Does the City of Manchester need a “homeless coordinator” for a cool $94,000 a year? Taxpayers need not worry about the cost, of course. The “feds” are picking up the tab. At least for now.

Skeptical taxpayers know the drill here. The “feds” are really the taxpayers. The money grown on trees in Washington originates with them. One “homeless coordinator” soon enough turns into an office and then a whole department; and when the federal “grant” dries up, the local government bureaucracy, with the enthusiastic backing of local business and non-profit groups, exerts pressure to bill the local taxpayer directly.

This is Mayor Joyce Craig’s latest brainstorm. We are impressed that she could find time away from miscounting the city school population for this subject but with an election coming, being able to shift responsibility for the homeless is a good motive.

With any true challenge, big-government types like the mayor will always default to growing that government. Never mind all the money and resources, both public and private, that already go toward the many issues involved here. Military veterans agencies, city and state welfare, housing assistance, health agencies, food pantries and shelters, to name but a few, all work on the problem. Publicly, they are unlikely to disparage another helper. Privately, they no doubt would rather have a few extra dollars sent directly their way.

Remember late last year when a city businessman was pilloried for scooping up a building being eyed as an overflow housing shelter? His offer of another property was rejected by the city because, it said, more exits and bathrooms would be needed. It might not have been enough but $94,000 would have gone a ways toward fitting up. At least the city would have had something concrete. Instead, we will have a coordinator.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
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The exact quote and circumstances have been beclouded by the years, but it is generally accepted that President Theodore Roosevelt, frustrated with the antics of his eldest daughter, once observed: “I can either run the country or I can attend to Alice, but I cannot possibly do both.”

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

It was nice to read in the most recent New Hampshire Sunday News that flu cases in 2020 have dropped to almost nothing. Doctors are pointing to the COVID-19 precautions of wearing masks, avoiding large gatherings and frequent handwashing as the reason for the lack of influenza cases.

New Hampshire police have a very difficult and often dangerous job keeping the citizens of our great state protected. We support them in their mission.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Asked at his press conference last Thursday why teachers aren’t getting first priority for vaccinations, Gov. Chris Sununu noted that teachers deal with the age group least susceptible to the ravages of COVID-19. He also said that if a teacher is age 65 or over, or has serious health conditi…

Friday, January 15, 2021

Sorry, but we don’t buy the New Hampshire GOP’s “cutting the line” complaint against our two U.S. senators for getting vaccinated last week anymore than we buy the Democrat response that the Republicans had “crossed the line” by “viciously attacking female members of Congress.”

The state’s electronic message boards along our highways can be helpful in emergencies and when traffic backups warn that a different route might be in order. When not used for traffic information, however, things can get confusing.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Sunday, January 10, 2021

We don’t know about the students, but the Manchester School Board and district officials have real trouble with numbers. Just over two years ago, they paid an outside consultant to tell them they were going to need more space at the elementary level because those schools were overcrowded. Le…

The lack of proper security at the U.S. Capitol last week was frightening and appalling. Some called Jan. 6 a day, like Pearl Harbor, that will live in infamy. We agree. It should also invoke the equally historic phrase of “never again.”

Friday, January 08, 2021

Wednesday’s rioting and insurrection in Washington, D.C., underlined the importance of yesterday’s inaugural ceremonies in Concord being a public event. Indeed, the Washington spectacle makes it all the more vital that such business be conducted in public. Regrettably, Gov. Chris Sununu had …