Commentary

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Commentary: Education commissioner has painted a target on the backs of teachers

BY: - November 18, 2021

Last week, Commissioner Frank Edelblut announced a Department of Education effort to encourage the public to inform on public educators and, hand-in-hand with that announcement, an extremist group offered bounties to those who instigate investigations that may lead to the discipline and possible loss of professional credentials of teachers and administrators across the state. The […]

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Editor’s Notebook: The barn anthologies

BY: - November 16, 2021

I awoke Monday morning to a New Hampshire wrapped in misty November gray, and so I thought I’d do a little catching up with Nathaniel Hawthorne – a misty November gray kind of guy. But he was nowhere to be found. Like a lot of his contemporaries, Hawthorne resides in my barn. The lucky ones […]

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Commentary: Why building more homes won’t solve the affordable housing problem

BY: and - November 16, 2021

Even before 2020, the United States faced an acute housing affordability crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic made it a whole lot worse after millions of people who lost their jobs fell behind on rent. While eviction bans forestalled mass homelessness – and emergency rental assistance has helped some – most moratoriums have now been lifted, putting […]

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Commentary: Why higher prices are the new normal

BY: - November 15, 2021

Consumer prices soared in October and are now up 6.2 percent from a year earlier – higher than most economists’ estimates and the fastest increase in more than three decades. At this point, that may be no surprise to most Americans, who are seeing higher prices while shopping for shoes and steaks, dining at restaurants, […]

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Commentary: It’s never too late, or too soon, to do the right thing

BY: and - November 12, 2021

“Never give in charity what is owed in justice.” – Pope John XXIII We Americans are a generous people. According to the National Philanthropic Trust, we gave over $300 billion to charity as individuals in 2020. That’s nearly 2 percent of our nation’s GDP. And we are not just generous with our treasure: nearly one in […]

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Commentary: School surveillance of students via laptops may do more harm than good

BY: - November 11, 2021

Ever since the start of the pandemic, more and more public school students are using laptops, tablets, or similar devices issued by their schools. The percentage of teachers who reported their schools had provided their students with such devices doubled from 43 percent before the pandemic to 86 percent during the pandemic, a September 2021 […]

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Editor’s Notebook: The things we carry

BY: - November 10, 2021

On Friday, I returned to Boston for the first time since the virus changed everything. There were seven of us in all, including three teenagers headed for a concert on Tremont Street and four adults with plans for a long walk and a quiet dinner.  We took leave of the girls once they were safely […]

NH state house

Commentary: Remote access to Legislature needed to protect state’s physical, civic health

BY: and - November 8, 2021

On behalf of 25 statewide health providers and advocacy organizations, we write today to urge New Hampshire House and Senate leaders to take all necessary steps and precautions to ensure safe public access to the 2022 legislative session, starting with a virtual option to allow individuals to testify before the Legislature from outside the State […]

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Commentary: When the unexpected happens

BY: - November 8, 2021

One day I was at work, and the next my world was upended when we found out my husband didn’t just have a headache, he had a brain tumor. There is simply no way to plan for such unexpected situations. When a health crisis happens, we drop everything to be with that family member who […]

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3-Minute Civics: The New Hampshire Legislature in action

BY: - November 4, 2021

With the New Hampshire Legislature’s return to session in January, it is worth examining the legislative process in some detail because it is far more complicated than the catchy jingle about a bill’s journey to becoming a law that many of us remember from Saturday morning “Schoolhouse Rock!”: “I’m just a bill. Yes, I’m only […]

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Commentary: Hospitals still facing significant challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic

BY: - November 4, 2021

Since those very first days of the pandemic over a year and a half ago, one of the overriding goals has been to ensure our hospitals have the capacity to care for a surge of COVID-19 patients. As we experience an ongoing increase of patients in need of hospital-level care here in New Hampshire, both […]

Editor’s Notebook: ‘Boy With Improbable Ducks’

BY: - November 3, 2021

For the first two decades of my journalism career, I worked nights in the large open space for copy editors and reporters known as the “bullpen.” Not only was it a lot of fun, it’s where I learned how to be a journalist in practice rather than theory. I paid close attention to how reporters […]