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What is with you Yanks and your guns?

This past week when the NH House gathered in a parking lot at UNH to begin our 2021 session, last term’s speaker Steve Shurtleff attempted to amend our house rules by banning the carrying of arms in the Statehouse and House Chamber. It reminded me of a discussion I had with a Brit a few years ...

Coming together to support our kids

I would very much like to begin by wishing each of you a Happy New Year. Let us all hope that 2021 will bring many blessings and perhaps a little bit of hard-earned and well-deserved normalcy. My column this month will be a little bit different than others I have written in the past. What I ...

Nashua BOE needs to reconsider decision

Over the past year, the Nashua Board of Education has responded to the pandemic with an abundance of caution, presumed to be driven by good faith concern. Now, however, parents and students of the District are no longer able to assume good faith concern. On Jan. 12, the BOE decided that ...

What if Bill Gardner got a presidential call?

The January 2 one-hour phone call by President Trump demanding the Georgia Secretary of State to find 11,780 votes so Trump could carry Georgia is an abuse of his office and federal law (52 US Code section 20511 (2)(B). Georgia’s Secretary of State calmly explained to Mr. Trump that they ...

Presidents do the wackiest things

If you think Donald Trump is a bit on the unwonted side (he is), the U.S. has actually had a pack of presidential peculiarities that make The Donald seem, um, less unseemly. DIAL M FOR MURDER: Richard Milhous Nixon was paranoid. You think? Tricky Dick was obsessed and incensed with D.C. ...

A maskless feast

Food cravings. We all get them. For me it’s usually potato chips. Or Ghirardelli chocolate. Women often confess that being with child turns on the crave hormone. Just this week I saw an Instagram video of a guy coming out of anesthesia following surgery. A visiting person in recovery handed ...

Making politics a war zone

There are many things Donald Trump’s presidency will be remembered for, but the one that may be the most haunting is turning political discourse into a war zone. The culmination of this effort was the seditious riots in the nation’s Capitol Building by a Trump-inspired mob in an attempt ...

At-risk populations need to be priority

An end to the pandemic is finally in sight. Both Pfizer and Moderna reported that their vaccine candidates are 95 percent effective, and subsequently received emergency use authorization from the FDA. Prioritizing the delivery of vaccines to people most at risk – including those with ...

One Paul’s Opinion: A fine how do you do

Recently, on January 6, events shook our nation in ways that will be examined for years. I want to talk about how one man kept calm, and acted as a beacon of safety and security for all who could see him. In the middle of an ocean of chaos, he gave us signs that plans were already underway to ...

Trump, the Accelerant

I’m pretty sure since Donald Trump doesn’t read anything, except the comics inside a Bazooka Joe wrapper, if he were to read the word “accelerant” next to his name, he’d say, “No, it said ‘Trump the Excellent.’ Come on- because as we all know, I am really very excellent.” He ...

Family misadventures may be the basis for some urban legends

According to Oxford Languages, the online dictionary used by Google, an urban legend is “a humorous or horrific story or piece of information circulated as though true, especially one purporting to involve someone vaguely related or known to the teller.” You know how this goes. It’s ...

Pass the Flowbee

What have you been up to since, say, last March? Never mind. That was a trick question. I already know, thanks to Google Search Trends for 2020. The list has been released. Let’s see how your curiosity index compares to the rest of us housebound members of C.L.U. – COVID Lockdown ...

Online selling more common in the age of COVID-19

When you think of eBay.com, Etsy.com, Rubylane.com, Facebook marketplace, Chairish.com, and other sites for online selling, you probably think about electronics, toys, kitchen items, jewelry, paintings, magazines, clothes, doorknobs, bikes, celebrity autographs, and just about everything – ...

2021 session off to a rocky start

While 2020 is a year few will forget, many hoped this new year would provide a brighter and more hopeful panorama to explore. However, from a Concord perspective, the first few days of 2021 look a great deal like dirgeful 2020 days. The Legislature has yet to meet in 2021, but the opening ...

Should we resolve to resolve not to resolve?

It is once again that time of year when we all create our New Year’s resolutions, that list of things we resolve to do next year to make our lives better. This season often causes me to reminisce back to simpler times, when New Year’s Eve was owned by Guy Lombardo and his Royal ...

2020: Enough already – at least we didn’t get murder hornets

I’ve been racking my brain trying to think of pleasant things that happened in 2020. I fear I may fall short of my expectations. On the plus side, nobody got murdered by murder hornets, although some neighborhoods in rough parts of town were intimidated by murder hornet gangs. Murder ...