Local Commentary

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 ...

The fifth privilege and ‘opportunity hoarding’

I recently read an article in the Boston Review that shocked me in a number of ways. The piece is titled “The Dream Hoarders: How America’s Top 20 Percent Perpetuates Inequality.” The author is Richard V. Reeves. Shock No 1: Reeves begins by recounting how in 2015 President Obama ...

Whatever happened to customer service?

Full-service gas stations, car hops, free delivery, doctors making house calls – what do these things have in common? Like good old-fashioned customer service, they are all things of the past. Maybe I’m showing my age, but, I can remember when you could pull into a gas station, get your ...

Gerrymandering is a real threat to our democracy

Last month, we outlined the history of gerrymandering and explored the basic question, “Why should we care?” Briefly, the answer is that the practice of manipulating voting districts favors the reelection of people and parties already in office. It allows officials to choose their voters, ...

Mother’s Day concert to celebrate community

“I never weary of great churches. It is my favorite kind of mountain scenery. Mankind was never so happily inspired as when it made a cathedral.” – Robert Louis Stevenson Music in the cathedral – on Mother’s Day. Music of Russia, Armenia, Georgia, Greece, the Mediterranean, ...

April brought cold, cloudy, slow start to spring

Spring continued to be elusive in April with a cold, cloudy weather pattern holding a firm grip on much of the nation from the Rockies to the East Coast. Precipitation was very close to normal and snowfall was a bit less than we would expect to see during a normal April. After a long and ...

Becoming an outdoors woman: The journey within

“She was like the sun. She knew her place in the world. She would shine again regardless of all the storms and changeable weather. She wouldn’t adjust her purpose to things that pass.” – Nikki Rowe Outdoors woman – look how far we’ve come!!! From the 1890s when pioneering women ...

The joy – and adventure – of adopting a puppy

For the first time in years, I forgot my column deadline. I have a good excuse, though. We were busy welcoming a new member to the Lemen/Broyles family. No, I did not have a baby. Nor did any other being living under our roof. But we were joined this week by an adorable Labrador mix puppy, ...

Come to Litchfield and ‘Ask a Muslim Anything’

Just before World War I, Nashua’s Indian Head National Bank published “Breezes From the Orient,” a collection of letters, written to the Nashua Daily Telegraph by Ira Francis Harris – the bank’s cashier – while on a 1913 world tour of the Orient. Published in 1914, the bank ...

Lilacs come in many varieties, perfect for any landscaping theme

Every year and without fail, the lilacs bloom to reassure us that summer is coming. A fragrant flower, New Hampshire residents can enjoy them for only a couple weeks. The robust flower historically symbolizes love, and can be found growing in abundance along our high ways, country roads and ...