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 wonder if these are the same complainers who are aghast, and rightfully so, about efforts to “defund the police.”

Our stories reported that with roads newly crowded again, post-pandemic, police have noticed an uptick in bad driving. Speculation abounds as to the reasons but we too have noticed dangerous driving of late. That includes both reckless weaving in and out of lanes on the interstate and excessive speeding through neighborhood streets, where children play and adults jog or walk the dog.

Especially annoying to some of the complainers is the fact that the New Hampshire State Police use an eye in the sky to monitor traffic and track down the most egregious highway offenders.

The police plane has nabbed more than a few drivers at speeds of more than 100 mph. That’s fine for the NASCAR pros who competed on a closed track in Loudon over the weekend. It is not OK on the highway where local and tourist families alike are headed to or from a vacation spot.

Driving a motor vehicle, state highway traffic engineer Bill Lambert reminds us, “is probably the most dangerous thing most of us are ever going to do. We need to be treating it as such, which means we should be focusing on what’s around us, not just the bumper in front of us.”

Sunday, August 01, 2021

It is good to see what should shape up as some spirited contests in Manchester elections this fall. Here is hoping that this will offer up some new ideas and approaches to the city’s problems and opportunities.

Friday, July 30, 2021

The New Hampshire Supreme Court’s recent decision blocking an individual from suing the Department of Health and Human Services over its spending policies made sense in the specific case and as a general rule for the court to follow.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Of the wide range of COVID-19 vaccination rates across New Hampshire, Gov. Chris Sununu opines: “To me, it’s just statistics. When you have a range of 220 cities and towns, some are going to be high and some are going to be low. If you had the same vaccination rate in all those communities, …

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Gee, U.S,. history may still be taught in New Hampshire’s pubic schools. That’s a relief. From the hysterical reactions to a provision in the new state budget law, one would have thought that Joseph Goebbels’ ghost had been put in charge of burning books and whitewashing the past. Half of th…

One thing that New Hampshire schools should not be prohibited from doing in the coming school year is fully operating. With all the lessons provided by the initial COVID-19 pandemic, and with the huge amounts of money sent to the schools for mitigation efforts, there is no excuse for further…

Friday, July 23, 2021

A 23-year-old woman has decided the citizens of New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District need her to represent their interests in Washington. She will apparently meet the minimum age requirement of 25 by the time the next Congress is sworn in. That, and being a U.S. citizen for at least se…

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.