New Hampshire’s Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is among those incensed that Donald Trump has spiked plans to put Harriet Tubman’s likeness on the U.S. $20 bill. It would be in place of President Andrew Jackson who, like Shaheen, was a Democrat.

Trump has said that the Tubman effort is just “pure political correctness.”

Sort of like the political correctness Shaheen’s party has been engaged in recently to rename events (such as Jefferson-Jackson Day fundraisers) because those Democrats were slave owners.

Some of these efforts can lead to the absurd, as columnist George Will pointed out in a piece last week. Thomas Jefferson being a slave-owner, Will asked, should not the “prime real estate” along Washington’s Tidal Basin be repurposed from its current use for the Jefferson Memorial?

Other than cost, we have no quarrel with putting Harriet Tubman on the $20. A remarkable and courageous woman, perhaps this effort would introduce her experiences to the mass of Americans who know nothing of Tubman or, for that matter, not much else of U.S. history.

We are surprised at Shaheen. Already running for another term, she is engaged in cranking out so much PR fluff that some people may assume she has officially changed her name to Bipartisan Shaheen.

Why wouldn’t she suggest that the Treasury alternate printing $20 bills with Tubman and Jackson taking turns on the front? The plan was to put Battle of New Orleans victor Jackson on the back of the Tubman bill anyway. A two-faced $20 seems appropriate for these times.

Friday, July 23, 2021

Who says New Hampshire politicians aren’t bipartisan? Republican Gov. Chris Sununu appears united with our all-Democrat congressional delegation in opposing an extension of a travel ban on Canadian tourists.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Some readers responded to this week’s Sunday News package on road rudeness, speeding, and law enforcement by suggesting that the police go find something better to do. We don’t think there can be much better work than protecting public safety, and that includes on our highways and byways. We…

In the little town of Bethlehem, the stillness is being broken of late by one motel resident whose IQ is apparently just high enough to correctly spell four-letter words.

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Manchester Mayoral candidate Rich Girard and fellow conservative Victoria Sullivan will likely be duking it out to see who ends up challenging incumbent Joyce Craig. But political surprises do happen and if Craig maintains the posture she showed last week, perhaps she will be the also-ran th…

News came last week of the departure of two very valuable contributors to New Hampshire, one at the state level and one in Manchester. While we wish Jim Roche and Keith Hirschmann the very best, the state and city will feel their loss.

Friday, July 16, 2021

U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas is among the politicians touting expensive passenger trains to Boston as another way to spend public dollars in the latest “infrastructure” plan. It is hard to keep track of how many spending bills he has signed onto. This one is for $760 billion.

No offense to John Paul Jones and those who keep his memory alive but a headline on our photo spread celebrating his 274th birthday last Sunday cannot go without at least a word or two on behalf of another sailor who can also lay claim to being the “Father of the U.S. Navy.”

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

At first we misheard the news report. We thought science had eradicated the gypsy moth caterpillar. No more unsightly tents on New Hampshire trees and shrubs, built during the insect’s periodic visits. Yippee!