The New Hampshire Legislature meets today for the first time in the new year. One piece of legislation carried over from last year would require that local agencies provide 24 hours’ public notice whenever federal officials set up highway checkpoints to apprehend persons who have entered the U.S. illegally.

You read that correctly. We thought an opponent of the bill, Republican Chris True of Sandown, summed it up well. He said it requires that notice be given so that those who are in the country illegally are alerted and can avoid the checkpoint.

But a bill proponent, Rep. Linda Harriott-Gathright, D-Nashua, said the notice is needed “given the significant intrusion on civil liberties that these federal checkpoints represent.”

Wait. Are significant intrusions of Granite Staters’ civil liberties OK with her so long as we all get a 24-hour head start? Is Harriott-Gathright really concerned with our civil liberties or is she merely trying to help illegals avoid apprehension?

We don’t think highway checkpoints are the best use of time or resources in New Hampshire. We already have a checkpoint at the Canadian border. Having agents of government, whether federal or state, stopping us and asking for our papers seems like Big Brother. But this “notice” bill doesn’t address that concern.

It would, however, finally give meaning and purpose to all those flashing highway signs put up at taxpayer expense.

“You might want to get off the bus now,” would be more informative than “Prepare for winter conditions.” Of course, multiple translations would be needed.

Friday, January 21, 2022

Modern word-speak has become too much for us. We have long since ignored much “breaking news.” It is seldom news, and being the first to post a press release is hardly shattering.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

So long as the facts don’t get in their way, the proponents of reviving costly commuter trains to Boston will continue on their way. Witness Mayor Joyce Craig and friends’ current hunt for the best place to park trains overnight.

A bill in the legislature to outlaw vote-counting machines is a solution looking for a non-existing problem. We have to wonder if this is another attempt by supporters of Donald Trump to persist with his intentional lying about the 2020 presidential election.

Sunday, January 16, 2022

The Biden administration is overdue for a booster shot. The efficacy of its public health messaging is clearly wearing off, as more and more Americans become less and less confident in what it says.

Mayor Joyce Craig, confronted with what looks like a nice little pay scandal in the Manchester Fire Department, has her “policy director” out with the standard government-issue response.

Friday, January 14, 2022

The local landlord is a go-to bad guy in the pantheon of Bullywood villains. Trotted out to help a young Vito Corleone emerge a don in “The Godfather,” a landlord is pressured not to evict, but instead even to lower the rent, for a tenant who squanders a below-market lease by keeping a dog a…

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Wednesday, January 12, 2022

In the matter of Harmony Montgomery, age 7, missing for more than two years, New Hampshire is going to need more than the “it takes a village” platitudes coming from New Hampshire’s outgoing child advocate. New Hampshire needs a full and transparent audit and accounting of any and all intera…