One good piece of news amongst all the depressing items last week came in the U.S. Senate confirmation hearings for Amy Coney Barrett. The bottom line is that Judge Barrett is one bright legal mind who has not only the intellect but also the intestinal fortitude to persevere in the many legal challenges that will come before the U.S. Supreme Court in the years ahead.

A woman who has raised seven children while excelling at jobs as a law professor and as a judge was not likely to be bothered at all by the prattling and diatribes of bloviating senators during her long days at the confirmation table.

She had the patience not just of Job but also of mom during this political theater. On the few occasions when she was asked serious and relevant questions (not including who in her house does the family laundry), her answers made it clear that this is one smart and savvy individual who will add value to the highest court in the land for a long time to come, God willing.

The political process that now defines and decides court appointments may have slipped too far into farce ever to recover, but we can at least take comfort one more good judge will apparently make it through.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

We have long been skeptical of the City of Nashua spending millions of taxpayer dollars in pursuit of creating a performing arts center out of the former Alec’s Shoe building in its downtown. The public demand for such a venue has always seemed faint, centered mostly with politicians who fin…

Today’s Sunday News contains within it two publications that may contain different types of treasure for readers. One may reward you with real property of which you were unaware. Another may serve to remind you of the real wealth all Americans share.

One good piece of news amongst all the depressing items last week came in the U.S. Senate confirmation hearings for Amy Coney Barrett. The bottom line is that Judge Barrett is one bright legal mind who has not only the intellect but also the intestinal fortitude to persevere in the many lega…

Friday, October 16, 2020

A New Hampshire superior court judge was correct this week in rejecting Democratic legislative leaders’ court challenge to the statute giving Gov. Chris Sununu emergency powers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sununu has used those extraordinary powers in a sensible, transparent, and inclusive …

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas is apparently undecided on whether New Hampshire and the nation should continue with its current way of choosing a president. This view, made on a recent public radio “debate,” is astonishing.

Sunday, October 11, 2020

On Sunday, Oct. 6, 1946, two men home from World War II published the first issue of their new New Hampshire newspaper. They had no presses, no home-delivery network, few advertising contracts, and just a handful of relationships with corner stores and newsstands. (They sold copies on church…

It wasn’t business as usual for the Business and Industry Association’s annual Lifetime Achievement and New Hampshire Advantage awards event this week. How could it be? A dinner that usually draws a sell-out crowd was not possible in this strange year.

Wednesday, October 07, 2020

We would have a beer with Dan Feltes. We thought Sunday News columnist Pat Hynes was a bit harsh in his latest piece, in which he expressed a preference for hoisting a brew with Chris Sununu. If Hynes had to drink with Feltes, he wrote, he would pour the beer under the bar and make up an exc…

Sunday, October 04, 2020

Gov. Chris Sununu used to run the family-owned Waterville Valley ski resort, so naturally he knows nothing about the ski business and should be kept far, far away from any state decisions regarding New Hampshire skiing during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

A headline last week referencing a Greek Orthodox church in Portsmouth got us thinking about the proper roles of church and state. A church pastor (who reportedly is no longer there) was allowing the sharing of a single communal instrument. State authorities suspect the practice led to a COV…

Friday, October 02, 2020