Some self-described Christians plan on being at the State House this Saturday to follow, they say, God’s commandment that “we throw off our fear and trust in Him.” If God is there, He will probably wear a mask and keep His distance.

The organizers challenge the emergency state directive to protect public health by banning gatherings, including religious services, of 10 or more people. They say it violates the Almighty’s commandments and they won’t stand for it. They say they will conduct a religious service.

They are asking God to intervene as they work to “peacefully restore our freedoms and eliminate fear.” They didn’t say whether a prayer might also be offered up for the thousands of Americans who have died from the COVID-19 pandemic or for their families or for the health care workers who continue to put themselves at risk to save lives.

Such a prayer would be a nice gesture. So would passing a basket for an offering that could be distributed to all houses of worship in their time of need.

Friday, May 22, 2020
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Sunday, May 17, 2020

No one saw this thing coming. However well-conceived a business’ contingency planning, the course of action for “a quickly spreading pandemic that will shut down the global economy for several months” was in very few emergency action plan binders. The coronavirus has turned local business te…

A thorough reexamination of the physical plant needs of the Manchester School District is long overdue. The school age population continues to shrink, even without the loss of some tuition students from neighboring towns. Some schools remain overcrowded even as others (high schools West and …

Friday, May 15, 2020
Wednesday, May 13, 2020

As New Hampshire this week puts a toe into the water (but not on the beach) of reopening for business, the tendency for a lot of us is going to be to forget the practices that the medical experts have been preaching. That’s natural but potentially hazardous.

Sunday, May 10, 2020
Friday, May 08, 2020

We have given Gov. Chris Sununu high marks for how he has handled the many challenges that this COVID-19 pandemic has handed him. We don’t think any state’s chief executive officer was or could be prepared for this contagion and its effects. Sununu has acquitted himself well.

Wednesday, May 06, 2020
Sunday, May 03, 2020

Agree with them or not, the new COVID-19 guidelines issued Friday to begin to slowly return New Hampshire to some semblance of “normal” are the product of considerable thought and effort by a pretty broad range of interested parties as well as some limited input from the general public.