Superior Court Judge Marguerite Wageling applied the law and her usual tough common sense to her recent sentencing decision in a drug case involving a huge amount of the killer drug fentanyl. The enormity of the crime demanded it.

Wageling sent Manchester resident Trevor Phillips to prison for 10 to 20 years for his leading role in an operation involving more than 2.7 pounds of fentanyl. That’s enough lethality to kill an awful lot of people. It was, the judge noted, by far the largest such amount in her 10 years on the bench.

Phillips’ public defender asked for a lighter sentence and said his client had accepted responsibility for his actions. Phillips himself asked for mercy, “so I can get home to my kids.”

What Phillips was “responsible” for was an operation that was the largest involving fentanyl in state history; and would have brought him large profits at the expense of lives.

The Rockingham County Sheriff’s drug task force was responsible for his capture and Judge Wageling is responsible for a fair sentence. We can only hope that Phillips and others like him who deal in death will learn something from all this.

Sunday, February 23, 2020
Friday, February 21, 2020

Before another New Hampshire Presidential Primary fades from memory, it may be instructive — and comforting — for Granite Staters to consider a few words of praise from a national media figure. In an age when it is much more popular to dismiss the primary than to appreciate it, columnist Geo…

The National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago recently tested the civic knowledge of a nationally representative sample of Americans with a series of questions on foundational events in U.S. history as well as political principles.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
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The Manchester Proud education group has put much thought and hard work into its plans for city schools, as it will demonstrate this Thursday at 6 p.m. at Memorial High School. But its lack of any meaningful study of the role of public charter schools is disappointing.

Monday, February 17, 2020
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The existing Manchester school board will meet at Memorial High this Thursday night to review and possibly accept the Manchester Proud group’s plans. How a future school board will be constituted is the work of the new School District Charter Commission. And its nine members want to hear from you.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Recently proposed New Hampshire legislation would toughen criminal sentences for drunk or drugged drivers in incidents in which someone dies. Emotional testimony at the bill’s hearing suggested that such a law might have prevented these deaths.

Friday, February 14, 2020

The Presidential Primary post-mortems have piled up like yesterday’s snow and ice and will soon melt away. Predictably, the national pundits have again learned little. They have gone right back to relying on national polls to tell us who has any chance to gain the Democratic nomination.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

In addition to opposing Hillary Clinton in 2016, Donald Trump was favored by many Americans who simply cried “enough!” at the duplicitous and spendthrift ways of both Republicans and Democrats. Voters, it seems, were tired of being bought off with their own money.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020