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When politicians talk about “the science,” they often limit discussion to their science. A long as we understand that, we can defend ourselves by checking more reliable sources. But what happens when the politicians start tinkering with primary sources – with reports from government ...

Unfounded doubt

Our country’s political process appears to be under attack by a number of politicians happy to destroy our democracy if it improves their image. Since election day on November 3rd a persistent coordinated attack on the results of the election, let by President Trump has taken place. A ...

Forget about bipartisanship

On Wednesday, Jan. 6 the Speaker of the House, Sherman Packard (R-Trump – Londonderry) was elected. His first act as Speaker was a shameful display of extreme partisanship. In his acceptance speech, he reinforced the lies his party has espoused for many years. Let me be clear, Democrats ARE ...

It’s time to start believing

There is very little that we can say about the events that transpired yesterday that we haven’t already said before. What we witnessed in Washington should come as no surprise to anyone who has been paying attention. White supremacists were incited by Republican lawmakers and the sitting ...

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 – ...

Power vs. duty in American politics

To anyone paying attention the last four years, Trump’s refusal to accept that he lost the 2020 presidential election fair and square could not truly come as a surprise. That he would never concede was practically a given. What we could not know (and still do not know) with any certainty is ...

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 ...

Inspiration for the new year

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi ––– “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King Jr. ––– “There are only two ...

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 ...

Saddened and dismayed

Hate speech should have no place in a civil society. But ‘should have’ is aspirational. The reality is that hate speech is increasingly part of public discourse. My perception, that I readily admit might be skewed by my age, is that social media makes it easier for people to communicate ...

The State v. the Commonwealth

Our family moved from Massachusetts to New Hampshire in 2014. My wife and I included the income tax savings (as remote employees for Massachusetts based companies) in our affordability calculations and settled in a beautiful community within the Boston MSA. We were far from the first ones to ...

Tremendous value

It has been an honor to serve on the Hillsborough UNH Cooperative Extension Advisory Committee. During our term we have been able to see firsthand the value that Extension gives to our community, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the services they offer include: • A ...

Gratitude for 2020

I laughed as I read a friend’s 2020 Christmas letter. We all know 2020 has been challenging. But I didn’t realize how much until I read her month-by-month replay of the year and all the unusual things that happened in her family as well as around the world. Besides the obvious, there were ...