Notebook: A tumultuous privacy of pandemic

BY: - October 13, 2021

Sometimes a bright red leaf on damp earth is enough to break your heart. I took the photo in August, during a long walk on a quiet road, a full four weeks before the official beginning of autumn. It was a warm Sunday afternoon, and I wasn’t so much caught in the rain as chasing […]

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Commentary: If you want to support the health and wellness of kids, stop focusing on their weight

BY: , and - October 12, 2021

Since the pandemic started, people of all ages have gained weight. At the same time, the rate at which youth and young adults are seeking treatment for eating disorders, particularly anorexia nervosa and binge eating disorder, has increased. While the reasons for these changes are complex, pandemic-related stress and weight bias – the belief that […]

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Commentary: State has created a mess with SPU, and now is the time to clean it up

BY: and - October 11, 2021

Late last week the Department of Health and Human Services held the first information session via Zoom about the proposed forensic hospital on the New Hampshire Hospital campus. A representative from New Hampshire Hospital and the Department of Public Works were present to discuss plans thus far and answer questions. We at Advocates for Ethical […]

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Commentary: Growing demand for deeper wells is tapping ancient water reserves

BY: , and - October 8, 2021

Communities that rely on the Colorado River are facing a water crisis. Lake Mead, the river’s largest reservoir, has fallen to levels not seen since it was created by the construction of the Hoover Dam roughly a century ago. Arizona and Nevada are facing their first-ever mandated water cuts, while water is being released from […]

A statue in a public space in Warner, New Hampshire

3-Minute Civics: Public spaces make commonalities, town squares create allies

BY: - October 7, 2021

In just about every town in New Hampshire, you will find at its center a public common or town square. The ubiquity of these open spaces suggests that town and urban planners shared the same goal. They tried to create and maintain a public space or common area where the various social fabric that weaves […]

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Commentary: A surprisingly civil discussion about redistricting in New Hampshire

BY: - October 6, 2021

Who knew? Who knew that our 400 New Hampshire House seats could legally be any number between 375 and 400, according to our state constitution? We found that out last week at the House Special Committee on Redistricting work session. Republican Rep. Ross Berry gave a detailed summary of his work to find a better […]

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Editor’s Notebook: A new home and lots to be thankful for

BY: - October 6, 2021

This week, the New Hampshire Bulletin team – Annmarie, Ethan, Amanda, and I – will be moving into our new home on North Main Street in downtown Concord, our first time together in a real newsroom, and so I thought I would use this page of the Editor’s Notebook to briefly say thank you to […]

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Commentary: There is only one ‘most important issue’ now

BY: - October 5, 2021

Which current political issue is most important to you? If you answered anything but voting rights and democratic (small “d”) elections, I’m going to ask you to reconsider your answer. To say that we as a nation face a number of critical issues right now is an understatement. Perhaps you lie awake at night worrying […]

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Commentary: Voting rights legislation will put power back in the hands of the people

BY: - October 4, 2021

Last fall, I had the privilege of witnessing our democracy in action when I served as a local election official in my hometown of Bedford. In the days and weeks leading up to the November 2020 election, local election officials in communities all across New Hampshire got to work. Volunteers from all walks of life […]

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Commentary: The Legislature must repeal Gov. Sununu’s abortion ban

BY: - October 1, 2021

This past June, when Chris Sununu signed into law the first abortion ban in modern New Hampshire history, people across our state knew that this was just the beginning of what would be a long and relentless attack on reproductive rights by Sununu and New Hampshire Republicans. This is true now more than ever after […]