Looking back at the week in news

Nashua’s possible ski slope a slide in the right direction

New Hampshire is known far and wide as a skiing hot spot, if you will.

Cannon. Sunapee. Gunstock. Waterville Valley. Pats Peak. Those are only a handful of the numerous resorts in the state that are not only great places to ski, but are within an easy drive of Greater Nashua.

Sometimes, you’re short on time, but want to get out on the slopes. McIntyre Ski Area is right in Manchester. It certainly isn’t the biggest ski area in New Hampshire – by far – but with 200 vertical feet of terrain, it has nine trails, lifts, a terrain park and an eight-lane snow tubing park.

McIntyre opened in 1971, and it’s a perfect place to learn how to ski. Plus, it’s right up the road.

Which leads us to a project at the Gateway Hills development that the Nashua Planning Board approved recently: a 60,000-square-foot ski area.

The ski area would be a modest 300 feet from top to bottom and have an elevation drop of 38-40 feet. No snowmaking is planned.

The project certainly isn’t trying to be more than it can be – Chad Branon, a civil engineer for Fieldstone Land Consultants, which has been contracted by the Flatley Co. for the project, called it exactly what it is: "essentially a learning slope."

And for beginners or those who just want to slide down snow for a few hours, it’s a welcome addition to the Gate City.

An ever-humble John Glenn was essence of Americana

John Glenn was the epitome of America: Trailblazer, public servant, patriot.

Glenn died Thursday at age 95 in his Ohio home.

During the Space Age and Cold War, he was a symbol of progress. In Washington, he was a figure of good manners during his more than two decades in the U.S. Senate.

But the ever-humble Glenn dismissed any chatter of his heroics.

"I don’t think of myself that way," he said. "I get up each day and have the same problems others have at my age. As far as trying to analyze all the attention I received, I will leave that to others."

Sorry, John. With your death, there is one fewer American hero.

Let’s keep New Hampshire civil this legislative session

Following his re-election to his role as the speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, Hudson Republican Shawn Jasper outlined an agenda attractive to the state’s conservatives.

But during his acceptance speech, he struck a conciliatory tone when he reached out to the minority party.

Disagreements between members should not define the work of the House, he said. Representatives are elected to serve New Hampshire voters.

"We will do great things in the next two years, and we will do them together," he said Wednesday from the Statehouse in Concord.

New Hampshire’s Legislature developed a reputation as a place where civics and moderate policymaking supersede partisanship.

As the nation has become more polarized, New Hampshire has, too, especially after the 2016 presidential election.

We hope Jasper is good to his word and leads another biennium where all voices are heard and civility wins the day.