Manchester’s Superintendent of Schools did the right thing in eating a slice of humble pie before this old year has ended.

Dr. John Goldhardt must have been having a particularly bad day when he lashed out at a teacher whose offense was to complain about a broken copy machine in particular and student disrespect in general at her school, Parkside Middle School. He accused her of political motives just before the city elections.

In his apology, the super said he had learned a valuable lesson “to be much more cautious with the credibility of information that is shared with me.”

Goldhardt is starting the new year on the right note. And the lesson is a valuable one for all. It is sort of like the old newspaper maxim that holds: If your mother says she loves you, get a second source.


Manchester lost a big booster when Barbara Shaw died last week.

Shaw took her years of teaching experience into her political work, serving as both a state representative and as alderman from Ward 9.

Neither of those positions is a cakewalk these days. Spending days in Concord and evenings at City Hall (some of the latter stretching on for hours) is not for the faint of heart.

Our condolences to Shaw’s family and many friends and colleagues.

Friday, January 14, 2022

When did New Hampshire’s Republican Party develop such an inferiority complex? We reference its House majority attempting to stack the voting deck to win future congressional races in the 1st District while ceding the 2nd District to the Democrats. Somewhere the ghost of Jim Cleveland must b…

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

In the matter of Harmony Montgomery, age 7, missing for more than two years, New Hampshire is going to need more than the “it takes a village” platitudes coming from New Hampshire’s outgoing child advocate. New Hampshire needs a full and transparent audit and accounting of any and all intera…

Outside of the Salem area, where he lives and runs his Freshwater Farms business, and Concord, where he is president of the state Senate, Chuck Morse flies under the radar. That will surely change this year as he campaigns for the U.S. Senate. He has our thanks and best wishes. He has done e…

Sunday, January 09, 2022

Some things are supposed to go downhill in New Hampshire. Perhaps it is fitting that even as the state loses the institution that is Secretary of State Bill Gardner, alpine skiing has been turned upside down.

Friday, January 07, 2022

The New Hampshire House did the state a service this week in sustaining a gubernatorial veto of legislation that would overturn the long-held tradition of having state political primaries in the fall. Next year, it should make quick work of spiking a bill that would be worse than the first.

The continued efforts at both state and national levels to “forgive” student loans would stick taxpayers with even more debt while only encouraging the real source of the problem: rampant, incessant, and totally unjustified increases in post-secondary education costs. Colleges and universiti…

Wednesday, January 05, 2022

The New Hampshire Legislature meets today for the first time in the new year. One piece of legislation carried over from last year would require that local agencies provide 24 hours’ public notice whenever federal officials set up highway checkpoints to apprehend persons who have entered the…

The New Hampshire statute intended to prevent classroom discrimination based on a pupil’s race, gender, or religion sounds a lot like the State of Colorado’s constitutional prohibition against “any distinction or classification of pupils…on account of race or color.” The latter was adopted i…