Commentary

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How to end our reliance on synthetic fertilizer – commentary 

BY: - April 25, 2022

As the world’s farmers watch the cost of synthetic fertilizer continue to increase, and food prices shatter records kept by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, the global food system so many of us have come to rely on is being stressed like never before.  This upheaval in the global food system just demonstrates its […]

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3-Minute Civics: Partisanship and local politics don’t mix

BY: - April 22, 2022

The problem with “the new normal” is that I quite seem to have forgotten what normal really feels like. I’ve served in local politics for the last three years, and so much has changed in that time. Between the economy, politics, and pandemic, there are so many more visible and invisible tripwires scattered throughout the […]

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Anti-vaccine legislation puts health care organizations in an impossible situation – commentary

BY: , and - April 21, 2022

As the chief executive officers of New Hampshire’s community health centers that serve 112,000 Granite Staters, we write today out of grave concern for the future of public health in New Hampshire. What began as an effort to eliminate COVID-19 vaccine requirements has transformed into a movement at the state Legislature to kick the legs […]

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Bill passed by House would weaken children’s behavioral health treatment systems – commentary

BY: and - April 20, 2022

Our kids are in crisis. Over the last two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the behavioral health concerns facing our children and families. Data shows that children in New Hampshire and across the country are experiencing higher rates of depression and anxiety, and we fear this will only get worse in the years to […]

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Editor’s Notebook: Searching for the right words

BY: - April 20, 2022

There is an old man standing in front of a downtown bank on a sunny Monday morning. Can you see him? The building is a mix of red brick and white decorative columns, with a series of arched windows that wrap around the corner. The man is tall and thin, but he looks strong. He’s […]

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Climate change will transform how we live, but some experts see reason for optimism – commentary

BY: and - April 19, 2022

It’s easy to feel pessimistic when scientists around the world are warning that climate change has advanced so far, it’s now inevitable that societies will either transform themselves or be transformed. But as two of the authors of a recent international climate report, we also see reason for optimism. The latest reports from the Intergovernmental […]

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When are book bans unconstitutional? A First Amendment scholar explains – commentary

BY: - April 18, 2022

The United States has become a nation divided over important issues in K-12 education, including which books students should be able to read in public school. Efforts to ban books from school curricula, remove books from libraries, and keep lists of books that some find inappropriate for students are increasing as Americans become more polarized […]

‘Every day feels unsettled’: Educators decry staffing shortage – commentary

BY: , and - April 15, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic, with its multiple waves of remote, hybrid, and in-person education, increased students’ needs for support, revealed political minefields in teaching, and heightened labor tensions for educators. And in the 2021-2022 school year, staffing shortages have made all of that worse, as our work details. Our long-term research with hundreds of teachers and […]

It’s a discouraging time for New Hampshire residents who care about fair maps – commentary

BY: - April 14, 2022

Here in New Hampshire, the League of Women Voters has been involved in the fight for fair elections and for the fair maps that make them possible since 2004, when we adopted a position in support of an independent redistricting commission. In 2019 and 2020, the New Hampshire senators and representatives actually passed such legislation […]

Editor’s Notebook: A milestone for the Bulletin

BY: - April 13, 2022

One year ago, on April 14, 2021, the Bulletin officially became a New Hampshire news outlet. In an introductory column, I told you all about the Bulletin’s reporters – Annmarie Timmins, Ethan DeWitt, and Amanda Gokee – and promised this: “The four of us, together, will work tirelessly to help you stay informed about what […]

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In New Hampshire, as in Russia, teachers must be careful when discussing the war – commentary

BY: - April 12, 2022

In March 2022, Vladimir Putin signed a law that punishes public statements contradicting the Russian government’s position that the Russian invasion of Ukraine is merely a “special military operation.” It is a prohibited concept in Russia to refer to the “military operation” as a “war” or to say anything critical of it.  The New York […]

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State youth behavioral health programs put at risk by House vote – commentary

BY: - April 11, 2022

The American Academy of Pediatricians, the Children’s Hospital Association, and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry have recently stated that children’s mental health is a national emergency. The American Psychological Association added that children’s mental health is in crisis. Yet, in March, the New Hampshire House approved House Bill 1639, relative to the […]