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‘Time Passages:’ We must pull together

Last weekend, while still adhering to the stay-at-home orders like many others, my wife and I found ourselves in the midst of spring cleaning. She was purging the many calendars collected during the year and discovered amongst them a very unique one I received as a birthday gift a while ...

Cringe-watching: Shows you might have missed

With so many great shows and movies to binge-watch as the stay-at-home order reaches a crisis of its own, I’ve found some forgotten gems that you might have skipped over - fear not, I jumped on these grenades to protect the greater good. And trust me, if you have ever seen any of these shows, ...

Too shiny: A detriment to New Hampshire cars

Fewer people are driving these days because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the stay-at-home orders that are in place. More cars are parked in driveways and garages than are out on the roads. However, as my family has discovered, just because your vehicle isn’t being driven regularly doesn’t ...

When it comes to net metering, I’m Switzerland

Power to the People is a column by D. Maurice Kreis, New Hampshire’s Consumer Advocate. Kreis and his staff of four represent the interests of residential utility customers before the NH Public Utilities Commission and elsewhere. It is co-published by Manchester Ink Link and ...

Building a resilient community

This has been the longest nine weeks of my life. Nine weeks ago, we lived in a very different world. It does not seem like such a long time, but nine weeks ago we were entering our first week of distance learning in the schools. Nine weeks ago, our economy was just going into a shutdown, and ...

An open letter to COVID-19: Pandemic highlights wherewithal of human race

Dear COVID-19, before you read any further, please know that I use the customary salutation in the start of this letter simply out of convention and not because I find anything positive or endearing about you. To the contrary, your presence is both vicious and foul as far as I am concerned. I ...

Data: Youth have nothing to fear

Throughout the Coronavirus crisis, the prevailing mindset has treated one viewpoint as sacred and the other as morally reprehensible. Now, we find ourselves in a “new normal,” where only the health and safety of others is viewed as sacred and inviolable. Two things can be true at once. ...

Stupid is as stupid does

A weird thing happened on the way to COVID. ... Klu-like symptoms: On May 1, officials in San Diego County ordered residents to start wearing face coverings while in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19. On May 2, an unnamed man went grocery shopping, where a number of shoppers took ...

Think positive, control what you can and let go

Hello dear readers, and welcome to May. The sun is out, the temperatures are rising, and that is a welcome gift right now. I’m not sure about you, but I’ve been taking several walks per day and drinking coffee on my porch whenever I can. There is such comfort in breathing fresh air and ...

A new Olympic-worthy sport: Dumpster diving

Dumpster diving is not an Olympic sport yet, but it could be someday, as you will read. It can’t be any crazier than the biathlon in the winter games, which wraps cross country skiing and rifle shooting into a single event. Could dumpster diving be Olympics-worthy? I informally surveyed my ...

‘Follow the money,’ but impossible to say exactly where $1.25B is going

During the Washington Post’s investigation into the Watergate break-in and cover-up, Deep Throat, or Mark Felt, tells reporter Bob Woodward “follow the money,” in the film All the President’s Men. Whether Felt actually said that or if a screen writer penned the iconic quote, belies ...

Collect payments for rooftop solar

As a member of the Science Technology & Energy committee of the New Hampshire House of Representatives for the past three years, I have been dealing with issues surrounding energy generation, renewable and sustainable energy and energy efficiency. As part of that process, I became aware of ...