Manchester’s mayor, as mayors are wont to do in an election year, was tossing out all manner of ideas last week. We have no quarrel with that. It is good to hear new ideas, and Mayor Joyce Craig says she wants to hear from the public about the $44 million that has fallen in the city’s lap under one of President Joe Biden’s many spending sprees.

Let’s hope, though, that Craig isn’t serious about painting murals under the Amoskeag Bridge. Didn’t the homeless already do some of that before the mayor finally shooed them off what had become quite the Hooverville on Canal Street?

We think it would be far better to spend some dough on eradicating the graffiti that is taking over more and more of the views citizens and visitors alike are met with as they drive in and around the city.

Regarding the homeless, Mayor Craig would no doubt like to slap some paint over that issue as well. Her years in office have produced multiple task forces but few results. Her latest idea? A “homeless coordinator” has been hired. We wish her luck.

Friday, May 14, 2021

Some cracks are apparently surfacing in the legislative push to junk New Hampshire’s state election system by means of much earlier primary contests (in June instead of September). The goal, proponents have said, is to give challengers a better shot to oust incumbents.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Turning portions of Manchester’s Maple and Beech streets into one-lane roads with bike lanes won’t stop all the maniacs who drive them at outrageous speeds, but it will slow down some of them.

Selectmen have an often thankless job. They must make decisions that are not always popular but without them, towns would have no way to govern themselves apart from the annual town meeting. The latter is a decidedly impractical vehicle for many issues.

Sunday, May 09, 2021

If it hasn’t happened already, a date will soon be set for an audit of certain voting results in Windham from last November’s election. The entire process is to be live-streamed at so that the public can observe.

Friday, May 07, 2021

Is New Hampshire no longer the Live Free or Die state? When did it become so government-controlling as to dictate what type of drinks may be served at one’s ax-throwing emporium?

Amuri Diole should never have been released from state custody. That he was, and is now charged with a brutal assault and rape mere yards away from the jail that held him, is a travesty of justice and a mastery of finger-pointing.

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

The numbers of minority students in Manchester and Nashua public charter schools (a lower percentage than in other city schools) are neither surprising nor should they be considered discouraging. Charter schools are all about providing innovative alternatives to the traditional public school…