Local Commentary

League of Women voters a watchdog for voter issues

No one will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves, and the only way they could do this is by not voting. – Franklin D. Roosevelt The vote is the basic currency of our democratic republic. It is the mechanism by which we exercise the ...

N.H. the birthplace of American skiing – an unbroken lineage of Olympians

“Snow helps strip away the things that don’t matter. It leaves us thinking of little else but the greatness of nature, the place of our souls within it, and the dazzling whiteness that lies ahead.” – Charlie English The Opening Ceremonies for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South ...

Gerrymandering: Politics vs. the public good

If you served in the Legislature and had to choose between what is good for the state of New Hampshire and what is good for your party, what would you do? Our legislators faced this test last year. Most of them failed. The issue was gerrymandering – the drawing of voting districts in a way ...

The Holocaust happened while the world slept

Today, in this time and this place, even in the face of so many years having now passed by, the unimaginable horror surrounding the systematic extermination of six million human beings by the Nazi Germany’s Third Reich is still all but impossible to comprehend. We simply can’t wrap our ...

Symphony NH: Breaking tradition by transforming it

“Without tradition, our lives would be as shaky as a fiddler on the roof.” – Tevye, “Fiddler on the Roof” — The theme of “Fiddler on the Roof” is about holding on to tradition – but also the need to break with tradition, to transform it by creating new traditions. In a ...

Blue Ribbon Academy merges scientific humanities and humanistic science

“The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. He who knows it not and no longer wonders, no longer feels amazement, is as good as dead, a snuffed-out candle.” – Albert Einstein In 1937, “You ...

Some passing thoughts

Even though Saturday was a balmy 45 degress, I know that certainly won’t last for long. Most of my life, I’ve foregone a coat in the winter, but since moving to the Grantie State about six months ago, that hasn’t really been an option this winter season. Don’t get me wrong, West ...

New Hampshire’s legislative process has many facets

Fun Facts: The New Hampshire Constitution of 1776 was the first to be ratified by any of the Commonwealths. The New Hampshire Constitution of 1784 became the template for the U.S. Constitution after we won our independence. The League of Women Voters of New Hampshire is pleased to partner ...

How can you make a dent in homelessness?

Something I often hear people lament is their inability to make a meaningful difference. Indeed, sometimes our problems can feel so overwhelming, large and intractable that it’s hard to know where one can even begin. This month, I’d like to give a few simple ideas about how to make a ...

Supporting women veterans

Women who serve in the military have unique needs. They are much more likely to be single parents than their male counterparts, and childcare is a significant issue both while in the service and when they return from service. The homelessness rate for female veterans is on the rise. Employment ...

Storytelling that helps and heals

“Sometimes reality it too complex. Stories give it form.” – Jean-Luc Godard Who doesn’t love a campfire? Certainly it is the time of year we think of hibernation around a fire. It turns out that this love of fire is hard-wired in us – going back to our ancient ancestors. A fireside ...

Why don’t we laugh anymore?

A good friend of mine once said, “Ya gotta laugh!” That was his mantra, and he lived it until the day he passed on. What is wrong with our world today? Does anyone laugh anymore? Yes, we are in some serious times, with terrorism fears and threats, crazy people driving into crowds and ...

Tissue engineering in N.H. topic of Science Cafe

Science Cafe returns this month after a holiday break to tackle the topic of regenerative manufacturing – the production of living tissue. On Wednesday night, Science Cafe New Hampshire will meet again at the Riverwalk Cafe to discuss the science going on at the Advanced Regenerative ...

Memory Care: It’s not one-size-fits-all

For most seniors, there comes a time when it is no longer safe to live independently. For those seeking a close-knit community, help with the activities of daily living and to unburden themselves from the responsibilities of home ownership, assisted living can be a wonderful option. As the ...

The ‘roaring game’ of curling

“It’s not just a rock. It’s forty-two pounds of polished granite, with a beveled underbelly and a handle a human being can hold….in and of itself it looks like it has no practical purpose, but it’s a repository of possibility. And, when it’s handled just right, it exacts a kind of ...

SB 193 an unjustified attack on N.H. public schools

SB 193 is an education voucher program that received much criticism during the 2017 legislative session, and rightly so. As originally written, it allocated potentially enormous sums of public taxpayer money (from $3,600 to $7,500 per student) for parents to send their children to elite private ...

Dark Sky – and Celestial Christmas!

“If people looked at the stars each night, they’d live a lot differently. When you look into infinity, you realize that there are more important things than what people do all day.” – Bill Watterson Today – at exactly 11:28 a.m. – is the miracle of Winter Solstice – Dec. 21, the ...

Notable cookbooks 2017: A nod to tradition with extras

Editor’s Note: All of the cookbooks that appear in this round-up are ones that feature ingredients common or complementary to the New England table. There is an emphasis on recipes, techniques and affordable ingredients for busy people. As befits the healthiest region of the country, an ample ...

How to use #MeToo to begin healing process

I came to young womanhood at the time of Second Wave Feminism. My aunt and her partner wrote two ground-breaking books on sexist language – the Handbook for Nonsexist Language is still in use. Those were heady times of consciousness raising, speak-out rage and feminists tearing into the ...