How on earth does Fidelity Investments intend to add 475 jobs in New Hampshire without the assistance of the state’s new Office of Outdoor Recreation Development? Or is the company, which is hiring 4,000 people nationwide, relying on this latest government office to reel in recruits?

But wait, we read that Fidelity already employs more than 5,800 people in New Hampshire. How did that ever happen before the creation of the new public office that is going to “connect our state’s world class outdoor assets to broad economic development strategies such as workforce and business recruitment?”

You don’t suppose companies such as this and many others either started or expanded in New Hampshire because of our low taxes, business-friendly (and small) government, and good education value? Could they have somehow become aware of our world class outdoor assets before this office was created to tell them?

To be sure, our state offices that deal with tourism and business development have long used our wonderful outdoors to great advantage. It is, as we have often noted, part of the overall New Hampshire Advantage. But adding more government directors is unlikely to help much. It may even hurt. How about hiring a secretary for the Site Evaluation Committee instead?

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
Thursday, April 29, 2021
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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

It was good to read that Fish and Game Conservation Officer Chris Egan is on the mend from a serious snowmobile accident earlier this year. It’s even better to read that CO Egan is “paying it forward” in appreciation of what others with acute physical problems face down every day.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

There is much wrong with New Hampshire House Bill 544, currently attached to state budget legislation. It would supposedly stop the propagation of such divisive concepts as “Critical Race Theory” (CRT) in public classrooms or in private work spaces.

The Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire was right to oppose HB 544 (see related editorial). Government shouldn’t be telling private companies what they can and cannot address with their employees.

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One of the more uplifting moments of World War II happened this day in the spring of 1945. On April 25th in Torgau, Germany, and elsewhere nearby, Soviet and American troops met, cutting remaining German resistance in two. Hitler would take his own life less than a week later in the rubble o…

Friday, April 23, 2021

We don’t know what intoxicant or drug may have impaired a wrong-way driver on the Everett Turnpike last Friday night week. But the result — two young lives lost — is another reminder of what a potentially deadly weapon we wield whenever we get behind the wheel.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

We hate to rain on anyone’s parade but we wonder what standards were used at the state level in naming Manchester its “School Board of the Year.” Is this for perfect attendance or just for playing well with others?

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Manchester’s mayor, as mayors are wont to do in an election year, was tossing out all manner of ideas last week. We have no quarrel with that. It is good to hear new ideas, and Mayor Joyce Craig says she wants to hear from the public about the $44 million that has fallen in the city’s lap un…

Judging from the official notifications from New Hampshire’s very own Office of Homeland Security last week, along with robocalls from power companies telling us to charge our batteries or head for higher ground, one would think that New Hampshire has never before had to deal with snow in April.