We sense that the grief that Republican Dan Innis is getting from the online PC police in Portsmouth is a bit more voluminous and harsher than that House Speaker Steve Shurtleff, Democrat, has taken.

Innis was until recently board chairman for the Chamber Collaborative of Greater Portsmouth. But he found himself at odds with the official chamber position favoring Portsmouth’s enacting a face-mask ordinance.

He tweeted his displeasure and noted that he wouldn’t be visiting the city “until the insanity ends.”

Shocked chamber officials issued a statement noting that they “carefully communicate the ideals the organization embraces as a whole, and ask that our leadership do the same.”

Chamber to Innis: lead our way or hit the highway.

Meanwhile, up the road in Durham (which Innis is calling the People’s Republic of Durham for its face-mask policies), the House was in session.

Speaker Shurtleff seemed as upset as Innis when told that some legislators had been drinking beer.

“If you want to be the village idiot, go back home. Don’t do it here,” said the Speaker.

Funny but we haven’t heard of any repercussions against Shurtleff for what the Portsmouth Chamber would no doubt call less than “respectful discourse.”

Perhaps the Speaker would care to enroll in a class on hospitality management? UNH Professor Innis happens to teach one.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

One good piece of news amongst all the depressing items last week came in the U.S. Senate confirmation hearings for Amy Coney Barrett. The bottom line is that Judge Barrett is one bright legal mind who has not only the intellect but also the intestinal fortitude to persevere in the many lega…

Friday, October 16, 2020

A New Hampshire superior court judge was correct this week in rejecting Democratic legislative leaders’ court challenge to the statute giving Gov. Chris Sununu emergency powers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sununu has used those extraordinary powers in a sensible, transparent, and inclusive …

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas is apparently undecided on whether New Hampshire and the nation should continue with its current way of choosing a president. This view, made on a recent public radio “debate,” is astonishing.

Sunday, October 11, 2020

On Sunday, Oct. 6, 1946, two men home from World War II published the first issue of their new New Hampshire newspaper. They had no presses, no home-delivery network, few advertising contracts, and just a handful of relationships with corner stores and newsstands. (They sold copies on church…

It wasn’t business as usual for the Business and Industry Association’s annual Lifetime Achievement and New Hampshire Advantage awards event this week. How could it be? A dinner that usually draws a sell-out crowd was not possible in this strange year.

Wednesday, October 07, 2020

We would have a beer with Dan Feltes. We thought Sunday News columnist Pat Hynes was a bit harsh in his latest piece, in which he expressed a preference for hoisting a brew with Chris Sununu. If Hynes had to drink with Feltes, he wrote, he would pour the beer under the bar and make up an exc…

Sunday, October 04, 2020

Gov. Chris Sununu used to run the family-owned Waterville Valley ski resort, so naturally he knows nothing about the ski business and should be kept far, far away from any state decisions regarding New Hampshire skiing during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

A headline last week referencing a Greek Orthodox church in Portsmouth got us thinking about the proper roles of church and state. A church pastor (who reportedly is no longer there) was allowing the sharing of a single communal instrument. State authorities suspect the practice led to a COV…

Friday, October 02, 2020

As for holidays and the like, both “sons” and “daughters” days snuck up on us this year. Actually, that’s not true. Having been blissfully unaware of this latest “days” business until it crossed our Facebook pages this week, it was less a sneak attack than a complete gobsmack.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

U.S. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer is terribly upset. It’s not only that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dying wish was that the next President name her successor. Schumer is appalled that Donald Trump’s nominee is, in Schumer’s view, the complete opposite of Ginsburg’s liberal judici…