Local Commentary

Reform our broken system

Today in New Hampshire, our county jails house many people who have not been convicted of crimes. They’ve lost their freedom and stand to lose much more – their jobs, homes and cars – simply because they cannot afford to pay bail. Making matters worse is that property taxpayers are ...

Cherish the time you have with your dad

Even though it just seems like yesterday that my father and I were sitting on the banks of the mighty Ohio River fishing and sharing stories, today will mark the 20th Father’s Day since his passing. In those 20 years, I have changed quite a bit, moving all around the country to pursue my ...

Spending cap decision: Judicial misconduct

On Feb. 12, 2018, the New Hampshire Superior Court issued a decision in our consolidated spending cap lawsuit (see Case #226-2017-CV-00160 and #226-2017-CV-0022). Summarized, Judge Charles Temple dismissed our complaint because he decided that Nashua’s spending cap “violates state ...

Want to come LIVE UNITED this summer?

Hard to believe with the long winter we had, but summer really is just around the corner. For us, the past few months have been consumed with events including our Community Farming Day of Caring, the Community Baby Shower and two food packaging events just last week which produced 40,000 meals ...

Roll out ‘Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer’

Summer is finally here. Put the shovels, boots and snowblowers in storage and pull out the beach umbrellas, BBQ grills and coolers. Time to roll out “Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer.” And what fond memories that iconic Nat King Cole tune rekindles every time it plays. As a kid, I ...

All for the love of a little dog who changed my life forever

I am blessed with family and friends, but there was also a very special someone I was blessed to have in my life: a sweet faithful dog. Now, to look at her, most people really couldn’t help but laugh, for she was this little white fluff ball of a thing. It was hard to take me seriously when I ...

Sometimes, it’s the engineer’s fault

It’s not your fault! All the excuses you need to know so you can feel better about yourself while paying outrageous prices to fix your car. Viable Excuse No. 2, the engineer who designed your car should have been flunked. In our last article, we discussed outside forces that can cause ...

Hidden gems: The Masons, an 1895 organ and Bach

“I take my fundamental cue from John Coltrane that says there must be a priority of integrity, honesty, decency and mastery of craft.” – Cornell West What do the Masons, an 1895 tracker organ, and J.S. Bach have in common? In a few words – the geometry of proportion and mastery of ...

May 2018 was warm and dry

If you blinked, you may have missed spring this year. After winter-like weather lingered deep into April, we saw the weather machine shift gears quickly into a summer-like weather pattern as May began. Those that are native to the region have seen this before. Chilly air can hang on well ...

It’s the weather, and the other guy

All the excuses you need to know so you can feel better about yourself while paying outrageous prices to fix your car. Viable Excuse No. 1: It’s the weather ... and the other guy. Mechanical things break down and wear out. Electronics when subject to salt water and vibration fail. Here in ...

NCC grads prepare for future

Nashua Community College proudly hosted its 47th commencement ceremony on May 19, with 300 graduates receiving their associate degrees and certifications. For some, this meant they can now launch the careers they came to NCC to prepare for; but others are currently transferring their ...

Memo to Sununu: To save ratepayers, let renewables compete

I recently sat down with an owner of an advanced manufacturing company in Londonderry to talk energy. This Republican CEO, like the many CEOs and CFOs I work with, was keenly aware of the high cost of grid electricity: to keep the lights on and the factory floor humming required roughly one ...

Puppetry paradigm – dancing between realities

“A puppet must always be more than his live counterpart – simpler, sadder, more wicked, more supple…an essence and an emphasis.” – Bill Baird, master puppeteer Of all of the artistic productions I have witnessed in my career, puppetry remains the most mysterious. First, there is the ...

The anticipation is making me hurl

What do you get when you cross a rock star with a Heinz ketchup tattoo? I know, the anticipation is killing you. (Carly Simon fans caught that reference). When Gelati, an ice cream parlor in Ireland honored Ed Sheeran with an original creation of ketchup ice cream, the world went nuts. My ...

After 75 years, a hero comes home

On Memorial Day, as we honor the brave Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and our freedom, we are remembering Granite Staters like U.S. Marine Corps First Sgt. David Quinn of Temple, New Hampshire. According to his obituary, First Sergeant Quinn enlisted in the U.S. ...

Celebrating ‘Lady Leathernecks’ 100th and women in the military

“Semper Fidelis.” – Marine Corps Motto “Semper Fidelis” – or “Semper Fi” – means “Always Faithful.” Though no one knows how this famous motto came to the Marine Corps, these two words have, nevertheless, taken on the permanence of New Hampshire granite. And what is left ...

Prom throwback: The rules to follow in the 1970s

When I went to the junior prom, in the long-ago decade that was the 1970s, it was no longer (in today’s vernacular) “a thing.” The 1960s had happened, and a lot of the more traditional celebrations associated with high school were seen as a wash. You could go, and that was fine. You could ...

Planning to give and leaving a long-lasting legacy

A big part of my life includes going to fundraisers. And when I’m not going to the fundraiser for somebody else, I’m busy planning our own events. And then there’s the annual appeal, which has become more frequent and ubiquitous as well. Likewise, one cannot log onto social media without ...

Can you program joy?

“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” – Robert Frost Robert Frost: “Two roads diverged in a wood. ...” Often, thinking outside the box and taking the other less travelled road leads to new visions and unexpected solutions that challenge ...

It’s time to abolish the death penalty in New Hampshire

New Hampshire is currently ranked the third-safest state in the nation. It’s so safe, in fact, that the legislature is considering a proposal that would repeal the use of capital punishment, and instead sentence people convicted of the very worst crimes to life without parole. Gov. Chris ...