Commentary

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Stigma around mental illness needs to be dismantled

BY: - November 7, 2022

Anyone who gets a first-hand glimpse into experiencing the health challenges brought on by mental illness soon comes to see how often these afflictions and the people who face them are misunderstood, maligned, dismissed, or distrusted. Whether your vantage point is that of a professional like me, a family member of someone who suffers, or […]

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Editor’s Notebook: The most important Election Day is the next one

BY: - November 2, 2022

If you ask quarterback Tom Brady, winner of seven Super Bowls, which championship ring is his favorite, he always answers the same way: the next one. It’s the answer I would give if someone asked about the most consequential election of my lifetime: the next one, always the next one.  But I also have a […]

American voters are angry – that is a good thing for voter turnout, bad thing for democracy

BY: - November 1, 2022

Regardless of whether they live in a red state or a blue state, identify as Democrats or Republicans, or claim to be ideologically liberal or conservative, Americans have one thing in common. They are angry – especially about this year’s midterm elections. Americans’ anger is driven by contemporary political events. Republicans are enraged by troubling […]

Most voters skipped ‘in person on Election Day’ when offered a choice of how and when to vote

BY: - October 28, 2022

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early 2020, state lawmakers, election administrators and others realized they had to move quickly. A presidential election was coming in just a few months, along with elections for every seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, one-third of the U.S. Senate, and all sorts of state and local positions. […]

Role of secretaries of state in administering fair elections is changing – and not in a good way

BY: - October 24, 2022

The state officials who administer fair, accessible, and secure elections have historically operated quietly without garnering much public attention. Elections happen, votes are counted, the winners are declared, and democracy moves on. But since 2020, secretaries of state and other state officials who oversee elections have come under increasing scrutiny and been exposed to increasing abuse. […]

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‘Fog Reveal’: Some police forces are using an app to track people without a warrant

BY: - October 19, 2022

Government agencies and private security companies in the U.S. have found a cost-effective way to engage in warrantless surveillance of individuals, groups, and places: a pay-for-access web tool called Fog Reveal. The tool enables law enforcement officers to see “patterns of life” – where and when people work and live, with whom they associate, and […]

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Sununu Youth Services Center: What does the future hold for the kids?

BY: - October 18, 2022

Over the past few years, there have been many conversations about what is next for the Sununu Youth Services Center (SYSC). The state’s only juvenile correctional treatment facility has been the subject of controversy. Amidst all the controversy, however, it seems we have lost sight of the kids and their immediate needs. Who are these […]

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For first time in a decade, access to a critical program for youth is at risk

BY: and - October 17, 2022

As the chief officer for integrated health services and the director of community-integrated health and well-being at Amoskeag Health, we are writing today about a critically important program that is in jeopardy of being discontinued without reauthorization by New Hampshire’s Executive Council. We would like to take the opportunity to inform the public of what […]

Bees face many challenges – and climate change is ratcheting up the pressure

BY: - October 14, 2022

The extreme weather that has battered much of the U.S. in 2022 doesn’t just affect humans. Heat waves, wildfires, droughts, and storms also threaten many wild species – including some that already face other stresses. I’ve been researching bee health for over 10 years, with a focus on honey bees. In 2021, I began hearing […]

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Editor’s Notebook: Our teenagers deserve a better path

BY: - October 12, 2022

My younger daughter started her first job this week. She was nervous on Monday but excited to begin earning her own money instead of waiting for birthday cash or the glacial accumulation of a small allowance. I’m excited, too. As long as the after-school job doesn’t interfere with her class work and sleep schedule, I […]

Electric rates are spiking. Do renewables help or hurt? 

BY: - October 10, 2022

Late last month, the New Hampshire Department of Energy presented a long-awaited report on the costs and benefits of local renewable energy to ratepayers. It was the latest in a long line of studies by energy regulators and analysts in other states examining the value of solar net metering on the grid. The results were […]

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How FDR could have rescued Jews

BY: - October 5, 2022

The latest film from Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, and Sarah Botstein, “The U.S. and the Holocaust,” has aroused controversy with its claim that President Franklin D. Roosevelt did his best to help save Jews from the Nazis. In the filmmakers’ view, FDR’s hands were tied in the 1930s by domestic antisemitism, and in the 1940s […]