No offense to John Paul Jones and those who keep his memory alive but a headline on our photo spread celebrating his 274th birthday last Sunday cannot go without at least a word or two on behalf of another sailor who can also lay claim to being the “Father of the U.S. Navy.”

Jones is the more colorful and his stirring “I have not yet begun to fight” was an inspirational rallying cry for New Hampshiremen and other colonists taking on the world’s biggest navy, that of Great Britain. Jones rented a room in Portsmouth as his ship, the Ranger, was being built there.

John Barry apparently failed in the sloganeering department, but his contributions to the Navy’s founding were vast. He was the Navy’s first commissioned officer and first flag officer. He was also in command in the Revolution’s last sea battle and he trained many of the young officers who would go on to celebrated naval careers. (Commanding the USS Raleigh, the ship depicted on our state flag, Barry took three British ships as prizes in 1778.)

Some argue that John Adams, who as president oversaw the establishment of the permanent Navy, has a legitimate claim as its father. But Adams has had more than his share of the limelight.

Barry, an immigrant from County Wexford, Ireland, was a merchant shipmaster at the age of 21 and when war came, he outfitted the first continental fleet. He then commanded in numerous sea battles that bedeviled the “Rule Britannia” boys.

Victory, as the saying goes, has many fathers. America’s independence had many; and John Barry was surely among them.

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig has decided to reinstate the post of director of economic development. She says the director will work with city departments and the business community to develop a “strategy.” Funny how these things happen just in time for an election.

Manchester voters who would like to see Joe Kelly Levasseur continue to challenge the status quo at City Hall should consider voting for him for alderman at large this Tuesday and leaving the second at-large box unchecked. Since several candidates are running for two spots, this single or “b…

Some public positions once carried the title of PIO, for Press Information Officer. We get it that times change and job duties change with them. But we were still startled to read that the title for the job at the state Department of Corrections is now the director of “communications, market…

Friday, September 17, 2021

It’s too bad that Mr. “Nobody” from Keene has made that his legal name. If Joyce Craig of Manchester had it, the Tuesday mayoral contest could offer voters the choice of Rich Girard, Victoria Sullivan, or Nobody.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

No one spoke more eloquently or passionately on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks than did former President George W. Bush at the Shanksville, Pa., memorial service. These are excerpts from his remarks. -Editors

Sunday, September 12, 2021

We hold no brief for Manchester resident Joshua Fields, a convicted felon who is considered by a judge to be a danger to the public. But that judge, Landya McCafferty of the U.S. District Court, still saw fit to grant the man early release from prison.

Heroes are people who put their lives in peril in order to save others. We pause this weekend to remember the heroes of Sept. 11, 2001, along with all who perished.