The New York Times was an early adopter of the concept of an op-ed page. Op-ed is shorthand for “opposite the editorial page.”

In the layout of a print newspaper, the page is directly opposite the traditional editorial page, hence the name. But it means more than that. The idea is to provide space for opinions that do not necessarily agree with those written by the newspaper’s opinion editors. In fact, such pieces are often in direct opposition to a newspaper’s own editorial view.

The Union Leader has always provided space for a wide range of opinions. For decades, that was largely limited to letters to the editor.

Under the late Publisher Nackey Loeb, the policy was expanded to include opinion pieces on an op-ed page.

Now there are days when we don’t publish an editorial page but still carry opinion pieces. It’s not technically an op-ed page on those days. Instead, we call these NH Voices pages.

We welcome submissions. But if you want to know if yours will be published, you will have to read the paper to find out. We receive too many pieces to acknowledge them all.

The New York Times may soon not have that problem. Some of its staff were outraged that an opposing opinion, by a U.S. Senator no less, was published on its op-ed page. The opinion editor then resigned.

Sen. Tom Cotton’s piece supported use of the U.S. military to deal with violence that has marred some protests against racial injustice in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month.

One can agree or disagree with that opinion, but it is absurd that an opposing view is not to be tolerated on the op-ed page.

It is sadly illustrative of the point we have reached where anything said or written about racial issues that is not in complete accord with our own view is to be condemned and the speaker or writer stoned. It is not a formula for resolving tough and complicated issues.

Friday, August 07, 2020

We recently received a note from a staffer representing a member of our federal delegation. It appears that a recent item they had sent us was taking credit for several hundred million dollars in federal spending while the real number was several hundred billion dollars.

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

An item in the most recent New Hampshire Sunday News brought some welcome news. The current phase of the Interstate 93 widening project is finally coming to a close this fall.

Sunday, August 02, 2020

This afternoon the green flag will wave at New Hampshire Motor Speedway over NASCAR’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301. Over the past several months the option of attending any in- person sporting events has been in the same category as going to the cinema: out of the question.

Friday, July 31, 2020
Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Mark Hayward’s City Matters column on Monday told of a push by some in the university mathematics community “to boycott working with police departments.” Some of these mathematicians had helped develop computer systems used by police departments.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

With much of the nation still in flames from the COVID-19 pandemic, now is not the time to end the emergency power Gov. Chris Sununu invoked last spring. He has used it wisely and adroitly, in stark contrast to the federal government, which through incompetence and inattention has contribute…

Friday, July 24, 2020

It’s clear that more than a few Exeter residents, as well as other lovers of history, don’t like a plan that would remove the celebrated Ioka Theatre sign from the side of the building. Indeed, the town Historic District Commission has voted, 3 to 2, to prohibit the new owners from so doing.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

It isn’t surprising that a state survey shows an overwhelming majority of parents and teachers want a return to classroom education if that is possible in September. Making that possible must be a top priority for all involved.

Sunday, July 19, 2020