This is surely not original with us, but Alex Ray of the Common Man restaurants is anything but a common man. He is an original, and New Hampshire and the world are fortunate to have him.

Ray is more than a successful businessman who provides good food to his patrons and good jobs for his employees. He pays it forward, as the saying goes, helping out those in need, whether in New Hampshire or elsewhere.

Two years ago, you could find him in the Bahamas, not on vacation but to help provide meals in the wake of a particularly devastating hurricane. Before that, he was in Puerto Rico, Haiti, Honduras, and other hurricane-stricken locales.

Last week, Ray was in Kentucky, doing similar work for those left homeless by super tornados. He had help, too. Plymouth businesses Flip’n Furniture and Ladders Thrift donated to the cause, as did Mount Prospect Academy.

Ray’s Kindness for Kentucky program is working with the World Central Kitchen, which Ray has helped in the past, to solicit donations. His Common Man restaurants are accepting donations through Dec. 31 for the cause and will match up to $100,000.

Want a “win-win” before the end of the year? Dine at a Common Man and make a donation. The meals are good, too.

Friday, January 14, 2022

When did New Hampshire’s Republican Party develop such an inferiority complex? We reference its House majority attempting to stack the voting deck to win future congressional races in the 1st District while ceding the 2nd District to the Democrats. Somewhere the ghost of Jim Cleveland must b…

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…

Outside of the Salem area, where he lives and runs his Freshwater Farms business, and Concord, where he is president of the state Senate, Chuck Morse flies under the radar. That will surely change this year as he campaigns for the U.S. Senate. He has our thanks and best wishes. He has done e…

Sunday, January 09, 2022

Some things are supposed to go downhill in New Hampshire. Perhaps it is fitting that even as the state loses the institution that is Secretary of State Bill Gardner, alpine skiing has been turned upside down.

Friday, January 07, 2022

The New Hampshire House did the state a service this week in sustaining a gubernatorial veto of legislation that would overturn the long-held tradition of having state political primaries in the fall. Next year, it should make quick work of spiking a bill that would be worse than the first.

The continued efforts at both state and national levels to “forgive” student loans would stick taxpayers with even more debt while only encouraging the real source of the problem: rampant, incessant, and totally unjustified increases in post-secondary education costs. Colleges and universiti…

Wednesday, January 05, 2022

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…

The New Hampshire statute intended to prevent classroom discrimination based on a pupil’s race, gender, or religion sounds a lot like the State of Colorado’s constitutional prohibition against “any distinction or classification of pupils…on account of race or color.” The latter was adopted i…