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Telehealth: COVID-19’s silver lining

Telehealth has become part of many people’s vocabulary in the past few months now that the COVID-19 pandemic is with us. While telehealth existed for many years previously, the need for physical distancing to prevent infection by the COVID-19 virus has brought the concept and the practice ...

New Hampshire must reopen for business

New Hampshire’s “stay-at-home order” was issued on March 16. Over two months later, we continue to face serious restrictions that limit our ability to earn a living, that restrain our freedom of assembly, and that restrict our right to worship as we see fit. The continuation of this state ...

Mask mandate honors a sense of community

Representing long-term care providers, the New Hampshire Health Care Association applauds Nashua’s decision to mandate the wearing of masks in public places. In an April 1942 speech, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt called for every American to exercise “the privilege of making ...

Think tank: Too much time, so little chance to do it

Not often, I miss living in New York. As a magazine reporter there, the perks were great like getting a good table at a booked restaurant. But not so great a perk, that someone would recognize you and interrupt your meal. As I’ve gotten older, I don’t miss the city so much, especially ...

A tattoo for two, too

Have you gotten out of the house yet now that we’re flexing back into the good old days of restaurant meals, beaches and being flush with toilet paper? While you were in lockdown, several quarantine scofflaws have been raising eyebrows with their hijinx during the pandemic. I’ve been saving ...

Remember fallen on Memorial Day

Sometimes on one of those late spring days when Memorial Day comes, you can almost see them, marching, marching onward, the legion of forgotten dead. In the soft stillness and solitude of a country graveyard in the evening hush, occasionally you can hear the muffled beat of a drum as the ...

‘Time Passages:’ We must pull together

Last weekend, while still adhering to the stay-at-home orders like many others, my wife and I found ourselves in the midst of spring cleaning. She was purging the many calendars collected during the year and discovered amongst them a very unique one I received as a birthday gift a while ...

Cringe-watching: Shows you might have missed

With so many great shows and movies to binge-watch as the stay-at-home order reaches a crisis of its own, I’ve found some forgotten gems that you might have skipped over - fear not, I jumped on these grenades to protect the greater good. And trust me, if you have ever seen any of these shows, ...

Too shiny: A detriment to New Hampshire cars

Fewer people are driving these days because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the stay-at-home orders that are in place. More cars are parked in driveways and garages than are out on the roads. However, as my family has discovered, just because your vehicle isn’t being driven regularly doesn’t ...

When it comes to net metering, I’m Switzerland

Power to the People is a column by D. Maurice Kreis, New Hampshire’s Consumer Advocate. Kreis and his staff of four represent the interests of residential utility customers before the NH Public Utilities Commission and elsewhere. It is co-published by Manchester Ink Link and ...

Building a resilient community

This has been the longest nine weeks of my life. Nine weeks ago, we lived in a very different world. It does not seem like such a long time, but nine weeks ago we were entering our first week of distance learning in the schools. Nine weeks ago, our economy was just going into a shutdown, and ...

An open letter to COVID-19: Pandemic highlights wherewithal of human race

Dear COVID-19, before you read any further, please know that I use the customary salutation in the start of this letter simply out of convention and not because I find anything positive or endearing about you. To the contrary, your presence is both vicious and foul as far as I am concerned. I ...