Students sit at their desks while wearing masks

Commentary: Fair school funding must be part of state budget

BY: - April 30, 2021

It’s spring again in New Hampshire, a time for blooming daffodils, filling potholes, and passing laws. As the weather has warmed, there has been a lot of discussion about the $90 million state education funding hole our public schools face in the coming year. That hole represents a loss of state aid to districts and […]

Words on paper, such as poverty, racism, crisis and climate change

Editor’s Notebook: A way forward for ‘The Sum of Us’

BY: - April 28, 2021

I once exchanged emails with a newspaper reader who had submitted a letter to the editor that I rejected for some reason. Maybe he had made unverified claims or perhaps he was responding to someone else’s letter in a way that violated our policy – I can’t remember exactly. What I do recall is that […]

A police cruiser

Commentary: It’s time revoke law enforcement’s status as a ‘super constituent’

BY: - April 27, 2021

The most powerful player in electoral politics is the constituent, or so we are led to believe by every elected official ever.  Ask a state senator or a state representative and they’ll tell you that the people they want to hear from most are their constituents. They do not specify a particular type of constituent. […]

Medical workers protest in New York City following the death of George Floyd

Commentary: Declaring racism a public health crisis brings more attention to solving long-ignored racial gaps in health

BY: - April 26, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has joined hundreds of cities and counties across the country in declaring racism a public health threat. On April 8, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky called racism an epidemic that affects “the entire health of our nation.” Declaring racism a public health threat will create a sharper […]

Commentary: I’m a pediatrician who cares for transgender kids

BY: - April 22, 2021

When Charlie, a 10-year-old boy, came in for his first visit, he didn’t look at me or my colleague. Angry and crying, he insisted to us that he was cisgender – that he was a boy and had been born male. A few months before Charlie came into our office, he handed a note to […]

Canvases painted with objects popular with Generation Z

Editor’s Notebook: Life in 100 canvases

BY: - April 21, 2021

For her senior project, my daughter poured out her generation’s childhood onto 100 5-by-5 canvases, which were then organized in a 10-by-10 grid and mounted on sturdy Elmer’s foam board.  Some panels are instantly recognizable to parents of my generation, like the classic McDonald’s Happy Meal box, the PBS Kids logo, and a waving Dora […]

Parched land under a blue sky

Commentary: Celebrating Earth Day with a gender justice lens

BY: and - April 20, 2021

As we look toward Earth Day 2021, we’re paying special attention to the intersection of climate and gender justice. We believe there is no gender justice without climate justice, and there is no climate justice without gender justice — yet not all feminists and environmentalists are aware of how interconnected our fights for justice are. […]

State House dome blocks out the sun

Commentary: State shouldn’t silence conversation on race and gender equity

BY: - April 19, 2021

We’ve seen it across the country, and now we’re seeing it here in New Hampshire: an attempt to silence important conversations about race and gender equity. Nearly identical in language to an executive order issued by former president Donald Trump in September 2020, the language from House Bill 544 was passed this month as part […]

Scales of justice

Commentary: Let’s normalize court reform

BY: - April 16, 2021

Government is not a stagnant entity. Over time, our government has evolved to meet history’s challenges. Today, there is a movement to make the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico states and to end the Senate filibuster. Books and a plethora of articles are being written about reforming the presidency in light of lessons learned […]

A protest in Georgia against racial injustice.

Commentary: Denial doesn’t change the truth about racism in New Hampshire

BY: - April 15, 2021

“I don’t see race.” How many times have you heard this phrase from well-meaning white people?  It sounds ideal, doesn’t it? A person saying this generally means that when meeting and getting to know people, she ascribes no racial stereotypes to their characters. She takes only their personalities into account when forming friendships, assesses only […]

Editor’s Notebook: Welcome to the New Hampshire Bulletin

BY: - April 14, 2021

Mike Pride, the longtime editor of the Concord Monitor, took a chance in the fall of 1995. He hired a recent college graduate with no worthwhile journalism experience but loads of unwarranted confidence to be . . . the news clerk.  What were the responsibilities of a mid-1990s Monitor news clerk? He typed up obituaries […]