Local Commentary

For working families: Paid family leave, as our families should come first

Across our state, there are stories of heartbreak. I’ve heard them from people who couldn’t afford to take time off to be with their loved ones, usually at times of great crisis or illness, but also at the birth or adoption of a new baby. I’ve talked with mothers and fathers and sons ...

ACLU-NH: Taxpayer standing holds the government accountable

The ACLU of New Hampshire encourages voters to vote “yes” on Ballot Question 1, which would restore the historic standing of taxpayers to challenge illegal and unconstitutional government actions. Government accountability goes to the heart of our democracy. A key mechanism for ...

Kelly wants N.H. to return to her past

New Hampshire has a glorious history and respecting that past can give us a bright future. While the Sons of Liberty gathered around a tree in Boston before the Revolution, the glory of New Hampshire was that before Paul Revere rode, we had the Pine Tree Riot to rebel against paying the ...

When Mother Nature blushes

It’s that time of year again, when New Hampshire’s mountains and forests are seemingly blushing and our Granite State is inundated with the thousands of curiosity seekers many of us refer to as “leaf peepers.” Tourists from all over the world will be here to experience the natural ...

We met challenges, persevered through setbacks, surpassed expectations

What a year fiscal year 18 turned out to be. During the first 30 days, we were engaged in seven different state and national humanitarian missions, more than half in response to the devastating havoc wreaked by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. It was a demanding start ...

You are a beautiful warrior

You are here Alive Thriving And striving You are a beautiful warrior And you are strong You are stronger than you could ever imagine Somehow you found the will to fight with a smile on your face -filled with so much grace and love You faced your fears and the great ...

The inner journey of going out – meet Kroka Expeditions

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” –Anais Nin “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” – Coco Chanel Courage is what life is all about, right? Without courage – to be yourself, to say what you believe, to find your path, to go ...

It truly takes a village to LIVE UNITED

We often say at United Way that “Great things happen when we LIVE UNITED.” This month, I wanted to give a few examples of what that really means and why, for our community, it is an important concept. This past month, we hosted our third annual “United We Sleep to end Hunger and ...

Being part of the solution

Today, it feels like we can’t go anywhere without hearing someone talk about politics. Movies and late-night TV shows have discovered that political humor draws viewers in droves. Boycotts against products and companies that support the “wrong” political party have become commonplace. ...

Fast friends: Libraries and their behind-the-scenes volunteers

Sometimes when I hear or read about a public library’s “Friends of” group, I wonder, is there really anyone out there who would call themselves an “enemy of” the library? Well, there is one case I can think of that’s kind of in the ball park, but I won’t go as far as to label ...

To chart N.H.’s energy future, learn from our conservative past

Last weekend, my family joined hundreds of thousands of others in celebrating New Hampshire’s natural splendor in the White Mountain National Forest. As we took in the fall foliage from the Cog Railway on Mt. Washington and hiked along the Pemigewasset River, it was impossible to imagine that ...

Looking back at events from the fall of 1968

Leave it to a Massachusetts gridiron rival, I said to myself as I perused several Nashua Telegraph stories, published 60 years ago this month, regarding a rather silly controversy that erupted in the weeks after the legendary Nashua High-Lowell High football game ended in an anticlimactic 14-14 ...

Drama Queens: A royal pain; run as fast as you can

Straight, gay, man, woman – drama queens know no boundaries. You see them at the mall, at work, in traffic and staring at you from across the table. Like many things in life, our relationship with drama is a cultural paradox. When we’re on the outside looking in, drama queens can be ...

Fall colors – blue trees: Art outdoors at Manchester’s Currier Museum

“What we do see depends on what we look for….In the same field, the farmer will notice the crops, the geologist the fossils, botanists the flowers, artists the colouring, sportsmen the cover for the game. Though we may all look at the same things, it does not follow that we should see ...

Nashua Soup Kitchen dinner and auction is Nov. 3

I am not a party animal, which you’ve probably guessed by now, if you’ve ever read my column before this one. But one party I always attend is the one that the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter has every year: The NSKS Dinner and Silent Auction. This year is the 18th dinner and silent ...

Sept. 2018 was warm, rainy

Labor Day weekend brought with it weather quite normal for southern New Hampshire to start fall but heat and humidity would make a quick return for most of the remainder of the first week of September. For the second straight month heavy rainfall would encompass the Gate City. After a couple ...

Alzheimer’s and dementia

Science Cafe New Hampshire occasionally tackles difficult topics, and this month, we examine the human mind during our session on Alzheimer’s and dementia. On Wednesday night, Science Cafe will again host a public discussion, and you are invited to join. Aging is the issue that binds us ...

New study on New Hampshire: Number two in freedom?

“We’re number two” just doesn’t sound right, does it? New Hampshire placed second in the latest version of our study, Freedom in the 50 States, and we’ve gotten some flak for it. So why is the Live Free or Die state not number one? First, it is important to note that New Hampshire ...

Camp Resilience: Building veteran resilience outdoors and inside

“The toughest time of my life was not boot camp, or my deployment in Iraq: It was the two years of transition to life back home.” – Brandon Schuster, Marine veteran The word resilience derives from the Latin verb resilire, which means “to jump back” or “to recoil.” The base verb ...