Regarding legislation to put cats, as our reporter Kevin Landrigan put it, on “equal footing” with dogs hit by motor vehicles, a couple of questions.

First, did anyone check with the cats? From our experience, cats do not consider themselves to be equal to any other creature. Rather, they put themselves on a pedestal, beneath which are humans and other riffraff. We won’t say we have “owned” any cats, for no one owns a cat. But we have from time to time lived under the same roof. We are in awe of them.

Second, the proposal would require a motorist to report to police or the pet’s owner if they should run over a cat. This, said a supporting state senator, would mean more injured cats would get medical attention and families of dead cats would get “closure.” Our question: is this a way for towns and cities to get their claws further into taxpayer pockets? How is the driver or the police to know where the cat resides? Unless, of course, the cat is wearing a license, which any self-respecting cat would decline. But isn’t that the logical next step?

The bill is popular. And why not? This kind of legislation is catnip to people-pleasing pols. Gov. Chris Sununu, pretty savvy at reading the public, nearly purred when asked if he would sign it. “You bet I will … Cats and dogs, dogs and cats, you can’t have one without the other,” he said. Actually, you can. The world is pretty much divided into dog lovers or cat lovers.

But we would give a profiles in courage award to the four state senators who dared to oppose the bill.

“I decry the continued further and further intrusion into the actions of the people that we represent,” said Sen. Bob Guida, noting that his stand is not for a lack of love of cats, “for which our family has had many over the years.”

We would name the other three brave solons but we suspect they have already heard a bunch of catcalls.

Friday, May 07, 2021

Is New Hampshire no longer the Live Free or Die state? When did it become so government-controlling as to dictate what type of drinks may be served at one’s ax-throwing emporium?

Amuri Diole should never have been released from state custody. That he was, and is now charged with a brutal assault and rape mere yards away from the jail that held him, is a travesty of justice and a mastery of finger-pointing.

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

The numbers of minority students in Manchester and Nashua public charter schools (a lower percentage than in other city schools) are neither surprising nor should they be considered discouraging. Charter schools are all about providing innovative alternatives to the traditional public school…

Don’t worry, White people. It’s not your fault that you are racists and that New Hampshire, like the nation, is rife with “systemic racism.” You just don’t know any better. You have “an overly simplistic and inaccurate view of racism.”

Sunday, May 02, 2021

A bill to make public the small list of current New Hampshire police officers who have had credibility issues should not have been necessary. But unanimous passage by the state Senate last week was nonetheless welcome. The House should follow suit.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Listening to President Joe Biden’s congressional speech this week put us in mind of a conservative’s observation about big-government Democrats and their ideology.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina gave the official Republican response to President Biden’s address this week. If the GOP ever hopes to recover from its 2020 losses, it will keep Scott in the spotlight.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Manchester is losing a valued public servant with the resignation of Ward 9 School Board member Arthur Beaudry. He is moving to Somersworth with his family. The Hilltoppers community would be wise to sign him up for something.