Vials of the COVID vaccine

Commentary: Questions and answers about the Delta variant

BY: - July 8, 2021

As the Delta variant takes hold, the unvaccinated are in for a rude awakening. It’s not just ignorance – they’re begging for a Darwin Award. Unfortunately, thanks to all these unvaccinated knuckleheads, vaccinated Americans are now being put more at risk, too. The Delta variant is a mutant strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Early estimates […]

A lone tree in the middle of Union Cemetery

Editor’s Notebook: A return to Union Cemetery

BY: - July 7, 2021

A period of cold rain made me think of her, so I picked a few English daisies from near the river and set out for Bradford. I’d like to say the flowers were beautiful, but three days of searing heat followed by three days of runoff from Route 127 had taken a toll. They were […]

President Lyndon Johnson signing the 1964 Civil Rights Act

Commentary: Here’s what critical race theory is – and isn’t

BY: - July 6, 2021

U.S. Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana sent a letter to fellow Republicans on June 24, 2021, stating: “As Republicans, we reject the racial essentialism that critical race theory teaches . . . that our institutions are racist and need to be destroyed from the ground up.” Kimberlé Crenshaw, a law professor and central figure in […]

Lawyer working with contract papers on the table in office

Commentary: 603 Legal Aid is a ‘transformative change’ in accessing justice in civil cases

BY: - July 2, 2021

(This story was updated on July 5 at 4 p.m. to correct the 603 Legal Aid call center phone number.) As our country celebrates the anniversary of our founding this weekend with fireworks and parades, we’ll also reflect on some of the core fundamental values that bring Americans together – the pursuit of life, liberty, […]

State flag and the State House dome

Commentary: The overwhelming intrusion of the party claiming to corner the market on freedom

BY: - July 1, 2021

The New Hampshire Republican Party would have you believe that they have just done you a solid. The GOP-led Legislature just passed a $13.5 billion budget as well as an accompanying policy trailer bill. GOP Gov. Chris Sununu promptly signed both bills into law. Both the numbers and the policies belong to us now. They’re […]

A view of Earth from the observatory

Editor’s Notebook: Aliens, viruses, and Independence Day

BY: - June 30, 2021

Twenty-five years ago Saturday, all the nations of the world came together as one to repel an attack by an alien civilization. Well, that’s not entirely accurate. But the world did come together as one to watch Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, and Bill Pullman help repel an alien attack (thanks in part to a computer […]

People walking in a crowd, with one man in a red T-shirt wearing a black mask

Commentary: Can people vaccinated against COVID-19 still spread the coronavirus?

BY: - June 29, 2021

When the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed its guidelines about mask-wearing on May 13, plenty of Americans were left a little confused. Now anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or physical distancing. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to President […]

A man carries a Confederate flag while marching in Washington on Jan. 6.

Commentary: Why we must investigate the events of Jan. 6

BY: - June 28, 2021

The threat to our democracy from Jan. 6 is enduring. The unprecedented insurrection on our nation’s Capitol may only exist now on the plethora of video footage that is still being used to identify and prosecute participants. The threat posed by that now infamous day, however, remains, and its lethality depends on how we respond not […]

A smartphone wrapped in a chain with a lock

Commentary: Schools must act carefully on students’ off-campus speech, Supreme Court rules

BY: - June 24, 2021

For decades, U.S. courts have ruled that public school students “do not shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech and expression at the schoolhouse gate,” as the Supreme Court said in 1968. In that case, Tinker v. Des Moines Independent School District, the justices held that high school students who were suspended for protesting […]

A pink hydrangea in bloom

Editor’s Notebook: Spring into invincible summer

BY: - June 23, 2021

I was asleep when the summer of 2021 began. The solstice arrived at 11:32 p.m. on Sunday night, and 12 hours later that most impetuous of seasons, drunk on anthropogenic climate change and global pestilence, celebrated its scheduled coup by slow-roasting New Hampshire at 93 degrees. The more moderate forces that typically oversee seasonal transitions […]

Demonstrators hold up signs in support of the ACA in front of the Supreme Court building.

Commentary: What’s next for health care reform after the Supreme Court rejects ACA’s most recent challenge

BY: - June 22, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act for the third time on June 17, this time in a case called California v. Texas. With seven justices holding that the states and individual plaintiffs lacked standing to sue because they failed to show that they had suffered a direct injury, the court delivered its […]

People voting in voting booths

Commentary: Local election officials shaped changes to the For the People Act

BY: - June 21, 2021

No matter what we look like or who we vote for, most of us believe that our elected leaders should deliver for us and protect our democracy. But a handful of politicians in state legislatures across the country and here in New Hampshire are actually working against the will of the voters. However, this week, […]