Regrettably, the New Hampshire House did not pass Right To Work legislation on Thursday. It should have done so.

As the state competes with its neighbors and the country for jobs and new businesses in an era of shrinking workforces and foolish government subsidies, the Granite State could have stood out as the only state in New England to ban coercive labor union rules that all but mandate that an individual become a union member.

That is hardly the Live Free or Die philosophy, as the Wall Street Journal noted earlier this week. Right to Work, it said, would add to our competitive advantage of being the only state in the entire Northeast with no income tax.

New Hampshire would have joined 27 states that allow workers to choose whether to belong to a union.

Even Michigan, home to pro-union Detroit, is among them. Those states have significantly outpaced union-mandate states in private sector employment growth in the last decade.

The only growth area for unionization, and it is a big one, is in the public sector. But even there, the courts have ruled that workers cannot be compelled to join a union. New Hampshire shouldn’t allow it either.

 
Friday, July 23, 2021

Who says New Hampshire politicians aren’t bipartisan? Republican Gov. Chris Sununu appears united with our all-Democrat congressional delegation in opposing an extension of a travel ban on Canadian tourists.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Some readers responded to this week’s Sunday News package on road rudeness, speeding, and law enforcement by suggesting that the police go find something better to do. We don’t think there can be much better work than protecting public safety, and that includes on our highways and byways. We…

In the little town of Bethlehem, the stillness is being broken of late by one motel resident whose IQ is apparently just high enough to correctly spell four-letter words.

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Manchester Mayoral candidate Rich Girard and fellow conservative Victoria Sullivan will likely be duking it out to see who ends up challenging incumbent Joyce Craig. But political surprises do happen and if Craig maintains the posture she showed last week, perhaps she will be the also-ran th…

News came last week of the departure of two very valuable contributors to New Hampshire, one at the state level and one in Manchester. While we wish Jim Roche and Keith Hirschmann the very best, the state and city will feel their loss.

Friday, July 16, 2021

U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas is among the politicians touting expensive passenger trains to Boston as another way to spend public dollars in the latest “infrastructure” plan. It is hard to keep track of how many spending bills he has signed onto. This one is for $760 billion.

No offense to John Paul Jones and those who keep his memory alive but a headline on our photo spread celebrating his 274th birthday last Sunday cannot go without at least a word or two on behalf of another sailor who can also lay claim to being the “Father of the U.S. Navy.”

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

At first we misheard the news report. We thought science had eradicated the gypsy moth caterpillar. No more unsightly tents on New Hampshire trees and shrubs, built during the insect’s periodic visits. Yippee!