The news of the pending retirement of Catholic Medical Center’s Dr. Joseph Pepe is bittersweet. He richly deserves time to spend with his family and we wish him all the best, but his departure (next June) will be a big loss for CMC.

That is no reflection on his able successor, Alex Walker, who has been at Pepe’s side as chief operating officer. The two have worked in tandem, knowing that whenever Pepe stepped down, Walker was ready to step up.

Walker’s background as a lawyer will serve him well as CMC walks the increasingly complicated and competitive business of hospitals and healthcare in the 21st century. It doesn’t hurt, either, that Walker is a U.S. Marine veteran.

But Dr. Pepe is that rare breed of medical doctor who is as comfortable and competent as a hospital CEO as he had been as a family-practice physician. He brought a patient-first mentality to CMC that remains evident today.

Dr. Pepe has also worked diligently and honestly to maintain the Catholic precepts that have underlined CMC for much of the time since Notre Dame and Sacred Heart hospitals merged a half-century ago.

Pepe’s quiet leadership has been integral to CMC’s success. We wish Alex Walker the best in maintaining it.

Sunday, September 27, 2020
Friday, September 25, 2020

The Exeter Zoning Board of Adjustment made exactly the right call in its unanimous vote to allow the new owners of the former Ioka theater building to proceed with their project without keeping in place the theater marquee. Progress is not always perfect but those who oppose it need to be on…

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

We are thinking of establishing an award to duly recognize the most fantastic, over-the-top, errant nonsense uttered or issued in a New Hampshire political campaign. We know, that covers a lot of ground. We won’t test our readers’ memories on this. We will instead start from scratch: 2020 ca…

Sunday, September 20, 2020
Friday, September 18, 2020
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

A bit of good news amidst the ongoing worries over a pandemic, drought, and political tomfoolery came in our Monday business section report on a Mittersill ski project in Franconia Notch.

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Today the New Hampshire Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments in a case regarding release of the so called “Laurie List” or more formally the “Exculpatory Evidence Schedule.”

Sunday, September 13, 2020

The news of the pending retirement of Catholic Medical Center’s Dr. Joseph Pepe is bittersweet. He richly deserves time to spend with his family and we wish him all the best, but his departure (next June) will be a big loss for CMC.

Friday, September 11, 2020

It has been 19 years since Sept. 11, 2001, seared into America’s soul a terrible reminder that eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. If the United States is to remain that land of liberty, it must always be on guard, in big ways and small, against those who would deny us our freedom.