Local Commentary

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 ...

Reducing harm and providing hope through syringe services

For those of you who regularly read my monthly column in The Telegraph, you are aware that the subject matter has been wide ranging. We’ve touched upon topics as diverse as fundraising, mental health stigma, caring for homebound elderly and homelessness. This month, I’d like to take you in ...

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 ...