Local Commentary

A drink by any other name

No matter what you choose to call it, soda, soda pop, pop, tonic or soft drink, almost all of us have had that fizzy drink at one time or another. It’s moniker typically depends upon where you live. In New England, many of us refer to it as soda, but some of us still call it tonic. I can ...

February 2019 weather: Close to par

February 2019 was only unusual from the standpoint that temperatures, precipitation and snowfall all were quite close to normal. Rarely do we see all three parameters average close to long-term averages. Arctic air was in control as February began, accounting for the coldest reading of the ...

It’s time to tell our school boards, ‘enough is enough’

For years, the Amherst and Souhegan School Boards have failed to govern. This failure has led to less than stellar academic quality and incredibly high costs, in part because they have thrown money at issues that really call for other interventions. And we, the taxpayers, fearful of ...

Forensic science and crime

The true-crime genre of story-telling, whether it be through popular podcasts like Crawlspace or even television dramas like CSI is captivating and opening a whole new public awareness on how science can help solve crime. It’s almost impossible to miss daily headlines related to forensics ...

Half the Sky: Men, women and feminism in New Hampshire

“Women hold up half the sky.” – Mao Zedong There is one building in the center of New Hampshire that stands as an architectural marvel and metaphor for gender equality, the Meetinghouse at Canterbury Shaker Village, built in 1792. The meetinghouse, with its symmetrical design centered on ...

Turning the tide on plastics

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the bands of commerce that have interfered with the powers of the earth to sustain them, and disconnect those people from the Laws of Nature to which God has entitled them, a decent respect for the opinions of ...

Pursue a new path concerning marijuana

The prohibition of marijuana has not only proven to be an unsuccessful strategy for drug control, but is also has harmed our communities in untold ways. It is time to pursue a new path. While serving for 10 years as a police officer in Bedford, I was exposed to the many ways in which ...

Those were the days

Ah, yes. We all say it every so often when we want to reflect on the good times. “The Good Old Days.” “I wish it were the good old days!” “Why can’t we go back to the good old days?” But just what were the good old days? For some, it may be the 1940s and 1950s. For others, it may ...

What does the Board of Aldermen do? Election is March 5

It’s time to talk about the upcoming election. No, this isn’t about the hordes of presidential primary candidates that are already criss-crossing our area, nor even about our next regular city elections this November. We’ve got an election really soon – in less than a month, in fact. ...

Travel with the Chamber

The Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce is excited to offer to the community a unique opportunity to travel internationally with us on a spectacular Food and Wine Tour of Italy. You do not need to be a Chamber member to participate in this exciting trip. The trip departs from Logan to Milan on ...

New Hampshire is facing the legalization trap with marijuana

In May 2016, nearly three years ago nearing the end of my first term as a New Hampshire House Representative, I penned an op-ed in frustration at the increasingly huge amounts of money the Legislature was throwing at the “opioid crisis” as the death toll continued to rise each year. The ...

Marijuana still is dangerous

The discussion regarding legalizing recreational marijuana in New Hampshire has, unfortunately, not included a full airing of the dangers of driving while under the influence of marijuana. There is ample evidence that marijuana consumption affects driving skills. People smoke or ingest ...

Irony of relying on natural gas, pursuit of pipeline should strike cord

Imagine seeking a review of your case with the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Why wouldn’t you take assiduous care to present it in a way that would prove unassailable? In its narrative appealing the Site Evaluation Committee denial of the Northern Pass Project, Eversource told our state’s ...

January 2019: Mild and wet, sub-par snowfall

January’s first week began on a mild note, exactly opposite from the extreme cold of one year ago. The mild pattern would shift into a see-saw temperature pattern for the remainder of the month. Melted precipitation was above normal, while snowfall was below normal. Temperatures were not ...

Let’s keep our kids in school

When we think about New Hampshire’s future, a top priority for all citizens should be ensuring that we have an education system that works for every student. But educational opportunities are not equally distributed among all our state’s communities, meaning that some children are ...

End the trade war

The ongoing trade war and the tit-for-tat tariff increases it generates are hurting the hardworking people of New Hampshire. There is a better way: eliminate all the tariffs and enact new free trade agreements, starting with China, where talks already are underway. When officials in the Trump ...

Year of community impact planned at United Way

It seems like not too long ago that at the United Way we planned one event per year: Day of Caring. That was a great event, where we connected folks to various agencies to go out and in one big day of service help with painting walls, digging gardens, cleaning up basements, etc. Hard to ...

Collision repair program aims to fill labor gaps

While a strong economy means Granite Staters are finding work, it doesn’t mean applicant skills evenly match with market demands. Many of the trades continue to find themselves with an aging workforce and a shortage of candidates with the right skills. Community colleges and industry ...

Education and support: It truly takes an entire village to end stigma

“Pat’s” story: When I was 19, I was diagnosed with depression. I understood that this was an illness and spoke very openly to my friends, family and even publicly about my diagnosis. In my 20s, I was having trouble with friendships and co-workers. I didn’t understand why, so I talked ...

Human right

Access to health care should not be a matter of luck – where you were born, whether your employer offers insurance, what health issues you encounter. For many, it is actually a matter of life and death. It is the difference between paying attention in school and being too sick to learn. It ...