Looking back at the week in news

NH Senate made right move passing victims’ right bill

The New Hampshire Senate issued a strong signal for victim’s privacy rights this week with the passage of Senate Bill 9.

Lawmakers say this measure protects sexual assault victims from having their consensual sexual history entered as evidence in a trial or as part of the appeals process.

"While this bill simply brings statute in line with current rules and practices in New Hampshire, it is critical to maintaining the rights of sexual assault victims and ensures that any previous sexual history continues to be sealed from the jury, public and press," said state Sen. Kevin Avard, R-Nashua.

We agree with the senator – victims of sexual assault cannot be judged based on previous activity in the bedroom. We encourage the House to swiftly pass this legislation.

New Englanders are used to uphill both ways in a blizzard

This being New England, we brace for the inevitable arrival of snow every year.

Sure, we like to complain about it, but we can do something about it – such as moving to sunnier climes.

Honestly, though, what are a few inches or feet of snow or the occasional nor’easter compared with living in hurricane or tornado country? Besides, we can ski on it!

However, it isn’t like back in the day when we used to go to and from school uphill both ways in a blizzard 180 days of the year. There are a lot more people around now, driving a lot more cars that are a lot faster and, by the way, we have so much to do that we needed to be where we’re going five minutes ago, so we don’t care if there’s snow or ice on the road because our SUV can stop on a dime!

Or not, as evidenced by the three accidents involving school buses on Tuesday – two in Merrimack and one in Hudson.

Well, it snowed again leading into the Thursday commute, and this not being the old days, every local school district called for at least a two-hour delay – except Hudson.

Hudson is a town that likes to believe its roads are plowed better than any in the state. Consider this, though: Not every teacher and staff member lives in Hudson. Many come from other towns – where there were two-hour delays in part because of road conditions.

To our knowledge, all of the Hudson teachers and staff members made it to school safely on Thursday. So thank you, Hudson teachers and staffers, for driving to and from school uphill both ways during a blizzard 180 days of the year.

Fed chairwoman Yellen looksto mitigate regulatory burden

Apparently Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen feels more at liberty now to do the right thing. No wonder. She has a conservative Congress to back her up – and a president unlikely to veto its actions.

On Tuesday, Yellen testified before the Senate Banking Committee. One of her key points was that the Fed has been attempting to lessen the regulatory burden on small community banks – and would like Congress to clear the way for more to be done in that regard.

Yellen was nominated to her post by former President Barack Obama, who clearly would not have gone along with her on deregulation. Now, however, it is a real possibility.

Yellen was right to tell senators, "It is important to look for every way we can to mitigate the regulatory burden" on smaller financial institutions. Congress and Trump should do just that.