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Seek help if you are struggling

To the Soldiers, Airmen and Civilian Employees of the New Hampshire National Guard, Two months into the new year, it’s all hands on deck as we continue to support pandemic relief operations. Last week, our vaccination sites set a single-day record administering more than 5,800 vaccines. ...

Weird is as weird does

DO THE CORNERS FIRST: An Ontario woman completed a 40,000+ piece puzzle, the largest commercially available jigsaw puzzle - in 150 hours. The woman spent 16 hours each day working on the puzzle until it was completed. She was reportedly so excited, she ran with scissors, drank Coke and Pop ...

Life is too short: Cherish your friends and family

It’s been a tough 12 months. While we all were hoping 2021 would be a better, more “normal” year, the pandemic continues, although there finally is a glimmer of hope on the horizon. During the pandemic, most of us have lost friends, colleagues or loved ones to the virus. I certainly ...

Make America build again: A new future for the Republican Party?

The Republican party stands at a crossroads. For the last four years, it has bowed to a president whose only agenda was himself. By sacrificing truth on the altar of political power, Republican leaders enabled the first assault on the U.S. Capitol in over 200 years and the worst pandemic since ...

Resilience, COVID, safety net, implicit bias

Have you ever had the experience of many random thoughts, seemingly disconnected, yet somehow related, and then finally had that “a-ha” moment where you realize that it is all actually different sides of the same coin? I would like to think I am not the only person to whom this has happened ...

Some help for vulnerable children

I don’t know this for sure (because I’m on the inside looking out), but I suspect the Business & Industry Association of New Hampshire’s reputation among elected and appointed state policy leaders depends upon their perspective of, and experience with, business. While BIA is fiercely ...

Martin Luther King’s legacy reverberates across time

“Shot rings out in the Memphis sky Free at last, they took your life. They could not take your pride in the name of love. What more in the name of love?” (Excerpt from “In The Name of Love” by U2) ––– At day’s end on April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., ...

All together now: Supporting New Hampshire’s public higher education

Public higher education in New Hampshire and nationwide is facing great challenges. Student enrollment is declining, and current demographic trends suggest the problem will only worsen in the years ahead. Costs are rising, and institutions of all sizes and disciplines are working to control ...

State AFL-CIO head only pretends to back ‘freedom of contract’

In New Hampshire and other states where grass-roots efforts to prohibit forced union dues and fees are gaining momentum, union officials and politicians who aren’t normally known for their libertarian sympathies are suddenly appealing to ‘freedom’ to defend their ability to force workers ...

A Fitbit tour of New Hampshire

Spring in New Hampshire is a month away and I will be a fully-COVID vaccinated man by then. I am over 65 and will admit to having a couple qualifying NO-morbidities. I do have a clinical dependence on New Hampshire made Lindt chocolates and an increasing emotional relationship with my Fitbit ...

Some stuff you can’t make up

OLD SCHOOL: Authorities in England received a tip on Jan. 16 and arrived at the Freemasons’ Saxon Hall expecting to put an end to the illegal “rave” reported to be happening there, but instead of loud music and wild teenagers, officers found old people lining up to get their COVID-19 ...

Looking back at fitness crazes throughout the years

It seems to be that time of year when we all think about getting fit, dreaming of what we could look like on the beach in swim trunks or bikinis. Watching all the fitness and weight loss ads on television nowadays reminds me of how different fitness crazes are today (many border on gimmicks) ...

American racism is our greatest embarrassment and gravest sin

“White privilege” is a powerful term. Out of ignorance and, yes, inherent racism, it invokes incredulity and disdain in too many white people: “I’m not privileged! I struggle, too!” For Black, indiginous and people of color, its meaning is surely a useful tool in the never-ending ...