North Country newspaperman John D. Harrigan was inducted into the New England Newspaper Hall of Fame last Friday night in Boston. It is a well-deserved honor for one of New Hampshire’s true treasures.

Harrigan has had several careers during his newspaper life. He started out in the Nashua Telegraph darkroom (that ought to indicate his age). He advanced to our New Hampshire Sunday News where his outdoor features, always with his photographs, presented readers with vistas and viewpoints they were otherwise unlikely to see.

He also began his Woods, Water, and Wildlife column, a thoughtful and literate look at and appreciation for nature. It continues as the North Country Notebook in several weekly papers.

Like his late father, Judge Fred Harrigan, he couldn’t stay away from his beloved North Country for long. John returned there, buying the Coos County Democrat in Lancaster and later taking over the News and Sentinel of Colebrook that his father and mother had owned and operated. Daughter Karen now owns it.

Harrigan has known Presidents and captains of industry and has also befriended trappers, tourism workers, and biologists. He has never taken himself too seriously but it has been New Hampshire’s good fortune that he takes newspapering as serious and important to our democracy.

Sunday, February 23, 2020
Friday, February 21, 2020

Before another New Hampshire Presidential Primary fades from memory, it may be instructive — and comforting — for Granite Staters to consider a few words of praise from a national media figure. In an age when it is much more popular to dismiss the primary than to appreciate it, columnist Geo…

The National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago recently tested the civic knowledge of a nationally representative sample of Americans with a series of questions on foundational events in U.S. history as well as political principles.

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

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