Commentary

A desk with a binder and notebook paper, with a pencil case and markers in the background.

Editor’s Notebook: First days and next times

BY: - August 25, 2021

Pristine three-ring binders. Sharpened pencils. Crisp folders and notebooks. This is the season of clean slates and fresh starts. It’s been many years since my last first day of school, but the promptings of this section of the calendar hold firm. As summer slips away, I find myself remaking an annual promise I’ve never been […]

Parched land in the desert

Commentary: A corps to match a crisis

BY: - August 24, 2021

“Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth.” These words by the late Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm were never more apt than today. And the rent just went up. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), living on Planet Earth is a perilous privilege indeed. After eight years […]

Children hold signs protesting gun violence

Commentary: Why won’t we save our kids?

BY: - August 23, 2021

What wouldn’t we do for our kids? It’s such an easy question that it’s a cliché. We’d do anything for them. Uproot ourselves, spend nearly every penny we have to give them a better shot at opportunity than we had ourselves. We’d take on an attacker, steal if we had to. We’d sacrifice our own […]

The state house behind a historical marker

Commentary: What you need to know about redistricting in New Hampshire

BY: - August 20, 2021

Last week, New Hampshire received important population counts from the U.S. Census Bureau that lawmakers will soon use to redraw electoral district boundaries for Congress, state legislatures, and county offices. The overall process to redraw these district lines is known as “redistricting,” and it happens only once every 10 years – meaning the lines drawn […]

Displaced Afghans reach out for aid from a local Muslim organization at a makeshift IDP camp on Aug. 10 in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Commentary: Civil society is critical to democracy at home and abroad

BY: - August 19, 2021

American diplomats talk frequently about the critical role of “civil society.” Specifically, the importance of civil society in maintaining and promoting a robust and vibrant democracy.  And yet, I rarely hear about “civil society” here at home. We refer to “nonprofits,” but more as an informative description of an individual organization than as a reference […]

The summit of Mount Kearsarge looking out two green trees, a small lake and blue skies.

Editor’s Notebook: The view from here and there

BY: - August 18, 2021

From the right elevation, there is order in the world. There is beauty, and there is peace. The whole package can be yours for only four dollars paid at the quaint Rollins State Park office, followed by a leisurely 3.5-mile drive up the Mount Kearsarge auto road and a half-mile hike to the 2,937-foot summit. […]

A woman wearing a mask stares out a window

Commentary: Deciphering long COVID symptoms is arduous – for sufferers and their physicians

BY: - August 17, 2021

My first patient that day was a woman in her early 40s, an avid marathon runner who had contracted COVID-19 in March 2020. Now, 13 months later, she noted that she still felt fatigued and short of breath. She also noticed her heart was racing whenever she walked around. She reported having daily headaches, numbness […]

An outdoor COVID vaccination site

Commentary: What does FDA approval of a vaccine do if it’s already authorized for emergency use?

BY: - August 16, 2021

Thirty percent of unvaccinated American adults say they’re waiting for the COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized for emergency use to be officially approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. That approval is expected within the next few weeks to months. But what has to happen for the FDA to advance from emergency use authorization, or […]

McAfee Knob in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, one of the Appalachian Trail’s most scenic vistas.

Commentary: A century after the Appalachian Trail was proposed, the goal remains the same

BY: - August 13, 2021

The Appalachian Trail, North America’s most famous hiking route, stretches over 2,189 mountainous miles from Georgia to Maine. In any given year, some 3 million people hike on it, including more than 3,000 “thru-hikers” who go the entire distance, either in one stretch or in segments over multiple years. The AT, as it’s widely known, […]

Exterior of the U.S. Supreme Court

3-Minute Civics: Tinker Tailor Teacher Spy

BY: - August 12, 2021

Free speech in schools has dominated the news lately throughout the “Live Free or Die” state. This column recently presented perspectives on the “divisive concepts” legislation signed by Gov. Chris Sununu on June 25, permitting a teacher to be disciplined and sued for teaching, among other things, that racism or sexism are inherent qualities. And […]

Trees are visible from an old window in a rustic workshop

Editor’s Notebook: A workshop for fixing things

BY: - August 11, 2021

It’s early afternoon, and Cannonball Adderley’s “Autumn Leaves” drips out of a small, cheap CD player atop the workshop’s hand-me-down mini fridge. A laptop rests on a workbench that was cobbled together, presumably long ago, by a no-nonsense tinkerer. The rough-hewn beams and planks that form the frame are topped with low-grade plywood, most likely […]

State House dome

Commentary: New Hampshire’s ‘divisive concepts’ law and the big chill

BY: - August 10, 2021

Much critical commentary on the so-called “divisive concepts” provisions in this year’s budget legislation – the label comes from language in an earlier version of the bill – has focused on their content- and viewpoint-based restraints on speech. These speech restrictions prohibit state public employers, including public K-12 school teachers, from (among other things) instructing that […]