Commentary

A sign for announcing that maple syrup is for sale

Maple SOS: How to save our syrup – commentary

BY: - May 5, 2022

Since before my children can remember, our family has engaged in a certain springtime ritual as authentic as New Hampshire, and older still. Sometime after Valentine’s, as the days are getting longer and the temperatures start to rise, we gather up our dented metal pails and spiles from the garage, rinse them off, and ready […]

A pansy grows near a stump

Editor’s Notebook: Trails and shadows

BY: - May 4, 2022

It’s easy to slip. The shadows are thick in the middle of the petite mountain, and frozen snowmelt glazes some, but not all, of the rocks. And that some-ness makes matters worse. Traction is a lullaby on the trail, and the inhale-step-step-exhale rhythm sends attention flying, dreamlike, from the terrain toward more distant concerns. Inhale, […]

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Fed hopes for ‘soft landing’ for the US economy, but history suggests otherwise – commentary

BY: and - May 3, 2022

The Federal Reserve will likely soon learn what gymnasts already know: sticking a landing is hard. With inflation surging to a new 40-year high and continuing to accelerate, the Fed is expected to lift interest rates by a half-percentage point at the end of its next meeting on Wednesday, May 4. It will be the […]

Wind turbines in the ocean

New Englanders support more offshore wind power, just don’t send it to New York – commentary

BY: , and - May 2, 2022

In Rhode Island, home to the first offshore wind farm in the U.S., most people support expanding offshore wind power – with one important caveat. Our research shows they’re less likely to support a wind power project if its energy flows to another state, and especially if it goes to a rival state. We found […]

How race and religion have always played a role in who gets refuge in the U.S. – commentary

BY: , , and - April 29, 2022

In the weeks since Russia invaded Ukraine, millions of Ukrainians have fled the country as refugees. Hundreds of those refugees have now arrived at the southern border of the United States seeking asylum, after flying to Mexico on tourist visas. At the border, Ukrainians, alongside thousands of other asylum seekers, must navigate two policies meant […]

Jair Bolsonaro and Donald Trump shake hands

Rising authoritarianism and worsening climate change share a fossil-fueled secret – commentary

BY: - April 28, 2022

Around the world, many countries are becoming less democratic. This backsliding on democracy and “creeping authoritarianism,” as the U.S. State Department puts it, is often supported by the same industries that are escalating climate change. In my new book, “Global Burning: Rising Antidemocracy and the Climate Crisis,” I lay out connections between these industries and […]

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Lawmakers were right to delay funding for state-owned drones – commentary

BY: and - April 27, 2022

As reported in the New Hampshire Bulletin, the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee this month put off a request by the New Hampshire Department of Safety to obtain drones for use in disaster situations. Currently, the department relies on helicopters and planes for such operations, but the department argued before the committee that unmanned aircraft systems […]

The pandemic’s gardening boom shows how gardens can cultivate public health – commentary

BY: - April 26, 2022

As lockdowns went into effect in the spring of 2020 to slow the spread of the coronavirus, reports emerged of a global gardening boom, with plants, flowers, vegetables, and herbs sprouting in backyards and on balconies around the world. The data backs up the narrative: An analysis of Google Trends and infection statistics found that […]

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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 […]

Health workers hold signs reading "Protect nurses, patients, public health"

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 […]