Commentary

A crowded street at night in Boston

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 […]

A person in a hospital bed receives a pill from a medical worker

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 […]

House chamber

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 […]

Exterior of hospital

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 […]

Elon Musk

Commentary: Why taxing US billionaires’ wealth – as Biden tried to do – will never work

BY: - November 2, 2021

The speed with which a tax on billionaires came and went as a means to pay for President Joe Biden’s economic agenda shows why it’s so hard to tax wealth in the United States. Democrats unveiled their proposal on Oct. 27, and it was nixed that same day, replaced with a surcharge on millionaire incomes. […]

Protesters march against new abortion law in Texas

Commentary: Erosion of Roe v. Wade and abortion access started in Pennsylvania in 1992

BY: - November 1, 2021

Abortion rights are more vulnerable to Supreme Court reversal now than at any time since the court legalized the procedure in its landmark 1973 ruling Roe v. Wade. The court is set to weigh in on abortion restrictions from at least two states this term. The first is a Texas law effectively outlawing abortions after […]

Smoke stacks

Commentary: What Big Oil knew about climate change, in its own words

BY: - October 29, 2021

Four years ago, I traveled around America, visiting historical archives. I was looking for documents that might reveal the hidden history of climate change – and in particular, when the major coal, oil, and gas companies became aware of the problem, and what they knew about it. I pored over boxes of papers, thousands of […]

A boy stands with his arms crossed as a bus moves behind him

Commentary: Why student absences aren’t the real problem in America’s ‘attendance crisis’

BY: , and - October 28, 2021

Nationally, one in six children miss 15 or more days of school in a year and are considered chronically absent. Education officials have lamented that all this missed instruction has for years constituted an attendance crisis in U.S. elementary, middle, and high schools. The fear among policymakers is that these chronically absent students suffer academically […]

A tree-lined paved road leading toward sunshine

Editor’s Notebook: A weather report in mid-fall

BY: - October 27, 2021

Robert Frost tried to warn us about falling into the trap, but we’re just a couple of suckers. “Nothing gold can stay,” he said, but there we were on Sunday afternoon, casually drinking up the sunshine from red camp chairs as if we hadn’t already arrived at the archway to endless gray. I’ve lived in […]

People sit at desks during a summit

Commentary: How global climate negotiations work and what’s expected from COP26

BY: - October 26, 2021

Over two weeks in November, world leaders and national negotiators will meet in Scotland to discuss what to do about climate change. It’s a complex process that can be hard to make sense of from the outside, but it’s how international law and institutions help solve problems that no single country can fix on its […]