A lot of good conversation and examining of ideas regarding the future of Manchester public education is going on in this new year. It is important that the public pays attention and weighs in.

Be sure to read Sunday’s City Hall column in this paper or at UnionLeader.com. Reporter Paul Feely captures some interesting conversations as aldermen, school board members and the new charter-revision committee go to work.

Should the mayor continue to chair the school board? Should the school board be responsible for its own budget? Should that board be smaller?

We gather that the current mayor and her predecessors think the mayor has enough to do without the school board role. That’s definitely worth looking at.

So, too, is a multi-year, staggered terms setup for board members, so that the entire board isn’t technically new every two years. We could buy into that; but the idea of eliminating representation by ward in favor of an “at-large” structure for all seats is problematic. Local representation is a vital part of keeping each ward connected. That should be preserved in some form.

With Manchester Proud and a new superintendent weighing in as well, this will be an important year. And let’s not forget the taxpayers who will foot the bill for change or for the status quo.

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

The news and our own experiences tell us that we are living in uncertain times like none other in American history. It is true that the coronavirus pandemic and state and national government responses to it, as well as those of the general public, are drastic and extreme.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

The town of Washington has had one of its 1,200 residents test positive for COVID-19. The person was in the hospital last week. Someone at the South Broadway Honey Dew Donut shop in Salem for hours at a time on the mornings of March 17-19 also tested positive. A third person with the virus w…

Saturday, March 28, 2020
Friday, March 27, 2020

The stories we have been reporting of New Hampshire individuals and businesses stepping up to meet the viral pandemic are inspiring but not at all surprising. Our small state has long been characterized by its neighbor-helping-neighbor attitude. It was meeting challenges long before anyone e…

Monday, March 23, 2020
Sunday, March 22, 2020

The reality as well as the projections for the immediate future of the COVID-19 pandemic make it clear that returning to business as usual in New Hampshire and the nation is not right around the corner. But getting to that corner is vital.

Friday, March 20, 2020
Wednesday, March 18, 2020