Commentary

Bare tree branches against a blue sky

Editor’s Notebook: Looking skyward, waiting for the wind

BY: - December 1, 2021

“Maybe Rosebud was something he couldn’t get or something he lost. Anyway, it wouldn’t explain anything. I don’t think any word can explain a man’s life. No, I guess Rosebud is just a piece in a jigsaw puzzle – a missing piece.” – Jerry Thompson (played by William Alland), “Citizen Kane,” 1941. IT IS 1978 […]

A climate protester holds a sign that says "This is an emergency"

Commentary: At global climate conference, international becomes local

BY: - November 30, 2021

The city of Glasgow, Scotland, became the epicenter of global climate change action negotiations during the first two weeks of November. The agreement that emerged from many rounds of intense discussions among nearly 200 nations has been met with mixed reviews. Despite new momentum on some fronts, COP26 (United Nations Conference of the Parties) delivered […]

John Kerry and other negotiators at a table

Commentary: After COP26, the hard work begins on making climate promises real

BY: - November 29, 2021

How much the world achieved at the Glasgow climate talks – and what happens now – depends in large part on where you live. In island nations that are losing their homes to sea level rise, and in other highly vulnerable countries, there were bitter pills to swallow after global commitments to cut emissions fell […]

Two women talk during a job fair

Commentary: Bosses need to get used to the ‘great resignation’

BY: - November 26, 2021

Finding good employees has always been a challenge – but these days it’s harder than ever. And it is unlikely to improve anytime soon. The so-called quit rate – the share of workers who voluntarily leave their jobs – hit a new record of 3 percent in September 2021, according to the latest data available […]

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Commentary: What Americans can learn from other cultures about the language of gratitude

BY: and - November 25, 2021

Families and friends traditionally gather to express gratitude during this time of year. Many also participate in acts of service and charity as a way of giving back to their local communities. As communication scholars who study intercultural communication, we have studied how the many languages around the world have their own unique words and […]

A woman works in a garden

Commentary: How permaculture offers a path to climate justice

BY: - November 24, 2021

Big farming is both a victim of climate change and a contributor. Droughts, floods, and soil degradation threaten crop yields. But agriculture produces nearly one-quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions. A potential antidote to harmful monocultures is a form of community farming invented back in the 1970s: permaculture. Permaculture is not just about farming; it […]

Workers install broadband

Commentary: Under infrastructure law, high-speed internet is as essential as water, electricity

BY: - November 23, 2021

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act signed into law by President Joe Biden on Nov. 15 was hailed by the White House and advocates as a historic investment to improve internet access in America. As a researcher who studies internet policy and digital inequality, I believe the infrastructure plan should be celebrated as a historic […]

Lawmaker stand to say the pledge of allegiance

Commentary: How to make voting districts fair to voters, not parties

BY: and - November 22, 2021

Should fairness to political parties be the standard for evaluating legislative redistricting? Across the nation, state lawmakers are jockeying to advantage their party – be it Republican or Democratic – while drawing boundaries for legislative and congressional districts. If the Freedom to Vote Act currently before Congress passes, many state maps that favor one party […]

Gov. Chris Sununu, wearing a white shirt and tie, sits at a desk to sign a document.

3-Minute Civics: All or nothing

BY: - November 19, 2021

If the past few years have taught me anything, it is that the foundations of our democracy have sadly become more and more often seen as obstacles that need to be ignored, or worse, discarded for the sake of temporary political wins. As a government and history teacher, it has become difficult to explain the […]

State House dome underneath a cloudy sky

Commentary: Approval of federal funds would be a major step in COVID fight

BY: and - November 18, 2021

New Hampshire legislators have the opportunity to take a significant step forward in bringing the COVID-19 pandemic to an end here in the Granite State. On Friday, the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee, made up of state senators and representatives, will once again consider federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funding to support and strengthen […]

Exterior of the state Department of Education

Commentary: Education commissioner has painted a target on the backs of teachers

BY: - November 18, 2021

Last week, Commissioner Frank Edelblut announced a Department of Education effort to encourage the public to inform on public educators and, hand-in-hand with that announcement, an extremist group offered bounties to those who instigate investigations that may lead to the discipline and possible loss of professional credentials of teachers and administrators across the state. The […]

Books on a window sill next to a plant, with a brick building in the background

Editor’s Notebook: The barn anthologies

BY: - November 16, 2021

I awoke Monday morning to a New Hampshire wrapped in misty November gray, and so I thought I’d do a little catching up with Nathaniel Hawthorne – a misty November gray kind of guy. But he was nowhere to be found. Like a lot of his contemporaries, Hawthorne resides in my barn. The lucky ones […]