Gov. Chris Sununu called out teacher unions last week for politicizing the COVID-19 pandemic and they didn’t like it one little bit. He happens to be correct that the great majority of New Hampshire’s public schools can be and ought to be open for in-classroom learning. Parents and school boards, please take note.

In the public schools that are open (one-quarter to perhaps one-third of them, Sununu said), transmission of the virus has been low. There have been a few small clusters of cases within a school but no school-wide outbreaks. And children are the least vulnerable to the illness and its more serious effects.

The teacher unions don’t like to hear that. They particularly don’t like to be told that they are not going to be allowed to cut the vaccination line ahead of the state’s more vulnerable populations, including those age 65 and older.

Sununu noted that the average age for New Hampshire teachers is 46. Ninety percent of them are under 65. The unions don’t like to hear such statistics. They would rather the public’s attention be drawn to the few of their number who are 65 or older, to which Sununu notes that these few are indeed eligible for the vaccine now.

One of the union heads claimed the economy would improve by vaccinating the teachers now. The parents, he said, would then be able to get back to work themselves. But teachers don’t need to be vaccinated to make that happen.

Not having a worthy case to make, the unions and their political allies have seized on the fact that ski patrol members were classified as first responders and thus eligible to get the vaccine. It is a relatively tiny group, some of which are EMTs and thus in that first phase already. But the optics aren’t good for the governor, any more than it is good for young and healthy teachers to be seen as competing with granny and grandpa for a place in the vaccine line.

Sunday, February 28, 2021
Friday, February 26, 2021

Legislative leaders and the governor should pay close heed to the findings of the latest Legislative Budget Assistant’s audit of the N.H. Liquor Commission. The audit concerned itself with just the commission’s license and enforcement division and turned up some serious trouble spots. What w…

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Today is the birthday of Nackey Scripps Loeb, whose independent spirit lives on in this newspaper and in the little school she founded to promote and defend the First Amendment and to foster interest, integrity, and excellence in communication for New Hampshire students of all ages.

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Superior Court Judge Will Delker must have missed the memo on the “systemic racism” that some liberal activists, politicians and news media claim to see in every aspect of American life. He clearly doesn’t understand that he is supposed to apply the law differently to criminal defendants dep…

We know someone who probably admires the monkey business that has taken place at something called the Lincoln Project. Designed at least in part to take down the Trump presidency via clever and damning advertising, it appears some of its founders also designed it to score big money for themselves.

Friday, February 19, 2021

According to a letter-writer from Nottingham, our courts have been defending corporate polluters here and across the United State for the last hundred years. The courts are part of a “fiefdom” — not a democracy — that is controlled by greedy oligarchs. The people “must get organized and take…

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Initial reaction to Gov. Chris Sununu’s budget proposal to merge all state colleges and universities into a single system has been positive. That includes trustees from both two-year and four-year systems who have no doubt wondered whether money spent on competing for a shrinking pool of stu…

If neither New Hampshire’s Secretary of State, nor its Ballot Law Commission, nor its Attorney General has the authority to order a review of an unexplained and startling 400-vote discrepancy in a Windham legislative contest, one wonders what authority they do have.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Gov. Chris Sununu wishes to double the state’s “Rainy Day” Fund, up to as much as $300 million. In his budget address last week, he said he has never understood why the state has such a “tight limit” on what he calls the state’s “savings account.”

At the end of last Thursday’s impeachment trial session, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer made mention of the fact that a particular speech would be re-read on Feb. 22, as has been done annually in the Senate since 1896. It is the Farewell Address of President George Washington (bit…

We won’t take a dive into the dustup between Manchester Alderman-at-large Joe Kelly Levasseur and a parking officer regarding a ticket she gave him for parking at an Elm Street bus stop. For one thing, diving into dust can hurt.

Friday, February 12, 2021

Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess’ grandstanding on the matter of vaccines for teachers is oddly timed. After months of delay without good reason, Gate City schools are set to minimally reopen some classrooms next week. Even this, however, is contingent upon a series of metrics that have little to d…