Local Commentary

Back by popular demand: Beer

In all the years that Science Cafe New Hampshire has been bringing science to the city, by far the most popular session we’ve hosted was “The Science of Beer” in 2013.  This month, the committee decided to revisit this vital topic just prior to the Gate City Brewfest (happening this ...

Water issue must be addressed

Last month, New Hampshire adopted some of the country’s toughest drinking water standards for a class of chemicals collectively known as PFAS. This decision occurred just two weeks after the New Hampshire Legislature mandated the lowest arsenic water standards in the nation. We are by no ...

July 2019: Warmer and wetter than normal with abundant sunshine

July brought with it spells of hot, humid weather intermingled with more comfortable days. Rainfall was above normal but the number of days with rain was below normal. Three heat waves were noted during July, two three-day spells and one four-day stretch. The definition of a heat wave is ...

Budget veto hurts our state

In order to move New Hampshire forward, we cannot afford to leave anyone behind. On Aug. 1, Granite Staters testified for three hours about the devastating impact of Gov. Chris Sununu’s budget veto and how people are getting left behind. House and Senate members heard startling admissions ...

Big win marks turning point for Fisher Cats

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third in a series of bilingual columns by Art Romero of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. The Spanish-language version of the column is below. The New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto Blue Jays Double-A affiliate) take pride in creating an unforgettable atmosphere at ...

Nashua sports flashback

I’ve always been a sports fan, from the time when the Patriots were an AFL football team, then often being the laughing stock of the NFL, to following the Celtics during the Bill Russell era and their ten straight NBA Championships, to sitting alongside my Dad, with his quart of Narragansett ...

Feeding the hoarding habit: Bounce Dryer sheets, Tide Pods, and chili

After serious introspection recently, I’ve concluded that I am not the only person who hoards stuff. Two years ago, I bought 480 Bounce dryer sheets for an amazing $12. We just opened the second box and so, when Armageddon strikes, I will be at peace knowing I have nice smelling Tommy Bahama ...

Have you ever wondered about being homeless?

Personal story. About 2 years ago my mother-in-law got really sick and my wife had to go abroad to take care of her. What started out as an anticipated visit of 2 or 3 weeks ended up becoming a 7-month ordeal for our family. My wife left Nashua just before Thanksgiving and couldn’t return ...

Bring them back

My niece recently lent me a book titled “Let’s Bring Back” by Lesley M.M Blume. Alphabetically, it covered everything from Aesop’s Fables to Zinc Bars (traditional early twentieth century Parisian Bistros, I’ve never heard of one either). While reading and thinking about what I’d ...

Memo to Gov. Sununu: Time to declare New Hampshire open for solar business

A few weeks ago, I joined a packed house of Concord civic and business leaders for the official ribbon cutting of the Capitol Center’s new Bank of New Hampshire Stage in downtown Concord. As a thirty-something accustomed to heading south for great gigs in Boston, I was jazzed by what I saw ...

Career training grads back at NCC

As a champion of continuing education, Nashua Community College strives to meet students where they are at and then provide the next logical step. To that end, NCC is facilitating new pathway between the Microelectronics Boot Camp and the Electronic Engineering Technology associate degree ...

Don’t throw cold water on hot economy

In the South you often hear the phrase, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” It’s too bad that idiom hasn’t become more popular in New Hampshire, because our state legislature seems intent on breaking our vibrant, robust economy and instead throwing the car that’s going 100 miles ...

Gov. Chris Sununu, support making work pay in New Hampshire

In a market economy, there is an easy way to determine how high a value we put on something - Look at the price tag. No one thinks this paints the total picture, but it does provide a useful basis for comparison. Using this metric to examine New Hampshire’s economy makes one thing perfectly ...

Talk vs. action: Who is in charge of our schools?

From time to time over the past year, there have been news articles about the renovation needs at Elm Street Middle School, and the possibility of deciding to build an entirely new school rather than renovate. This conversation actually began at a meeting two years ago when the early estimates ...

I’m game

Ok, I admit it. I like game shows. I enjoy the usual classics like Jeopardy (especially the episodes for kids where I can provide the correct questions to the answers), Wheel of Fortune and Family Feud. My favorite is probably a lesser known contest called Cash Cab. Although Wheel of Fortune ...

Science behind meditation

To quote a leader in meditation, Sharon Salzberg. “Mindfulness isn’t difficult, we just need to remember to do it.” For July’s Science Cafe we will delve deeper into Meditation. What does the science behind mediation tell us how it contributes to our mental and physical well-being? Can ...

June 2019: A bit milder than normal, on the wet side

The first official month of summer brought slightly warmer than normal temperatures along with a surplus of rain to keep lawns and gardens green. June began with a couple of heavy rain events totaling nearly 3 inches before the first 6 days of the month were complete. That total would ...

Some hope for health care

New Hampshire has the nation’s second-oldest population, its lowest unemployment rate, and New England’s worst Medicaid reimbursement. All of these factors have created a perfect storm for those providing Medicaid care as they struggle to recruit, and retain, caregivers. A united front ...

Motorcyclists from across New England gearing up for Ride for the Fallen 7

Sitting motionless and fairly numb on that Saturday afternoon I’ll never forget, I stared alternately at my TV and computer screens and watched my worst nightmare come true. How many times, I couldn’t help wondering as my mind wandered between the unimaginable and reality, had I been ...