Aldermanic candidate Dan Goonan, the former fire chief, says he is trying to put the “non” back in “nonpartisan” in Manchester government. Good luck with that, chief.

Supposedly “non-partisan” elections were envisioned as a key to the city’s success when the idea was hatched, and sold to voters, by a previous city charter commission. The change did nothing to keep the political parties from pouring money and influence into the system.

This failure may be one of the reasons why voters in last week’s city primary overwhelmingly rejected a proposal for yet another charter commission. The people, as opposed to the politicians, are sick of them.

The latest scheme to allow the school board to have exclusive power over school district spending is the product of yet another charter initiative.

That idea will be on the ballot in November. The politicians are worried that the resounding “no!” vote last week does not bode well for this latest notion. We can only hope.

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Students at the University of New Hampshire rank their school relatively favorably on a range of free speech issues. How favorably? Enough to place UNH as third-best nationally according to an annual ranking by FIRE, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

An oil leak off the California coast brought the usual, and ever-louder, clamor for an end to fossil fuel use. One report we read said that even the huge container vessels that ply the seas must be converted from oil use to batteries. The report did acknowledge that the batteries might have …

Friday, October 08, 2021

We’re not going to kick Mark Zuckerberg, he looks like too much of a crier; and we can’t blame Facebook for being rapacious. Of course it is. It tell us so every day in the posts we are fed. Users can hardly feign surprise. Nor is it surprising that such a large and successful company might …

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

Kingston state Rep. Ken Weyler, an M.I.T graduate and former commercial airline pilot, has given long and loyal years of service to New Hampshire. Like many legislators, that work for his state and country didn’t begin at the State House.

Sunday, October 03, 2021

The lynching of democracy in New Hampshire last Wednesday morning was not Gov. Chris Sununu’s finest hour. We expected his press conference later that day to begin with a ringing denunciation of those who had successfully shut down an Executive Council meeting. We expected him to make it cle…