Being the police chief in any college town is seldom an easy job. Being chief in Durham, home to the University of New Hampshire, with a physical footprint that has grown over much of the community, surely is no walk in the park.

Yet Chief Dave Kurz, who will retire on Independence Day this year, has made it work for his 21-member force, for the community, and for UNH, which has its own on-campus security force as well.

Town Administrator Todd Selig sings the chief’s praises for a policing philosophy that “police are the guardians of the community. That philosophy applies to everyone, no matter who they are, whether they are students or an elderly person in town.”

To be sure, Durham has had its unruly college crowds, which have put Kurz and his department to the test over his 24 years’ service. But the fact that a lot of Granite Staters outside of Durham don’t know the chief’s name is very much a good thing.

The fact that within Durham and on-campus Chief Kurz is known and respected is also a good thing. He will be missed, for all the right reasons.

Sunday, April 05, 2020

Gov. Chris Sununu seems somehow to have survived his recent brush with death in which he ordered the closure of hair salons as being not an essential service in these troubled times. The man has a mother, wife and several sisters and yet he lives.

Friday, April 03, 2020

Some New Hampshire school districts are considering canceling the traditional week-long April vacation. Others (like Merrimack) already have done so. We have our own view on the subject, but one thing we really like is that some districts have sought community input, particularly parents, be…

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

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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