Putting the public’s information in the public’s hands is always a good thing. It is particularly so in a time when government actions are being repeatedly called into question and doubt.

In New Hampshire, the Supreme Court has helped underline the importance of the people’s right to know with several recent decisions. The most recent is because of the efforts of a Keene State College professor, her students, and Atty. Gregory Sullivan, who argued their case. (Sullivan is also counsel for this newspaper.)

The City of Keene spent a lot of time and taxpayer dollars refusing student journalists’ requests for information that is their right to see under the state Right-to-Know law.

Professor Marianne Salcetti’s class sought information on restaurant inspection scores, records of police cases, and sexual assault records in which drugs or alcohol were factors.

The court followed the law’s clear meaning, ruling that public records should be public.

What we especially liked was the court’s observation “that this dispute has consumed an inordinate amount of time, energy, and resources — judicial and otherwise.” It suggested that the law is “best served when the members of the public and the governmental bodies are guided by a spirit of collaboration.”

In other words, rather than make it difficult and costly for all parties, perhaps the public servants and the members of the public making a request should work together. What a novel idea.

Sunday, September 20, 2020
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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

A bit of good news amidst the ongoing worries over a pandemic, drought, and political tomfoolery came in our Monday business section report on a Mittersill ski project in Franconia Notch.

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Today the New Hampshire Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments in a case regarding release of the so called “Laurie List” or more formally the “Exculpatory Evidence Schedule.”

Sunday, September 13, 2020

The news of the pending retirement of Catholic Medical Center’s Dr. Joseph Pepe is bittersweet. He richly deserves time to spend with his family and we wish him all the best, but his departure (next June) will be a big loss for CMC.

Friday, September 11, 2020

It has been 19 years since Sept. 11, 2001, seared into America’s soul a terrible reminder that eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. If the United States is to remain that land of liberty, it must always be on guard, in big ways and small, against those who would deny us our freedom.

In April of 1963 the USS Thresher departed the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for dive trials following an overhaul. The nuclear-powered boat launched as the fastest and quietest sub in the depths of the Cold War.

Wednesday, September 09, 2020
Sunday, September 06, 2020

Primary elections are coming up on Tuesday. With no serious opposition, the state’s all-Democrat congressional delegation awaits Republican foes in November. The same holds for Gov. Chris Sununu, who awaits a Democratic opponent. But judging from the primary campaigns thus far, there isn’t a…

Presidential debates are often more memorable for their fluff or gaffes rather than their substance. John F. Kennedy looked healthier than Richard Nixon (even though it was JFK who had an undisclosed chronic disease).

We still like our pick of U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota in the last presidential primary here. Imagine how lively a debate between her and President Trump would have been.

Friday, September 04, 2020
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New Hampshire has been relatively fortunate with the viral pandemic, for a lot of reasons. One, we are a small state in terms of population. Two, several of our counties are sparsely populated and even in the southern counties, we are not packed together in large urban settings.