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Commentary: 2021 Arctic Report Card reveals a (human) story of cascading disruptions

BY: , and - December 31, 2021

The Arctic has long been portrayed as a distant end-of-the-Earth place, disconnected from everyday common experience. But as the planet rapidly warms, what happens in this icy region, where temperatures are rising twice as fast as the rest of the globe, increasingly affects lives around the world. On Dec. 14, a team of 111 scientists […]

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Commentary: The high price of student loans for parents who borrow for their children

BY: - December 30, 2021

When people take out student loans for themselves, certain risks are involved. The debt can negatively affect a person’s mental, emotional, and even physical well-being. It can also harm a person’s financial well-being. But when taking out a student loan for one’s child, the risk is even higher that the loan could be associated with […]

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Commentary: What a warming world means for deadly twisters and the type of storms that spawn them

BY: - December 28, 2021

The deadly tornado outbreak that tore through communities from Arkansas to Illinois on the night of Dec. 10-11 was so unusual in its duration and strength, particularly for December, that a lot of people, including the U.S. president, are asking what role climate change might have played – and whether tornadoes will become more common […]

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Commentary: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ shaped modern Santa, led to a literary whodunit

BY: - December 24, 2021

The poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” better known by its opening line “‘Twas the night before Christmas,” has a special place among Christmas traditions, right alongside hot chocolate, caroling, and bright lights. It has also inspired the modern image of Santa Claus as a jolly old man sporting red and a round belly. But […]

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Commentary: Time to save a health care program that best serves our elders

BY: and - December 23, 2021

Imagine if, during this pandemic, you had the power to design a system to protect New Hampshire’s elderly residents. You would design a system that gave them choices on how to respond to their health care needs and allowed them maximum independence until the end of their lives. A system that minimized congregate care and […]

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Commentary: Abolish draft registration – don’t expand it to include women

BY: - December 22, 2021

Plans to mandate Selective Service registration for women were dropped in last-minute negotiations over the National Defense Authorization Act, which passed Congress on Dec. 15. But they will no doubt return. So will proposals to end mandatory registration for men. The latter is a better step toward gender equality. Although military conscription ended in 1973 […]

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Commentary: Families like mine depend on home care workers – and the workers deserve our support

BY: - December 21, 2021

I am the mother of four children, all of whom have varying levels of disability. I am a highly educated parent with knowledge of the medical and special education field. From a young age, all of my children have needed therapy and significant home support for their cognitive, behavioral health, and mental-emotional well-being.  Early on, […]

Gov. Chris Sununu stands outside in front of an American flag

Commentary: Sununu is no moderate

BY: - December 20, 2021

Gov. Chris Sununu is no moderate. Three areas proving this are energy effects on climate change, support of public schools, and reproductive rights of women. When the United States joined much of the rest of the world in Glasgow to commit to serious reduction of carbon emissions, we all learned the necessity of actions starting […]

Thomas Jefferson's grave

Commentary: Will we teach our children facts or fear?

BY: - December 17, 2021

On a recent afternoon drive through Jefferson, New Hampshire, with the majestic Presidential Range in view, my ever-inquisitive 5-year-old son wanted to know about our nation’s third president. I paused and recalled what I had learned about Thomas Jefferson as a boy some 30 years ago. I thought of the towering bronze statue of Jefferson, […]

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Commentary: New Hampshire should save NHSaves

BY: - December 16, 2021

As president of Liberty, a public utility serving nearly 150,000 gas and electric customers in communities  across New Hampshire, I was surprised and disappointed to see an order from the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission on Nov. 12 that drastically curtailed New Hampshire’s energy efficiency program, known as NHSaves. We estimate the program cuts in 2022 […]

Annmarie Timmins, Amanda Gokee, and Ethan Dewitt sit in an office

Editor’s Notebook: What a year, what a staff, what a state

BY: - December 15, 2021

In most ways, getting older kind of stinks. If I don’t stretch daily, I risk injury while performing such strenuous tasks as brushing my teeth or leaning forward to pick up my phone from the coffee table. It takes all of my self restraint to not do the “slow down” gesture at vehicles I believe […]

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Commentary: It’s time for an honest dialogue about how bad things are with COVID-19

BY: - December 14, 2021

We’re now in the biggest surge of cases since the pandemic broke out nearly two years ago. Currently in the state, we’re averaging 80 times more cases per day than where we were this past summer (and around 1.5 times more cases than our prior peak last winter, when vaccines were only just becoming available). […]