Local Commentary

Policy can help New Hampshire rein in Medicare costs

New Hampshire residents suffering from painful and chronic medical conditions stand to benefit from a federal rule change this year that would offer greater access to treatment for Medicare ...

A fresh look at gerrymandering

Gerrymander: to divide a geographic area into voting districts in a way that gives a party an unfair advantage in elections. In 1812, Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry signed a bill authorizing the revision of voting districts in his state. Members of Gerry’s party redrew them in a way that ...

March 2018 was snowy, a bit on the mild, dry side

I wonder how many thought we were done with winter weather when temperatures reached into the middle-70s in late February, and the ground became bare of snow. March would throw a curve ball bringing lots of snow to our doorsteps and certainly a wintry feel, despite being the first official full ...

Lost & Found: What could possibly go wrong?

Looks like I still have some good karma left in the bank. I recently forgot my credit card at a St. Patrick’s party where I was running a tab at the bar. Gee, what could possibly go wrong here? Let’s examine the facts. I’m celebrating a holiday where drinking is the objective. I’m ...

Youth philosophy conference generates wonder

“Wonder is the feeling of the philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder.” – Plato Wonder is a good thing. When I came away from the 9th Annual HYPE (Hosting Young Philosophy Enthusiasts) Conference held two weeks ago at the University of New Hampshire, I came away with more questions ...

From the cosmos to the coral reef: A tribute to mathematical women

“She who influences the thought of her times, influences all times that follow. She has made her impression on eternity.” – Hypatia (415 A.D.) Last night the earth passed through the Vernal Equinox, that tipping point when the days and nights reach a momentary equilibrium, that moment ...

The Civics of Civility: The art of the question

“The man who never changes his mind is like still water and breeds reptiles of the mind.” – William Blake Socrates, the most famous of teachers, was not renowned for what he taught but how he taught. He did not just focus on the question, he dwelled on it. In the wake of a question lies ...

It never hurts to get a little nostalgic about Nashua

Some of you may remember an article I wrote back in November titled, “Growing Up Nashua,” where I discussed growing up on the Tree Streets of our city. Much like an episode of “Happy Days,” I once again have some thoughts of Nashua in a nostalgic light and a bygone era. From the 1960s ...

Arming teachers is a valid, necessary discussion

I am not a member of the NRA, never have been. I do not own any guns. Never have. I am not a teacher, but my daughter is. I am, however, retired from the Army after 36 years. You may hate the NRA, but not everything they say is wrong. Even a broken clock is correct twice a day. When there is a ...

People of New Hampshire can’t wait

At age 21, after school graduation, services are not guaranteed for an individual with developmental disabilities. Fortunately, New Hampshire historically has a great partnership between parents of those with disabilities and policymakers. This assures that resources for continued services are ...

We are here to help the community

I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself to the community as the new clinical director of emergency services for Harbor Homes and The Partnership for Successful Living. In this role, one of the services I will have clinical oversight of is, the Mobile Crisis Response Team. I have recently ...

Beowulf and the Dragon: Why we need storytelling

“The story – from Rapunzel to War and Peace – is one of the basic tools invented by the human mind, for the purpose of gaining understanding. There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories” – Ursula K. Le Guin ...

This year’s very nasty flu came in two rounds

When I was a junior in high school, I got the flu. It was in the spring, which was unusual in itself (flu was usually a fall and winter ailment), but what was more unusual was that I just didn’t get better. My parents – New Englanders who believed that the only reason you went to the doctor ...

Fighting for their right not to be shot

On June 16, 1976, a group of high school students in Johannesburg, South Africa, began a historic revolt against an unjust system that denied them freedom and safety in their own land. For generations, courageous adults like Albert Luthuli and Nelson Mandela had led the struggle against ...

What are the outcomes from the many choices in schooling?

Like many states around the country, our state is in the throes of debating how best to educate our children. Here, the school voucher question takes top billing. Parents and their children want what seems to them the best learning situation. Public schools, private schools, charter schools, ...

SB-2 form of government is not for Hollis and Brookline

Why do some want the SB-2 form of town meeting versus the traditional meeting? The benefits are always touted as allowing more people to vote on the town warrant articles, because voting is conducted on Election Day. This is definitely a benefit. But, what is it that people can vote on? ...

U.S. Women’s cross-country duo make history, win gold at Winter Olympics

“We are dreamers. But we are also believers. It’s crazy how much confidence you can get from a teammate’s success if you allow yourself to stand beside them.” – Sadie Bjornsen — Just 24 hours ago, Kikkan Randall and Jesse Diggins won gold medals in the team sprint freestyle ...

Why cant’ we have gun control?

The recent mass shooting at Parkland High School in Florida has once again brought the issue of gun control legislation to the forefront of our collective consciousness as it dominates the national news. But here’s a question that is rarely asked and never answered satisfactorily by any ...

A Marsy’s Law for New Hampshire

Marsy’s Law, the proposed constitutional amendment regarding victims’ rights, has been receiving increasing attention in the legislature and in the news. The proposal, CACR 22, embodies a worthy goal – enshrining victims’ status in the criminal justice system in our constitution. The ...