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SB61, Right to Work, should be voted Inexpedient to Legislate

Here it is, again. SB61 is boilerplate from ALEC, part of the Koch network – a a union, a collective of corporations seeking to define public policy. SB 61, misleadingly named “Right to Work” (RTW), has a long history that explains the purpose of the bill clearly. Its’ proponents ...

It’s an oxy, moron

I was driving last Sunday through different towns and cities in the area, when I came across the sign for a restaurant, “Chateau Italiano,” wondering what kind of bread they would serve, French loaf or Italian? Are the waiters snooty mimes who talk with their hands? Is the restaurant ...

Right to work … for more

The world is in the midst of a global pandemic, the likes of which we haven’t experienced in more than 100 years. And there is one very important thing that the New Hampshire General Court can do to help New Hampshire’s economy come out of the pandemic stronger than it went in. Pass a ...

Can we put an end to youth homelessness in our community?

I’ll be honest with you: some problems can feel really overwhelming to me. When that’s the case it’s usually because of a combination of complexity and severity. Such is the case with youth homelessness. For several years now we’ve become more and more involved with this issue in our ...

Floridays: This week in weird

Some years ago, a newspaper suggested that the state of Florida is the perfect barometer for strange behavior. As a former Floridian, I concur. I may not have added to the Sunshine State’s gritty surrealism, but I sure didn’t fight it. IN THE DOGHOUSE: Last week, a Miami veterinarian ...

Job well done, except for the leaves

Thank you to the New Hampshire National Guard, local community and safety personnel who continue doing their parts in batting down the COVID crisis. After four visits for vaccine injections, (two for Lady Baba, two for me), I am grateful not only for their service but impressed by their upbeat ...

DISTANT DOME: Redistricting Is partisan politics and always will be

Elections have consequences and Democrats are about to receive a difficult reminder of how impactful the repercussions can be. The second decade of the 21st Century ended Dec. 31 and that means the U.S. Census will be done counting the nation’s people, the population of every state, ...

Keeping our schools and children safe

Ensuring the safety of students should be the top priority of all of New Hampshire’s schools. Students need to know that they are in a safe and secure environment in order to learn. Many communities across our state, including here in Nashua, have for years partnered with their local police ...

A spring in the hand is worth the sharpest bulb in the drawer

This time of year never fails to catch me off guard. Perhaps it’s bearing witness to the cycle of rebirth, as life, that fecund thing, can be found in those sprouting flowers. Why, you can even see it in the joyful flitting of birds and the adorable buzzing of bees. However, you won’t ...

News briefs and boxers

WAXING PHILOSOPHIC: Famed NYC restaurant Peter Luger Steakhouse has teamed with Madame Tussauds to have celebrity wax figures rub elbows with patrons, promoting the easing of pandemic restrictions on indoor dining in the Big Apple. A wax Jon Hamm, known for his ad exec Don Draper in the series ...

Thinking back to the days when we got free stuff

Free is the ultimate catch word for any promotion. Use the word “free,” and one is likely to garner almost anyone’s attention. Free with purchase, free for stopping by, free, today only. A TV ad for a regional car dealer who likes to “keep it awesome” even promises free money. Of ...

Collaboration is how to solve the mental health crisis in a pandemic

In February 2013, I wrote an Op-Ed about a new record number of individuals who were stuck in New Hampshire hospital emergency departments waiting for a psychiatric inpatient bed for an involuntary emergency admission (IEA). There were 44 individuals waiting on February 4, 2013. Eight years ...

Culinary creativity, persistence and cautious optimism

There are some traits that you anticipate being passed down through a family – eye color or hair color, for example, or artistic ability or a knack for science. And then there are other traits that work their way down through the generations that are a little more unusual. To our great ...

What I would do for a Klondike bar

I’m pretty excited that in just days I will have my second COVID-19 vaccine injection. I realize this is a serious time but there are still some funny things happening. I am feeling a bit left out since WMUR was not on hand when my first shot went in. Have you noticed that people receiving ...

Highlights from CPAC

If you were sitting on your couch, rocking back and forth as you prayed the pain and discomfort away, then you were probably watching the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), a four-day event held in Orlando, Florida last week. The event was held at an Orlando Hyatt because ...