”I don’t care what people may think of me, just so long as they think.” — William Loeb

This quote from former Union Leader Publisher William Loeb hangs on the wall of our office. Loeb was a complicated and controversial figure who was most comfortable stirring the political pot. This quote best exemplifies why. He abhorred complacency of ideologies, and we have several literal tons of his personal correspondences that were his way of ensuring that ideas would keep flowing.

There is a great desire by many to consider some opinions as “settled science.” This phrase is a common refrain heard in the climate debate, as if a critical mass of agreement can obliterate dissenting voices. The irony here is that the study of science is designed to never be settled. If it were then the Earth would still be at the center of the universe as well as being flat. After all, there was so much consensus around these “facts” that it should have been “settled science” there and then.

Luckily for humanity that science was not settled. Opinions are also never settled. As much as many of us would like to “move past” certain topics it will never happen. Opinions are not formed by consensus; they are formed by each individual’s experience of the world. Just ask the “flat earthers.” They still exist.

If opinions could be treated as “settled science” then America’s racial discussion might have ended with the Civil Rights Act or the Emancipation Proclamation. As the past weeks have shown, this discussion is far from over. There is clearly quite a bit about the Black experience that many of us do not understand, and thankfully the conversation continues.

We pride ourselves on presenting a wide range of opinions including those with which we, and many of our readers, may disagree. Our New Hampshire Voices sections devote more space to opinions that are not our own. Reading the opinions and experiences of others is how wider understanding is reached. Angry Facebook comments and copy and pasted Tweets have become the digital version of shouting someone down. While it may feel good to silence opinions you disagree with, it does not make those opinions disappear. Only true understanding can do that.

The internet and cable television have created too many pockets where unpopular opinions can hide and fester, free from dissenting voices that can lead to greater understanding for all. In these places you will not find the clear distinction between news and editorial opinion that you see at the top of this page. Instead you will see opinion permeating every aspect of coverage.

We think our readers are smart enough to understand the difference between our news and opinions. The only truly dangerous opinions are those that are left unsaid and unchallenged.

Sunday, October 25, 2020
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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

On the matter of the looming gubernatorial choice, no great light was shed during this week’s televised joust between Gov. Chris Sununu and state Sen. Dan Feltes. Sununu has a solid record after two terms in office and wisely relied on that record for much of his allotted time.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

We have long been skeptical of the City of Nashua spending millions of taxpayer dollars in pursuit of creating a performing arts center out of the former Alec’s Shoe building in its downtown. The public demand for such a venue has always seemed faint, centered mostly with politicians who fin…

Today’s Sunday News contains within it two publications that may contain different types of treasure for readers. One may reward you with real property of which you were unaware. Another may serve to remind you of the real wealth all Americans share.

One good piece of news amongst all the depressing items last week came in the U.S. Senate confirmation hearings for Amy Coney Barrett. The bottom line is that Judge Barrett is one bright legal mind who has not only the intellect but also the intestinal fortitude to persevere in the many lega…

Friday, October 16, 2020

A New Hampshire superior court judge was correct this week in rejecting Democratic legislative leaders’ court challenge to the statute giving Gov. Chris Sununu emergency powers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sununu has used those extraordinary powers in a sensible, transparent, and inclusive …

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas is apparently undecided on whether New Hampshire and the nation should continue with its current way of choosing a president. This view, made on a recent public radio “debate,” is astonishing.

Sunday, October 11, 2020

On Sunday, Oct. 6, 1946, two men home from World War II published the first issue of their new New Hampshire newspaper. They had no presses, no home-delivery network, few advertising contracts, and just a handful of relationships with corner stores and newsstands. (They sold copies on church…

It wasn’t business as usual for the Business and Industry Association’s annual Lifetime Achievement and New Hampshire Advantage awards event this week. How could it be? A dinner that usually draws a sell-out crowd was not possible in this strange year.