Another New Hampshire brand, the Segway self-propelled vehicle, has had its day and will no longer be produced. It never caught on, other than as a shorthand way for some Granite Staters to describe the brilliant innovator and inventor Dean Kamen.

But the Segway hardly defines the man who invented the iBOT stair-climbing wheelchair, the portable insulin pump, a portable water purifier, and amazing prosthetic devices, to name but a few.

The Segway was but a spinoff from the self-balancing wheelchair, which Kamen achieved using tiny gyroscopes. But its media hype preceded it and when a jaded public discovered it couldn’t make you fly or disappear, it lost its cachet.

Kamen sold the Segway company years ago. He would much rather be known, we think, for his FIRST robotics competition that started right here in New Hampshire and is now worldwide.

And he will be known, we are certain, for the products and medical advances to come from the ARMI complex that is now transforming the Manchester Millyard. The Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute is leveraging business and education in exciting new ways.

The Kamen “brand” is one of which New Hampshire will boast, and rightfully so, for a long time to come.

Sunday, September 20, 2020
Friday, September 18, 2020
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

A bit of good news amidst the ongoing worries over a pandemic, drought, and political tomfoolery came in our Monday business section report on a Mittersill ski project in Franconia Notch.

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Today the New Hampshire Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments in a case regarding release of the so called “Laurie List” or more formally the “Exculpatory Evidence Schedule.”

Sunday, September 13, 2020

The news of the pending retirement of Catholic Medical Center’s Dr. Joseph Pepe is bittersweet. He richly deserves time to spend with his family and we wish him all the best, but his departure (next June) will be a big loss for CMC.

Friday, September 11, 2020

It has been 19 years since Sept. 11, 2001, seared into America’s soul a terrible reminder that eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. If the United States is to remain that land of liberty, it must always be on guard, in big ways and small, against those who would deny us our freedom.

In April of 1963 the USS Thresher departed the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for dive trials following an overhaul. The nuclear-powered boat launched as the fastest and quietest sub in the depths of the Cold War.

Wednesday, September 09, 2020
Sunday, September 06, 2020

Primary elections are coming up on Tuesday. With no serious opposition, the state’s all-Democrat congressional delegation awaits Republican foes in November. The same holds for Gov. Chris Sununu, who awaits a Democratic opponent. But judging from the primary campaigns thus far, there isn’t a…

Presidential debates are often more memorable for their fluff or gaffes rather than their substance. John F. Kennedy looked healthier than Richard Nixon (even though it was JFK who had an undisclosed chronic disease).

We still like our pick of U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota in the last presidential primary here. Imagine how lively a debate between her and President Trump would have been.

Friday, September 04, 2020
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New Hampshire has been relatively fortunate with the viral pandemic, for a lot of reasons. One, we are a small state in terms of population. Two, several of our counties are sparsely populated and even in the southern counties, we are not packed together in large urban settings.