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We must take action on racism

Do you enjoy walks at your local park? Do you shop in the local corner store? Ever drive through town late at night? How about taking a jog in the neighborhood where a new house is being built? Do you fear these simple activities could risk your well-being? If you are a person of color, you ...

House Bill 1218: Net-metered renewable power costs less, too

On June 11, the State House of Representatives will get back to work-at the UNH hockey rink in Durham, with masks, temperature checks, and social distancing. One bill on the agenda, HB 1218, would spur investment in low-cost renewable power by net-metering electric ratepayers. Home-grown ...

One bad decision after another

I’ve officially reached a new low as stay-at-home 2.0 kicks it into June. Last weekend, boredom took an evil turn. I was channel surfing, somewhere between watching a documentary on how American film titles are lost in foreign translation (“Toy General Mobilization” is “Toy Story” in ...

Coronavirus collectibles becoming hot commodities

Over the last month or two amid Coronavirus, I have been busy with interviews about the value of stuff found in attics and basements prompted by the nationwide stay at home orders and home cleaning projects. I have been talking to folks nationwide who have emptied out closets and garages via ...

We all need to make the best of a challenging situation

As businesses throughout New Hampshire re-open during the COVID-19 pandemic and work to accommodate new health and safety standards, there’s bound to be an adjustment period – not only for employees, but also for customers. This is especially true in regards to the restaurant industry. I ...

Telehealth: COVID-19’s silver lining

Telehealth has become part of many people’s vocabulary in the past few months now that the COVID-19 pandemic is with us. While telehealth existed for many years previously, the need for physical distancing to prevent infection by the COVID-19 virus has brought the concept and the practice ...

New Hampshire must reopen for business

New Hampshire’s “stay-at-home order” was issued on March 16. Over two months later, we continue to face serious restrictions that limit our ability to earn a living, that restrain our freedom of assembly, and that restrict our right to worship as we see fit. The continuation of this state ...

Mask mandate honors a sense of community

Representing long-term care providers, the New Hampshire Health Care Association applauds Nashua’s decision to mandate the wearing of masks in public places. In an April 1942 speech, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt called for every American to exercise “the privilege of making ...

Think tank: Too much time, so little chance to do it

Not often, I miss living in New York. As a magazine reporter there, the perks were great like getting a good table at a booked restaurant. But not so great a perk, that someone would recognize you and interrupt your meal. As I’ve gotten older, I don’t miss the city so much, especially ...

A tattoo for two, too

Have you gotten out of the house yet now that we’re flexing back into the good old days of restaurant meals, beaches and being flush with toilet paper? While you were in lockdown, several quarantine scofflaws have been raising eyebrows with their hijinx during the pandemic. I’ve been saving ...

Remember fallen on Memorial Day

Sometimes on one of those late spring days when Memorial Day comes, you can almost see them, marching, marching onward, the legion of forgotten dead. In the soft stillness and solitude of a country graveyard in the evening hush, occasionally you can hear the muffled beat of a drum as the ...