Here is something good that COVID-19 accomplished in New Hampshire. It has allowed citizens from Coos to the sea to be able to attend some legislative hearings without having to drive to Concord. We hope that isn’t lost when the pandemic recedes.

We aren’t addressing the issue of whether legislators should be allowed to participate remotely. With the proper precautions, we think they should meet in person. That matter is now before the court.

That issue aside, if costs can be kept minimal, it is a plus to provide a means for citizens remotely to see and hear how the sausage is being made at the State House. It was put well this week in a letter to legislative leaders.

“The State House is the people’s house, and public input and the right to know are critical components of New Hampshire’s legislative process.”

That right to know is one reason why news organizations such as our own exist. But observing the people’s business isn’t meant to be our exclusive province. It is the people who have a right to know how the people’s business is done.

Today’s technology has shown that people can access that business from their workplace or living room (if broadband is available). Fixed cameras in hearing rooms can avoid production costs. Shedding more light on the people’s house is a good thing.

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Have WMUR-TV and NH Public Radio caved to the wishes/demands/broadsides of Democratic shills and others who complain that New Hampshire’s governor shouldn’t be getting air time to impart COVID-19 information to the public?

The day after last week’s anniversary of the JFK assassination came an even lesser acknowledged calendar item. Nov. 23, 1804, was the birthday of Franklin Pierce, New Hampshire’s only U.S. President (to date, Gov. Sununu, to date).

Ahh, the glorious sights and sounds of late autumn in New Hampshire. The sights include the lawn signs demanding climate action NOW. The sounds, from dawn to dusk, include those coming from the leaf-blowing machines that attempt to defeat Mother Nature at her own game. Often, the same lawns …

Friday, November 26, 2021

If you are of a certain age, Thanksgiving is a reminder of a sad and solemn anniversary. On Nov. 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas.

It was terrific welcoming the return of championship boxing to New Hampshire a week ago. Topping the card was the undefeated Rhode Island WBO middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade, who scored a second round stoppage against game Irishman Jason Quigley.

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig says she appreciates the work of InTown Manchester over the years. But she just doesn’t seem to know what that work might be or how it was paid for.

Friday, November 19, 2021

In the matter of vaccine mandates, some New Hampshire lawmakers who bridle at Joe Biden’s attempts to dictate to businesses have no problem in themselves telling business what they cannot do.