Commentary

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Editor’s Notebook: The shape of things in April

BY: - April 6, 2022

Just as Lake Winnipesaukee has ice-out, my family’s little sliver of land has mound-out: Spring isn’t really spring until the compacted snowbank in front of the barn is finally claimed by the April mud. Winter, I predict, will at last succumb to its fate in our dirt driveway by mid-morning on Saturday. April demands of […]

A person receives a COVID booster shot

At halfway point of legislative session, bills that undermine public health remain – commentary

BY: - April 5, 2022

Last week marked the halfway point of New Hampshire’s 2022 legislative session, and with numerous harmful bills moving forward, the health of our state remains under attack. In this first half of the legislative session, public health came under fire with an unprecedented assault on our state’s public health system. Representatives and senators had to […]

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SCOTUS is about to decide whether a public school coach can pray on the field – commentary

BY: - April 4, 2022

The Supreme Court has consistently banned school-sponsored prayer in public K-12 schools, whether at the start of the school day, during graduation ceremonies, or before football games. Under the Equal Access Act, the Supreme Court has affirmed that students may organize prayer and Bible study clubs during non-instructional hours. Even so, school staff and outside […]

Our brains can’t grasp what a million COVID-19 deaths really means – commentary

BY: and - April 1, 2022

As of April 2022, there have been nearly 1 million confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. For most people, visualizing what a million of anything looks like is an impossible task. The human brain just isn’t built to comprehend such large numbers. We are two neuroscientists who study the processes of learning and numerical cognition […]

How fast can we stop Earth from warming? – commentary

BY: - March 31, 2022

Global warming doesn’t stop on a dime. If people everywhere stopped burning fossil fuels tomorrow, stored heat would still continue to warm the atmosphere. Picture how a radiator heats a home. Water is heated by a boiler, and the hot water circulates through pipes and radiators in the house. The radiators warm up and heat […]

A plane flies by the Washington Monument in Washington DC

Editor’s Notebook: Departures and arrivals

BY: - March 30, 2022

Before last week, it had been many years since I set foot on an airplane.  It’s not that I don’t like flying, but I’ve always been pretty good at coming up with reasons why travel wasn’t a good idea at the time. Fifteen years ago, I thought our daughters were too young. Ten years ago, […]

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3-Minute Civics: How many voices does it take to make a ‘free press’?

BY: - March 29, 2022

I am stunned by what the Russian people are not allowed to know about their war on Ukraine. Earlier this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a new law criminalizing reporting that contradicts the government’s version of events.  That’s a far cry from the First Amendment to the American Constitution, which states the U.S. Congress […]

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Here’s where SEC climate disclosure rules may be vulnerable to legal challenges – commentary

BY: and - March 28, 2022

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission released its long-awaited proposal to require companies to disclose their climate risks to investors, and it’s arguably the most significant action on climate change yet under the Biden administration. SEC Commissioner Allison Herren Lee called it a “watershed moment for investors and financial markets.” It is also a win […]

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Commentary: Fewer Americans are hunting, and that raises questions about funding conservation

BY: and - March 25, 2022

Gun and ammunition sales in the U.S. have skyrocketed in recent years. And although it may come as a surprise, this trend has supported conservation activities. That’s because every firearm and bullet produced or imported into the U.S. is subject to an excise tax dedicated to wildlife conservation and restoration. In 1998, these taxes generated […]

Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh

Commentary: The workplace vaccine decision and its implications for federal regulatory power

BY: - March 24, 2022

In a recent commentary, I contrasted the pragmatic consequentialism of retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer – and, more generally, the other two members of the court’s liberal bloc (Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan) – with the structural formalism of the court’s six-justice conservative supermajority. I also suggested that this framework may provide a […]

Commentary: New Hampshire businesses support diversity education and the innovation it fosters

BY: - March 23, 2022

As New Hampshire business leaders focus on building a strong and inclusive economy, New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility (NHBSR) writes in opposition to House Bills 1313, 1255, 1015, and other legislative attempts to undermine diversity initiatives and whitewash American history in our state. Last year, NHBSR and just under 300 New Hampshire workplaces (www.nhbsr.org/dei) voiced opposition […]

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Commentary: Ukraine’s women fighters reflect a cultural tradition of feminist independence

BY: and - March 22, 2022

Tens of thousands of Ukrainian women have taken up arms during the war sparked by Russia’s invasion. According to media reports, women constitute as much as 15 percent to 17 percent of the Ukrainian fighting force. In the first two weeks of the conflict, social media was replete with images of Ukrainian women training for […]