Pembroke Academy’s athletic director no doubt has the right to dismiss his track and field coach for refusing to follow official protocols regarding mask-wearing by spring track and field athletes. If competing schools are following the mask rules, a maskless Pembroke team might have an advantage. That puts the AD in a tough spot. But permit us a couple of observations.

Mask rules for sports seem to be all over the lot. Outdoor sports would appear to be safer from COVID-19 spread than those played indoors. Yet we don’t recall seeing masks being worn during the Final Four NCAA basketball games or by the Bruins hockey team or by professional golfers strolling green fairways a few paces ahead of their huffing and puffing caddies.

The way they have been playing, the Boston Red Sox probably should be wearing masks whenever they are out in pubic, for their own safety.

Brad Keyes, the Pembroke coach who was fired, notes that high school cross-country runners last fall were permitted to compete without masks under guidance from the New Hampshire’s Interscholastic Athletic Association. Even with spring track and field, the NHIAA stipulates that javelin throwers and shot putters, among others, may remove their masks before competing, due to “safety concerns.” Perhaps that’s for the safety of the fans in the stands?

Pembroke AD Fred Vezina declined to discuss his position, saying it was a “personnel decision.” That seems to us a clever dodging of the real issue, whereas Coach Keyes took the matter head on, saying the mask rules are idiotic and he wasn’t about to tell the kids on the team otherwise. If that meant losing his coaching spot, so be it.

You don’t have to agree with Coach Keyes’ position to admire him for taking a stand. He may have taught his team a valuable lesson.

Sunday, April 11, 2021
Friday, April 09, 2021

This week’s arrests in connection with the former Youth Development Center in Manchester should have no bearing on the future of the John H. Sununu Youth Services Center, its contemporary. The allegations are of sexual abuse from decades ago. More power to Deputy Attorney General Jane Young …

Merrimack voters have an election to decide this coming Tuesday, April 13. They lost a fine House representative in December with the sudden death of Dick Hinch. Hinch was a steady and reliable citizen politician. His loss weighed heavily not just on Merrimack but on the Republican Party as …

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Pembroke Academy’s athletic director no doubt has the right to dismiss his track and field coach for refusing to follow official protocols regarding mask-wearing by spring track and field athletes. If competing schools are following the mask rules, a maskless Pembroke team might have an adva…

The Wall Street Journal did a superb job of calling out President Joe Biden for his hypocrisy regarding changes to state voting law in Georgia — unless, of course, Biden intends to also have America boycott the next summer Olympics in Communist China.

Sunday, April 04, 2021

New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner knows a thing or two about election law. His concern over a Democratic bill now before the U.S. Senate (and supported by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan) is legitimate.

Just in time for Holy Week, a so-called “rapper” gained much attention for himself by selling pairs of Nike sneakers with, he claimed, the distinguishing characteristic of a drop of blood mixed into each pair. “Satan shoes,” he called them.

Friday, April 02, 2021

Gushing comparisons of President Joseph Biden’s latest spending proposal to the U.S. moon landings or the building of our interstate highway system fail to impress. The latter two needed to happen. Much of what Biden suggests is wildly irresponsible and wholly unnecessary.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Sunday, March 28, 2021

We sympathize with Hudson neighbors of the sprawling Green Meadows golf complex, which appears headed for development as a huge warehouse for Amazon and other companies. When the (usually) peaceful sounds of golfers and birds are to be replaced by construction noise and steady traffic, it is…

New Hampshire wants to reserve its COVID-19 vaccine supplies for its own residents. Cries of anguish arose from some quarters when Gov. Chris Sununu said last week that this meant that out-of-state college students are not eligible here and will have to return to their home state if they wan…