Manchester’s mayor and aldermen were wise to grant the request of the Holy Cross Family Learning Center for additional funds ($5,000) in its effort to avoid closing. The center does a world of good for small dollars to acclimate refugees new to the city.

Mayor Joyce Craig and the aldermen would also be wise to do a better job of examining how, why, and when it agrees to take on more refugees.

The logic used last week in agreeing to continue to accept refugees was a bit circular. Mayor Craig said that most of the 100 or so to come here over the next year are related to families already here.

If the city didn’t agree to take them, she said, they would still be coming to America and would likely wind up here anyway because of those family ties. By accepting them, Craig said, two agencies that oversee the program will receive federal funding to assist them.

Sounds nice. But what about extended families? What about friends of families? What about any refugees from the same country? Why wouldn’t they also be likely to come to Manchester?

“The government said it’s okay for them to come, and the federal money comes with them,” opined Ward 9 Alderman Barbara Shaw. “When you look at the big picture, they’re going to come one way or another.”

The big picture, however, includes not only refugees but immigration overall, including the continuing problem of illegal immigration. And there isn’t enough “federal money” in the world to address it.

But, hey, “they’re going to come one way or another” sounds like a great plan.

Perhaps it could be a new Manchester motto.

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
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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
Sunday, February 09, 2020